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Studio apartment The 2nd floor studio has direct access from the street, through the garden. It sleeps up to 5 people –2 double beds and a single “roll away” bed . Air conditioning, WIFI, cable TV
Hotel Casa De La Luz in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz is a charming “GUEST HOUSE” with an apartment, and 2 rooms to rent by the day, week, or month.
Hotel Casa De La Luz is filled with original paintings, photographs, wonderful pottery and a vibrant representation of the ARTESANIA ( folk arts and crafts ) of Mexico.
The brilliant paint colors used in Hotel Casa De La Luz are a rich visual complement to the lush tropical garden. In this garden there are always a wide verity of plants and orchids in bloom year round.
Here is the web site link: http://www.casadelaluz-mexico.com
Also you may click on these link dates on the right side of the page to read in more detail about Hotel Casa De La Luz, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ MEXICO.
Thank you for taking the time to read more about Casa De La Luz, and Tlacotalpan, Veracruz.
Click on the below listed link dates at the right of this page to read in more detail about Hotel Casa De La Luz and Tlacotalpan.
CLICK ON : April 2009–January 2009–July, August, and September 2008.
I (billdelaluz) have hooked up with ZAZZLE.COM and have started printing “T” shirts, and other products, using many of my photographs. These items are all available on the zazzle.com.billdelaluz/ web site. In most cases, you can customize any product any way you like. Its simple and fun.
Join me, billdelaluz, in all the fun and creativity. See you there ! Here are a few samples——
Hope you have enjoyed this posting and I look forward to posting more items in the near future.
A new up-load to my “NaturesBounty ” Imagekind gallery.
In the City of Oaxaca, The Mercado de Artesanias or Artist Market is the one-stop shopping location for a huge verity of moderately priced handcrafts of the region….such as textiles, weavings and other hand-made items.
Starting with the Juarez Market, one block off the Zocalo, walking down Calle 20 de Noviembre, you will pass a verity of small venders displaying a wide selection of goods from many of the villages from the areas surrounding the City of Oaxaca.
Walking on past the food court / market…you will then come upon the alluring aromas of the Chocolate companies that have helped to make Oaxaca such a wonderful culinary experience.
After tearing yourself away from the samples, and purchasing the Cinnamon-chocolate that makes the best hot chocolate in the world, you will turn to the right and proceed to the corner of J P Garcia & Zaragoza, and the Mercado de Artesanies.
Located in a cavernous barn of a building, The Mercardo de Artesanias will soon overwhelm you with the variety and quantity of crafts on display.
There are stalls upon stalls of bedspreads, table cloths, place mats and napkins. Other stalls of handmade baby’s and children’s cloths ( hundreds of items to choose from ) . Women’s blouses, skirts, dresses, hats & scarfs…men’s shirts, hats, and drawstring pants. If you don’t see the color, design, or size you want…just ask, and out from under the counter will come hundreds more to choose from !
Also in The Mercardo de Artesnias you will find a vast selection of hand crafted TIN Christmas ornaments, picture frames, hanging lanterns and mirror surrounds.
Other items to be found in abundance are mystical, hand carved and brightly painted wooden animals, frames and assorted decorative items.
This Mercardo de Artesanias is a good starting place to get a hands on visual overview of the vast variety of hand crafted items produced in the Oaxaca Valley and the villages in the surrounding mountains.
Also, a quick education of what to look for in the abundance of ” high-End ” shops and galleries located throughout the City of Oaxaca. …where you might find that perfect, one of a kind piece, to complement your home decor.
The Mercardo de Artesanias is the perfect place to pick up those easy to pack gift items that you friends and family will enjoy for some time to come.
These pictures show the looms on which the bedspreads, table cloths and assorted piece goods are made. Note the age of these looms…they must have been in use for many years.
Below are some samples of what can be created on these old looms.
For more info on The City of Oaxaca on the web:
I hope you have enjoyed this very SMALL peek at the City of Oaxaca, Mexico
The Church of Saint Michael Archangel ….
” La Iglesia De San Miguel Arcangel “
This church known locally as.. Little Saint Michael… SAN MIGUELITO…is the oldest church in Tlacotalpan.
The construction began in 1785, on top of the remains of another church destroyed by fire. It’s primary services were to the Indigenous community.
The building , as it stands today, inaugurated in 1800, is a unique example of Tlacotalpan architecture, combining a neoclassical style with a wooden ceiling and a mud tiled roof.
There are also two towers, the highest housing a clock, placed there in 1800, and the smaller one containing a belfry, topped by a semicircular dome.
Welcome to casadelaluz…My home and vacation rental property in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz Mexico. In Spanish: Casa De Huespedes.
This is Bill Pandolf..( billdelaluz ..in my photography work )..A retired American, and your host here at the Casa.
Having lived in Mexico for over 10 years, and over 5 years here in Tlacotalpan, I try to bring together the colors and style of Mexican Gulf Coast living, with the amenities and personal service enjoyed by the seasoned traveler.
Casadelaluz is located in the small port/fishing village of Tlacotalpan, on the banks of the Papaloapan River, 15 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico. And 80 kilometers south of the Port of Veracruz. You can read more about the history of this once thriving port and what brings it into the 21 century as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE in another posting on this blog.
You will also find links on this blog to the casadelaluz-mexico website, and photo tours of the Casa and Tlacotalpan in ” flicker ” and “webshots “. Just click on the links and then use your back button to return to this blog page.
Casadelaluz has a fully furnished apartment on the second floor, with a screened patio, overlooking a tropical garden. Including a full kitchen with pots & pans, glassware, plates, and utensils.-A microwave, blender, and a toaster, among other things. The all-tiled bath has a glass block wall to allow in plenty of natural light. The main room has an antique French wardrobe, table and six chairs, two double beds, satellite TV, a ceiling fan, floor fan, and original paintings on the walls. Looking through the three sets of all-glass French doors, you see the patio with wicker chairs, and a marble topped table—the perfect place to sit and observe the many birds in the garden while having a morning cup of coffee, or an afternoon of reading and planning the next days activities. And if you are up early in the morning, watching the beautiful Tlacotalpan sunrise above the coconut palms swaying in the distance.
The Casa also has a large room, with private bath, two single beds, satellite TV, and a ceiling fan. There is also a set of French doors and floor to ceiling window, looking on to a small screened patio next to the garden. There are two chairs and a table on the patio where you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee, which is provided by the Casa.
The Casa has a second, smaller room with a double bed, no TV, a floor fan and the bathroom is shared with me. This room also has French doors opening onto the screened garden patio, where you will find coffee in the mornings. All three units come with AIR CONDITIONING and they have street access through the garden.
During my five plus years of living here in Tlacotalpan, I have done some research on the history of the town and the surrounding area, and offer a walking / orientation tour of the town. Starting in the Zocalo, pointing out good places to eat, where to hire a boat to view the town from the river, as well as other points of interest such as museums, the opera house, the central market and a well stocked grocery store. And, oh yes, lets not forget the cantina where the famous Tlacotalpaño, Agustin Lara used to drink and regale his friends. I am also happy to arrange ECO tours on horseback, and boating tours of the Mangrove swamps and waterways, where you will see many birds, plants and wild animals. I can also help you plan day trips to the Tuxtlas Mountain towns of Santiago, and San Andres…and on to the Lake town of Catemaco…a lake formed in the creator of an extinct volcano. There is also a day trip to the beach town on Monte Pio.
As fishing is a major occupation here, the seafood from the Gulf and the River is fresh and abundant. Many kinds of fish, blue crab, and shrimp…it doesn’t get much better.
With bicycles and horseback being predominant forms of transportation, you will experience the friendly, outgoing, and always willing to stop and talk, attitudes of the people of the slow paced and beautiful Caribbean style town.
Tlacotalpan and CasaDeLaLuz is the place to come for a family holiday, a couples getaway, and a nature lovers dream come true. A place where artists and writers can come to let their creativity flow.
I am always willing to answer any questions you might have and can be contacted through E-MAIL by going to the casadelaluz website and clicking on the link provided. Come and visit … ” LET YOUR STRESS DOWN “.
The name TLACOTALPAN comes from the Nahuatl language, loosely meaning “land floating on water, as the area was an island before sediment filled in the “Rio Chiquito”..(little river), to one side, consolidating the island with the mainland.
In 1518, Pedro de Alvarado first explored the ” Sotavento “-or-the leeward side (to which the wind blows) of the Papaloapan river delta, for his homeland of Spain. This also was the first contact with the Indigenous inhabitants.
Around 1521 a Spanish land grant was given to Sr. Alonso Romero Soldier. The town government was created, and the new name..” SAN CRISTOBAL de TLACOTALPAN ” was given to the area.
Three sections of the community were established.
1. First Settlement…the official government offices and residences
2. The Native Congregation
3. The Spanish Settlement
Then in 1580 TLACOTALPAN was given the title ” Pueblo de Cabecras “…roughly meaning …official recognition as a Pueblo by Spain.
At this time, and throughout the 17th century, the population was divided into two groups. The Spanish, around the Zocalo and to the left side. And the Native village to the right side of the Zocalo. Untill the early 1600s, TLACOTALPAN was mainly an Indigenous community where a Spanish minority lived.
On into the 17th century more and more Spanish and other Europeans arrived and the Indigenous were pushed back to the area surrounding the current location of the San Miguel Church.
The main streets were planned in an East-West direction, running parallel to the river. The houses benefited from this position, taking advantage of the ventilation from the Northwest prevailing winds. Porticos were created to protect the houses from the morning and afternoon sun, and providing a covered walkway for the pedestrians.
The lime and brick factories, as well as the first meat and fish markets were located on the opposite side of the river, in accordance to Spanish statutes. The remains of the brick factory can still be seen there today.
The construction of the Royal Shipyard in 1750, and a Spanish court decree, turned TLACOTALPAN into a renound port by the early 1800s.
By 1821, TLACOTALPAN was a significant port with established trade routes with New Orleans, Havana, and Bordeaux. With steamers sailing up the Papaloapan River from the Gulf of Mexico at Alvarado. One of the reasons for the ports great success was the fact that it was easy to defend from PIRATES and even the invading French of Napoleon III. The port was defended from the French for 3 full years, until the end of the conflict.
At the height of its trading days, The Port of TLACOTALPAN owned over 13 steamships.
Amongst the items exported were: Leathers, Tobacco, Seeds, Cotton, cut Corn, Rum, Moral Stick, Alligators, Sugar, Ceder, Mahogany, Pine, and Heron Feathers.
In 1849 the Government Building was built and oil burning street lamps were installed. Also during this period, the central market was built, and several public squares were created. Also a city Band and a music academy was established.
In 1885, with donations from merchants, traders and ranchers, construction was begun on the San Cristobal Church and Parrish. Two years later the right tower was completed and the clock was installed. During this period, the Casino Tlacotalpaño was constructed , where today, the Hotel Doña LaLa now stands. This was also the time in which the NETZAHUALCOYOTL THEATER was constructed.
By 1909, TLACOTALPAN had eight government offices, six public schools, four private schools, three hotels, nine factories, and one Parrish with two churches. Also one hospital, one jail, 1200 houses, and 54 huts.
In 1905 the Isthmus Railroad bypassed TLACOTALPAN, for the Port of Veracruz…..This combined with a cyclone and earthquake in the 1930s, and several subsequent floods, brought commerce to a halt and the ultimate decline of ” THE JEWEL OF THE PAPALOAPAN”. In 1944, 460 hectares of the Popaloapan river delta were flooded.
By the end of the 19TH century, sugar cane and cattle raising had taken over about 95% of all the surrounding land.
The type of housing construction seen today was developed in the 18th & 19th centuries, partially due to a series of fires that devastated most of the village. After that, buildings made from palm wood were prohibited in the urban area.
Besides cattle and horse raising, some of the crops cultivated at the time were : Corn, Sugar cane, Cotton, Rice, Beans, Tobacco, Water Mellon, Mellon, Pineapple, Sweet potato, Mamey, seven different types of Bananas, Oranges, Lemons, limes, Papaya, Avocado, Plum, Red Current, Coco, Nanche, Guava, Apple, Fig, Almonds, Coconut, Pumpkin, and Mangos.
Squash, Chayote, Yucca, Cabbage, Radishes, Jicama, Beets, Chard, Squash, Eggplant, Sweet & Common Chillies, Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions, and Kidney Beans.
There were, and are, many species of animals and birds…but hunting was never a preferred activity.
Fish, including Sea Bass, Jolote, Stripped Mullitt, Lake Trout, Shad, Eel, Blue Crab, Black and White Mojarra, Catfish, Shrimp, and Grouper. As well as several species of Turtles.
In 1998, TLACOTALPAN was recognized by UNESCO as a WORLD HERITAGE SITE. TLACOTALPAN is one of only a few places to have the entire town so designated.
The modest, single story homes, with colonnades, porticos, and tajas tile roofs, are a blend of Spanish and Caribbean architectural design. This theme continues with the brightly painted buildings and wide streets that are virtually untouched today. The historic town center has maintained its Renaissance layout ..” For the Foundation and Establishments of Towns ” ..dictated by FELIPE II of Spain, in the so called “Laws Of The Indies “.
As a TLACOTALPAN proverb states..” JUST BY STANDING ON THIS LAND, YOU BECOME MY BROTHER “.
Julio Sesto, a romantic Spanish poet who visited TLACOTALPAN wrote: ” Oh, my brother, if you are weary of suffering, go to the Papaloapan, take in the air of the Sotavento,..everything is cured in TLACOTALPAN, everything is forgotten. The soul that, when injured, is incurable…is cured” !
As the Mexican writer..ELENA PONIATOWSKA says……………………………………….
“When I want to smile, I remember TLACOTALPAN; when you pronounce the word TLA-CO-TAL-PAN, its’ as tho you wash your face and laughter comes out”
The always smiling, friendly people contribute to making a visit to TLACOTALPAN a restful and everlasting experience. WELCOME.
For more pictures of TLACOTALPAN…click on the “webshots/billdelaluz” link, listed on the right hand side at the top of this blog page.