Sunday, 12 May 2013

Guadalajara (Day 3): Part 2-Bus Tours

Word of the Day: Explorar (Ex-plor-ar)
                              To Explore

We have been on the Tapatio Bus Tours before. There are 4 different loops. They take you to 4 different parts of the greater Guadalajara area. Today, the first tour area we went to was Tonala. Now, when we went on this one in March with Diane, the bus dropped us off on the highway area. There were some really neat shops, but not too much in the way of shopping. Well, today was quite a different matter. The bus went around the next corner and we came upon what is, possibly, the biggest outdoor shopping area we have ever seen. I believe the tour guide said it stretched for 3 kms. Of course, in our time allotted, we had enough time to cover about 500 meters of it!!! Pretty incredible stuff. Doug liked it so much that he says on our next trip to Guadalajara, he wants to stay in Tonala to explore more!

Look, another "pimped out" ride for today!!!
The park where the bus leaves from...

 Me and my best friend and travelling buddy

Our other good travelling buddies - getting photo bombed by Doug!! 

 Yup, this is Tonala!!

 If you can't find it here, it does NOT exist!!!


 Green parrots (hey, isn't this guy up at the border by Nogales???)
Not sure why it is that those parrots on the sticks don't jump off...

 ...and if a green parrot doesn't suit you, maybe a blow-up green turtle??

 ...or you can drive through here and get your car ambushed by the window cleaners!!
Notice the guy up on the hood by the driver's window???

   ..or just bring your stuff home on the roof of a cab!!
Anyway, fun way to spend the day. All these areas are part of the "greater" Guadalajara area. Tonala, Tlaquepaque, Zapopan and the Guadalajara historic district. Too bad that only the Guadalajara tour has the headsets so you can understand in English what is being said. But, sometimes I think that it is more relaxing to just sit back and enjoy the time!!

The Guadalajara tour takes you out on the west side. There are many beautiful homes. This isn't really one of them. Oh, it was a long while ago but now it is abandoned and the graffiti artists have found it. Too bad. Guadalajara has a really big problem with graffiti. Stupid way to spend your time, don't you think? Drawing crap on other peoples' things.....

 This one is up for rent. Hopefully the graffiti artists don't find it too!!

 Modelled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris....

 Young dancers, in a traffic circle, getting a group picture.... 

 Anyone see a resemblance in these two things???

 I was "that" Mom who would say "...where are your runners anyway?"

See, there are more!!
 Not a great picture.....but this is the statue commemorating the Ninos Heroes. The teenage boys who died in the uprising against the United States. They are national heroes....

Niños Héroes (Boy Heroes), were six Mexican teenage military cadets. These cadets died defending Mexico at Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle (which was then serving as the Mexican army's military academy) from invading U.S. forces in the September 13, 1847 Battle of Chapultepec, during the Mexican-American war. One of the cadets,
Juan Escutia, wrapped himself with the Mexican flag and jumped from the roof
of the castle to keep it from falling into enemy hands.
The Niños Héroes are commemorated by a national holiday on September 13.

As my Mom says...."A.B.C."
Another Beautiful Church...right Mom?
We had a little while to waste before the last tour so we headed back down to the big theatre at the end of Liberacion Plaza to the nice little restaurant
(down on the bottom ride hand side of the building)

 Wouldn't you know it, it was 2 for 1 drinks AND served in beautiful glasses too!!
Now we are back and getting packed up to head out tomorrow. First, here are a few more pictures of the hotel and area for you: 


Remember the band I showed you in March. All these guys (kids) make the instruments out of plastic things. The drummer has two inverted paint pails. 

Imagine the music they could make if someone donated some old used, real instruments?
 Front of the hotel....

 Lobby area...

 Bar area and up above are the rooms...

Only two flights up to our floor!!
 View out our room towards the back of the Palacio de Gobienero

Super cute little room...

 More dancers arrive and dress at the square!!

Now they show up in the lobby for a photo-op!!

Tonight we are off to La Gorda for dinner. It is a 5 block walk from here, one last dinner in this fine city. Nice little restaurant and you know it will be good when it looks like there are lots of Mexican folks in it!! And it was, well except for this description of the pozole (like a soup):


Kathy - this is YOUR dish, for sure!!

 Coffee and dessert at Degolldo Café by Liberacion Plaza

Hasta Luego, Guadalajara - for now!!

We leave tomorrow at 9 am to head down to the airport to pick up Euri and head up to San Blas, about 5 hours north and on the coast. The trek home has begun.
But first, just because I can, Gus is in the house.....

 Kathy and Josh think it looks like he is taking his own self-portrait!!
We agree!! I told you he is smart!!
Remember, we are on the road tomorrow. We will hope that the Hotel Paraiso Miramar, where we are going has internet-wifi services. If not, it may take a day before you hear from us. Pretty sure they will have something though. Should be some nice camping there. Yes, we are back to the "regular" life of camping now. Now more of this cushy 5th wheel trailer stuff, no more snazzy hotel stuff....just us and Euri on the road again. Should be fun!!
Cheers friends!!


  1. Buen viaje, amigos! Travel safely!
    Looks like you did Guadalajara & area up well.

  2. Boy, talk about getting to know a place. I can't wait 'til next year so I can 'do up' Guadalajara half as well as you're doing this year. I love and miss you guys. I'm on the last leg of my adventure - I'll be in Roseville in a couple of days. Can't wait to plan my next adventure!