Blogs from Querétaro, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Tequisquiapan November 26th 2021

We stayed at Ralph’s other house in Tequisquiapan, which was very pretty. At night, we walked to the city’s center and had dinner. A musician played music for us and found a particularly zealous fan in my sister who danced to his tunes. We went back to the house to which I had a not-so-great night of sleep because my precious father snores like he is being paid to (Do not exclude that Michael Holzer). In the morning we had breakfast in a nearby restaurant where I discovered that I don’t mind papaya as long as I eat it with another fruit and then we proceeded to a champagne winery. Of course, it wasn’t champagne because France is stingy, and it wasn’t a winery because it isn’t really wine, but it was a place where they ... read more
Dinner in Tequisquiapan
Me and Ania shopping in Bernal

We just spent our last evening in Queretaro with the Ocana family. We just sat around the table talking and laughing. Thank you so much Eloy, Rocio, Christian, Ethan, Alessi and Ellie! You made our time here fly by. We'll hit the road by 6am US time and hopefully cross the border 8-10 hours later depending on traffic. The next time you hear from us we'll be north of the Rio Grande.... read more

North America » Mexico » Querétaro March 21st 2017

Yesterday the Ocana family was nice enough to take me out to see Queretaro. It's a great city! The food was the best I've had. We also went to centro which is just block after block of pristine colonial buildings filled with great restaurants and shops. I even tried an alcoholic drink called pulque for the first time. The unflavored pulque wasn't that appealing but the strawberry and coconut was pretty good. And...believe it or not, we had some fried insects :) Grasshoppers, ants and a few meal worms. I tried the grasshoppers and didn't taste bad but one chip full was all I could do. We came back later that afternoon, Jill had stayed behind to keep an eye on the dogs. The Ocana's brought her a birthday cake since her birthday was a ... read more

Yesterday we started our trip pretty early in the morning. It was dark when we started packing up the van but light out by the time we left. The entire drive was nice but the section from Cordoba through the mountain range by Orizaba was great. Jill was the lucky one who got to drive through the mountains and she did a great you can see from the photos it's a pretty scary drive. When we drove through Puebla and to the Arco Norte we saw the volcano Popocatépetl and it was still smoking so we drove a little faster through there :) Our drive on the Arco Norte was pretty uneventful as was the rest of the drive to Queretaro. We met Eloy and Rocio on the edge of town and they took us ... read more
Cordoba to Queretaro
Cordoba to Queretaro
Cordoba to Queretaro

North America » Mexico » Querétaro March 18th 2017

We're safe and will update the blog later :)... read more

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro December 11th 2016

Mijn plannen veranderen soms net zo snel als het weer in Nederland. Waar ik mijn vorige post nog eindigde met het voornemen om op zaterdagavond een nachtbus richting Puebla te nemen heb ik in werkelijkheid besloten om een hostel te zoeken in Querétaro, omdat het zo'n leuke plaats is. Echter laat mijn geluk me daar weer in de steek want het hostel dat ik gevonden had was, zoals niet voor het eerst deze reis, leeg. Bij nader onderzoek, ik heb de eigenaar onderworpen aan een kruisverhoor bij gebrek aan andere gesprekspartners, bleek het hostel een heuse drie weken oud. Het gevolg was dus dat ik letterlijk de eerste gast was, maar alles was wel nog netjes en schoon. Mijn nieuwe plan was dus om de nacht te slapen in Querétaro en dan in de ochtend vroeg ... read more

North America » Mexico » Querétaro » Santiago de Querétaro September 1st 2015

This album, the last one in my Queretaro series, features photos taken in & around & near the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square. Some background info: Santiago de Querétaro, founded in 1531, is located 221 kms NE of Mexico City. With a population of over 1 million in 2010, it is the largest city and capital of the State of Querétaro. Because of its low crime rate and low unemployment, the city’s standard of living is considered the highest in Mexico & Latin America, although some consider it more expensive to live there. The city is also considered one of the cleanest cities in the world. The historic city center was declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 1996. Plaza de Armas (aka Independence Square) is the city’s main square (zocalo) & ... read more
co - aka Casa de la Corregidora
co - Built in the 18th century,
co - It has been the State Government Palace since 1981.

This album continues my Queretaro series from my 2 month stay in the city during winter 2014. This one features some colorful sights & sounds in the historic center.... read more
Weekend market along 5 de Mayo

This album features a variety of monuments, fountains & statues often found in the plazas in the city's historic center.... read more
The monument honors Dona Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez
The plaque
Tree of Friendship

The city of Querétaro is divided in two by the river & joined by the Puente (bridge) de San Sebastián. At one time, the area north of the river, often called La Otra Banda (the other side), was outside city limits. Most of the residents in this area were poor. Barrio San Sebastian was one of those neighborhoods. Casa del Faldon, located at Primavera 45 Ote. I didn’t catch it in a photo but have included a couple links for photos here. The elegant Casa del Faldón (coattail), with its attractive lookout tower, was built in the mid 17th century. Legend has it that during a religious procession, a Spanish Councilman was offended that the indigenous Mayor had a higher rank in the procession. He therefore yanked at the mounted Mayor’s dresscoat, ripping it at the ... read more
The fountain in the foreground
The fountain plaque
Mosaics using broken pottery & china.

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