Travelogue Spring Break 2011, Day 6, Holy/Maundy Thursday: Zacatecas

The kids slept in again this morning, so Greg and I took a walk around the Centro Histórico and found a nice little crepería, “Magic Kreep.” They made the most perfect cup of cappuccino. And, you know, in Guanajuato and now here, too, they have cappuccino everywhere, and it’s 20 pesos or so. Can’t Mazatlán do that? We enjoyed reading the paper and having some adult time.

Today was Danny’s day to be tour guide, and he wasn’t feeling so well. Seems he’s fighting a cold or something—body aches. But, he did a good job guiding us around today, first to the Artisan Market that is in the former “González Ortega” public market. The building, as most of them here in Zacatecas, is gorgeous. Inside are little kiosk-like stalls with loads of pewter, silver and gold jewelry, leather ware, charería clothing and accessories and knick-knacks.

From the market Danny had us walk over to the Pedro Coronel Museum, as I was really excited to see the Dalís, Mirós, Picassos, Chagals, Degases… and also to show such terrific international caliber art to the kids. It is unreal to me to have such incredible caliber art in such an intimate, local setting. Beautiful. The museum is a gorgeous building, a former Jesuit (San Luis Gonzaga) college, and the art was sensational. Danny and Mara both seemed to really enjoy looking around, and Danny took quite a few notes as well. The kids are growing up and finding their interests!

We took a break for a drink in a café restaurant called Olimpus or something like that—very old and not very clean. From there we tried to go into the churriguereque-facaded, eight gold altar-adorned Santo Domingo church and the cathedral, but the doors were all locked! So, back to the hotel for a respite it was!

We ate a late lunch at La Traviata, a pizza-pasta place near our hotel. Danny loved his pesto; he’s getting sooooo ready for Lent to be over so he can eat meat/fish/poultry again! He’s done great with the vegetarianism, but boy is his carnivore ready to come out!

We have really enjoyed walking around the alleyways and streets of this gorgeous city. There are so many artists and craftspeople selling their wares, and today Greg bought a gorgeous pendant carved and painted from bamboo.

Tonight there was a reenactment of the Last Supper and the events in the Garden of Gethsemene, including Judas’ kiss and the arrest of Jesus. We wanted to go, but it was just too much for us. I guess it will be left to our imagination for another year!

Around 9 we walked over to the former bullfight ring, the Quinta Real Hotel, for a drink.  It is the only hotel in the world, they say, that is in a former bullring, and it is stunning. To add to the beauty, it is located right next to the old “El Cubo” aqueduct.  We had such a nice time walking all around the hotel/bullring, and sitting out on the balcony gazing at the view. Tonight there was a Christie’s art auction going on, so we had some added people-watching.