A Room with a View
We spent the last few days in what must be the prettiest city in the world – Guanajuato. Set in a valley, the UNESCO world heritage site is crammed with brightly painted houses, colonial buildings, plazas, basilicas and steep winding lanes. Our hotel Balcon Del Cielo, is in a fantastic position on the hillside, next to the funicular overlooking the city. The views are amazing, especially at sunset when the city is swathed in an an warm orange glow.
Unfortunately, Ku has been unwell since our last day in Mexico City, but this has been a perfect place to recuperate, by simply sitting in the plaza people-watching, taking it easy and sipping on water. Meanwhile, T has been sampling the mango margaritas!
Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera
We visited Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera which was Rivera Diego’s childhood home. It has now, in fact, been developed into a gallery as well, and various exhibitions are held there. It’s an interesting building to browse around and offers yet another perspective of the artist.
Museum of Mummies
The most bizarre aspect of the city is the Museo De Las Mumias – the Museum of Mummies! Apparently, visitors come from all over the country to see the remains of mummies of Guanajuato, including the smallest in the world. It is a weird place, and somewhat disconcerting. Many of the mummies of Guanajuato still have clothes or boots on. An alarming number have contorted expressions on their faces and cause of death is evident in their posture – one was buried alive, another drowned and one stabbed. We never knew what gruesome sight we would be faced with around the next corner! Not for the faint-hearted!