Sunday Morning in Morelia
We arrived in Morelia, the state capital of Michoacán, in the late afternoon and were driven into town by an exuberant, but friendly taxi driver.
Another UNESCO world heritage site, Morelia is a colonial city buzzing with activity. On Sunday morning, we sat at sidewalk at Cafe Catedral. We had some tasty Huevos Rancheros for breakfast and watched the city come to life.
The road around the impressive cathedral had been closed off to traffic. A parade of cyclists (many with dogs in tow), skaters and children on small bikes or driving tiny toy cars passed by. Meanwhile, worshippers headed into the cathedral for Sunday Mass.
Exploring the City Streets
We explored the adjacent streets, watched some capoeira in one of the plazas, and popped into a couple of museums. The Palacio Clavijero had some vibrant artwork; some of the paintings being interesting portraits of Frida Kahlo.
Morelia is famous for its sweets and checked out the Mercado De Dulces. The market comprised of stall after stall of stacked sweets, nuts and chocolate, not to mention fruit leather, the local speciality. As a matter of fact, we took the opportunity to stock up on rounds of nut brittle for onward bus journeys.
There are hardly any tourists in Morelia, which made for an authentic Mexican experience. Furthermore, we found everyone we came across incredibly friendly.
Pizza Mexican Style
We ate lunch at Pulcinellas – fabulous huge pizzas with a Mexican twist of hot chilli sauces on the side. Highly recommended!
The next day we headed out to Bosque Cuauhtemoc, Morelia’s largest park. We went to the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Alfred Zalce. Although it was an impressive building, there wasn’t much being shown, so we headed back to town. We bought some cheese and freshly baked bread and had a picnic back in our room.
Morelia made a nice stop for a couple of days and we always enjoy visiting destinations where there are a lack of foreign visitors. In fact, we have found that the attitude of locals is often substantially more convivial when this is the case. The less that places have been affected by the culture of tourism, the more open and friendly the people are.