Sunday Morning in Morelia
We arrived in Morelia, the state capital of Michoacán, in the late afternoon. After we hopped off the bus, we were driven into town by an exuberant 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 and tucked into tasty Huevos Rancheros for breakfast as we 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 and a number of particularly interesting portraits of Frida Kahlo.
Morelia is famous for its sweets and we couldn’t resist checking out Mercado De Dulces. The market comprises 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 a more 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!
On our second 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 aren’t many foreign visitors. In fact, we have found that the attitude of locals is often substantially more friendly and welcoming when this is the case. The less that places have been affected by the culture of tourism, the more open and hospitable the people are.