SATURDAY, June 11 (Morelia)

We’ve been in Morelia since last Thursday.  We left the camper in Pátzcuaro. We stayed at what is perhaps the quietest hotel ever, the Hotel Meson De Los Remedios.

Morelia is a “colonial city.”  Which, in reality, means that a few blocks away from the “centro historico” it’s like any other Mexican city – emphasis on the word “city.”

Massimo & Almendra

The highlight of our 3-day visit to Morelia was dinner (twice) at Pulcinella Restaurante.  It was recommended to us by Georgia Conti, the birding guide we met while in Pátzcuaro. The restaurant is owned by an Italian man, Massimo, and Almendra, his Mexican wife.  They have 5 adorable children, all girls – one set of triplets and one set of identical twins. The meals were as good as any we’ve had in Italy or San Francisco’s North Beach (Italian) neighborhood.

Another highlight was walking into the Santuario de nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.  It’s a knockout.  The word “rococo” came immediately to mind. See pix below. We saw the church while on a one hour spanish language historia tour.  The vehicle used to ferry tourists around is a faux San Francisco cable car. ¿Por que?

Santuario de nuestra Señora de Guadalupe:

Orchid photos from the Orquidario de Morelia: