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Funky trees, metal warrior women and some dinosaur dung.

 

Tlaquepaque – the sequel.

Trees.

 

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They were everywhere in this quaint shopping village.

 

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And allowed to go pretty much anywhere…

 

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Which was environmentally friendly…

 

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And at times, down right comical.

 

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There was a strange bird with red peppers on it’s head…

 

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And naked warrior women made out of metal.

 

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Also with birds.

Tell the truth…. how many of you men actually noticed the bird?

 

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We walked by Albert again…

 

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And into a store that sold dinosaur poo.

 

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Supposedly authentic… which caused my husband to snort.

Like you could you tell?

 

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The village was lovely.

 

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With a distinct Spanish flavor.

 

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Which probably explains why the French cafe where we had lunch was so absolutely un-French.

 

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It had a slight Gallic atmosphere.

 

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And yes, French Onion soup.

 

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But the closest the menu came to French cuisine was my uninspired, build it yourself chicken salad sandwich on a croissant.

 

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The husband’s?

 

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Might have had Grey Poupon.

Ooh La La Lame.

 

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Finishing our circuit, we stopped at a Native American jewelry store. The prices were high, and though tempted…. I was going to walk out empty handed until the husband started talking.

When the husband starts talking? I know we’re going to be there a while and resumed shopping. Seriously this time.

So it really was his fault I spent a large chunk of change on this bracelet.

 

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Yup.

His fault.

 

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On our way out, a giant aloe vera plant threatened to swallow him whole while he gazed at a statue…

 

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No. Not really…

But I totally would have posted that video to YouTube if it had.

 

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Said statue.

 

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Fountain.

Or tiny public bathtub, tough call.

 

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Cat statue, directly opposite a pot filled with….

 

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That can’t be a coincidence.

Weirdo Christmas trees.

 

I have a friend  ( Yes, I really do have them. They exist! And not just in my mind, so there.)  who is quite crafty, artistic and creative. This extends to her holiday decorating and every year she has a different Christmas tree.

And when I say different?

I mean different.

One year, it was made of driftwood.

 

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The next?  Pine cones.

 

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Then giant free floating balls.

 

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Which aren’t usually the balls one wants to have, but these were pretty cool.

 

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Some years there are normal trees…

 

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Which are almost disappointing.

 

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But then we’re back to fabulously odd.

 

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And the next year there’s a canopy tree hovering over your head.

One season it was made from recycled CD’s and put out the light of 100 suns.

 

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(Seriously, this thing could have powered a small town.)

 

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When you visit my friend’s house at Christmas, you never know what you’ll get… which is kind of a hoot.

So we went over last weekend and saw the 2018 version.

 

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To which my reaction was…. meh.

Slightly Seussian with the bare branch and one green ball, but not the most inspirational.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mount… grounds.

 

As lovely as the house was, I almost enjoyed strolling the grounds more.

That being said, we really don’t stroll enough these days. There’s a distinct lack of strolling going on and it probably explains a lot. One should never underestimate the benefits of a good stroll…

Alligator optional.

 

 

You exit the dining room onto a huge stone porch which was turned into a little cafe.

 

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Sorry food picture people, they had stopped serving lunch by the time we arrived. But the view was pretty sweet even with a growling stomach.

 

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Talk about a nice spot for your morning coffee…

 

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Ole Edith knew her stuff when it came to landscaping as well.

 

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I can’t imagine how long it takes to keep those shrubs trimmed.

 

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And this was just the porch area.

 

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We strolled, and I still hadn’t gotten far enough away to get a nice shot of the house.

 

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But the trees?

 

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Oh, good Lord…

The trees!

 

 

They were beautiful!

 

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I couldn’t stop photographing those.

 

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Absolutely magnificent from every angle.

 

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I love me some trees.

 

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Again, the house photo alluded me.

 

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But the grounds were lovely.

 

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And finally…

 

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The strolling paid off.

 

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And I got the money shot.

 

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The Mount.

 

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In all her glory.

 

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There were more gardens…

 

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And grounds…

 

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And wooded paths…

 

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And shots of the house…

 

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Some in better focus than others.

 

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(Note – do not shoot selfies straight into the sun.)

But it was near closing time and we had to say goodbye to the trees.

*Sob*

 

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On the walk back to the car we did see one more piece of modern art for the husband to puzzle over…

 

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$18,000 if you’re interested.

 

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Then it was the stables…

 

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Heck, they were beautiful.

I’d live there.

 

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And we were done.

 

qwe

 

Until the vacation next post…