Mom arrived in Tlaquepaque right on time for my birthday on July 5th, 2017. She has now made the trip to celebrate with me in Mexico several years, and she always seems to enjoy her stay. This time around she spent a few days in Puerto Vallarta, prior to arriving in Tlaquepaque, and reported that everything went extremely well.
Mom and my Primo Raul catching up
My familia arrived to celebrate with me
Me and my ahijado, Jorge
During one of our conversations we joked about renting a large bus to take our clan to Autlan, cradle of our maternal family's origins....so the next day, while shopping, we decided to 'spur of the moment' jump in a taxi and make the beautiful trip through the countryside to Autlan, Jalisco.
Fco., Martha y Victor Manuel on the road to Autlan
Mom, Estefania y Primo Memo reconnect
Mom, Gina y David
My cousin Gina had been trying to get me on the phone to wish me a happy birthday...so we surprised her with an impromptu visit....she was overjoyed.
On the road back to Tlaquepaque
A bit tired from all the driving, we enjoyed the quick trip and visit immensely.
Mom y Jorge in San Juan Cosala
Not to shy away from traveling, we jumped into the family van and made the short trek to San Juan Cosala, land of the natural hot springs, where my mother wanted to spend the day and night.
Huaracheria in Jocotepec
And as is the case with most good travelers, we shopped for local artesania...in this case a wonderful huarache shop in Jocotepec.
Martha y Victor Manuel decide on a pair
Then it was off to Chapala in search of delicious, local cheese. On the way we happened on a meat vendor selling chicharones....and had to try a sample.
Mom tells vendor her thoughts
Tlaquepaque has morphed into a destination town....full of shops, eateries and specialty items. Case in point, the fantastic store (and my favorite) of Corazon de la Tierra.
We happened upon a new restaurant in Tlaquepaque....Restaurant San Pedro. My Mom liked it so much that she returned several times to breakfast there during her visit.
Fountain at Sergio Bustamante
Ingenious; Local Trashcan
Saying goodbye to the family for now, I returned home to my bi-weekly food give away program....despensas, with my Grupo Axixic Michicihualli. Gotta love these Mexicans Helping Mexicans!
Fco. at Despensa