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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex12

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex11

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Interesting article on the ceiling of the church.

In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex10

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex9

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex8

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex7

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex6

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex5

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I love the Hispanic architecture!

In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex4

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In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex3

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A nice place to spend the day although it was rainy and cold that morning.

In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex2

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Another structure inside the complex.

In the Cuernavaca Mission Complex

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A nice place to rest while visiting the various buildings in the mission complex. 

Cuernavaca Church in Cuernavaca, Mexico2

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Another church in the same complex.

Cuernavaca Church in Cuernavaca, Mexico

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Part of the mission in this town.

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City7

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A bird cage with real birds that were chirping in the lobby.  Nice touch!

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City6

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Nice mural inside the hotel . . .

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City5

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Wow!  A beautiful view of the stained glass ceiling in my hotel.

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City4

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An elevator from another time.

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City3

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A classy staircase for this hotel.

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City2

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Another lobby shot . . .

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico City

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Amazing view of the inside of my hotel in Mexico City!

A Church Near the Zocalo

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I wish I could find out the name of this church.  I discovered it on a random walk through the neighborhood surrounding my hotel.

Zocalo-Metropolitan Cathedral2

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I loved the weather down there, occasional rain and cooler temperatures that compared favorably to San Antonio.

Part of the Cathedral in Zocalo

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The side of the cathedral located in the Zocalo.

A Nice Touch

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Also in the Zocalo . . .

More From the Zocalo Area . . .

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. . . in downtown Mexico City.  My hotel was adjacent to this building.

Zocalo--Metropolitan Cathedral

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This was a beautiful sight on a chilly and rainy day.  I enjoyed looking at this Cathedral from my hotel room all week.

Chapultepec Castle2

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Approaching the gate to the castle and location of the concert.

Chapultepec Castle

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One of the first activities I participated in after arrival in Mexico City was to attend a concert at Chapultepec Castle.  The concert was performed by university students and was quite professional for that level.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take any pictures of the performers due to it being a distraction for them.

FYI, this castle is most famous for being the home of Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota.  I took this exterior shot as I was walking up the hill to the castle.

Mexico City

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Finally, I got to visit Mexico City!  It's a shame I've lived so close for so many years and never made it there (although I've traveled almost everywhere else).  A few minutes after I arrived at my hotel, the staff brought this plate of treats to my room.  I appreciated the personal touch of adding my name in chocolate.

Mexico City!!!

I will be visiting in about three more weeks!  I hope to have a lot of time to post pictures and note my experiences from my first ever trip to Mexico.

A Lost Treasure Found

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What a great thing to happen to me on Independence Day!  I was going through some boxes of old items that my mother made me bring to Texas a few years ago.  This was stuff that had accumulated over the years in my mother's house but ostensibly belonged to me.  Anyway, as I was going through one of the boxes, lo and behold, I found this knife.  I had not seen it in over thirty years but remember it belonging to my grandfather who passed away in 1988.  Somehow, it had ended up in one of the boxes and found its way to me.  My grandfather was an avid knife collector in those days and bought this in 1976.  The brand of the knife is "German Boker" and is a limited edition bicentennial model.  Quite appropriate for this day.

The amazing thing is the knife was in great condition and still had grease on the blades from the last time my grandfather oiled it.  If you look closely, you can even see the American flag embossed on the blade.  I don't know how much this is worth bu…

A Little Fawn

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This fawn was resting on my mother's stoop long enough to take pictures of it.  It eventually ran back to its own mother.

Happy Memorial Day!

We're getting clobbered with rain down here in Texas but I hope everyone else is enjoying the day off.

St. Francis Chapel

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This chapel is near Medina Lake and still seems to be in use.  I wonder how many people attend services as it is in quite an isolated location.

South Central Texas2

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I took this picture near Medina Lake which is west of San Antonio.  Normally, this creek bed would be dry but we've had a lot rain recently.

South Central Texas

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I took a drive out towards Medina Lake today and saw this beautiful field under the January sun.  I believe it hit the 60s before the day was out.

Happy New Year!

Some New Year's resolutions:

1) Post more on this blog
2) Travel more
3) Exercise more
4) Forget about work and its moroseness while away from work