A few weekends back, we decided to make a quick trip down to Lake Chapala to have a late breakfast/lunch at Monte Coxala, a restaurant and spa that overlooks the lake, between the towns of Ajijic and Jocotepec. Our former Travel Orders neighbors (we miss y’all!) had recommended the place because the restaurant also had a good play area for the kids. The lake area is a good option when we need to get out of the house to keep the kids occupied in the morning.
As you could likely tell from my previous post, the shore around our rental house was not exactly conducive to swimming, given the rocky shoreline and large waves. Fortunately just outside of the neighborhood was the Las Hadas resort, where we were able to buy all-inclusive day passes to enjoy the food, drinks and the much calmer beach.
We returned to the beach over the 4th of July weekend, this time to Manzanillo, along with two other families (hello Travel Orders) where we rented a beautiful house overlooking the ocean. It was really hot – boy how I’ve gotten soft with the lower temperatures and humidity in Guadalajara – but that didn’t stop any of the fun.
DiploTot has been enjoying a ballet class that she has been taking now for several months. It makes for a good afternoon activity for her and she has several friends that are also in the class. One of the great things about Mexico is what all these kid activities cost. For around $25 a month we get two one-hour classes a week. That is tough to beat and if she looses interest in continuing, no biggie.
The girls recently had their exam and all the parents were able to come watch as they showed what they have learned before graduating from the beginner class.
Several weeks ago there was a tequila tasting at the Consul General’s residence. The owner of a tequila store in Tlaquepaque was on hand to explain the tequila making process and to provide tastings for several different tequilas from G4 and Fortaleza. It made for a fun evening and has me ready to visit the town of Tequila for more tours and tastings.
Our trip wrapped up with a visit to this beautiful ex-hacienda on our way out of town. The family that owned the hacienda was descended from those that discovered the La Valenciana silver vein in 1558, a mine that for 250 years produced 20% of the world’s silver. So as you can see, the beautiful furnishings and gardens probably still amounted to chump change considering the wealth that was coming from this particular silver mine.