Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Trip Up the Mountain!

Well, I decided to be brave and try some of the local food concoctions.
The dish above is a popular Mexican dish called - Divorced Eggs!
They were... Ok, but they had way too much salsa on them.

While we were eating this guy came and started playing his guitar & singing.... we was not very good. In Mexico, people will come up to you and try to sell you stuff, beg, or try to sing and basically get your money!

I took the kids up the funicular to see El Pipila!

According to Wikipedia: A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other.

This is the view from the funicular.

 This is me and the kids riding in the funicular.
We tried to talk to the girl who was operating it, but she spoke NO English and said she could not understand our accent.

The view on the way up to El Pipila.

When we reached the top we had to get pictures of the artwork!

After you get off of the funicular you have to walk through an open mall, then you have to climb stairs to get to the street level to see El Pipila.

This is the area around El Pipila.
The vendors are very..... assertive.

 Here are my kids in front of El Pipila.

He is a national hero because he carried a stone on his back to protect himself from enemy fire in battle. He did it order to get close enough to set the enemies fortress gate on fire.
His sacrifice enabled the Mexican's to get into the Spanish fort to defeat them.
El Pípila (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpipila]) is the nickname of a local hero of the city of Guanajuato in Mexico. His real name was Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro (1782–1863), son of Pedro Martínez and María Rufina Amaro. The name is also given to a monument built in his honor in the same city.

From the monument the view of the city is unbelievable!

I love the way the clouds are coming over the mountain.

 I had to buy something from this family.
The man was so nice, even though his English was worse than my Spanish! LOL
I enjoyed trying to comunicate with them. He asked us where we were from and when we said Florida, he immediately got excited and started trying to tell us about his family in.... Miami! LOL
Everyone here thinks of Florida as Miami! Oh Well!

This is the view on the way back down the mountains!

I love this church. We have gone inside of it and sat on its steps often!

That night when we got home it started raining.
Because there is only grass in the parks the water becomes torrential.
I had to get a picture of it.
This is the view from our front door!
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