Postcard from Guanajuato, Mexico: A valley of colorful layers climbing toward the hilltops

Nicely elevated at 6,600 feet, the city of Guanajuato is squeezed into a valley so narrow that her colorful casas creep higher and higher up the surrounding slopes. As you move away from the main plazas, the climbing streets become mere pedestrian passageways often only a couple of feet wide. The mountaintops serve as beautiful backdrops for the city, and whatever direction you look reveals layers of architecture added through the centuries.

The shots through the potted cacti were from our rooftop patio, with a comfortable couch for reading, a lime tree contributing its fruit to our margaritas and power for the Mister’s travel guitar. As the sun set, we don’t think anyone ever noticed the blues emanating from our patio amidst the afternoon surround sound created by the rowdy chorus of rooftop dogs and firecrackers sporadically ignited to mark the journeys of statues of some saint or another to different sanctuaries.


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