Sunday, January 27, 2013

Colors of Oaxaca: The Last Photos from Mexico

As a grand finale, may I present a selection of rainbow-bright scenes from the streets of Oaxaca? Let's start with the graffiti, which was outrageously creative:
This one had the title "Luchadora Langstrump" (Pippi Longstocking as a wrestler). 

Now let's have a quick tour of painted walls and security grilles:

And for the very last images from the trip, how about a few of the most colorful inhabitants?
These girls were gathered in the Zocalo posing for family photographs on the Sunday before Christmas. The bright ribbons woven through their braids with enormous bows at each end were just so adorable I could hardly stand it.
I did ask permission to take photos, and one bright side about having grown up into a plump, cheerful, middle-aged mom is that I'm utterly non-threatening and nobody much minds if I smile at their children.
And the children usually smile back!
Even the busy chef at a well-known local restaurant didn't mind. For my very last travel tip: this was at La Casa de la Abuela, which serves really really good classic local dishes and overlooks the Zocalo. Next time you're in town, you have to stop by and try the stuffed squash flowers.
So that's the end of our visit to Oaxaca. Next post - back to Maine for snowstorms and window frost!


  1. I enjoyed all of those posts!AriadnefromGreece!

    1. I'm so glad! It's been fun sharing all the stories.

  2. I tried posting a comment on one of your previous posts but after a lot of difficulty signing in it then apparently disappeared. SO I will keep this short in case it also disappears - but your photos brought back lots of wonderful memories of the trip Don and I made there a a few years ago - also at the same time of year.

    1. Hi Siobhan, I'm sorry it was hard for you to sign in. I've been getting a lot of spam in the comments here and finally had to give in and moderate them. That might be why it seemed to disappear - they don't get posted til I approve them now. If it is the one you left here:

      I did get that.

      Thanks so much for taking the trouble to comment; it's always encouraging to know someone reads this blog!

  3. I have so enjoyed the photos of your trip! That has the be the most rejuvenating place ever! The Stoutest Tree post I've saved in my email folder to look back... that post touched me sooo deeply!!

    But I have to admit, I've missed your Main photos! Having been a summer visitor to Newport, RI for the last several years, I love to see what goes on in that area when I'm not there!!!

    Glad you're back safe and sound!!!

    1. Thanks, Robin! Don't worry, we'll be back to photos from Maine very soon - I'm editing photos from a snowstorm now. Very different from Mexico!

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