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Every time I go by this bougainvillea (above) I think about taking a picture of it.  Last time I asked Paul to use his cell phone camera, so now you can see my favorite bougainvillea in town!  (one block west of Belisario Dominguez on Calle Libertad) The picture below reminded us of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies.  Aren’t they adorable? These houses share the block with the actual house where Pedro Infante lived.   (Constitución over near Rosales I think) Then, just...

I’m cautiously optimistic…

I love all the old buildings in Centro Historico.  Some of them are really in bad shape, but you can tell they were beauties at one time.  At the top of the post is one I’ve written about before, located at Mariano Escobedo and Niños Heroes.  It is the Mansion of the Garcías, and was constructed in 1870. I had seen people working in there, but I had also been told that it was “just a cleanup.”  Sometimes the city orders...

Old buildings need love, too…

You can’t live in Centro without being interested in what is going on with regard to restoring the many crumbling old buildings.  Having lived through our two courtyard projects I have nothing but respect for people who can take on the restoration of a building that is missing its roof, needs all new systems, is situated on our small, congested streets, and where the restoration is governed by INAH.  If you’re doing one of these restorations, you get a hearty...

Buyer beware

I am usually a pretty positive person.  I won’t and don’t use this blog as a way to grumble publicly about things in Mexico that aggravate me.  But I’ve had a recurring thought that just wouldn’t go away so I thought I’d blog about it. Here goes: Some people seem to think that the rules here are the same as the rules where they came from.  Not true.  An acquaintance of ours had an out of scale building being constructed...

Fifteen days…..

Our 120 year old home has some wonderful old features, and four sets of these lovely cedar doors are some of my favorites.  When we bought the house they had been cleaned and restored, but had no hardware!  And since three bedrooms need their privacy, we had been looking for the appropriate type of hardware. It’s hard to find hardware that would look right on these doors.  We didn’t want to use normal locksets & handles since we didn’t want...