Kathie Vezzani. I have to start with her. Oh, man, if she is leading your group you are going to be well cared for. The best restaurants, calm demeanor, planner of surprises and knower of what is fun and memorable in your travels and art making. Just wow. Here she is looking out over the Botannical Garden from the Santo Domingo convent.
Here is our magnificent group of travelers. Artists. Jokesters. Twittering angels. What a compatible bunch we were. I'm smiling here at each face, remembering.
It was colorful. Fiestas around each corner.
Lots of green jungley foliage in the courtyard and the city during the rainy season.
A lovely welcome party to greet us.
Esquites, ceviche, tostadas, tamales, plantain fritters, mezcal margaritas. Ehole!!
The wonder of Monte Alban.
The lovely Indio children. So proud of their culture. Their gentle spirits are part of what makes Oaxaca unique.
The first day we eased into our painting classes with some sketching and walking around our neighborhood. Just getting into the slower and less demanding rhythm of our surroundings.
We sketched the outside of this church: Santo Domingo. Everything that looks like gold is gold.
Michele Unger took this photograph of Kathy, Katie, and myself having a sit down in the Painters' Museum.
Beautiful architecture and history everywhere you look.
This is how my Sopa de Guia was served. The ingredients here are squash blossom, string cheese, pumpkin seeds and chapulines. Then the waiter comes with a pitcher of hot squash broth that he pours over it. It looks like cream but I think it is liquified squash and some herbs. Delicious!
Our group walking home under the harvest moon on the safe and easy to navigate streets.
I'll add chapters all this week. I still haven't unpacked. In the meantime, consider seeing Mexico City with Kathie, Katie and myself this coming March. We will do everything in our power to make Mexico City a beautiful adventure as well.
I painted 3 abstracts before I left that I didn't have time to post.
And I came home to ripe melons!
Can it really be September 16th already?
Tomorrow we have a Birthday to celebrate but I'll try to have the next installment ready to post.
Sending love and prayers to all.