Guadalajara Daily Photo

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Calandrias



In spanish a Calandria is the name of a kind of bird, I am not sure about their name in english, but here in Guadalajara a Calandria is also a traditional carriage pulled by a horse, and used by the tourists. Usually a visitor takes the tour from the historical downtown to other places where there are nice views of the city. It was funny to see this sign forbidden a calandria to be ride in a particular street. Beleive me, the street where I took the picture is all but touristic.
posted by Dennys Sanborns (AKA Juan Cabeza de Vaca) at 1:38 PM 11 comments

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The route of freedom

In 1810 a criollo priest (the son of two Spaniards born in Mexico, well, at that time New Spain) Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla began the War of Independence. As he went all over Mexico trying to reunite people for the cause, he visited many cities. One of this was Guadalajara, where he approved the foundation of EL DESPERTADOR AMERICANO, one of the most important news papers in journalism history in Mexico, because was the first one to promote liberal ideas.

In order to give a graphic idea of the places Hidalgo visited, these eagle heads points the way he followed. This is at the entrance of Tlaquepaque, where he declared the Abolición de la Esclavitud (The Abolition of Slavery).
posted by Liz Feliz at 3:06 PM 5 comments

Monday, May 29, 2006

Spring

Walking down the street I saw this tree [now I think I have a certain something with trees with flowers :)] I love this colors, and the sun was so great... just a lovely tapatian sunday afternoon!!.
posted by Liz Feliz at 10:07 AM 11 comments

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Tapatío


The people of Guadalajara are known as tapatíos. Over the years, there had been many, many, and many stories trying to explain the origin of this word... and why are we called like this. One of these stories says that at the old entrance of San Pedro Tlaquepaque (the column at the right of this picture is what's letf of the garita) there was a young lady that used to sell tamales with her uncle (in spanish "tío"); they have so many customers that they could not get the lid (again in spanish "tapa") over of the pot. So the girl used to tell him: "the lid, uncle!" (not the greatest translation) in spanish "¡la tapa, tío!". As she said this too much, people started to call them "tapatíos"... so, here you go (but still... how come did we all get this nickname?, I'll tell you the other stories later, maybe we'll find out).

This old entrance was destroyed during a car accident in which a very glamorous member of Tlaquepaque's high society was death... and in her honour was never rebuilt.


This is at Plaza de la Bandera... another source of interesting stories.
posted by Liz Feliz at 1:53 PM 7 comments

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mistakes

Sometimes, pretty good things are messed up with laziness or simply mistakes we make. This one used to be a beautiful garden with small trees shaped as animals, but lately this is what you can see. I did a mistake being lazy not updating GDP, (am I being TOO dramatic?), smaller or bigger are they, my city is the most affected at both cases. I've lost my connection... what 's their excuse?
posted by Liz Feliz at 1:16 PM 6 comments

Friday, May 26, 2006

Another disc on the wall

Some old LP's at a flea market. You can find really good items among them... real good treasures in a very cheap price. Even though the music is the real star here, you can't miss watching the pictures of younger versions of the singers, and the covers are so colorful and cute!!
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:34 AM 9 comments

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Extreme measures


Maybe you have to make this image bigger to see the... let's say "weirdness involved". Lately I read about people using donkeys as security for sheeps, but this... I couldn't believe it until I asked the workers.

This super donkey was hired in order to protect this construction, as he has this hyper sensible ear and powerful sound making voice, there's no comparison. Besides, even though they say they treat him well, I don't think he's very comfortable here. Anyway I'm still up for video cameras... what do you think?
posted by Liz Feliz at 7:41 AM 5 comments

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Is that a bird?

This airplane was acquired by the Mexican Air Force at the beginning of the 50’s to train the newest cadets. Is a Boeing Stearman PT-17 and is shown at the museum Cuartel Colorado (at this link you can see panoramic pictures of it). This museum shows part of the military history of Mexico, pretty cool huh?
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:41 AM 6 comments

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

La Minerva


Today we’ll see one of the most significant icons of GDL: La Minerva, this huge fountain was supposed to be located at the exact crossing of the highways that goes to Nogales, Morelia and the south of Jalisco, now trough it are two of the biggest avenues in the city: Lopez Mateos Avenue and Vallarta Avenue.

It was build by the order of the Mayor Agustin Yañez being responsible of this project the architect Julio de la Peña. In the middle of the fountain there’s a statue resembling Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, arts and war, constructed by the sculptor Pedro Medina (there’s a story that says he built it resembling himself on the face and the body of Minerva, that’s why she isn’t such a beauty).


It has so much interesting details, that aren’t visible on this pic, that's why we’ll talk about them later.
posted by Liz Feliz at 10:21 AM 5 comments

Monday, May 22, 2006

Refreshing


Walking and shopping is not always a good combination, mostly if you do it on a very hot May day. But you know there'll be some oasis that will erase your thirst. This guy offers Cerveza de Raíz, a very cool mix of flavor syrup and mineral water. There are many flavor but this time there were only cherry and cola. Oh, and you should really try them together!!
posted by Liz Feliz at 7:33 AM 9 comments

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Baratillo


Today I visited The Baratillo a huge street market (I think is the biggest one in GDL) is located at Manuel Cuesta Gallardo St. between Gigantes St. and Puerto Melaque, and growing. Is very famous for the memorabilia sellings. I found this seller of matches very interesting, because there were packages from everywhere in the world all gather together on a street in my city. I love this place!
posted by Liz Feliz at 7:18 AM 7 comments

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Another tree (this one doesn't feel sad)


Just some doves resting up above a tree, outside San Rafael Park. They seem to be part of the branches, and I think, in a way, they are.
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:53 PM 9 comments

Friday, May 19, 2006

The tree of Pisa

This tree seems to be “depressed” or something about its condition.. Is located at Lopez Mateos Avenue, in front of Plaza del Sol (one of the most important malls at GDL). This is a very conflictive zone on raining time, that by the way is just around the corner. But nobody seems to be worried about the danger it may represent in a storm (and I'm not even mentioning the cable!) I took this shot for GDP, and I’m sending it also to the Mayor's office… maybe they can save it, and replant it on another location.
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:09 AM 5 comments

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tacos, tacos

Tacos are definitely one of the most know mexican dishes around the world. Not that Taco Bell is not a real "taco" because there are as many varieties as you can imagine... just put some food onto a tortilla and ta da!! you have a taco. But this photo shows a very common taquero (taco seller) an authentic taco man. Later we'll talk about different tastes and kinds of tacos.
posted by Liz Feliz at 8:57 AM 5 comments

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Beautiful sky


I took this yesterday. This sky was meant to be shown here. I just had to take it. It was raining a few minutes before, and suddenly it stopped and there you go. Sadly there wasn't a rainbow.
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:01 AM 5 comments

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tlaquepaque at night

These two magicians dancing on Tlaquepaque, give the street such an enchanted charm. It’s such an experience to take a walk down here because of the architecture, the weather… This is outside of the Museo Regional De Las Artesanías (Regional Museum of Craftsmanship), just in front of Sergio Bustamante’s gallery (the artist that created this sculpture).
posted by Liz Feliz at 12:31 PM 5 comments

Monday, May 15, 2006

Tonala


Tonala is also part of Guadalajara Metro Area. On thursdays and sundays there is a tianguis (you remember?) on Tonaltecas Avenue, the main street on this town. You can buy there all kind of handcrafts, pottery and everything you'll ever dream to find. This is a puesto (street market stand) of very small figures resembling the ones that are used on kitchens.
posted by Liz Feliz at 7:02 AM 8 comments

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Yummy


This delicious treat is called cacahuates garapiñados (original recipe, in spanish), and is nothing but peanuts covered with melt sugar. There are prepared almost in every "tianguis" (street markets) and believe me… they are delish!! But I admit it, I took this because of the guy, he is just so carefully cooking this that he didn't notice me.
posted by Liz Feliz at 8:07 PM 8 comments

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Lottery

I felt a little awkward taking this woman’s picture as I was walking on Alcalde Avenue. But she was complaining out loud about the weather that made me think so much about the annoying place where she sells lottery tickets. It has some much noise, and buses here and there, the smoke makes the air almost unbreatheable at moments that maybe she was just getting an excuse to complaint. Anyway, I kind of like the rush of the moment and tried to capture it here.
posted by Liz Feliz at 7:57 PM 3 comments

Friday, May 12, 2006

That's all folks!!


Oh yeah, what you see is absolutely real. I took this back in december (hence the christmasy decoration up there) but I had to show you this pic (enlarge it, so you can appreciate it). In Mexico we celebrate with a huge party when a girl turns out fifteen, something like the "Sweet 16 Party". Obviously there's a huge dress involve that is sell at bridals shops, just like this, on Donato Guerra Street, at downtown. So if you know a huge fan of Looney Tunes, I dare him to have this piece on his collection!!
posted by Liz Feliz at 6:25 AM 4 comments

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Musicians on the street

Rodo Padilla is a well famous artist that is recognized for its chubby/funny art; not that Botero kind of stuff but he does figures representing common activities, such as the mariachi guy in the picture. Well this saxofonist wanted to join the band... Taken at Tlaquepaque, outside Rodo's gallery.
posted by Liz Feliz at 9:25 AM 4 comments

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Half and half

This little "towers" divide Colon Street at downtown; at right cars could go, but left is only for pedestrians. At the bottom of each one you could see the Guadalajara seal. This has to be done because of traffic and to keep the beauty of walking into the old side of the city.
posted by Liz Feliz at 8:53 AM 14 comments

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Car races, I mean bus races... or cow races??


At GDL we have a big problem with public transportation, not only are too many, and too inefficient bus lines at the city, but some of them are driven as if they were in Montecarlo. That's why all the buses are suppose to have an "Alarma Reguladora de Velocidad", some kind of gadget that emits a sound when the bus gets up to 65km/hr (40.39 miles per hour). But let's be honest, that hasn't make any difference, because has caused many accidents, as you may imagine. The drivers of this buses are nicknamed Vacunos, that means "bovines"... mocking about their behaviour behind the wheel, you know as if a cow would drive better than they. The question is still in the air.
posted by Liz Feliz at 2:04 PM 7 comments

Monday, May 08, 2006

Let's begin


They say that there's nothing like a new day to begin... well this photo was taken at 7:00 am but the sun seems like it was 3:00pm. That "new day" this City Blog, was supposed to be born, only that is until today when is finally released. This shot is from the Primavera Forest, that is in Zapopan (that still belongs to Guadalajara Metro Area (ZMG, later I'll try to explain how exactly GDL is divided). If anyone knows the name of this tree, I'd really appreciate if you let me know.

Welcome to Guadalajara Daily Photo
posted by Liz Feliz at 1:45 PM 3 comments