Today the remaining sketches done before leaving Mexico are now ready to post. Each was done in pencil at the site, and filled in later with watercolor and some ink.
Returning to San Miguel de Allende from Guanajuato, it was possible to observe the different feeling of each city–with the former seemingly slower-moving relative to Guanajuato, which buzzed with the energy of the college town it is.
The tranquility of the beautiful courtyard of the Belles Artes cultural center in San Miguel de Allende was a must for a last-look. Tree branches extending over the fountain drooped with ripe oranges, while a security guard waited for his shift to end. This seems to be the quietest spot in town.
Finally, it was off to Mexico City where a visit to the high Castle of Chapultepec provided an unforgettably well-done overview of Mexico’s history and an equally spectacular overview of the modern capital city.
Chapultepec means “at the grasshopper’s hill” in the native Nahuatl Aztec language and so it shouldn’t have been surprising that there was a big statue of a grasshopper in the center of the fountain adjoining the enormous castle built on this hill (at 7,624 feet above sea level) beginning in the late 18th century and surrounded by the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere. (But it was!)