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So we made it to the Guadalajara area and decided to stay in Villa Corona at Chimulco Trailer Park as it is the closest RV park to the city unless you stay in the city and those parks are not as nice.

"Villa Corona"

"Villa Corona is known for its beautiful Parque Acuatico Chimulco and itís Hot Springs! There are three naturally hot pools and instead of pumping and filtering the water they simply empty the pools every night and refill them in the morning from the abundant underground hot springs. One of the side benefits for the people lucky enough to live in Villa Corona is that they get free heating and hot water! The water from the hot springs is piped throughout the town and into every home and business.

The aquatic park is open to the public during the day and is crowded with happy, laughing Mexican children and their watchful parents. Many of these visitors drive or bus down from Guadalajara for the day. They bring huge lunches that they eat at the many barbeque equipped picnic tables throughout the park. At night while the three main pools are being emptied and cleaned, another smaller pool is filled with hot water for the exclusive use of the residents of the RV Park. It is open from 7:00 to 10:00 at night. 

There is a small lake beside the park which is a birding area and a nesting site for water foul."

 

http://www.chimulcotrailerpark.com/English/home.html

http://www.ontheroadin.com/interior/chimulco.htm

Directions;

Drive to : Villa Corona, Jalisco, Mex. From jct Hwy 54 & Hwy 80: Go 9 mi W on Hwy 80 toward Barra de Navidad. After Gas station turn left, go 1 block, turn right & go 1/2 mi. Entrance on left.

 

Park entrance

RV area

There is more park behind us where people can pitch tents and walk along the lakeshore

Cool RV!!!

Laundry room and clubhouse

Office

Grocery store and restaurants in the park

Pool area - one of them

Water slides

Restaurant, First Aid station and free WiFi ( power bars to plug-in at each table)

You can rent private hot tubs filled from the hot springs

Picnic and BBQ area for visitors

Church in Villa Corona

 

Tonala

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TonalŠ,_Jalisco

Tonala home to the famous blown glass art. Here you will find a giant street market with numerous vendors of ceramics, pottery, glass objects and all kinds of handcrafted items and novelties.

We hired a professional tour guide for the day: 

Ricardo Mendoza Gracian

Tel#376-766-0012

email address: sunset_rentacar@hotmail.com

It ended up being a 7 hour day as Ricardo toured us through Tonala and Guadalajara. We stopped for lunch at one of Ricardo's favorite restaurants in downtown Guadalajara and now mine.

Ricardo was an excellent guide. He speaks English and Spanish and is extremely knowledgeable of the history of the area and Mexico in general. He has a variety of different size vehicles to accommodate both large or small groups. He is also licensed to drive or move any size RV should you require somebody to deliver or move your RV anywhere in Mexico.

 It is definitely worth the money so that you have a driver and a guide for the day without the worry of wondering where to park, how to get there and the parking fees involved. Highly recommended.

We started with a tour of Tonala. Always go on Thursday or Sunday to this city as that is when the giant market is open. It was amazing. the following pictures show you a small amount of the goods for sale and the food you may purchase from the restaurants inter-dispersed among the other vendors. It is very crowded, but a lot of fun. Some of the best deals in Mexico.

 

Ceramics

Candles and Plaques

More ceramics and glassware

Food!!!

Baked goods

 

Quoted from: 

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Black Pottery of Oaxaca

Published: March 8, 1987

In Oaxaca, as in other cities and towns in Mexico, pottery is familiar as decoration and is widely used for practical purposes. But the pottery best known in Oaxaca, a colonial-style city about 325 miles south of Mexico City, is unusual in that it is black.

The black pottery of Oaxaca has a satiny sheen, sometimes with a silvery luster. It was developed by accident in 1953 from the traditional drab gray ware of the area. That was when Rosa Real de Nieto, a potter from a family of potters of Zapotec Indian ancestry, tried burnishing a simple clay pot with a piece of quartz before firing it. The pot that emerged from her kiln in San Bartolo Coyotepec, an adobe village about nine miles south of Oaxaca, had an attractive patina. Further experimentation led Mrs. Nieto, who died in 1978, to discover that the shorter the firing time the blacker the pot. Instead of the pale taupe that resulted from the usual firing time, the pottery could be made a handsome black.

It is this stunning black pottery shaped into tiny pots, animal figurines and beads as well as larger jugs, bowls, candelabra and jars that fill the shelves of craft shops and sections of the three vast indoor and outdoor public markets in Oaxaca. One of the best selections of the finely finished pottery is available at Mrs. Nieto's airy workshop in San Bartolo Coyotepec. It is now being run by her son, Valente, Nieto.

To read the full article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9B0DEEDD1230F93BA35750C0A961948260

I do not know where the best prices are for this pottery, but there was plenty of it here in Tonala

Lamps and things

More ceramics of a different kind

Wooden picture frames

Silver frames and tea-sets, etc....

More candles

Glass balls - hand blown

Tequila or liquor sets

Wooden crosses

 

Glassware

I purchased some wineglasses here and some tumblers in Mazatlan. A reasonable price is about 40 pesos/ea for the higher end glassware. John and I found out you can get the price lower if you buy more than one item. The more you buy the cheaper it gets.

A gentlemen decided to use his car to market his merchandise

City square with a pretty church in front. too many people to get a good picture. We only had two hours or so to shop if we wanted to see the best of Guadalajara. The dog limits our day trips to max 8 hours.

More food........

Churros - fried dough rolled in sugar, sort of like a Canadian Beavertail  on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa minus the cinnamon and icing sugar and the shape

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fried_dough

http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/canada/beaver-tails.htm 

 

OK not the same, but delicious!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churro

http://www.cooking-mexican-recipes.com/churro-recipe.html

On to Guadalajara next for a history lesson!

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