Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
of Santiago de Queretaro
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Queretaro (pronounced Kay-RHET-uh-roh) is one of Mexico's smallest states. But
boy, it's packed with wonder, culture, history, diverse ecosystems and
Previously inhabited by both the Purépecha Empire and Aztec Empire, the Spanish
Conquest left their mark on the area as well. Especially in the architecture.
walk with us through the streets of this attractive city.
Santa Rosa de Viterbo Church
One of the best examples of 18th century
Baroque architecture, construction of this church was completed in 1752.
These days it is very fashionable to have the
letters of the name of the city done in HUGE colorful display. Then
tourists come by to have their photos taken in front of them. These colorful
letters are commonly done
The fountain - when it's on - is a beautiful
display with the peaceful sound of water.
3 century old Aqueduct
This Aqueduct provided water to the city
starting in 1738. It is built out of pink cantera stone and rubble-work.
Nowadays, the aqueduct no longer carries
water but is a distinct heritage and tourist attraction of Querétaro.
It forms a part of the historic center of
Querétaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Aqueduct is 1,280 meters long and has 74
Jardin Zenea on the left
This is one view of the Jardin Zenea and it
is surrounded by shops, cafes, and restaurants.
It is located in the Historic Center of the
city of Querétaro.
Frying up gorditas on the street
Gorditas aren't really my thing.
These little pouches have a filling inside
which can be spicy meat or vegetables.
However, to be honest I had the best gorditas
ever, in Queretaro.
Beautiful niche on a side street
As with any Spanish Colonial city, churches
These beautiful buildings display an amazing
array of arches, niches, tiled cupolas on top, and ornate gold covered altars
Here you see an attractive niche with a
statue of a saint inside it.
Fountains in a garden plaza
Also common in Mexico are the numerous plazas
and plazitas that anyone can stumble upon.
Generally places with shady spots to sit out
of the beating sun, fountains are everything from attractive to dazzling.
This is a rather stately building, although I
don't recall which government department it houses.
More beautiful pink cantera stone with
wrought iron balconies, this building overlooks another spacious plaza.
Since Queretaro is a UNESCO site, buildings
have been restored to the original condition, and streets are clean.
Here you can see the Colonial style -
side-by-side with modern features of gas, water and electric lines.
For a city, this street was rather narrow.
Cathedral of Queretaro
The construction of this Cathedral was
finished in 1804, but wasn't declared a Cathedral until 1922.
The celebration of such wasn't until 1931.
Small restaurant on a
All over the city in
between one store or another are these little restaurants.
This one sells tortas,
which is a sandwich with chicken or beef on a bolio. Bolios are
the Mexican version of the French baguette, and the sandwich is served warm.
And, as you can see from
the sign, they also sell hamburgers.
Beautiful mural of the local people
This mural is across
Just around the right-hand corner is an
indigenous museum with art on display. It was closed at this time due to Covid
Beautiful stone canals holding the river
The Rio Ayutla runs through the city of
Since we were visiting restaurants all over
Rucula, and this famous
little Birria joint, we crossed this river several times during our stay.
Here is another shot of Jardin Zenea.
Apparently, many events take place here in
normal times, but due to Covid restrictions, this plaza was mostly quiet during
Hank's, one of the restaurants we visited
often, was located in the cream colored building on the right. Hanks had really
delicious food, at reasonable prices, and a Happy Hour Drink Menu which offered
certain drinks for half price. Be sure to ask for it.
To illustrate the oddities of the Covid
restrictions, Hanks was not allowed to offer Two-for-One-Drinks during Happy
Hour, but they were allowed to have a Happy Hour Drink Menu -- with these same
drinks at half-price.
Akaisha purchases a colorful tote bag
Mama's got a brand new bag!
My current tote bag was wearing out after
several years of use. These local totes were colorful and had indigenous images
on the front. so they were very attractive.
Here I am, chatting with this young man about
its construction, noting that the long red handle goes completely around the
bottom of the bag so that it can hold weight securely.
I purchased one for 100Pesos, about $5USD.
Outdoor seating at cafes in Queretaro
One of the nice things about Latin American
and European countries is their penchant for outdoor cafes.
This sitting out-of-doors makes for a very
social situation. It's easy to people watch and to say "Buen Provecho!" which
means, "Enjoy your meal!"
Another beautiful church
I have read that in the Historical
section of Queretaro City there are "way too many churches to list" and you can
find one on just about every corner.
I'd say that's fairly accurate and these
buildings are beautiful.
Modern Queretaro across the River
We prefer to stay in the Old Historical
Center of many of these
Colonial Cities. But as you can see here, just across the street are modern
buildings, apartment complexes, art museums, medical centers and more.
Beautiful Plaza in Queretaro
In this plaza is a Tree of Friendship - un
Arbol de Amistad - and a lovely fountain.
Cafes surround this plaza as is the case
around most plazas.
The Eagle is a patriotic
symbol of Mexico
Eagles are dynamic birds who often portray
inspirational qualities to the men and women of the countries who have adopted
them as a patriotic symbol.
They are strong, powerful, skilled hunters
and protective of their young.
Queretaro is a lovely city with much to
offer. Make a point to visit!
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