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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.

Callejon del Romance

Morelia, Michoacan

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Legend has it that there is an alleyway in Morelia filled with romance.

If you and your lover want to seal your relationship forever, engrave a lock with your names on it and place it on the wrought iron display at the entrance.

Come take a look at this tiny, picturesque callejon in central Mexico!

Sign at the entrance to the Callejon del Romance

Sign at the entrance to the Callejon del Romance

One of the most popular tourist spots in Morelia, visitors and locals alike are inspired by the love stories related to this little lane.





Created in the 19th century, it was a small pathway for vendors who brought milk and coal to sell in the city. Beasts of burden and the men who drove them both slept in this alleyway.

Beautiful renovated alleyway using the pink stone of the nearby quarry

Beautiful renovated alleyway using the pink stone of the nearby quarry

Walking along this pathway you can read verses from the poem " Romance de mi Ciudad " by local poet Don Lucas Ortiz. This poem is the reason this small backstreet was given the name of Callejon del Romance.

However, in the "old days" the original appearance of the dirt path was different. At the entrance there was a soap factory, the only property in this area of the city with water and electricity services. The houses were made of adobe with earthen floors, a gabled roof with beams, shingle and tile. This is where the workers of the factory lived.

Fountains were put in at the time of renovation

Fountains were put in at the time of renovation

In 1965, this passageway received a complete remodeling in which pink stones from the nearby quarry were placed on the walls, the planters were installed, public lighting was wired up and the fountains put in.

When the flowers and bougainvillea are in bloom, this walkway is stunning.

Sharing a little love ourselves

Sharing a little love ourselves

Beautiful windows, wrought iron doorways, and the pink quarry stone make a great background for this photo.

Today you can find 19 homes including some restaurants and cafes that promise to stop time. A wonderful place to enjoy with your partner.

Beautiful fountains

Beautiful fountains

Take your time walking through this very short byway that connects two busy streets, Luis Mota and Madero. Be sure to take some photographs - and if you are alone, take a book to read!

Callejon del Romance offers some simplicity, peace and quiet in the big city.

Wrought iron display with engraved locks of lovers

Wrought iron display with engraved locks of lovers

Legend has it that if you want to seal your love together forever, then you must remember to bring a lock with your names engraved on it and close the lock on any of its walls or on this particular display.





If you do that, then you will never be separated and this will bind your love together.

Lovers are everywhere

Lovers are everywhere

Every day is a good day for romance!

The Aqueduct and outdoor restaurants at the entrance to Callejon del Romance

The Aqueduct and outdoor restaurants at the entrance to Callejon del Romance

Located between the streets of Luis Mota and Madero, the Aqueduct is on one end of this famous callejon. This is where the water came from for the soap factory in the previous time.





You can sit and have a meal at one of these restaurants or go down inside the lane and eat at one of the choices there.

On the other side of this Aqueduct is the fountain (Fuente de las Tarascas) also worth seeing.

Make a morning of it!

The Callejon del Romance is open every day and every night. The installed lighting along the pathway gives off a warm golden glow, perfect to instill the romantic mood!

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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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