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.
Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
After a terrific
ETN bus ride
from Guadalajara, we arrived in
Mexico, eager to experience this aristocratic Colonial City.
After settling into
our hotel, we headed off to the
Jardin de las Rosas for happy hour and some people-watching.
Then we ventured toward Los Portales
to pick up some dinner.
So... What are portales?
Covered porches with stone arches
It was King Phillip II of Spain who
ordered this design of covered porches, a main plaza, the church and
government buildings that is typical all over Mexico.
The portales themselves were meant
to be a sheltered area where the local people could sell their wares
protected from the sun and the rain. Portales, shops, government
buildings all surround the beautiful Plaza.
Virrey de Mendoza Hotel
This 5-star hotel flanks the Main Plaza
and is only a few meters away from the Government Palace. Right smack-dab in
the middle of the historical center of Morelia, this hotel has been
welcoming visitors since 1565.
The portales from an inside
see the shaded areas under the portales for cafe tables and for
vendors' craft displays.
400 years after King Phillip II ordered
this design, Mexicans in the tiniest towns and in great Colonial Cities all
enjoy this same stylish architectural layout. In fact you will see this same
pattern of construction in Guatemala - for instance in the beautiful city of
Take a look here at the great cities of
Zamora and Merida.
Underneath the portales
Looking here under the portales,
you will see various stores on the left. On the right outside of the photo
is the road, then the Plaza de Armas, also known as the Plaza de
Notice these beautiful large columns and
the wide shady area where pedestrians can walk.
This section of the portales has
both stores and restaurants/cafes.
It's a popular place to enjoy the
activity of the Plaza, the view of the
Cathedral, and to have a
coffee, a beer or a meal.
If you are ever bored in Latin America,
go to the portales!
Our agua frescas
These watery fruit drinks are called
agua fresca. You can find them all through
Made with fresh fruit (like mango, papaya, watermelon, strawberry, or
jamaica - pronounced huh-MY-kuh) they are blended with the right amount
of water, and usually too much sugar.
They are delicious and refreshing. If you
would like, you can ask for an agua fresca sin azucar (seen ah-SOO-car)
or in English, without sugar.
In this photo, Hotel Virrey de Mendoza is
on the right, and the Cathedral
is on the left.
We were hungry and stopped by one of the
many restaurants with a grand view of the Plaza and Cathedral. We both
ordered enchiladas de pollo, however, we could easily have split one
Don't they look scrumptious?
For three meals, and three drinks, our
bill came to just under $20USD without tip.
You can see at the bottom of the check
the large letters PROPINA NO INCLUYE which just lets us know that the tip is
not included and we must add that amount ourselves.
It's important to watch
for this, as sometimes the tip IS included and you may inadvertently tip
A closer look into Hotel Virrey de
Morelia is a very stately city. Upscale
but hip, there are lots of
rooftop bars which will give you a grand view of the Plaza and the
surrounding area. And many different restaurants will offer you local
cuisine or international flavors.
It's a fun city to visit, and if you are
looking for an easy and quick getaway from
check this old Colonial City out for some fun!
For more stories and photos of Mexico,
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