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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Patzcuaro Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Not far from our hotel in Patzcuaro is a lovely Plaza.

Named Plaza Vasco de Quiroga after the first bishop to come here from Spain, it is also known as Plaza Grande.

Popular style of town names displayed in cities and towns all over Mexico

Since our hotel room was smack dab in the middle of the day market with street food for sale everywhere, this Grand Plaza seemed very peaceful by comparison.

Bishop Vasco de Quiroga arrived here in New Spain in 1531. He was already 60 years old, but had big plans for this town.

He built hospitals and strengthened the Purepecha indigenous communities in many areas. One significant way was that he gave each family it's own house and plot of land to work for themselves so that they could be self-sufficient..

A green peaceful area to slow down and relax

Quiroga made sure that each group of Purepecha dedicated themselves to a certain product or craft which would enrich them and their town. They utilized the techniques they were already using along with some Spanish artistic procedures. Today you can still enjoy the polychrome lacquers of Uruapan and the beautiful beaten copper wrought iron in Santa Clara.
 

 

 

 

Clean and modern

In 1964, the bronze statue of Bishop Quiroga (in the middle of the fountain here) was placed.

 

When we walked around the area, it was rather magical. Music speakers were turned inwards to the Plaza and recordings of Kenny G playing his saxophone and delicious Latin music permeated the entire environment. Scores of birds flew together across the park in formation - back and forth, back and forth the birds wove themselves across the sky according to the score of the music. The gentle lapping of the fountain added to the captivating scene.

It seemed clear, clean, and refreshing.

It seems "everyone" enjoys this little park

Don Vasco de Quiroga died at the age of 95 in the city of Patzcuaro. His remains are in the Basilica of the Virgin of Health, which he founded in this town.

Love is in the air

This couple is enjoying a bit of a happy hour together, which is so enjoyable to see. Romance lives in the lives of Latins of any age!

Notice the tree trunk bottoms painted white. We have been given several explanations for this design, but one can see it all over Mexico, Central and South America.

A closer view of Don Vasco de Quiroga
 

 

 

 

Bishop Quiroga is a  beloved figure in this area of Mexico.

If you come to Patzcuaro, in Michoacan, you cannot miss this Plaza. Take a stroll around and enjoy yourself.

The Italian Restaruant, Bigoli is located in the portales to the left in this photo. Enjoy a meal there as well!    

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