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Guadalajara en un llano, México en una laguna

by Jorge Sanchez - 2 years, 7 months ago

There is another city called Guadalajara in Spain, but the one in Mexico is much prettier (and more populated; Guadalajara in Spain has about 80.000 inhabitants, while in Guadalajara of Mexico live over one and a half million people).There is a Mexican song sung by the mariachis, very popular also in Spain, which lyrics say: “Guadalajara en un llano, México en una laguna” that I remembered when I visited Guadalajara.

Guadalajara was founded by orders off the Spanish King Carlos V in 1542, something that I read in its monuments in downtown.We (together with my Quebecoise girlfriend) visited the most important tourist attractions, especially religious ones, like the UNESCO Instituto Cultural Cabañas, also known as Hospicio Cabañas, which was erected by the Spaniards in the colonial times.It is a must visit in Guadalajara and one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas. They compare its construction with Les Invalides in Paris and El Escorial Monastery, near Madrid.But what we loved most were the daily performances of the mariachis playing in a centrically located street, where they practice their art before playing in restaurants or when they are hired to play serenatas.After a two day visit in Guadalajara we traveled back to Mexico DF.



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