>We took a short weekend trip (for tomas’ b-day) to the mountainous Mexican silver-smithing-mining town of Taxco a few weeks ago and I have not been able to get it out of my daydreaming mind since. Had planned on doing a line of jewelry down the road, in the far future, but now that I’ve gone to this silver-smithing mecca, I can’t stop fantasizing of outrageous fantastical jewelry designs. Next week I’m going to start working with a friend who’s a jewelry making pro to get some samples down, and with those I’ll start a small limited production of hand made pieces. Hopefully within the next few months i’ll have them ready for sale! Here are some pics of Taxco and inspirations of what’s to come!
Somewhere between Acapulco’s cliff divers, Ixtapa’s modern hotels and Zijuatanejo’s sleepy bays, lies Playa Paraiso, a stunning open-ocean, palapa filled paradise, run primarily by local fishermen and their families. After crossing the town of Lano Real, a 20 min drive down a dirt path lined with palm trees and the faint smell of lush mota plants growing far off in the distance, you’ll arrive and never want to leave. A tent and a toothbrush, thats about all you’ll need, there is fresh, just caught sea food available daily, which ranges from lighthearted dishes such as ‘Pulpo Enamorado’ (Octopus in Love) or the most delicate ‘Caldo de Camaron’ (Shrimp Broth) you’ve ever set lips to. Ice cold beer is on hand too, along with a fully stocked bar and the requisite ‘Coco Locos’. Everything is ridiculously affordable. Ask for Irma and Celso when you arrive and tell them Christina and Tomas sent you.
October in central Mexico means the end of the rainy season which arrives with a vengeance in early May. The rain turns a once dramatic, dried and yellowed landscape into pastures of green with violent seas of purple and approaching armies of tall silky corn stalks bulging with their fruit. To say goodbye to all the bright color and warmth of summer we took a trip to the lake with our dogs, Zorba (the big guy) and his son Leopoldo. Luckily we have a lot of beautiful parks here. The city where we live is not so nice, but I always say that at least it is easy to escape! The beaches of Guerreo are only a 3 hour ride to the west, mountains lush with pine trees and pyramids are only but an hour and a beautiful old hacienda turned into a park, 10 minutes.