Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guanajuato city. Part 1

We went to Guanajuato city in Mexico, with no plans in mind, just to rest. We were so tired we didn't want to make decisions, we thought  we would let the local people to tell us where to go and what to do, that would save us time and energy. We asked for one of the best restaurants in the city to treat ourselves. They sent us to a French style restaurant just across the Juarez theater. Next to our table was a huge window and this was the view.
It was very obvious what to do next, a view of the city. For that, we went to the top of one the hills using the funicular. There was a great view of the city up there, also there was a monument of Pipila. A man that became famous for his act of courage during the War of Independence in Mexico. He had the idea of carrying a big stone on his back to protect himself from the bullets and  burning the wood door to enter the Alhondiga de Granaditas and kill the Spanish people hidden inside this building. 

Later that day, having a cup of coffee, a couple of art students held a conversation with us. They told us to go to the roof of the University of Guanajuato to the astronomic observatory. So we went. There was an astrophysicist who kindly showed us the stars in the telescope....for free! He showed us Mercury, Double Cluster in Perseus, which it is at a distance of 7,600 light years, the Orion Nebula, and finally Jupiter and three of its four visible natural satellites, the forth one  wasn't visible because it may have been in front or back of the planet, he said. I raised my sketched book to locate the stars to sketch them in the right proportion, it was dark, so I tried to be as precise as I could.

Great day for no plans. Click here to continue part 2.