Welcome to Vagari’s 7th winter of sailing. We have put 8,000 miles under Vagari’s keel during those cruises but this year like last year won’t be a high mileage year. We just don’t have the lust for the long cruises that we did when we started cruising but we still enjoy living on board and sailing near our homeport. Welcome aboard! We hope you enjoy our blog. Your comments, questions and suggestions are appreciated and encouraged.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sure enough the work was not completed so we spent a day or so checking out the progress and making sure everything was being done to our liking. We then took a “vacation from our vacation” and went to Alamos, Mexico, a 3 or 4-hour drive further south.
The Spanish Conquistadors first went to what is now Alamos in 1545. In 1683 extremely rich silver ore was discovered. A town that peaked out at about 30,000 inhabitants was built to support the mines. The mines lasted until the very early 1900’s. Some of the homes built by the rich mine owners survive even after two major revolutions and are lived in today. Rhea and I toured three of these home this year and three two years ago. All except one was a very old “originals” that had been restored.
The photos that follow don’t do justice to the beauty of Alamos. There is an American community of over 300 but only about 50 “summer” in Alamos. One told us that if she died in the summer and went to hell at least the temperature wouldn’t change.
One night we had dinner at a very expensive hotel in the center of town. Our table was about 100 yards from the street courtyard entrance. The walk to the table was through beautiful gardens. The rooms in season cost from $255 to $950US per night. I’m sure they are really nice but ours was $62 had a view of the square and great shower. Dinner for two was just over $30US plus trip.