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Old 12-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #58
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Morelia

We were really on a mission to get to the Monarchs now. The 450 km drive to Morelia still took over 6 hours on the Archo Norte toll road. You are charged by time on the road and as you can imagine people drive incredibly fast.


Morelia 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Leaving Puebla we did see some puffs of smoke from the volcano.


Morelia 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

For the first time in weeks we actually saw other riders, but unfortunately on all 3 occasions they were on the other side of the toll road. We all did wave madly at each other of course.


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Morelia is known as the pink city because of all the buildings made from pink marble. It also famous for the birth place of La Michoacana, a massive chain of ice cream shops started by 3 illiterate brothers.


Morelia 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Our hotel was very close to the main square and one block from the artisan market.


Morelia 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We met for dinner with our BMW friends Diana and Fred from Mexico City as they were in town as part of their tour of the pueblos magico.


Morelia 82 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The city was really gearing up for the holidays. The Zocalo is all decorated with lights, a nativity, and a huge tree.


Morelia 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 88 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 91 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The Cathedral here is massive and we did visit it several times.


Morelia 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We walked the length of the city past the famous fountains, the aquaduct, and the massive city park.


Morelia 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 36 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 40 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Morelia 73 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 59 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

It is quite an experience to see the pilgrims crawling on their knees towards the church of the Guadaloupe.


Morelia 45 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 46 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 47 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There was a huge party atmosphere with food stalls, games, and stalls selling sugar cane.


Morelia 48 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 61 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 67 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We were so excited to meet back up with our friends Garry and Ivonne. We had driven 1500 km back to go to see the Monarchs with them.


Morelia 100 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

An added treat was to meet Garry's brother Cliff who had come to visit from Britain.


Morelia 98 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We took a tour by bus of the city and then enjoyed a few beers in a cafe on the square.


Morelia 104 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 106 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 108 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 109 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 114 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Morelia 123 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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