Joined: Sep 2008
Selection criteria for nomination as a UNESCO World heritage city:
i. to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
ii. to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
iii. to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;
iv. to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
v. to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
vi. to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria);
The protection, management, authenticity and integrity of properties are also important considerations.
Zacatecas is all that and so much more. The city reminded me of the university town of Salamanca, Espaņa. Not only the feel of the city, how vibrant it was but the colour of the buildings, a deep ocher that turns to a burnt orange with the flamboyant light of the setting sun.
The "Centro Historico" lies in the middle of a valley, dominated by la "bufa" where in 1914 as The Great War was ramping up in Europe, Pancho Villa and his terrible Division of the North devastated Huerta's Federales and opened the gateway to take Mexico city.
We also took the time to visit the “Mueso Rafael Coronel”. It harbours a intriguing collection of masks of all shapes and sizes.
On the pathways, under the arches, through the gardens into the masks room
We meandered through the streets of the city, savouring the hues of the city, enjoying its festive pace and lazy rhythm.
There was some food also
Relleno de pollo y queso fundido con mole
Neat looking bikes
This atrium is a bike shop
Proud and friendly
Did a minor field repair on the Russell Day Long saddle, a nail from my Sidi's took a bite out of it. Found a local "tapiceria" and 50 pesos later is was all done, including pick up and delivery from hostal Villa Colonial, just behind the cathedral which by the way cost us $19.00 Cdn per night.
We have now been on the road for three weeks and are starting to find a good rhythm; our packing/unpacking routine is feeling more natural, and shortly after having crossed the Tropic of Cancer, with rounded the odometer at 5000 km.
We are riding less, as we are linking the former colonial cities of Zacatecas, Guanajuato, and San Miguel de Allende, before we head for the bustling Metropolis that is Mexico city. It feels nice, my mindset in slowly switching from the banality of home life and work, to the pleasant cadence of the road.
The road from here to there has been painted of rolling hills, high plateaus and the occasional mountain pass. Endless fields of wild flowers peppered by old yuccas, whitehorn acacias, lechugillas, and prickly pear cactus. The latter called “nopal” by the Mexicans and found in a variety of dishes from tacos to deserts.
Time is different, at least it feels as such. Awaking when your eyes open, not when the machine tells you its time to do so. Your biggest concern of the day; determine what type of road you’re going to travel, to ride, not exactly sure where it will bring you, not exactly sure what lies ahead, what discovery you are bound to make before day’s end.
In short, life is good…
V@lentino screwed with this post 11-15-2013 at 05:19 PM