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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Ocotlan and the Southern Craft Route: December 22, 2017

Cooked sweet potatoes
Three days of our Night of the Radishes tour were spent visiting outside of Oaxaca City. On our first trip outside we began with a visit to the Friday market in Ocotlan.

Turkey is often part of the Christmas meal so we saw quite a few turkeys for sale. The turkeys took all the commotion in stride.

There were restaurants and stands where you could buy prepared foods.

The "La Cocina de Frida" is owned by a gracious woman who dresses and looks like Frida Kahlo.

Lupe with the best Mexican rice I've ever tasted
We spent some time at the Divina Chocolate shop. Chocolate comes from Oaxaca and they specialize in grinding custom blends of chocolate for hot chocolate drinks. We bought a couple of packaged chocolate bricks to make hot chocolate at home.

Cocoa beans, cinnamon, and almonds weighed and ground into a fine powder
This is a full-service market and just outside the main market buildings, impromptu eye exams were being performed.

Lunch on the road was at the very delicious and pretty restaurant Azucena Zapoteca. My lunch was decorated with squash blossoms, filled with squash blossoms and cheese, and covered in a tomatillo sauce--mmmm good.

We summed up the day with a visit to Jalieza weaving community where we watched weavers working on back-strap looms. The width of the pieces are limited by the width of the weaver's body so they produce bags, belts, table runners all with elaborate designs.

A weaver at the nearby weaver's co-op