Welcome to Oaxaca!

Oaxacan black clay pots are amazing works of art.

Oaxacan black clay pots are amazing works of art.

My first time in Oaxaca was an incredible experience. I drove from Puebla to Oaxaca (the capital is also named Oaxaca) in my old 1980 Mercedes Benz Gold Turbo diesel. En route to the capital city, we stopped in many small villages where we were welcomed and offered refreshment. When asked about my car, I would affirm that indeed, it was my car and not my travel companion's who happened to be male. The women especially liked this and began to tell me how in many small villages in Oaxaca are still a matriarchal society. Women rule. 

 Originally, gold coin necklaces were used as currency - talk about living with presence! Take a moment to admire the care and detail that goes into their dress and grooming.

 Originally, gold coin necklaces were used as currency - talk about living with presence! Take a moment to admire the care and detail that goes into their dress and grooming.

Oaxaca has so much culture. It is an ancient culture and the arts are part of everyday life.

Color is everywhere.

These are Alebrijes, mythical creatures that are part real animal, part dragon.

The Spanish colonization of Oaxaca created incredible buildings and churches in the European style, of course all constructed with Oaxacan labor. The native's passion for detail - see the embroidery on the dress above - translated into amazing workmanship.

Walking into the Church of  Santo Doming Guzmán you experience total Mindful Glamour™.

Walking into the Church of  Santo Doming Guzmán you experience total Mindful Glamour™.

The cooking is sublime. Everything from the famous mole negro, to the equally famous Oaxacan tamales wrapped in banana leaf is delicious. Don't forget your protein! chapulines are crickets that have been dried, fried, salted and drenched in lime.

Mole negro

Mole negro

Oaxacan tamales

Oaxacan tamales

Chapulines, or crickets. Lovely to snack on whilst sipping tequila.

Chapulines, or crickets. Lovely to snack on whilst sipping tequila.

Of course, once in Oaxaca, after seeing the ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla, you might want a bit of rest and relaxation. For this, head to exotic Huatulco. 

Monte Alban

Monte Alban

Huatulco Bay

Huatulco Bay

Wishing all a BUEN VIAJE!

Posted on April 6, 2016 and filed under Inspiration, Travel, Style.