Trip Start May 31, 2007
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Silver has been mined in TAXCO since before the Conquest, and although its sources have long been depleted it still forms the basis of the town's fame and its livelihood. Nowadays, though, it's in the shape of jewellery, made in hundreds of workshops to be sold throughout the country and in a bewildering array of shops (platerías) catering to the tourists in Taxco itself. It's an attractive place, a mass of terracotta-tiled, whitewashed houses lining the narrow cobbled alleys that straggle steeply up the hills like some Mexican version of a Tuscan village. At intervals the pattern is broken by some larger mansion, by a courtyard filled with flowers, or by the twin spires of a church rearing up - above all the famous Baroque wedding cake of Santa Prisca. Unfortunately, the streets are eternally clogged with VW Beetle taxis and colectivos struggling up the steep slopes, and forming an endless paseo around the central Plaza Borda
Taxco is exactly what is said above. A nice hillside town fulls of narrow streets and markets. Its a bit of a struggle to get around because of the steep hills and traffic but nice all the same.
I have a great sleep here and eat some great fish.
I went to the gym twice here. Cos i saw everything in 2 hours. The gym was full of muscle heads which is surprising for the size of the town.
One guy, while doing weights was saying `gringo` , `gringo`!. I think for my benefit. But alas i am not a Gringo. Only people from the USA are Gingos because when the US first came down to Mexico in their green army uniforms all the mexicans could say was `green-go` green-go!` So that is where the name originated.
Me 1 - 0 mexican.
All in all i have found Mexicans to be very nice people and i havent had any trouble or seen any trouble in all my 3 weeks here. Lets hope it stays that way.
Next stop........Puebla. To stay with Mabel and her familia.