Zacatecas - Jardin Enrique Estrada and Quinta Real

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Mexico:  23 Destinations to Spend the Winter Months
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Zacatecas
No. 5 of 23 Destinations (this is not a ranking)
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Zacatecas - Jardin Enrique Estrada and Quinta Real
Part  3 of 5
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In this blog I would like to revisit two places which I wrote about recently - Jardin Enrique Estrada and Quinta Real. I confess the main reason I am revisiting these two places is to archive the photos taken at the time.

In the evening, the city took on a wonderful glow under streetlights and Christmas decorations. Walking to the southwest part of the "centro" we came upon the majestic Jardin Enrique Estrada with its multi-colored fountains whose waters danced to the sound of beautiful modern music. It is truly a place to linger and take in the visual and sonar delights of this interesting park. It is a site which provides the photographic background for many local "Quince Aņos" ceremonies which are so popular and fun to observe all over Mexico.

The attached link has some additional information on "Quinceanos" (meaning fifteen years) and the "Quinceanera Celebration":

http://www.mexico-child-link.org/Lucero-15th-birthday.htm

Our vocabulary of superlatives already got a good workout at the Jardin Enrique Estrada and the nearby aqueduct but there was more to come. Our search for "banos" caused us to stumble upon a five star hotel located near the aqueduct.  It turned out to be the "Quinta Real" which is built around the old bullring. Can there be a more majestic setting for a beautiful hotel? This must have been an architect's dream - design a 5-star hotel around a bullring. The opportunity was not flubbed as the award winning architecture features rooms and facilities that look right into the former bullring.

We happened to be there during an outstanding moment in the evening when the former bullring arena was used as a photographic setting for a 50th wedding anniversary of a huge extended family coming from as far away as Riverside, California.  The photographer illuminated the bullring in a manner that is not normally seen and gave us a chance to take some beautiful photos.

The Quinta Real Grand Class Hotels and Resorts are all five star properties and there are eight of them in Mexico.

http://www.quintareal.com/esp/idt/21/nuestros-hoteles/3-2-5/

The Quinta Real Zacatecas is described as one of the world's most unusual hotels.

http://www.quintareal.com/eng/idt/120/quinta-real-zacatecas/3-2-5,5-8-28/

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