Mi Mexico Monday: El Jardin

For this week's virtual tour of Mi Mexico, we are going to visit the most frequented place of all, located right in the center of town...El Jardin (the plaza or townsquare).



El Jardin is where the townsfolk gather for just about every major event that happens in our small town: civic ceremonies, town meetings, parades, etc.  While you will find a number of people hanging out in El Jardin on any given day, the busiest of all is Sunday

You can't walk through El Jardin, without noticing this large monument in honor of our benefactor, J. Jesus Gonzalez Gallo, who went on to become Governor of the great state of Jalisco in 1947.



Speaking of monuments to prominent figures in our town's history, the most recent addition is this bust in honor of Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez's 50th anniversary in the Catholic Church.  The Cardinal was born and raised in Yahualica and is now the Archbishop of Guadalajara. 
 


No Jardin would be complete without a kiosco.  On Sunday evenings, la banda del pueblo (the town symphony) can be heard playing la serenata, which starts at 8pm, for all to enjoy.
 


One of my favorite sights in El Jardin is los pensionados, a group of elderly gentlemen who gather daily to catch up on local gossip.



There are plenty of bancas (benches) for one to sit and pass the time.



You can also get your shoes shined.  There are fours shoeshine stands located on one side of El Jardin.



But the best part of El Jardin, is that it's a place where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon/evening with la familia.



I've shown you Mi Mexico, now it's time for you to show me yours.

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14 comments

  1. Nice shots. I've never been exactly clear on where you are. Guess I should open the map book.

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  2. You make me want to move my family to Mexico! I lived in Morelia, Mich. for a few months in college and still have ties there. My mom was born in Jalisco! A mi me encanta tu "blog!"

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  3. Beautiful!! Every town in the state of Yucatan has one of these, but few so beautiful as yours! The architecture is gorgeous.

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  4. Very nice, looks lovely. I like spending time just sitting and people watching in the plaza by the church, Plaza trece de Julio, and of course feeding the pigeons too.
    The major events are not usually held in this plaza as it is not as big as the Plaza de los Tres Presidentes or the Malecon. There is always something going on though. Children dressed up getting their pictures taken for some special day, meetings, vendors from out of town, etc.. You can get your shoes shined or your car washed, have a coffee and just sit and relax.
    Lots of old men visiting also.

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  5. loved look at the jardin. do you all pretty much know everyone in town? sundays at the jardin must be a great way to see everyone at once!

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  6. Great Pics makes me want to come back for a visit.

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  7. We'd love to have you and your familia come visit, anytime! :)

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  8. Yep! We pretty much know everyone in town. If for some reason we don't know who someone is, we know who they are related to! :P

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  9. I live in Yahualica, Jalisco. It's a small town just north of Guadalajara.

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  10. I remember walking around the jardin in Guaymas some 20 years ago with my grandparents, but I don't remember much else.

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  11. Gracias, Christine. :) And thank you so much for taking the time to comment. :)

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  12. I will have to post some photos again one day and maybe it will jog your memory.

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  13. Great pics! I noticed you said it was by Guadalajara! I have family there :) Although I haven't been back in years!! The jardins I've been too always have those yummy elotes and aguas frescas! You are making me want to go back!!

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  14. I love this blog! The love of my life is from mexico too! We might want to live there someday! This makes me happy! 

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