Sunday, January 26, 2014


If you head 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, cruising around winding and climbing turns, you'll run right into Taxco, a cozy little town tucked away at the top of a mountain. 

You'll know you've hit it when you are greeted by uniformly white-washed homes and shops, red-tiled roofs, and cobblestone streets. This little gem is most famous for it's silver mining and silversmithing that offers its visitors varieties of jewelry in each shop and around each corner. 

In typical Mexican fashion, it displays a panorama that steals your breath away. The town and outlying areas seem to center around an ornate, Baroque style cathedral. Legend has it that while the Santa Prisca Church was being constructed, a storm swept through and overwhelmed Taxco. At the darkest point in the storm, a brilliant flash of lightning struck the cupola of the church allowing a glowing inscription to be seen. It read, "Gloria a Dios en las alturas y paz en la tierra a los hombres de buena voluntad." (Glory to God in the Highest and peace on earth for men with good will). The townspeople fearfully fell to their knees, but when they looked up, a beautiful woman was hovering over the church catching the storm's final lightning bolts in her hands. 

Fact or fiction? You be the judge. But whatever the real history of this place is, it has left us with something resplendent to be enjoyed. 

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