Cradle of Independence–Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico by Erica Soto
As we enter Dolores Hidalgo, we are welcomed with streets filled with a rainbow of stores selling hand-glazed talavera pottery. We stop at a work shop where the process is explained to us. We see some of the artists at work, drawing and painting each piece by hand.
Our first stop is at the Nuestra Senora de Dolores Church where Miguel Hidalgo, the parish priest rang the church bells to summon the town’s people to issue a speech against the unfair Spaniard government. Being that the day we were there was a Saturday, the church held many ceremonies from baptisms, quinceneras and weddings; almost every hour. The church doors where filled with many locals preparing for the ceremonies. It was a privilege for us to here on a Saturday and become part of their celebrations. We were even invited by the bride and groom to follow the procession of their wedding.
Just across the church there is a large monument of Father Hidalgo in the tree-filled plaza. It is a perfect spot to enjoy some exotic ice-cream. What a difficult decision in deciding what flavor to try! Luckily we could combine flavors from traditional vanilla, pecan and chocolate to the more exotic and unique, such as tequila, avocado, elote (corn), nopal (cactus), and shrimp, among many others. The vendors are happy to let you sample the flavors and enjoy seeing your taste buds react. You might just be surprised which flavor you choose!
Dolores Hidalgo maintains its quaint-Mexican charm that makes you feel very welcome here. The local people appreciate your visit. We were invited to return soon!
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