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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mexican Folk Toy Museum & Weddings in San Miguel

Aloha Everyone,

La Esquina, Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano folk toy museum, is located on a less travelled section of Centro. For an entrance fee of MXN 50.00 ($2.78) you have access to a multi-storied quaint museum with more than 1,000 vintage, handcrafted toys from various regions of México. I was told that this one of a kind museum is credited to Angélica Tijerina who acquired the collection over fifty years.

The toy museum was a fun place to visit, but it would have been more meaningful if there was a docent to take visitors around to explain about this amazing and exceptional collection. I especially like the toys depicting Alebrije, a dragon. Our granddaughter is into dragons: she reads books on dragons; writes stories about dragons; draws image as well as makes origami.

Destination Weddings are very popular and San Miguel does a wonderful job promoting itself to North Americans. Today we saw three wedding parties. The most notable and one that J.J. and I nearly bumped right into was of a young couple. It was quite a spectacle. The bride and groom were led by over sized puppets depicting a bride and groom followed by a Mariachi band. We estimated the wedding party/guests to be about 50 flanked by photographers, videographers and waiters with drinks.

One make sacrifices to look fashionable. Wearing 3 plus inches stilettos is very difficult and dangerous on uneven cobblestone streets.

The two other weddings were at Parroquia. One group was coming out as the second group was waiting to enter the church. Seeing decked-out couples with many carrying fur wrap or shawls seemed out of place for San Miguel where the evening temperature was 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

The two of us wish all the happy couples, their families and friends the best. The wedding day is just a day, but may their love grow over the years.

Aloha -- Cathi