Saturday, January 23, 2016

La Noria, an Old Hacienda of Michoacan on the Road back from Morelia.

Over the last two weeks, in over 10 posts, we have tried to give our friends who follow us along the "Road of Faith and Art", an introduction to some of the main points of interest, from the point of view of Churches, Cathedrals, and Convents, built during the period of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in the State of Michoacán, especially in the towns of Patzcuaro and Santa Clara del Cobre, as well in the cities of Uruapan and Valladolid (or Morelia, as it is known today).
This passageway leads from the
main building of the Hacienda
Noria to the rear grounds.
Now is to moment for us to go back to Mexico City, a 3 to 4 hour trip, depending on traffic. Many times Estela and I leave Morelia around noon, and make a stop after about 90 minutes of driving, once we past the "Azufres"  ("Sulfur Springs"), and then the town of Maravatio, we stop off around the 120 kilometer marker on the highway, and at an exit that will take us to the Noria, an old Hacienda, now turned into a hotel, for a quick lunch.
Typical building of the Mexican Hacienda,
only one floor, but very high ceilings,
whitewashed walls inside and out, and
beautiful gardens.

The grounds in the rear of the Hacienda Noria
where normally the stables were kept, as well
as the toolshed and seeds and supplies.

Estela rests on the low stone wall, while several
hundred feet behind her we can see the enormous
stone wall protecting the boundaries of the old
Hacienda Noria

A magnificent and beautiful
specimen of a Maguey.

One of several pathways on
the grounds of the
old Hacienda Noria

Estela standing by a Maguey plant.

As an added attraction, this once Hacienda
converted into Hotel has built this
indoor swimming pool.

The indoor pool receives most of its heat via solar
power, particularly with crystal window roof.

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