with Isabel Fuente and Jim Lloyd

[Governor's Palace, Xalapa]

DATES: June 9 - 13, 2005

Xalapa is the capital of Veracruz and the home of the best music school in Mexico, part of the University of Veracruz. The city is also known for its outstanding symphony orchestra. With so many musicians in the city, there is a tremendous variety of music from classical to folkloric and jazz.

Pictures from the June 9-13, 2005 Tour

Double Occupancy: $7950 pesos per person
Single Occupancy: $10,290 pesos per person
Includes: Air and ground transportation, five star hotel, opera, five concerts and entrance fees to museums.
Not included: Taxi to and from the Guadalajara airport and private use of taxis in Xalapa.
Due to limited space, reservations and full payment must be made by May 25.
For reservations contact: Isabel Fuente at 766 0822 or mexjourneys@prodigy.net.mx
or Jim Lloyd at 766 3070 or jelajijic@yahoo.com by May 28.

DAY 1 – Thursday:
We leave Guadalajara airport at 11:15 AM and arrive in Mexico City at 12:30 PM. We then board our chartered vans and travel to Xalapa. Arriving around 7:00 PM we check into the beautiful five star Hotel Xalapa. For dinner we recommend the Hotel Dining Room, Casa de Mama or at La Churrería del Recuerdo, a fine Mexican restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. The evening is free to explore the city.

DAY 2 - Friday:
Following breakfast at 9:00 AM at Café La Parroquia, we tour the Historic District. Following lunch, on your own, the afternoon is free for visiting the many art galleries with special exhibits during the music festival or swimming and relaxing at the hotel pool, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit. At 7:30 PM we leave the hotel for the Sala Grande Teatro del Estado where we see the opera Sansón y Dalila by Saint-Saëns directed by Carlos Miguel Prieto, considered to be one of the finest conductors in Mexico. Soloist: Mark Lundberg (Sansón), Phyllis Pancella (Dalila) and Genaro Sulvaran (Sumo Sacerdote).

DAY 3 - Saturday:

[Hotel Posada Coatepec] [Folk Musician] By van we leave the hotel at 9:00 AM for the town of Coatepec where we will have brunch at the lovely Hotel Posada Coatepec. Following brunch there will be time to stroll around the village. At 12:30 PM we go to the Jardín Botánico where at 1:30 PM we will hear the Concierto Ensamble Clásico de guitarras directed by Rafael Jiménez. Following the concert we visit Hacienda El Lencero, occasionally called the Museo de Muebles. This country estate, 14 km southeast of Xalapa, was for 14 years (1842-56) the home of Antonio López de Santa Anna, the eleven-time president of Mexico. Furniture from Mexico, Europe and Asia fill the rooms, illustrating the cosmopolitan tastes of Mexico’s upper classes during the 19th century. The grounds are lovely and shaded by ancient trees. Back to the hotel for a siesta or shopping or exploring this historic city. At 6:30 PM we leave for Galería de Arte Contemporáneo to see an exhibit of paintings by Olivier Dautais called MUNDOS Y APARTES (World’s Apart). Here at the Galería at 7:00 PM we attend a voice and piano recital Canciones y arias francesas (French songs and arias) by such composers as Ravel, Fauré and Debussy. At 9:30 PM there is an optional visit to Café Teatro Tierra Luna to hear Elody Margot, considered to be France’s modern Edith Piaf. Here we can have a light meal and/or drinks.

DAY 4 - Sunday:

[Olmec head at Anthropologic Museum] Following breakfast, we leave at 10:00 AM for the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, considered to be second only to the one in Mexico City. Edward Durrell Stone (the architect of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.) designed the museum. It’s laid out in order from earliest to latest cultures, from the Olmec (the mother culture of Mesoamerican civilization) to the post-classic civilizations of Veracruz. You can have a light lunch at the Museum´s restaurant. At 1:00 PM we go to the auditorium at the Museo de Antropología to hear a piano recital by Diana Castro performing the works of Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Litz and Ginastera. Then back to the hotel for rest and relaxation before heading off at 5:30 PM to Centro Cultural Los Lagos for the Ballet folklórico of the Universidad Veracruzana, directed by Miguel Vélez Arceo. An alternative to the Ballet folklórico is Recital Trio Clásico, Homenaje a Debusy at Instituto Superior de música at 5:30 PM. The rest of the evening is free for you to do what you want and there is much to do and see in Xalapa.

DAY 5 - Monday:
Following breakfast, arrangements have been made for several orchid growers to bring their plants to the hotel for you to purchase. There will be time to have them boxed for the return trip to Ajijic. At 11:30 AM we leave by van for Mexico City. We leave Mexico City at 6:45 PM and arrive in Guadalajara at 8:00 PM.

Itinerary is subject to change.

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