The Cry of Dolores

31 Jan

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Dolores Hidalgo is the birthplace of the Mexican revolution.  In 1810 Father Hidalgo delivered the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) in the town of Dolores in Guanajuato state. Hidalgo ordered the church bells to be rung as he called for the end of 300 years of Spanish rule in Mexico. Later Hidalgo, Allende, Aldama and Jimenez, the revolutions leaders, were captured and beheaded. The heads hung from the four corners of the Alhondiga granery in Guanajuato. They would hang there for ten years while Mexico fought and won their war for independence. Only after the victory were the revolutionary’s heads taken down and buried.

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Today Dolores Hidalgo is known, as it always will be, for its contribution of the history of the revolution. But what we heard about more often was its ice cream. Dolores Hidalgo is known for unconventional ice cream flavors. Avocado, Tequila, Mole and Cerveza head the list. Walnut, Mango, Chicharron and Cheese are the more local and traditional flavors.

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We stopped for a cone and had tastes of many of the flavors. It was hard to choose. Dana picked Tequila. I went with Avocado. Mine was creamy, rich and pale green. Dana’s was more of a golden tequila ice with some pieces of sweet fruit highlighting the tequila’s flavors. Someone tried Petal and said the under taste was like bubblegum. Arandano, Blueberry, was good and a kind of unexpected surprise here. I did expect to hate the Cheese ice cream but it was more like an unusually rich vanilla and tasty.

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While enjoying the unusual sensory treat, we wandered the plaza taking in the quiet town and its strolling people. The pace of life reminded us of Santa Fe.

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There is a bandstand on the plaza where we noticed this offbeat juxtaposition of older design and newer technology. The dragons must be suitably puzzled.

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The church of Hidalgo requires a second and third look to really appreciate the complexity of its decoration.

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We’re returning to Dolores Hidalgo in March. Then we will focus on its pottery artisans for another point-of-view of this small town.

 

One Response to “The Cry of Dolores”

  1. Ursula January 31, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Great photography as usual! They’re not a squeamish people, hanging corpses heads in the church! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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