The Basilica

12 Feb


The Basilica of Our Lady of Guanjuato is an anchor of daily life here. Her bells ring over the city at the quarter-hour, half hour and hour from morning to evening. Locals and tourists walk past the sidewalk sellers and restaurants that line the basilica plaza. Brides have their portraits taken on the basilica steps as students and regulars occupy the iron benches.

For me, coming around the corner and seeing the brilliant yellow basilica on my walk to school  is the bright light in my morning. I love the tightly sculptured hedges and clipped grass of the plaza, the sound of the central fountain and the murmur of people passing me by starting their day in Guanajuato.


At night the streets are empty, the plaza is quiet, the basilica bells silent, waiting for a new morning.


9 Responses to “The Basilica”

  1. Ursula February 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    What time do you have to be in school, a long walk?

    • Jill February 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      It varies as class times change every week but usually 10am. My walk is about 20 minutes.

  2. Dede February 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Beautiful, Jill (and Dana)!

    • Jill February 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Thank you Dede.

  3. neil freer February 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    This is a formal request: think deeply about what dish has become your favorite of favorites there and send me the receipe so I can practice it and have you judge my competence when you come to dinner on return. Yes.

    • Jill February 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      We haven’t found it yet but will let you know as soon as we do…yum.

  4. Eleni Cahn February 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for your lovely blog. We are enjoying them so much and makes us wish to visit Guanajuato. We read them and are transported to another world.
    Leni & Gilles Cahn

    • Jill February 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Miss you both.

  5. Barbara and Ernie Werren February 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Home now after a fabulous week in Mex. City with Roadscholar. Really enjoying your blogs, revisiting Guanajuato each time we read them! So glad to have met you, and hope we can get together in Santa Fe this summer!
    Barb and Ernie Werren
    PS: It’ll be a while before our videos of Mexico will show up on You Tube!

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