The Sunday Traveler ~ Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara. A metropolitan city about 5 1/2 hours northwest of Mexico City. The Current population is listed at just about 4.5 million people, and that is the metro population only. The Sunday Traveler had not been back to Guadalajara for 25 years. Changes? You’d better believe it. What were once suburbs have grown into the mass of the main city, and the traffic is not to be overlooked; while I was there a light smog was noticeable. All of this does not take away the beauty, though. The city has a wonderfully vibrant vibe that includes modern and rustic charm all rolled into one. I was on sensory overload the entire two weeks I was there. Color, art, murals, colonial plazas, street vendors, and modern malls.

The Sunday Traveler will start out with just a few photos of the main downtown plaza that is home to the cathedral on one side.

Two weeks in this wonderful city I used to call home was not enough, and my mind spins on getting back soon, but first needing to scale back and downsize on the current home front here in the US in order to travel more. If not now, when?



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The Sunday Traveler ~ Mexico Dreaming


The Sunday Traveler has been going back to Mexico in her dreams lately; dreaming in Spanish; my soul preparing for going back to a long lost love. I’m hoping you can see a little bit of my dreams in the double exposure photo found in my files this morning of a piece of Mexican pottery in my kitchen; no coincidence that I should happen upon this today after a long time of its sitting there waiting for me to come back to see it again. A loose interpretation of the things swirling around in my mind; the color and art of Mexico. I’ll be on my way to Guadalajara early next Sunday morning, posting on Instagram only while I’m traveling, at

Hasta luego!

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ On The Waterfront

What better way to spend Earth Day than in San Francisco at the Embarcadero along the waterfront. I never tire of spending a day walking along this area taking photos (I’ve more on my Instagram site

Photo taken with my iPhone 6Plus in Camera+, in camera edits used.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Vintage Mexico

The Sunday Traveler has pulled some vintage photos from the family album; well, envelope really. Who has time for albums! The photos are those of my father, taken in my early years on some of our numerous trips to Mexico to visit relatives on our summer vacations. This exercise, of getting a few photos onto my computer, and applying light edits, was quite a feeling to realize I was working on my father’s photos. The photos shared here today were taken in or around 1959. In the photo above, the woman on the left is my mother. On the right, between the young girl and man in the white jacket is a man on his knees going up the stairs; this has never ceased to impress me, this faith in prayers and sacrifice for a miracle sought or granted.

In this traveler’s lifetime many churches have been visited throughout Mexico; that’s me on the left (back in those days one’s head had to be covered to enter a Catholic church. I don’t know how I managed to get in with a sleeveless blouse on as upper arms at least were to be covered also). The architecture is fascinating and still draws me in.

Another interesting aspect of working on these photos was doing a bit of sleuthing where I could. Museo Monica was googled to find it is in Puebla, Mexico and is a museum of an ex-convent that began as an orphanage. I remember the delicious food in Puebla. Another addition to my ever growing bucket list to return to.

The architecture of Mexico is fascinating and speaks to so much to its history

I knew my father as a writer, not photographer. Mexico brought into my soul from my early years, and emphasized again through his photography in my later years.

Photography is that of Edward S. Castillo

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Narrative in Black and White

Joining in the thoughts posed by this challenge guide, at Lens and Pens by Sally, with today’s photos in black and white. Sally shares her thoughts “The forces of nature are under systematic attack. This assault exhausts me, because it is senseless to be alive in 2017 and dismiss the implications of human intervention in climate change and global warming”; also sharing the thought that sometimes we are remiss in sharing our photographic vision of nature in not revealing our inner narrative.

Without too many words, this photo, taken from a moving car a couple of years ago, during our years long drought, the hillside barren and dry where this barn sits, has always brought thoughts to my mind about where our country is headed in ignoring global warming. The painted American flag on the side of the barn, sun streaming down acting as spotlight, just puts those thoughts front and center in my mind.

Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus in Camera+, edited in camera, and then in PicMonkey.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Mexican Memories

The sights and colors of Mexico are drawing me back. This photo was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, last year at a ceremony during Semana Santa/Holy Week. Time has a way of moving on, as must I from oceans and beaches that have interspersed themselves during this last year, in addition to the glorious Rocky Mountains and Texas memories. I’ll be heading off to Guadalajara, Mexico in a few weeks, to visit family and share some memories with them. The Sunday Traveler spent almost every summer in either Guadalajara or Mexico City while growing up, bonding with family south of the border. One year, my 15th, was spent going to a Mexican school in Guadalajara to finally learn proper Spanish; those years are fondly remembered and returning after quite a few years, I look forward to seeing the changes and refreshing my memory. I know things will be very different, but I’ll look forward to seeing them through different eyes, and through the lens of my camera.

Photo above taken by my Dad in either Mexico City or Guadalajara in the 50’s. Street Photography back in the day.

The Sunday Traveler will be back again next week to share a few more oldies of Mexico, courtesy of my father who instilled the love of travel in my soul.

I happened upon the following quote recently, author unknown, but I have to think my dad might have offered this advice to me at one time when I was very young, and if he didn’t, he is now.

“Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ I’ve Got Your Back

Looking at the back of this rose on my kitchen counter brought a moment of inspiration as I washed some dishes. The beauty from my garden has my back.

Today is macro Monday on Sally’s blog on mobile photography; you can check other entries to the challenge here.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ The Beach Scene

The Beach Scene. Home, familiar, you’ve been here before. You can relax and kick back. Do some people watching while having a light picnic lunch and an adult beverage; being with family has its advantages with designated drivers on hand. The Sunday Traveler spent last Sunday at a nearby beach on a glorious day of spring, and most unusual Northern California beach weather where no jackets and coats were needed. In fact, not even sweaters were necessary! We have since been rocketed back into winter weather, which only emphasizes the need to seize every warm day that comes along here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each precious, and did I mention warm? At least we were warm on the beach. The surfers reported freezing waters, which is pretty standard here, and I had to laugh comparing the surfer’s board shorts and bikinis in Hawaii, and the head to toe wet suits here.



After a long time, it was good to reaquaint myself with my DSLR that hasn’t been used in a very long time. On the beach, its zoom features can be invaluable to see things a little more up close and personal without getting out of the beach chair, taking photos and creating stories in my head of what might be happening


I’ve got my story.

See you next Sunday for a Sunday Snapshot on a little backwards travel down memory lane, short and sweet. Time is drawing close for blasting off once more to Mexico where family waits.


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature Overlook

Iceplant overlooking the Pacific Ocean here in Northern California is blooming with gusto as spring has taken over command of the landscapes.

Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus in Camera+, edit done in Hipstamatic and PicMonkey to soften and brighten.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Gone Fishin’

The Sunday Traveler can’t seem to extricate herself from oceans; from the Pacific of the Hawaiian Islands to the Pacific of Northern California where home is. A day spent at one of the incredible state parks here in Northern California yesterday, Montara State Beach, continued to fill the creative well. One of the first truly warm fogless days of spring that are like rare jewels here along the northern coast. A few more photos will be forthcoming as the Sunday Traveler begins prep for the next adventure in May; not near an ocean!

Until next Sunday.

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