on June 21, 2006
I read that Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-lockey-pockey) means “the best of everything.” If so, that is a well-suited name for this village of 45 galleries and restaurants. Each shop offers something new and exciting. My favorites were the art glass galleries, a kitchen store “Cucina Sedona,” and a Christmas ornament store “Feliz Navidad.” The setting is a series of courtyards surrounded by shops and eateries. One courtyard had an attractive fountain while another showcased a lovely bronze and two amusing burro sculptures. Along the way great care has been taken with landscaping. When we were there blooming trees added a wonderful scent. This is the type of complex where after visiting all the shops, you could start back in at the first one and see new things.About the parking situation. We erred when we arrived by pulling into the parking lot of an adjoining resort. The gatekeeper gave us a slip to be validated. Not knowing any better we proceeded to the office he indicated. Guess who was there? A timeshare salesman. He “validated” the ticket and tried to get us signed up for a tour and talk of the resorts condos. We turned him down and found that when it came time to leave Tlaquepaque there was no need to present a validated slip to the gatekeeper. Had we been paying better attention we would have seen the Tlaquepaque parking entrances just a few feet further down Hwy 179.
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