After wrapping up the residency, I decided to spend time exploring the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Guadalajara and the nearby colorful and picturesque town of Tlaquepaque (pronounced (Tla-Keh-Pa-Keh).
Not to be confused with the replica town of Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona, Tlaquepaque is only a twenty-minute cab ride from nearby Guadalajara and a must-see destination for anyone interested in Mexican ceramics. With its streets lined with orange trees and colonial-style architecture, plazas and lush gardens, Tlaquepaque is a shopper’s paradise.
I took a few moments to visit El Museo Regional de la Ceramica (Regional Ceramics Museum) and learned about the different types and styles of ceramics Tlaquepaque is known for.
While in Guadalajara, a fellow filmmaker and I walked around admiring the Spanish colonial architecture of the city and soaking in all the hustle and bustle its markets and streets.
El Parque Rojo (The Red Park) also known as El Parque Revolución.
Ex-Convento del Carmen—a 17th century church converted into an art gallery and performing arts center.
El Templo Expiatory del Santísimo Sacramento (Expiatory Temple of the Blessed Sacrament), 1897.
Guadalaja’s Mercado San Juan de Dios.
And finally, some of Guadalajara’s excellent street art and graffiti.
Check out more photos and stories from Guadalajara on my @EvolvingCritic Instagram account.