I do believe that was the saddest kitty of them all. He looked like he'd faced many battles in his life, but the gardens seemed to serve as a sanctuary. We saw several bowls of cat food and water placed in discreet spots, and the cats all appeared to be comfortable and content.
That seems like a large garden, with so many plants I've never seen before, except maybe in small pots. It's all stunning. To get an idea of the size of the palacio's gardens I went to google maps. Their satellite view seems to show trees over lawns, not the array of plants you three have shown here, but it's hard to tell.
It makes me happy to know there's a haven for cats there.
The guy with the guidebook must have been prepared to spend all day examining the murals. Were the murals well signed, or was a guidebook necessary to know what was going on?
Very interesting Photos from all of you. The fountain is very beautiful too. Kerouac you took some good shots of the 'prickly pears' on the cactus. They looked edible to me. I feel a bit sorry for the cats. They look in good nick except for the one ginger. Makes me think a vet may be watching over them...maybe. Otherwise interbreeding soon will reveal terrible mutants. The cat with grey fur is suffering from his fur being matted. Needs to be cut but I guess he will never be caught. They weren't friendly were they?
Breeze, I think one of The Others has a picture(s) of where Rivera signed the mural. There are no explanatory signs, so a decent knowledge of Mexican history is useful. I can see why a guidebook would be good, although I think my preference would be to go twice -- once to take in the amazing scope of the murals, and then a return after perusing google or a guidebook.
As far as the satellite view of the garden, it must be pretty accurate. There are two sections to the garden. Htmb and I showed the part we saw (the succulent garden) before viewing the murals and will have photos of the second part to show after we finish the mural section. Kerouac showed both the first and second sections. The second would be the part obscured by trees in the satellite view.
Tod, those prickly pears are in fact edible, as you guessed. They are called "tuna" in Mexico, which is confusing and rather disgusting to tourists who see tuna ice cream featured on menus.
Being a cat, I'd rather like tuna ice cream. I'm sure the battered old ginger tom in the tree would find it to his liking. Yes, he is very battle-worn, but seems to enjoy basking in the sun and getting fed.
I've studied those murals before (in books) but it was a long time ago.
We can see Frida Kahlo, and could it be her sister Cristina, teaching people to read?
Oh, good call on the sisters, LaGatta! If you click on this link, you should be able to read the text in the woman's hand.
I know what you mean about seeing the murals in a book. I saw them in real life over 40 years ago, so really my memory was more of photos than the real thing. The scope and artistry of fitting that painted history in the space available is breathtaking.
Thanks, Mich. There may have been pamphlets or something available, but we didn't see them. You just kind of walk around open-mouthed with admiration and amazement. I would like to go back armed with more information, though.