I must treat this recent trip to Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán in snippets. Frank, Allyson, and I spent Saturday and Sunday there. Monday was the official holiday known at Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos. Sunday was Day of the Infants, El Día de los Inocentes, the day dedicated to remembrance of deceased children. I have a much better understanding of all that now, although still admittedly imperfect. More about that later.
With this entry I want to describe as briefly as I can our trip out onto Lake Pátzcuaro by ferry to one of the several islands there, Isla de Janitzio. I have grabbed some commercial photos because the place is beyond my ability even to begin to capture it with my little camera. This island has a rich history going back to pre-colonial times. Indigenous people still inhabit the area.
The island is dominated by a statue of don José María Morelos, a hero of the war for independence from Spain.
From the docks one climbs up to the summit on a long, winding stairs lined with shops and restaurants.
The statue itself is hollow. A spiral staircase winds around the interior walls of the statue which is lined with murals depicting the story of the life of José María Morelos. Via this staircase one can climb to the top of the statue and look out over the village below and the lake. It is a spectacular view.