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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Tlaquepaque: Arts and Crafts Enclave near Guadalajara

Strolling the boutique-lined streets of this arts-and-crafts enclave near Guadalajara is like stepping into the brightly colored pages of a storybook. Above, rainbow-colored bunting flaps beneath a cerulean sky. Fantastical sculptures on the sidewalks cast stark shadows on the vivid terra cotta walls of the stucco buildings.

Eventhe name has an engaging rhythm—tuh-lah-keh-pah-keh.

Tlaquepaque, historically known as San Pedro Tlaquepaque, is a suburb of Guadalajara, the capital city of the state of Jalisco. To get here from downtown Guadalajara you can rent a car or take a taxi or an open-air tour bus.

Once in Tlaquepaque, head for the historic center. The main street is Independencia, which is lined with upscale boutiques selling handmade jewelry, pottery, glassware, and home goods, as well as restaurants and bars. A major landmark is the Jardin Hidalgo, a large plaza flanked by two colonial-era churches on Independencia and the Parian. Calle Juarez is a block of restaurants and bars known for mariachi music, especially on weekends.

There are two ceramics museums. The Regional Ceramic Museum is at 237 Independencia. The larger Museo Premio Nacional de Ceramica Panteleon Panduro, 191 Priscilliano Sanchez, is named after Panteleon Panduro, considered the father of modern ceramics in Jalisco. Admission is free and the museums are open 10am–6pm, Tuesday–Saturday, closing around 3pm Sundays.

If you visit in June, you may catch the celebrations of the saints’ days of St. Peter and St. Paul, which include music, dance, and fireworks.

International News

Around the World by Luxury Private Jet

Individually, every destination on this Around the World itinerary would top any traveler’s must-see list. Combined, they create a journey that is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.

A global leader in luxury travel, Travcoa has been named as a top international tour operator by such leading travel publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and a host of others. And it’s no wonder, given the striking array of destinations, itineraries, and accommodations on offer.

Perhaps none is more awe-inspiring (or bucket list completing) than the amazing Around the World by Luxury Private Jet tour—24 days of jaw-dropping destinations that are sure to complete everyone’s must-see list. The once-in-a-lifetime experience includes visits to:

Cusco and Machu Picchu

Easter Island

Apai, Samoa

The Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest

Angkor Wat

The Taj Mahal

The Serengeti Plain

Petra and Wadi Rum

Marrakech, Morocco

Guests enjoy the finest accommodations on each leg of the journey as a Boeing 757 private jet whisks them to their next destination, all the while taking advantage of the ultimate in comfort and convenience that only private luxury travel affords. Sep 29–Oct 22, 2016, 24 days from US$76,950 per person.

Cruise News

Spain River and Ocean Cruising + Up to US$2,000 Savings

Combine river and ocean cruising for an unforgettable experience with Voyages of Antiquity. This journey to Rome, Sicily, Morocco, and southern Spain offers you the opportunity to visit some of the greatest sites of antiquity—explore the treasures of Imperial Rome, visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada, and marvel at the superbly well-preserved Greek temple at Segesta.

This cruise will also take you to some of the most impressive buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites in the world, including the Byzantine Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily and the fascinating Moroccan cities of Casablanca and Marrakech. The journey to your final port is a memorable one as the Aegean Odyssey sails up the Guadalquivir River to the heart of Seville in Andalusia where you will enjoy a fabulous three-night stay.

The 17-day Sicily, Morocco, and Seville cruise from Rome to Seville departs on Oct 14, 2016. It includes 10 tours in four countries, river cruising on Spain’s charming Guadalquivir River, and hotel nights in Rome, Marrakech, and Seville. It also includes expert-guided shore tours, scholarly lecture programs, and onboard gratuities. Save up to US$2,000 per cabin with Special Offer Fares from US$4,696 per person.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“We travel, some of us forever, to see other places, other lives, other souls.”—Anais Nin

Deal of the Week

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Book one of these cruises with AMAWaterways and you will receive up to US$1,500 off per stateroom plus free prepaid gratuities. Don’t miss this chance to explore France, or experience the Danube, or Rhine on a variety of itineraries and dates.

Explore France on three cruise itineraries: “Paris and Normandy,” “Provence and Spain,” and “Taste of Bordeaux.” Cruise dates in March through August 2016 with US$750 per person savings.

Danube Cruises include four options: “Europe’s Rivers and Castles,” “Gems of Southeast Europe,” “The Romantic Danube,” and “Melodies of the Danube.” Cruise dates in October and November with US$750 per person savings.

The Enchanting Rhine: The Rhine rises in the Swiss Alps and flows into Germany, where it joins the Mosel and its major tributary, the Main. Along these rivers are captivating sights that include castles, stunning vineyards, and verdant valleys. Cruise dates in October and November with US$750 per person savings.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes personalized cruises and tours. She designs trips that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budgets. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email View the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.


Sources: Travel Agent Central, Travcoa, Voyages to Antiquity, AMAWaterways


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