Monday, January 11, 2010

The Incredible Ex Hacienda Zimpizahua

This post will be a work in progress for some time, because there is so much to write about this former hacienda, in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, that dates from 1547 and only ceased coffee production about a decade ago. We have a large photo and video archive. The videos will be used to produce a music video and I am sure we'll go back many times to re-acquaint with Joaquim, the manager, and his family, and update as necessary.

Meanwhile, I'll begin by loading some pix in the order in which we took them as we meandered our way around the portion that is now the hotel, up to the events area, back through the restaurant area to the big interior courtyard, past the various former production buildings, to look at the still-functioning aqueduct, and then out to the former coffee bean fermentation, drying and roasting area and, finally, up to the level of the aqueduct and then out through the entry area to the road.

This first sequence will get us started. We walked in past the check in desk and met the manager. He said we were welcome to look around, so we began with a walk down a pathway in front of some hotel rooms and up some steps to a covered area that looked out over some gardens and over some current work in progress. This sequence gives a sense of some of the gardens around the hotel area.


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