We just returned from our second trip to Tlaquepaque and to Casa de las Flores. And the reason we went back a second time? Tlaquepaque is a shopping delight for arts and crafts and the residents are open and friendly. In fact many of the shopkeepers remembered us from the previous year! It also is close to Tonala which is an arts and crafts delight. If you can't find it there, you don't want it. Guadalajara proper is a short taxi ride away. And the restaurants in Tlaquepaque are very good and very reasonable. Try El Patio, and especially Rio San Pedro. Sandwiches and Friends is good for a nosh as well. Now more about Casa de las Flores. It is a 7 room B&B. Beautiful garden and public rooms. They have an extremely fine collection of local art (some for sale, some in their private collection) and are happy to give you an insight into the local pottery especially. There are 2 suites, 2 with 1 bed, and 2 with 2 double beds. The 7th is smaller than the others but I think it has 2 double beds as well. The rooms are comfortable and very clean. Every other day, one of the hosts cooks a fresh vegetarian breakfast. There are no choices but believe me, you generally don't need one. The off-day is generally cereal with fresh juice, empanadas made in Tlaquepaque, fresh fruit, and walnut yoghurt. They have a bar as well. The staff are mostly bi-ligingual, friendly and congenial. They can arrange for artist's studio tours with their nearly exclusive driver who knows the area like the back of his hand. And one of the best parts of the Casa de las Flores experience are the other guests. The last two times we have met other travelers who have become close friends. The hosts seem to attract interesting, congenial guests even though the guests' backgrounds may be quite varied. So if you want a place to hole up by yourself, Casa del las Flores isn't the place and you'll miss meeeting some of the nicest, most interesting people.
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