Mexico's Taxco: A Jewel Of A Town

TAXCO DE ALARCON, Mexico — After attending a glorious wedding in Mexico City recently, my husband and I decided to hang out for a few days. A little road trip seemed in order, and a friend of the bride and groom had the perfect destination: Taxco, Mexico's capital of silver artistry. He offered to drive us to this magical town in the mountains of Guerrero state, about100 miles southwest of Mexico City.

Taxco enchanted us with its gorgeous, winding cobble-stone streets, terra cotta-roofed houses stacked up hills and baroque Santa Prisca Church at the zocalo (square).

It was almost too pretty to shop for jewelry. Almost.

My husband, Tribune Newspapers staff photographer Phil Velasquez, and I could not resist trying to capture Taxco's multiple charms with our cameras. We met and photographed a charming silver vendor, Miguel Porcayo Aguilar, who urged us to "get my dimples" into the frame.

We lunched at a rooftop restaurant (four flights up) overlooking the zocalo, which was filled with people of all ages enjoying the day. It felt as if we were starring in our own movie; the weather was perfect (70), the sky a deep cobalt, and a gentle breeze caressed our faces.

We left with bags full of silver earrings, bracelets and necklaces — but the real gem was Taxco itself.