Apr 080205

These revisions and additions (April 2023) apply primarily to books purchased in Mexico. Books purchased more recently via Amazon are the latest printing at the time of purchase (check for any later revisions), and Kindle editions should automatically update whenever minor revisions are made.

page 19, paragraph 4, lines 5-6:
“Then he bought more land and built the Villa Bell, and later the Casa Schnaider (Villa Josefina).” should read “Then he bought more land and built Casa Albión (also later known as Casa Schnaider and Villa Josefina) and Villa Bela.”

page 21, paragraphs 2 and 3 have been rewritten – – – click here for printable pdf of page 21 – – – to read:

“The architect for the Hotel Palmera, which opened in 1907, was Mexico City-born Guillermo de Alba who had graduated as a surveyor-engineer in Guadalajara in 1895, before undertaking a visit to Chicago. On his return, de Alba began building homes in Chapala, including his family residence, Mi Pullman (1906). Besides the Hotel Palmera, de Alba designed Villa Niza (1919), remodeled Villa Ave María (1919) and was the favored architect of several wealthy families in Guadalajara. However, de Alba’s architectural masterpiece is not a villa but the beautifully proportioned Chapala railway station, completed in 1920. Several of the buildings de Alba designed have been lovingly restored in recent years, the pride of the bunch being his former family home Mi Pullman, half-way along Aquiles Serdán, the short street immediately west of the pier.”

“Porfirio Díaz had already been President of Mexico for more than fifteen years when he visited Chapala briefly in December 1896. Eight years later, in January 1904, Díaz and his wife revisited Chapala, where her sister and her husband, Lorenzo Elizaga, had built a fine estate known as El Manglar. Díaz and his family returned to Chapala for Holy Week in 1905, 1908 and 1909. Cocktails called chatos (Elizaga’s infant son’s nickname was El Chato) were served, and the State Band would be sent from Guadalajara to provide entertainment.”

page 21, paragraph 4, line 9: “His brother, Tomás” should read “His brother, Thomás”

page 22, paragraph 5, lines 4-6:
“By 1917, solid-tire autobuses for 40 passengers were being operated by Garnot and Maldonat of Guadalajara. The bus trip to the lake took about five hours each way.”
should read: “By 1919, trips by a “rapid and comfortable bus with pneumatic tires” were advertised. The bus trip to the lake took at least two hours each way.”

page 26, paragraph 6 rewritten to read:
“Since the 1950s, Ajijic has been considered the artistic center of the Chapala Riviera. At the beginning many of the artists were foreigners, such as Everett Gee Jackson or Charles Pollock (brother of Jackson), but, over the years, art education programs have stimulated a formidable pool of local talent. Today, the artistic colony is comprised of a healthy mix of Mexicans and non-Mexicans, working in a plethora of media. The Ajijic Museo de Arte exhibits items from its permanent collection alongside temporary exhibits. Its organizer, Efrén González, has created two “walls of skulls” in Ajijic to memorialize the village’s former residents.”

page 27, paragraph 2, last sentence:
“Among my favorites are Lois Cugini’s Opus Boutique, Diane Pearl Colecciones and Galería Di Paola, all on the main street between the plaza and the pier.”
should read: “Among my favorites are Mi México and and Galería Di Paola, both on the main street between the plaza and the pier.”



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