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This bank building on Ave. Morelos is called Edificio Victoria. It is a lovely build right accross the street from La Iglesia de El Calvario. Along that street to the left of the building is Las Mananitas - a famous cuernavaca hotel

La Iglesia de El Calvario on Ave. Morelos 
(northbound one way from downtown)

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Near downtown, a little to the north, is a very nice little river walk. The entrance on the north end is behind the Church of El Calvario (above) down by the fountain on the south end the entrance is El Puente Carlos Cauglia


Conquest of New Spain, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, (Paperback Book)

Thrilling, awesome, gripping, vulgar, banal, legendary, disgusting, and overwhelmingly compelling. From one battle to the next - 50,000 Mexican warriors pitted against 400 Spaniards - we are revolted by the canabalism of the indigenous peoples, but drawn to their courage and valor. We feel the betrayal and the deceptions of Cortez, but are made aware of his bravery and his honest desire to end human sacrifice. In every page of this book lies the plots and the characters for a single Spielberg movie. But no movie, no adventure, no science fiction, and no goth novel can even come close to Bernal Diaz' first hand account of the initial defeat and final conquest of New Spain.

Letters from Mexico
by Hernan Cortes, Anthony Pagden (Editor), J. H. Elliott (Introduction)

The story begins with the planting of A Orange Tree and ends with the the conquest of Mexico. Cortes is a man driven by adventure and the lure of wealth in the new lands. It is however sad that he ends up in love with the place and culture that he finally destroys. The book gives a blow by blow description of the political intrigue of the church, the crown and of course Cortes men. At one point in the book the fighting is so brutal that Cortes is literally hacking the Aztec warroirs to death as steel meets wood in a no contest.Montezouma is perhaps the most tagic figure given that he is a child not a leader. The insights that Cortes rrecordrds give a fascinating account in a true historical sense. It is a book that destroys the idea that conquistidores like Cortes are bigger than life.The book reaffirms a tragic tale with its detail descriptions. A great read for enthusiasts of Mexican history Leigh Collins

The Broken Spears : The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel Leon-Portilla 
This is an excellent primary source of information written fron the Aztecs viewpoint. Bernal Diaz's book is an excellent companion study to compare the different perspectives of both primary parties involved. The illustrations and the narrative are very elementary, an easy read with simple drawings to compliment the text. The viewpoint, which is the Aztecs is interesting and different from what you might suppose. If you are intersted in Pre-Columbian culture in Mexico this is a fundamental book covering the Conquest of Mexico. For a balanced view read this along with Bernal Diaz's book to get a complete picture from participants of that fateful time in history when the Old World collided with the New World to create a new culture. A must have book for anyone into Mexico and it's roots.

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Penguin Classics), Fray Bartolome de las Casas, (Paperback Book)

Mexico, James A. Michener, (Paperback Book)

The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados, Diana Kennedy, (Hardcover Book)

Mexico, James A. Michener, (Audio Cassette)

Mexican Favorites (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library), Susana Palazuelos, (Hardcover Book)

True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, an, Sam Quinones, (Hardcover Book)

Teach Yourself Latin American Spanish : A Complete Course for Beginners, Juan Kattan-Ibarra, (Book/Cassettes)

Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook, Sally Steward, (Paperback Book)

Casa Mexicana: The Architecture, Design and Style of Mexico, Tim Street-Porter, Marie Pierre Colle, (Hardcover Book)

The Taste of Mexico, Patricia Quintana, (Paperback Book)
Easy to follow recipes for innovative dishes from eight culinary regions of Mexico.
Canciones De Mi Padre, Linda Ronstadt, (Compact Disc)

An eclectic collection of popular Mexican songs performed with class, style and perfect diction including mispronouncing polecia in Corrido de Cananea. Linda evokes traditions and projects feelings with a very Mexican bravado.
Mas Canciones De Mi Padre, Linda Ronstadt, (Compact Disc)

Another wonderful collection of popular Mexican songs performed in a classic style.

Choose Costa Rica Paperback

Choose Mexico : Live Well on $800 a Month; John Howells, et al; Paperback

Choose Mexico : Live Well on (5th Ed); John Howells, Don Merwin; Paperback

Choose the Northwest : Retirement Discoveries for Every Budget; John Howells, Richard Harris; Paperback

Choose the Southwest : Retirement Discoveries for Every Budget; Paperback

Retirement on a Shoestring; Paperback

The Rose and the Clematis : As Good Companions; Hardcover

Where to Retire : America's Best and Most Affordable Places; John Howells; Paperback

Choose Latin America : A Guide to Seasonal and Retirement Living; John M. Howells; Paperback (Hard to Find)

Choose Mexico : retirement living on $400 a month; Unknown Binding (Hard to Find)

Choose Spain; John Howells, et al; Paperback (Hard to Find)

Retirement Choices for the Time of Your Life; John Howells, Noni Mendoza (Illustrator); Paperback (Hard to Find)

Retirement on a Shoestring; Paperback (Hard to Find)

Rv Travel in Mexico; Paperback (Hard to Find)