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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Hotel Posada la Basilica

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Not far from the bustling Colonial City of Morelia, is a town with a completely different flavor. Patzcuaro has kept its indigenous roots, and the written history of this town goes back to the 1300s.

Walking around the streets of Patzcuaro, which looks like someplace out of Portugal or France's countryside, we discovered an hotel and restaurant with a panoramic view.

Sign on the outside of this old 18th Century house

Sign on the outside of this old 18th Century house

Notice the old mud bricks of this ancient building, and the tattered wooden divider in the center.

Built in the 18th century, this hotel and restaurant has modernized somewhat with Wi-Fi, Cable TV and hardwood floors. Some rooms offer balconies and claw foot bath tubs with a view out onto the town.

TEKARE, the family-style restaurant at the top of the building.

TEKARE, the family-style restaurant at the top of the building.

We wanted to see the advertised view that the restaurant offered, so we walked up some narrow circular stairs which brought us here.

 

 

 

 

Tiled rooftops met our gaze and further out you can see the lake with a couple of islands in the middle.

The restaurant is open breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can order coffee, alcoholic drinks or an ice cold beer.

A nice, cold Corona Extra with lime

A nice, cold Corona Extra with lime

I ordered an agua fresca and Billy had his beer. We dreamed outside the window, witnessing the heat and listening to the breeze and the birds.

As we enter these old Colonial buildings, I always wonder about the people and the lives which came before. I think about their concerns, what excited them about life, and what they spoke about with their neighbors.

Historically, what was going on? What were their fears and what did they dream for their future?

A fairly clear day - blue skies against red tile roofs

A fairly clear day - blue skies against red tile roofs

As is the custom in these ancient towns, people's houses will often share a wall. Red tile roofs are the norm, creating a cooler interior for the homes. The simple domiciles are often either mud brick, gray concrete block or whitewashed over both.

 

The basilica is on the left almost outside the photo

The basilica is on the left almost outside the photo

You can see the Santuario de Guadalupe Basilica just to the left in the photo. When Sunday Mass is beginning, the bells can be heard all over town.

Right in the center front of this photo is a classical style of building. The extended roof - which creates shade underneath - is held up by pillars. The opening seems a little skinny here, but usually there is a courtyard and maybe a garden interior. 

Patzcuaro Lake and Isla de Janitzio

Patzcuaro Lake and Isla de Janitzio

There are boat tours around the lake and to the six islands located there. These tours are very popular.

 

 

 

 

Parroquia del Santuario de Guadalupe

Parroquia del Santuario de Guadalupe

Here is a closer view of the Santuario de Guadalupe, built at the beginning of the 19th century.

Outdoor seating of the restaurant

Outdoor seating of the restaurant

This restaurant / hotel is an enchanting place to stay overnight, or to enjoy a drink or meal.

We found it to be very quiet (except when the church bells chimed - but welcome to Mexico!) and you could just drift away in the pleasant breeze.

If you are in Paztcuaro, enjoy a beverage or meal here. Take advantage of the tranquility!

Patzcuaro Posada la Basilica

Address: Arciga 6, Centro, 61600 Pátzcuaro, Mich. Phone: 01 434 342 1108

Website: http://www.posadalabasilica.com.mx/

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About the Authors

 
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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