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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

2/21/04 - Touring in Chihuahua

This morning (at 8:30) all the members of our Adventures Caravan had the happy opportunity to be taken into the City of Chihuahua for a city tour that included three very interesting stops. Our Mexican guide, Rodrigo, was entertaining, knowledgeable and a pleasure with whom to learn about this, our first Mexican City on the Caravan Tour.

Chihuahua is the capital of the State of Chihuahua and was founded in 1709. In 1824, it was given the name of Chihuahua, a Nahualt word which means "dry sandy zone."

Our first stop was at a city park - the Plaza de Armas - where a great statue of a bull stands tall, overlooking the City. (Although these animals are referred to as “Texas Longhorns” our guide told us that they were originally from Africa!) In addition, close by is the bronze statue of the Mexican born Anthony Quinn, as well as a statue to Teachers and another, unusual edifice, honoring all the people of the city; rich and poor.

And our "tail gunner" Bruce Horton and fellow Caravener, Connie Sykes chatting with local teenagers spending Saturday morning at the park. The teens were so excited to try to communicate with us with their very limited English and our very limited Espanol. We managed to find out that they were all between 13 & 15 years old, and were school friends. Some live outside the city but attend school within the city.

First at the park, then around the city we saw these interesting benches. The left panel shows sowing, next weeding, then reaping, then harvesting.

We had the opportunity to spend a bit of time at the Federal Palace and to view and hear about its murals painted by Aarón Piña Mora depicting the state's history. This building was damaged by fire in the 1940s, but has since been restored. Among the marvelous and moving murals along each wall facing into a court yard, is a plaque and the Altar de la Patria in the central patio that marks the spot where Father Miguel Hidalgo was a prisoner. He was executed on June 11th 1811, in the central patio of the Government Palace. Close by we viewed the permanently lit flame of liberty on the altar of the country.

Somewhere we read that despite his failings as a priest and a general, Hidalgo was still a great man. His compassion for the underdog, his hatred of injustice and his intelligent and creative approach to economic development all contributed to his title as father of his country. For example, this photo shows a skeleton of the last of an indigenous tribe.

Across the street from the Federal Palace, and facing the Office of the Governor, stands a moving memorial erected on this spot. Its intent is to remind the Governor about the issue of the hundreds of young women of Juarez Mexico who have been brutally murdered and hundreds more who are missing. (Each nail represents a missing or killed victim.)

From the Federal Palace, we headed over to the Cathedral, walking through a busy and interesting shopping mall – for pedestrians only.

Left to right are:
Bill Wethington & Sharon Wallace behind Drena Prengel, Connie Ross, Nellie King, and Melba & John Hinrichs.

The imposing Cathedral church was built of pink quarry stone. The interior was majestic, and the most visited part of the Cathedral is probably the lovely statue and altar of Our Lady of Guadeloupe.

Our final stop was to the Museum of the Revolution, (also known as Pancho Villa's house.) In the museum are the personal belongings of General Villa. Much of the building had been built for his wife Luz Corral, who was the only one of many women connected with Villa who was able to produce a valid certificate proving that she was his only legal wife. (According to our tour guide, Pancho claimed to have married 26 times!) We were able to take our time viewing many illustrative historical documents and artifacts. Doña Luz Corral de Villa lived in the house until her death in 1981.

While many have heard of Pancho Villa, we found out today that his real name was "Dorotheo Arango." A curious man of many facets, Pancho Villa, so the saying goes, was "hated by thousands and loved by millions." He was a Robin Hood to many and a cruel, cold-blooded killer to others. But as a rebel against injustice and abuse, Villa is still remembered in Mexico as a folk hero.

The day was a perfect one for sight-seeing, and we were back at camp in time for lunch (and in some cases, a little siesta) before we gathered this afternoon for a social and briefing for our travel tomorrow.

Here's a photo of our great guide, Rodrigo Ramirez. That lovely smiling lady next to him is Diane Tolin (the "better half" of the Wagon Master Team.)

Little by little we are all learning rudimentary Spanish …. Like “banos” and “gracias” – but we have over a month to learn more! Perhaps we can learn at least one Spanish word a day – what linguists we might become!

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