View from our hike near Beauregard-Baret, France.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Saint-Côme-et-Maruéjols, France.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Towards Andorra.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Fancy Mexican Wedding.

Saturday morning was market day here in Valle de Juarez, so we took Tioga George and Renate into town with us. They both have motorhomes with them and we also have the little blue car so we know how much it's appreciated when someone offers a ride!

We won't bore you with the details of our market expenditures. Suffice to say that we will eat another week's worth of fruits and vegetables for very little money!

This was Renate's first visit to the market here, and when she went to pay for her goods she simply couldn't believe that it was only 20 pesos ($1.68) for what she bought. I think Renate likes it here!

Our regular readers might remember when we visited "the castle" in late December of 2011. We had actually been there one previous time and had met the owner of the place, Raphael, a couple of times.

Well yesterday, Barb and Sal and some of the regulars here were invited to a wedding reception at the castle! It's kind of weird attending a wedding of someone you don't know, especially when you were invited by the guy who owns the place hosting the reception. But, this is Mexico and the bride was very gracious in acknowledging our presence when our group presented her with an envelope and card.

We think this was the sixth wedding reception we've attended in Mexico over the years! And definitely one of the fanciest.

Ruth, Jerry, and Paula arriving at the castle.

Ruth at the pond.

The wedding cake!

Lots of fancy tables both inside and out.

Camper Jerry, thinking he might like to try some of that tequila!

Lots of snacks and appetizers served before dinner. We thought it was funny that everything was so fancy bu the food was served on styrofoam plates.

Raphael (the owner of the castle) with Sal.

The main building.

The happy couple.


  1. WoW! Pretty neat of course - since Cassia and I were there with Ruth in December. It looks much greener now. I was wondering why Ruth was wearing heels in the top picture - having made the hike there. I'm glad the Castle is being used - what a magical place.

  2. Boy, you guys really clean up nicely for such a fancy wedding!!

  3. What a beautiful place to have a wedding. We will have to pack nice clothes in case we ever get invited to something like that.
    What is the appropriate amount of money to give the bride and groom? Do you give more if the wedding if fancier? Just curious.


    1. Hi Bonnie. We've been told that 200 pesos per couple is acceptable.

  4. I noticed Ruth's heels also!! I guess the styrofoam is for convenience. They did the same at the big fancy wedding reception we attended last December but the quality of the food was superior.

  5. Ruth you look geat in your dress up clothes. It would seem odd to me too to go to a wedding where I didn't know anyone in the wedding party. But all the Mexican weddings you've shown us have sure been very nice. Hope their divorce rate is lower.

  6. They hospitality of the Mexican people is second to none and always a great time as well.

  7. butterbean carpenterMarch 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Howdy Ruth & Kevin,

    Why didn't we get to see Kevin all DRESSED UP?? Ruth makes dress up clothes even 'dressier'
    What a layout!!! The view from the 'Raphael's Castle' is grand and breathtaking!!! Maybe they do like we do and recycle the styrofoam, IT'LL WASH !!! The 'horse' by the pool looks like a Canadian MOOSE to me!!! Y'all sure do run around in the right crowd, down there!!!
    Hope all days are sunny & HAPPY!!! Even when you get to Saskatchewan!!!!

    1. Nope, the styrofoam doesn't get recyced! And yep, that horse is a moose, it's a very interesting place!

  8. What an interesting experience and a beautiful setting for the wedding. Thanks for sharing. Great photos!

  9. It's usual great pics nice wedding...but I have a question. Why is there a statue of a moose?

    1. There's also a lion and an elephant and a few other statues. No idea why...the place is pretty whimsical!


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