Wonderland

//Wonderland

Wonderland

Happy Sunday!

The last weeks were quiet hectic and I just needed something to recharge and start fresh. The opportunity to get out of the system appeared in my favorite local farm-to-table restaurant in town – Via Organica. I love this place for the best vegetables in town, for supporting the local farmers and  for very reasonable prices on organic produce. The restaurant offered a tour to a organic dairy farm for a whole day and a visit to one of the biggest monoliths in the world.

“Flor de Alfalfa” is a local dairy farm, less than 2 hour drive from the city, which produces hormone/antibiotics free milk, natural yogurts, cheese, cream and sour cream. I thought it would be an interesting experience to see what they are doing, but the reality exceeded all my expectations. This is not a farm, this is a wonderland!!

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Huge spaces covered in fresh grass, the cows walking freely on the fields surrounded by mountains, the smell of wildflowers and delicious fresh food. The company is providing the best care for the cows. The milking process is unbelievable – the cows walk into a spacious building where Mozart’s and Bach’s masterpieces are playing (cows just love them! Good taste!), after the milking is done, all the data goes straight to the vet computer and he checks if everything is alright and if the cows are healthy. The babies are just adorable – they are so friendly and will lick you to death 🙂

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Well, this guy didn’t care at all 🙂 I can’t blame him -I would sleep there all day long as well.

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After the tour our group had cheese tasting that was absolutely delicious! I have such a huge respect for the company, for all they do, for their care for environment and for their philosophy. It is definitely not easy to compete against huge conglomerates that have taken over the market. I will definitely support them as much as I can!

The wonderland didn’t end here – we drove 30 minutes more to visit Peña de Bernal, one of the biggest monoliths in the world – 433 m (1,421 ft). Recent chemical analysis showed that it formed around 8.7 million years ago.

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People say that locals live here much longer than the average person in Mexico – up to 100 years. People get married at 90 here 🙂 Every spring there are hundreds of tourists coming to the monolith to hike and recharge. We didn’t have much time and made it only to Level 1.

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We will definitely come back and go all the way up; but even from level 1 the view was breathtaking.

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This is why I love unplanned unexpected road trips – you always end up finding something fascinating! This is exactly what I needed – to recharge and get inspired by nature. One quote from Einstein’s biography by Walter Isaacson comes to mind: “His [Einstein’s] inner security was tempered by the humility that comes from being awed by nature”.

Have a wonderful day!


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By | 2016-06-26T07:46:01+00:00 June 26th, 2016|Travel|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Nicky June 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful experience and beautiful views. Reminds me so much of home. I think a road trip might be in order for me soon. 😀
    As always, thank you for sharing with us.

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      I am glad this post brought you such sweet memories, dear Nicky!

  2. kaydeerouge June 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    What a fascinating blog – those amazing places you visited! I’m intrigued to see they actually do play Mozart and Bach to the cows – I’d heard rumours about this, but thought it was a joke. Who would have thought it would make for happier cows and more milk?!!

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I know! I thought it was a myth!

  3. Zeta June 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Felt like I was there with you! 🙂
    Wonderful farm. I hope they get the support they deserve.
    As for the hike, I’m so jealous! Nobody here wants to go hiking with me.

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I would sooo hike with you!!! How great would it be?!

  4. sustainablemum June 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    A wonderland indeed. The farm sounds wonderful, how fantastic to have that so close to you and to be able to buy their fantastic produce locally. The monolith looks amazing too I bet the view from up there is fantastic! Hope you are feeling suitably recharged now 😉

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I am, very refreshed and energized!

  5. Tracey June 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I have said it before and I will say it again, you live in such a beautiful part of the world and one day I really must visit.
    I love all the photos, this is the second time I have been here to visit 🙂 and I will probably pop in again!

    Have a great week dear Alina.

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Tracey! As all places, my corner of the world has its drawbacks, but I try to focus on the good stuff 🙂

  6. pat June 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    The pic of the cow sleeping is just too cute! Thanks for taking me on a great tour. I’m always learning something from you. Sounds like you had a perfect day.

    • Alina June 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Road trip is always a perfect day for me 🙂 I am so happy you like it!!

  7. Carmela Biscuit June 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful getaway you had! Mexico is such a beautiful place!

    • Alina June 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      It is! So different and diverse!

  8. Julie July 1, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

    oh wow, what am amazing trip! That flor de alfalfa looks like heaven, and what a stunning monolith- that village looks absolutely stunning!

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      I think you would love it so much! It is a perfect place for a family day out!

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