Some big names have fallen in love with #Lake Chapala’s riviera. Nowadays it’s expats and #medical tourists to #Mexico. Before it was renowned artists.
Artists Love Lake Chapala Mexico As Did Diaz and D.H.
#Porfirio Diaz was Mexico’s dictator from 1876 until revolution unseated him in 1911. While President, he would spend Easter Week in Chapala, accompanied by Mexico City high society. Mexican and foreign elite from the four corners of the world made Chapala the watering hole and resort of the upper classes. They paved the way for entertainers.
Many rich and #famous owned large properties along the lake for weekend homes. They came from Guadalajara, Mexico City, America, and Europe. British author #D.H. Lawrence wrote “The Plumed Serpent” while staying at the Q & Q Inn. He wanted to stay forever but his wife did not.
Artists Love Lake Chapala Mexico As Did #Tennessee Williams
American playwright “Tennessee” Williams was a great admirer of Lawrence. Williams spent the summer of 1945 in Cuernavaca and Chapala. In Chapala, he strolled along the lake, swimming and drinking rum-cocos with native boys.
Williams stayed at the home of poet Witter Bynner. There Williams wrote The Poker Night. Convinced that he was dying, Williams thought it would be his last play. Therefore he put his all into it. (The agonizing abdominal pains were not stomach cancer but a ruptured appendix.) The play became #A Streetcar Named Desire. His finest single work, it won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize. The movie version won four Oscars.
Tennessee Williams set his stage play, #The Night of the Iguana (1948), in Mexico. The 1964 movie version was filmed south of Puerto Vallarta (four hours west of Chapala). It also won an Academy Award.
Artists Love Lake Chapala Mexico As Did “La Rosa”
In Ajijic, #Zara Alexeyewa, a Russian ballerina, rode around dressed in black. In the 1970s, after 40 years of retirement, Zara returned to the stage for a last hurrah. During the ballet, another dancer carried her into scenes where she would wave her arms.
The illogical moves, melodramatic performance, and confusing music and themes bored the audience of several hundred–until the end. Then the fake volcano exploded. That caught other sets and the curtains on fire. Extinguishing the flames flooded the orchestra pit, so the musicians evacuated. The remaining spectators gave Zara’s performance a standing ovation. One of many #things to do is see her grand estate.
Porfirio Diaz said, “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.” Due to that closeness, nowadays medical tourism benefits both gringos and Mexicans. To join the trend, contact DocTours to arrange all.