The Parkers found themselves in Veracruz, Mexico
recently to do some research for the next book (and have
some fun!) What a great city. Not a tourist destination for
Americans, but one of the best cities in Mexico that I've
It's the oldest European city founded in the new world, by
Cortez, in 1519! Now that's old. The zona centro
historico is filled with magnificent buildings, dating
back for centuries. Our Holiday Inn hotel was originally a
convent built in 1640. You could practically hear the nuns
shuffling across those worn tile floors on their way to
The people are friendly, bright and high energy.
There's a sense of ancient intrigue in the air, a lingering
memory of conquistadores, pirates and slaves. Our tour of
the fortress and prison at San Juan de Ulua sent ripples of
dread up and down our backbones.
There's also music, music and more music. Many styles.
And dancing to go with it. This town parties.
We were looking for a bar in Veracruz called the
Taberna Roja (The Red Tavern) that has a sign out front
with a little red-headed guy on it. We were told that this
centuries-old bar is a hangout for a mysterious gringo named
Mike Finnegan. And we'd come to suspect that our hero,
Charlie Hood, would soon be heading down there into the
subtropical heat to find Finnegan and get to the bottom of
what he's all about.
We found the Taberna del Rojo and more. That's
why we went there: looking for stories.
Best and Soon,
T Jefferson Parker
forget to check out the Veracruz pictures on
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