Re: Capricho del Rey

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Escrito por Laura desde ( el día jueves, 05 de abril, 2007 a las 11:10:19 horas :

En respuesta a: Capricho del Rey escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día jueves, 05 de abril, 2007 a las 00:47:11 horas :

The Capricho del Rey belongs to the Family of my suegra Sara Verboonen (with their relatively recently acquired partners from Mexico City). This story of this property constitutes a central storyline of the transition of Zihuatanejo from the tiny fishing village it was to what it is today. It's an incredible story which includes the story of the 'Coronel' -a con artist whose MO apparently was to swoop down on recent widows and swindle them out of their properties. This was exactly what he attempted to do to Sara Verboonen after her husband Arnoldo was killed in a shootout on La Madera Beach in 1973.

The first Arnoldo Verboonen was the son of one of the revered teachers and founders of the first school in Petatlan -illegitimate I daresay and raised with much love later becoming one of the most respected and beloved exceptionally talented restauranteurs and hosts of the early Zihuatanejo days. Arnoldo went to California during the 'Brasero' days and ended up working in a restaurant in Chinatown in San Francisco. Besides honing his talents in the kitchen (later to become legendary) he learned English and developed a love for jazz. He returned to Petatlan and Zihua and married Sarita Verboonen who is the daughter of the first Municipal President of Zihuatanejo and the great-granddaughter of managers of the Hacienda that encompassed all of what is now Zihuatanejo before the revolution (right Lupita?).

Anyway, to make an epic novel long story short, he ended up with the property the poster is referring to together with a strong friendship with Marshall Allen (a wealthy New Yorker of the adventurer jet set/hippie era). The two of them teamed up to make the El Capricho del Rey... an absolutely incredible gem in every way (6 stone bungalows with high arches and the finest tile floors reached by hundreds of steps and cable car surrounded by pools and tropical garden fountains with a restaurant and bar on the street/ocean level. (At that time the road only reached to the Catalina! Every sack of cement had to be brought in by burro through the jungle or by boat) It was finished and about to be opened with the flowers even on the beds when Arnoldo was killed in the shootout. To be continued...

Hasta pronto,

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