2015 FEB – MAZATLAN

FEB 2015 – MAZATLAN

The city of Mazatlan is divided into 3 main areas: Old Mazatlan, the Golden Zone (tourist beaches and shops), and New Mazatlan.

a Feast for the Senses

a Feast for the Senses

I took a bus from the Marina to Old Mazatlan and got off at the Mercado Municipal, the indoor farmers market. It is huge and is divided into sections with fresh meat, fresh fruit and veges, tourist trinkets, and clothes stalls.

Yumy, pigs head

Yummy, pigs head

Fresh fruit and veges

Fresh fruit and veges

Lots of bright colors, local music playing, and exotic smells. I love the Mexican clothes; they are so sexy. Unfortunately I have to lose 20 lbs before I will fit into any of those tight fitting tops or cute swimsuits.

imageAfter browsing the market I wandered over to the Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion, a beautiful cathedral in the heart of Old Town.

 

Center and left nave

Center and left nave

A service was in progress so I sat down and quietly absorbed the serenity. I also prayed and thanked God for a safe crossing. Then like a true tourist, I took pictures!image

Right nave

Right nave

The cathedral is opposite a beautiful park with landscaped plant beds, the Plaza de la Republica. The facade of the basilica is lovely from that vantage point. More photos!

 

 

imageAfter that I just wandered around the Old Town that is being actively restored. I just love the rainbow houses all squashed together. It reminds me of Charleston, SC – although I am sure that South Caroliners would be annoyed at the comparison.

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The fixer upper.... every neighborhood has one

The fixer upper right in the middle…. every neighborhood has one

Beautifully restored

Beautifully restored

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imageimageI saw a large overgrown garden and thought how I would love to get my hands on it. I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I do have a ton of enthusiasm. Mostly I kill my plants with over-loving them! I peeked thru the gate and the house was a derelict. Wow, I could do up the house as well. That’s a dream for another time….!

And who can resist anything Free...

And who can resist anything Free…

Then I strolled down to the malecon (the road alongside the beach). Like La Paz it has a variety of sculptures and rows of little restaurants on the beach. I was thirsty and stopped at a street vendor to buy some coconut milk. I watched amazed as he split the coconut and poured the milk into a plastic bag. Then he stuck a straw into it, tied it closed at the top, and handed the baggie of milk to me. My jaw dropped. I thought I was going to get the milk served inside the coconut itself so I walked away bemused and sucking the milk through the straw of the plastic bag. I must say, it was delicious. And cold! Who knew nature was such a natural cooler box! Anyway as I walked away, they started yelling at me to stop. The man had also chopped open the coconut and extracted the flesh, and put that into a baggie as well, with a toothpick to spear the bite sized chunks. It was the most innovative way I have ever been served a coconut. It should always be served that way!

Naked man and woman..... And dolphins

Naked man and woman….. And dolphins

Naked man and woman..... And dolphins.  Seems to be the theme

Naked man and woman….. And dolphins. Seems to be the theme

I walked along the malecon until my feet hurt, then settled down in a beach cafe for a late lunch of spicy shrimps. The cafe had palapas with funny little “hats” on top.

Palapas - with protuberances

Palapas – with protuberances

Then I caught the bus back to the Marina. On my walk back to my boat I stopped at one of the Marina restaurants for a cold coke with ice, and my fame has spread. The dayshift waiter (Romero) knew who I was, and I didn’t even introduce myself. I was flattered with the attention – right up until he said that the Security guy had told everyone that this old woman of about 67 had come in alone…!

I corrected my age immediately. I feel old enough without them adding a few years! Romero was fascinated with this grandma sailing alone. He also offered to accompany me on my next trip. For my part, I am fascinated with their “travel with me” motivation but I don’t have the heart, or courage, to question it.

I also went to find the cliff divers for a nominal fee they will take their life in their hands and dive into this narrow cleft.  You can’t fix crazy!

River in the water, swimming to climb out

Diver climbing down to the dive off point. I paid him 100 pesos to dive

Cliff diver

Cliff diver in the water. My finger didn’t snap the actual dive fast enough!

Merman with conveniently placed fin

Merman with conveniently placed fin

Fishermen pangas

Fishermen pangas

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