Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rest of walk and 1 new seat

Out to breakfast at Torres. Glad it is a short walk, my feet are still complaining about Tuesday. According to Streets and Trips we only did 2.5 miles. Sure seemed longer than that. Here is our route. From the Central Market to the Malecon and along it to the Fishermen’s Statue. 
As we were returning to the RV park the vegetable truck was there so we bought some oranges for the birds. Four big oranges for less than US$1. At one time there were 11 birds in the tree. Five different kinds.


But back to our walk along the ocean. This lovely building was restored a couple of years ago. The stairs lead up to a restaurant.
The entrance to the salt water pool. At first glance you don’t want to step on it as it looks uneven. Good illusion, it is flat.
Just part of the view.
Looking towards the Malecon and town.
A lone fisherman.
Someone wrote a love note and drew a flower for someone.
Another fisherman out on the rocks.
Just a few of the many pangas – small fishing boats. The guy in the yellow shirt is either making or mending a net.
The threads he is using are so fine they were almost invisible.
All lined up waiting for their next trip out.
 The North Beach Fish Market
Awash in a sea of plants. Don’t think they will be going anywhere soon.
I remember this guy from last year. He is in front of a 
restaurant. He has some kind of stick or something in his mouth and he puts something the birds like on the end of it.
They fly right up to him and take the food. And they are big birds.
Lots of new gym and work out equipment in this area. Muscle beach without the muscle. Across the street is a new basketball court and several pieces of work out equipment. 
This is the Fishermen’s Monument. Since we left in spring it has been refurbished.
Except for the figures it is completely covered with mosaic. Really, really pretty now.

From here we caught a pulmonia to take us home. One of these days we’ll walk from here on north towards the new part of the city.
Passed this sign couldn’t resist. Gorditas means – little fat one – but actually they are advertising a type of food.
Bill was outside walking around the RV when his foot broke through the ground! The hole is about eight inches deep.
Rafael told us it is an iguana tunnel, they like to go under the patios. Half of the handle of his hoe went into the hole under the cement.

And we got one piece of our cushions back. He wanted to make sure we liked them before finishing all of them. Will get the rest on Friday. So now I have a seat. Don’t you love them? Did an excellent job on them. With new very firm foam.
We both cooked dinner, Bill bbq’d chicken breasts and I fixed pasta and vegetables. This time he had something to sit on.

And another day begins. We are supposed to get the car back today.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Strolling in old town

I started to write this at 8:00 Tuesday evening, been up since 4:20. And we had a busy day yesterday. Long bus ride. And a long walk, but more about that later.
Bill has put Christmas lites on Arvi. The ones in the front reflect on the chrome bumper etc. and make it look like there are a lot more lights than there are.
And he had to bag the side mirrors the dumb birds were making a mess of them. I think when we get home I'll make some kind of bag to put over them. Speaking of the birds. At the first sliver of light this morning they were in the bread/fruit tree squawking because there wasn’t any food out there. Unless they are quieter in the future there won’t ever be anything out there. We had to go to the Kiosko  to buy them bread!
Bill and I have been talking about taking the car and going up the highway to the city of Durango. Drive up one day stay overnight and come home the next day. We were saying we’d need to do it soon before it got to cold up there. Well on the news last night it showed the Durango highway – it was closed due to snow. And newscaster said the stores were selling out of sweaters and blankets it was so cold there. So guess we won’t be going any time soon.
Met friends this morning and took a bus to Centro. This particular bus took a very long route through town. For a while we wondered where we were going.
On the bus. Yes that is toilet paper up next to the dash. ???
We did finally end up right at the doors to the Central Market. 7 pesos per person. About 30 cents. 9.8 mile ride.
We passed the shrimp ladies - they sell fresh shrimp. This vendor looked to be taking a nap. 
Into and through the Central Market. My obligatory picture of piggy smiles
Really fresh beef – still on the bones - I'll take that piece right there. NOT
And for our friend Tom – chicken legs.
There is usually someone playing an instrument and/or singing as they stroll through the market.
Bill stopping at one of our favorite stalls trying to find the type of cotton shorts he likes. None available any where so far this year.
Then we walked through the big plaza in front of the church. Lots of shoe shine and repair men working and lots of older men sitting on the benches watching the world go by.
Feeding the pigeons, there are actually birds on the woman’s arm. The boy was enjoying feeding them.
This little one wasn’t really sure about them. She just stood there not moving anything but her eyes.
We stopped at the optometrist again so our friend could get some new glasses made. They will be ready by end of the week. Then continued on to the Plazuela Machado. A couple of the colorful buildings on the way. 

 The Plaza - the Christmas arches are all done. We stopped and had lunch at Beach Burger. Watched all the tourists from the ship going by. Also the kids that do the break dancing were there performing. They sure are good.  
Left the plaza and walked towards the ocean. Some more nice buildings that have been restored and recently painted. 
 A new piece of art work on the outside of one of the galleries. 
Another nicely painted old building. 
 No cars in the parking lot so I could get some pictures of the inner walls. Every year several artists are invited to do new murals. Just pictures of several of them. I can't even use spray paint to paint a chair and make it look good. These paintings amaze me every year. 



And still more of them.




Finish of our art walk for the day. We continued on down towards the ocean. More colorful buildings. The two different colors mean there are two different houses or businesses there. 
 This one needs some TLC.
 New paint job. Every year there are more and more places restored. 
 And we made it to the beach. The colorful sidewalks along the beach in Olas Altas.
And I am going to stop for today. I have lots more pictures but will save them for tomorrow's blog as we aren't doing anything today. Except for going to Torres for breakfast. And waiting for the Upholsterer. The rest of the walk was very interesting. So many things to see.