Sunday, December 8, 2019

Out and About in Mazatlan

Didn't do much of anything yesterday so will go back a few days for pictures and comments. We did watch an amazing Barcelona soccer game. Amazing goals made. And I cooked paella again - but this time for lunch/supper.
When I talk about going from the RV park to the Centro Historico the blue line is how we usually go. Sometimes if there is lots of traffic the gray lines can be used. 
The first picture [I took it the other day] is of a “road” up on the hills across from where the divers dive. We’ve looked at it for years. Bill has always said it looked like it was an old road. I didn’t think so. Well he was right. Here is the old picture of it. Notice the old Fords and pedestrians on it. In the 1920s the first cars in Mazatlan were Fords so this was an area the Ford owners took their friends to impress them.
How it looked when first built. I don't think I'd go out there. 
Just a look at the area along the Malecon with all the high rise condos and hotels. 
Las year there was some talk about restoring this building. But doesn't look like anything is being done except it is getting more decrepit. At one time in it's useful life it was a casino. 
Just more color, I like the columns. 
Have a bus. The empty lot was supposed to be made into a parking lot for people who want to walk the Malecon. Someday maybe it will be done. 
A lady walking down the street with her children. She had a load of things to sell. 

Looking across the highway and  bike path towards the islands. Notice how clean everything is. No trash at all along the Malecon. And the blue strip is a bike/skating path. 
A shot of Valentinos. Mostly empty now. Used to be full of nightclubs and discos. And at night it had different colors of lights illuminating it. Some talk now of building a walking path/road out and around it and of trying to get someone interested in occupying it. Sure hope so. Would hate to see it erode. 
Another colorful high rise in the making. There is so much high rise building going on in the area. 
Bill took the turn to drive down through the Golden Zone and actually found a parking place by PinUps. A lot of painting has been done to the Panchos area. So colorful now. He stopped to talk to the Pulmonia drivers and I walked through tot he beach. 
Looking down at Bill and the parked Jeep. 
I am posting this particular picture because of the pink columns. Did you know about Mexican Pink? 
Well here is some information about it. Since 1949s, the shade of pink that we know as “Mexican Pink” has been an important symbol of Mexico because, together with other elements of our culture, it helped to create at that time an identity of its own. Even today, in our country, it is easy to find this tone everywhere, a kind of intense magenta color that floods the streets and objects of cities and towns -from toys and accessories in the markets to houses covered in clumps of pink flowers and some of our most precious architectural works.  Click here to read the whole story about Mexican Pink.
Walking past the fountains and by the stores to get to the beach. I like the tile benches. Also noticed everything has been repainted. 
I think these are new tile murals outside of Pancho's  

Took and sharing these just because I liked the colors and lines. 

Inside Panchos dining area. 

Inside one of the shops. If I had a place to put them, I'd buy one of each just for the color. 
One of the fountains in the walkway. 
From here we went home to relax and just enjoy the peace and quiet of the campground this year. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

More from La Noria

Was to lazy to post yesterday  - sorry.
A little information about La Noria. There are about 1271 inhabitants. I'm not sure when these statistics are from but they are interesting. There are 380 dwellings. 97.71% of the dwellings have electricity, 96.41% have piped water, 90.52% have toilet or restroom, 63.40% have a radio receiver, 92.81% a television, 89.54% a fridge, 75.82% a washing-machine, 29.08% a car or a van, 10.13% a personal computer, 7.19% a landline telephone, 64.38% mobile phone, and 3.92% Internet access.
The route from the RV park to to the town. With stop off at La Martina.
I left off where we were about to enter Roberto's leather shop.
A saddle he made for someone. Looks like maybe a child size. 
H'd just got a delivery of whole cow hides and had picked out the ones he wanted. 
Some of the items he makes here. 
His work bench where he does the designs on the leather. 
Another work bench. 
Just a building I like. The outside walls are kept painted and semi repaired. There is nothing inside, not even a roof. Just trees and bushes.
Another look at the construction on the hotel. The lower house has always been there.
The front corner of the new construction. Can't wait for it to be finished and open.
Then we crossed the street to go into another leather shop. The men working on some items. The man in the striped shirt is grinding the edges of a sole for a shoe. 
He is stitching a belt - notice the machine is operated by his feet. 
The area behind the leather shop. A very old building. At one time used to house solders during one of the wars.
The rooms are to the left. Another very old roof. 

Inside one of the rooms. 

He is making a sandal, the final step rubbing the leather with lime juice to condition the leather. 
This old machine still in use cuts the strips of leather to the width needed.
These are used to cut the material used to make the soles of the shoes.
Outside on one of the buildings. These are new since we were here in March. It gives the name of the building. Translates to - "
A common sight in the small towns. Going shopping by horse or burro. 
Inside of one of the front room little stores. Just over the shoulder of the man in the blue shirt is the doorway into the home. The stores sells everything from canned fruits, shampoo, spices, bread, eggs, beans, some basic produce. 
Making tortillas and packaging them. 
And leaving the lovely little town. Hope you enjoyed. We will soon be going back there for the street fair and Christmas procession.Stay tuned. 
Last night we went to the Plazuela Machado for dinner and for the lighting of the Christmas decorations. Fun evening. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

La Noria and La Martina Restaurant

We had a busy day yesterday. Started it out by watching the birds. Surprising to me several of them are still around. A woodpecker and a dove. Not that good of a picture but...   
The magpie jays - two of them were checking out the breadfruit tree.
He kept hiding behind the branches, but did manage to get one shot of him. 
Checking us out. We were outside sitting in the chair. There were two of them too. 
About 9:30 we piled in the Jeep and took off for La Noria with another couple who'd never been there. They drove their truck and followed us. 
Going into La Martina for breakfast. Love this living fence. Every year it is a little taller. 
La Martina, I know I've taken this same picture so many times, but it is just calling out to be photographed. 
From our table looking down on the event area. It was being mowed - love the smell of newly cut grass - with a hand mower. 
We all enjoyed our breakfasts as usual. Forgot to take pictures of them. Just a picture of a picture inside the patio room. 
Back on the road to La Noria, some of the colorful bougainvillea. 
The arch into town. La Noria was established in 1565 to provide support for the mines in the area. 
Now it is know for the leather work - saddles, shoes, belts, and handbags made there. 
Burro beside the road. There was a little one too, but didn't see it quick enough. Looks like he is tethered to a tree 
Also glad to see the town blacksmith. Very interesting man and love to go into the blacksmith shop which is just inside the door behind him. He is 70 years old now and has been working as a blacksmith his whole life. As was his farther and his grandfathers before him. All worked here in this shop. 
This anvil has been in use for over 200 years. Little by little its support is wearing away.
The forge. It now has an electric starter. Other than that it also hasn't changed much in a couple hundred years. Notice the wall behind it. The newer wall on the left is part of the house.
This one is pretty worn down too. The floor is hard packed dirt.
Some of the brands he has made over the years.  
Talking about the horse shoes he makes, all sizes for different types of animals. 
 The original ceiling. support beams with twigs with mud in between. 
 Coming to a tope heading into downtown La Noria
 Some of the homes. The turquoise building has a little store in it. The main corner of town. The bus has just stopped to let people off.
 See the weeds growing out of the roof of this very blue building. 
 Waiting for the bus to be unloaded. Lots of packages for someone in town. 

Watching the bus being unloaded.  
 Looking down a small side street. 
 If you've been reading the blog for a couple of years you will be pleased to see that the work on the hotel and restaurant has really progressed. The upper part of the building will be the hotel and restaurant. Just waiting for the glass windows to be installed. The nice wooden doors are new.
 The first floor has the leather shop - talabarteria - of our friend Roberto. That is where we were heading. 
More about our visit to La Noria tomorrow - partly because this post is getting long and partly because we didn't do anything today to write about so...
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