Friday, January 15, 2021

Time spent in Centro again.

 We've been away from home for 71 days today. Seems longer. Covid cases in Las Vegas still in the high numbers. Some hospitals full. Good place not to be I guess. 

This is Bill coming out from the laundry on last Monday morning. That is one thing I miss when we get home. It is nice to get everything back all smelling good and folded. Even got my skirts ironed. 

So why am I writing about Monday. Well we really haven't done much since then. Just going to grocery store and out to breakfast across the street. 

After leaving off the laundry we picked up Mark and headed to Centro. Bill really likes the Spanish Tortilla that Belisario serves for breakfast. Nice drive over there and parking lot right across the street and a nice day. When we got there all their outside tables were in the front of the restaurant on a really busy street. No one else was outside eating. Bill asked them if they could put a table on the side street for us as it would be much quieter. No problem. Got our coffee and placed our orders. The manager who moved the table spoke very good English. The waiter and waitress spoke no English, no problem.
We sat and talked and drank our coffee and waited. After a bit the waiter came out and told Bill in Spanish that there was a complication in the kitchen. But no problem we would get our breakfast. We later found out the "complication" was no gas for cooking.  Hum...about 20 minutes later the waitress brought us some delicious guacamole and chips.  Because we were waiting so long. Then she  brought out another bowl of guacamole and chips. Then a basket of what looked like cranberry bread. Almost an hour gone by. We didn't need to go anywhere so no problem. About an hour and a half later we were brought our breakfasts with much apologizing. Mark needed syrup for his French Toast. Neither waiter nor waitress understood what he was asking for and Bill couldn't remember the word for syrup in Spanish. Finally the manager came out - turns out is Maple Meil. All was well. Just as we were finished eating a gas truck pulled up right next to us. The passenger jumped out put a ladder up against the wall and pulled the hose off the truck. On to the roof to fill the gas tank. While paying the bill we found out the gas truck should have been there at 7 in the morning.  Because they were out of gas. Hum...I wonder how they cooked our breakfasts? Don't know. Our table, the ladder and the hose. Worker is on roof. Another experience to remember fondly. 
Took a ride after eating. Went up to the El Mirador restaurant on a hill across from the light house. Haven't eaten there. Heard the view is spectacular the food so so. Didn't plan to stop just driving around. 
Any way passed this beautiful building on the way back. When we first saw it years ago it was crumbling apart. Now it looks great. 

Pretty isn't it?
Don't usually go down this street. In this area are a couple of museums and a small park. 
Road narrowed down quite a bit. Surprised no one parked had their mirror pulled in. As it was we barely cleared them. 
As always, beautiful restored buildings and some that are crumbling down. 
Some of the old original bricks are hand made adobe. 
I bed it was pretty when it was new
Bill was driving through Centro heading towards the bakery. Because all the streets are one way he had to take an indirect route. Which put us on some really, really narrow streets. I'm glad I wasn't driving. 
Just another pretty building.

Like I said did not do much this week. Have tried but not accomplishing anything. We are still having problems with our Dish Anywhere system So I called them again. They were no help. The problem is with their system and guess they can't figure it out. Sometimes we can get the channels we like to watch and other times we can't. Changes from hour to hour. Annoying. But can't do anything about it. 

Also trying to get a new Primary Doctor seeings how ours just disappeared. Have called medical group twice, been told no problem put me through to scheduling. On hold, on hold, on hold. Then leave a message and we'll get back to you. Happened two days in a row. No call back. I'm going to be a little less accommodating the next time I call. We get calls from the US on our cell phone all the time so that can't be why we haven't heard back. 

We did do something else, yesterday we took a drive to El Quelite. Got a late start. Should have known better. The place was packed with people. Didn't even get out of the car. Next time we will go EARLY. Today just to the supermarket. For some reason inside walking around with the mask on starts my heart pounding and my nerves be on edge. Claustrophobic I guess. I can't wait to get outside and pull mask down. I wanted to stick my head out the open window of the car just like a dog. Calmed down by the time we got home. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Driving through Concordia

On the way home from Copala we went into the town of Concordia thinking to get out and walk around the plaza and church some. But it was Sunday and there were way too many people out and about to feel good about getting out. So I snapped some pictures and got the dash cam video put together of driving in to town, around the church and plaza and then out of town. Another small town to view. Another time we will stop and spend some time there. 

So here is our trip through Concordia.  Again Click Here to view full screen. 

It is a big town around 8500 people, we just drove through a small part of it. 
Entering town from the highway through the arch. 
Colorful buildings, mixture of businesses and homes. 
It is a good step up to the sidewalks. 
Colorful fruit store. Must be closed on Sunday. 
One of the bigger homes on this street. They even have a grass front yard. This part is a one way street into the plaza/church area. 
The plaza. Nice sign for the town. There are walk ways, a few statues and the gazebo here.
Concordia is known for it hand crafted wood furniture. This big chair is in the plaza. Always someone in it getting picture taken. 
It is also known for it Raspados - shaved ice with fruit and fruit juice poured over it. Very good. All flavors of fruit. As I mentioned lots of people around this area.
Notice the first and the last building. Several years ago the government gave the town enough paint to repaint most of the buildings in this area. However there were only four or five  different colors. So all of the buildings were some variation of those colors. No bright colors at all. It looked so strange, it took us a few minutes to figure out why it looked so different. Click here to read the blog about the newly painted town. Now the bright colors are beginning to show up again. .This is the road behind the church.
Driving into the sun. The church on the left with the plaza in front of it. 
The buildings in the middle section of this picture are still the very bland colors. We are now heading out of town. 
These have not been repainted wither. Imagine a whole center of town painted like this. Weird. 
And on we went to home. Sunday was a really pleasant day out and about. 
Monday we went to Centro for errands. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Copala Part 2

And even more about Copala. Tired of it yet? 

The church was built in 1748, If you really look at the pictures you'll notice differences in its building. Some of the stones are irregular, some have been shaped into rectangles. Bill took a good video of the church with the drone that really shows that off. I was walking around the church taking pictures from front to back.

This really shows the difference. The front column has shaped stones, the side of the church and the extra area in the back have really irregular stones. 
Whatever fit together. 
This is taken in the back of the church. 
Up the other side looking at the tower with the bells. 
A closer look at the tower and bells. A lot of intricate work there. Imagine building this in the 1700's!
All the doors were closed to the public. More fancy work around the door. 
Too bad part of it is falling apart. 
See the gap on the top of the right side. Where a large chunk of trim is missing. 
Here it is. Glad I wasn't around when it came down. 
More pieces that have fallen  off. Look at the trim around the window like area. And how irregular the stones on the side are. 
The intricate work around the bells 
Back out front. He is on the upper right roof.
"One of Copala’s most famous myths takes place at the San José temple, where there is a miner-shaped figure just above the entrance to the enclosure, if a bride about to enter the Altar is spat at by the figure, he wants to say that she is not a lady (virgin) so he gives her away in front of the boyfriend."
This is what that is talking about. He leans out from the church looking down at the entrance door. 

Right below the arrow you can just see him.  
Bill and Mark playing with the drone. I mention the different construction of the church because in one of Bill's videos he really gets good pictures of the church and the difference really shows up.
This video takes up where the first one [last post] left off. Move views of the homes in the trees. Then some really neat views of the church. I paused it several times while looking at it to really see the construction of the church. No sound. Click here to view in full screen. 

This tree was blooming in the little Plaza. 
One of its pretty flowers.
Looking at the front of Alejandro's restaurant. It has a patio between the front and back sections. 
Waling up the cobblestone street between the restaurant and Alejandro's art gallery. 
The flower covered home at the top of the street. 
Looking back at the church. It was hard walking on the uneven cobblestones that make up the street. Especially in sandals. 
The little Plaza with its gazebo and benches. 
This was posted on the building that used to be the souvenir shop. There is a 2,606.40 peso fine if you are outside without a mask! That is around U.S. $ 130.00!
An old stone bench. Such beautiful work. 
When we first started coming here this mural was new. Now it needs a lot of TLC.
While is flying the drone I tend to wander around. Past Alexandro's restaurant up the cobblestone road. 
Looking down the main street. A school is on the right. 
Looking into the school yard. 
A very pretty house up the street. If I remember correctly it is or used to be called The House of the Colors. 
Walking back down the road. Look at how uneven the cobblestones are. Hard to walk on unless you are paying attention. 
This is a small market. The boys were watching the drone. 
I could have used his walking stick. The red building is Alejandro's art gallery. 
Bill talking to Alejandro. Leather masks on the wall behind them. 
Heading towards the market. 
And here is the third drone video.  Pause it and really look at the cobblestone street. Can you imagine doing that job. One by one. Choosing and setting rocks.  Click here to view in full screen.  

And we are on our way home. Hope you enjoyed our trip to Copala. Looking up another narrow side street. 
Again the main street. 

We go out a different way then we come in. This is a VERY narrow - hope you don't meet another vehicle - street.

And soon we were on the highway heading back towards Mazatlan. But we did drive through another small town named Concordia. Will post about it later. Should I add dash cam video?