Friday, November 24, 2017

Paradise Lost

Sitting in the RV and wondering what we were hearing. Lots of machinery noise, Very big and loud machinery noise. Bill took the drone out and flew above the jungle behind us. Vegetation is so thick he could see nothing. An hour or so later this came down along the fence behind us. OH NO! The guy shut it down and got out. Bill went to talk to him. Someone has bought the area between the RV park and the canal. All the shrubbery will be cleared out, leaving only the big trees and palm trees. Then houses will be built there! Going to be a lovely winter. Hopefully things move along as slowly as most construction does here. 
 We were going to take a road trip yesterday but Bill didn't feel like driving so a change of plans. We decided to go into Centro to go to TelMex about the Internet and take John and Shirley to the central market. Took a Pulmonia. This one had recently been refurbished. All new paint and upholstery. 
 See how pretty it is. He dropped us off right in the middle of Centro. That is the cathedral behind him. 
 Our first stop was TelMex. The helpful lady at the information desk recognized Bill (our third time there) She was upset that we still didn't have Internet so she made some phone calls. One to her boss who was still home in the shower. She waited until he could get to the phone. The outcome? We would for sure have Internet before the day was over and we would get credit for all the days we haven't had it. And YES when we got home we had Internet!
Then we stopped at the Panama restaurant for breakfast. A display of some of what they were serving that day. 
 Wouldn't you know Bill's breakfast go mixed up so we all ate except him. Manager apologized.
After eating we went to the Central Market and walked around. Then Bill and John walked over to the watch maker to pick up Bills watches - one still wasn't ready. But his favorite one was fixed and running again. Shirley and I sat in the Plaza and waited for them. 
A whole band with their instruments piled out of this truck and walked towards the plaza center. 

 Just a picture of the cathedral from the walkway of the government building. 
 We continued on towards the Plazuela Machado to sit and have something to drink and Bill something to eat. Along the way we met the old gentleman who used to run the parking lot where we parked for years - it is now closed. Because of the roads around it being closed for months they went broke. This home is owned by the parking lot owner and there is come construction going on. Notice the scaffolding with a couple of planks on top of it and the ladder on the planks. One guy holding the ladder while the other goes up to the second floor.
 All along this street the sidewalks and street have been redone and all new trees planted. Several of them were orchid trees in bloom. Such a pretty tree when it is blooming. 
 At the old Beach Burger now the Machado Grill and Steak. New umbrellas for shade and new table coverings. It is still owned by Conchita but run by her granddaughters. Bill had an Italian Chicken Salad and it was as good as ever. Can't wait until we go back there so I can have one. Not much going on in the Plazuela. There were only two of the many restaurants open. 
Then we caught another Pulmonia home. This one was not in so good repair. Notice glove compartment, didn't have much in the way of shocks either.
 Passing the church we noticed a wedding party. The bride was having pictures taken. Best shot I could get.
When we got home we discovered the bulldozer had been busy, but was done for the day by then. It is 7:30 as I write this and the bulldozer is just starting up. Glad we are taking our road trip today. This is what he got done yesterday.. 

This morning was cool enough Bill was thinking about turning on the furnace! So much nicer weather now. 


Jackie McGuinness said...

No!! Not houses!
I love Mexican weddings. Have you seen Roberto around the plaza this year?

Carol and Bill said...

He is working at a restaurant down nearer to the ocean.

Anonymous said...

Great writing. Great pictures. Very interesting. And of course ...... there’s Bill! Yea!