Still one of my favourite night shots. Taken on a quite street in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
When I first saw this word prompt for the photo challenge, I was transported back about 60 years to when my mother would play the tune, Glow-worm. First written for a German operetta in the early 20th century, translated to English by Lilla Cayley Robinson, and finally made popular by the Mills Brothers on an arrangement by Johnny Mercer in 1952.
Unable to find any glow worms, not even a fire fly, the best I could come up with follows.
Moon glow in Tofino, British Columbia. Cheers. Glow
Sad to say, our stay in Puerto Vallarta will come to an end in another week. But before we leave for our next adventure, I want to leave you with a few words and pictures. We found that being here nearly 4 months has had a very enlightening affect on both of us. The people of Mexico are not rich by our standards, but they are rich in so many other ways, and are anxious to share this wealth. It never is forced upon you, it just grows, until you come to the realization that something is different in how you feel and view your world around you.
They have so much they want to share; their wares, their stories, their culture, their way of life. But it doesn’t end there, they are also interested in you as a visitor to their country, where you are from, how long staying, what part of town, are you enjoying your stay. They go out of there way to make you welcome and comfortable. You become their friend, their amigo, you find yourself interacting with them. The following pics are just a small example of the opportunities we had to try an capture this.
Much new construction taking place in town.
Three of the fine waiters at Vitea’s restaurant.
Beer being delivered right on time.
Many Mexican families share the beach during the celebration of Semana Santa.
Mother and son enjoying the cool flow of the Cuale River.
A little break dancing on the Malecon.
“Breakin” in mid air.
Slow day for hat sales.
A siesta can happen anytime, any place.
One of a number of hawkers selling silver.
One of a number of sketch artists who do caricatures.
On his way to a royal event.
This “ape” is promoting the Zoo bar and night club.
A few “armed” forces personnel.
Your typical delivery vehicle in Puerto Vallarta.
Sir, I have just the hat for you.
There is a texture here that just has to be experienced, to be absorbed. But that takes time. A couple of weeks here just wets your appetite. Hospitality is spoken here. It is a universal language, one that we all could experience and learn from. I am looking forward to home and our new adventure, and plan on bringing a bit of Mexico with us. We will be back next year. Until then, adios.
The streets of this town are all cobblestone. The sidewalks in the outlying areas are irregular and broken. Both require a level of diligence and stamina, not to mention solid footwear. The pictures that follow will illustrate my point.
With Semana Santa (Easter Celebrations) in full swing in Puerto Vallarta, the Malecon is full of vacationing Mexican families, and a diversity of the weird and wonderful sights that are always a part of the celebrations. For those who are willing to participate, there is a surprise at every turn, some very imagitive, some wild and scary .
My ventures there with Maggie over several days produced some very interesting encounters. Enjoy.
The pictures above are just a small example .of the varied building styles to be found in and around PV. It is an eclectic mix of Hispanic and contemporary styles, helping to retain the old world charm with that of current design. This can be seen in the Spanish influence on domes, courtyards and arches.
Construction today is designed to be earth quake smart and only sway and not crumble. Materials used are usually cement and steel, but some adobe materials can still be found in rural areas. These materials also act as a deterrent to termites of which a number of their nests can be seen in and around PV.
One of the major attractions in Puerto Vallarta is the Malecon. Originally constructed in 1936 and called Paseo de la Revolucion, then changed to Paseo Diaz Ordaz, and later just El Malecon, which is Spanish for “Esplanade along a Waterfront”. It runs along the water front on Banderas Bay for about 2k, and on the town side, it sports many stores, restaurants amphitheatre, and bars.
The lower picture was taken in the 1930’s, The top one as it looks today.
One of the main draws along its route are the sculptures, many of them whimsical and all created by Mexican artists.
Nostalgia, by Ramiz Barquet, 1984.
“Pillow Head”. Part of the Ladder Cimbers
Good Fortune Unicorn, by Anibel Riebeling, 2011
The Subtle Rockeater. “El Sutil Compedieras”, by Jonas Gutierrez, 2006
Ladder Climbers, “Searching for Reason, by Sergio Bustamante,
Millennium Statue, “Los Milenios, by Mathis Lidice, 2001.
Not too sure that this qualifies as a sculpture, but I couldn’t help not including it in my blog.
These creations are fun, and some of them allow interaction by sitting or climbing on them. This is just one example of the many attractions that are here in PV. Come on down, pay us a visit, we haven’t run out of sun yet. Cheers.
The store signs of Puerto Vallarta are as varied as the business found inside. No cookie cutter commercialism here, all are original and hand done.
Most of these establishments are family run. Walking into one, you are greeted with a warm smile and invited to be as much at home as you a comfortable with. No indifferent sales people here. A number of our North American retailers should take note.
Most of the retailers here are either a clothing store or a restaurant. The second pic, “OXXO” is our 7-11 mini mart, and they are on just about every street corner.
“La Vaquita” means little cow, and is a swinging hot spot at night.
As far as that last picture goes, other than put a smile on my face, I wonder just how long that would last in my neck of the woods before the “righteous right” stepped in. Every corner holds a surprise, every street beckons to be explored. You only have to let the magic of the people take over. ‘Till the next time, cheers, or as they say here “salud”.