Archive for September, 2016

Not your usual travel photos…

Here are a few shots taken around Puerto Vallarta recently. Transparency note: iPhone, no clearances and lacking endorsement from the Tourism Office. Prints are not available, nor would they be particularly suitable for framing anyway.

From where we are, most mornings look like this.

From where we are, most mornings look like this.

 

Part of the crowd at the Independence Day festivities.

Part of the crowd at the Independence Day festivities.

 

Lots of horses. Big cleanup crew. Charro Day Parade.

Lots of horses. Big cleanup crew. Charro Day Parade.

 

Drumming and bugling for the Military Parade. And, ready for anything.

Drumming and bugling for the Military Parade. And, ready for anything.

 

Meanwhile, this guy was not interested in parades.

Meanwhile, this guy was not interested in parades.

 

Neither was this one. Different neighborhood, just four blocks away.

Neither was this one. Different neighborhood, just four blocks away.

 

Neither were they. Wait, looks like Dick and Liz!

Neither were they. Wait, looks like Dick and Liz!

 

Neighborhood above Centro...

Neighborhood above Centro…

 

Lots of debris hauling activity. Lots.

Lots of debris hauling activity. Lots.

 

You can find most of what you need...

You can find most of what you need…

 

Residents find their own ways to stay cool.

Residents find their own ways to stay cool.

 

And, even the beach needs some cooling help sometimes.

And, even the beach needs some cooling help sometimes.

 

Then, like last Friday. This can happen.

Then, like last Friday. This can happen.

 

 

 

 

There is a Starbucks, though.

Most Spanish town squares are similar. Cathedral on one side. Grand buildings on the others, including the “Municipal Palace”. Many also include a bandstand. It’s a historical thing.

When the square was laid out in Puerto Vallarta, though, they changed it up a bit. No Municipal Palace. And, the cathedral is a block away. The rest is good and includes a wonderful centralized bandstand very much in regular use. This will be a focal point of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations on the 16th of September. We will keep an eye on the action, of course.

Dressing up for the holiday!

Dressing up for the holiday!

And, bonus points to those planners of Vallarta so many years ago. They managed to design, build, and maintain what they claim is the only town square in all of Mexico with a full ocean view. Ole’!

Most trees in the square have leaves. Here, birds with a view!

Most trees in the square have leaves. Here, birds with a view!

 

 

The End of the Beach at the End of the Street…Vallarta

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