Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mazatlan Meanderings

February 2017 - Mazatlan Mexico

We just love wandering around town with no particular destination in mind. We boarded the bus, 10 pesos, and headed to the market.
You flag down a green or white bus marked Sabalo Centro whether heading into or out of town.
The bus was packed, very unusual.
We climbed over the guy standing on the back exit with his parcels.

A quick wander about the market. We'll come back later for some vegetables.

Our bus - ad for the restaurant in El Quelite that we went to last week. Funny thing is, the owner looks exactly like his photo on here.

Hot sauce?

Literally half a cow.

Carnaval decorations.

Across the street to check out some fabric at Parisina, can you see John's eyes glazing over?!?
On the other corner is the mouth watering Panama bakery.
Be careful crossing the street, don't ever assume a car, bike will ever stop for you!

Oh, look a wedding at the church, Basilica de la Immaculata Concepcion!
More eye-rolling, but he says, go ahead, knock yourself out, I'll wait.

Releasing the "doves".

Look at the style!

Check out those shoes!

Father and son getting a shoe shine in the Town Hall Square. There are many shoe shine stalls surrounding the 1909 bandstand. This is where everyone gets their shoes and leather goods repaired, fast, efficient and inexpensive.


So John is not totally immune, he snaps this photo as they drive away.

Into the Town Hall Square, Plaza Republica, across from the church. This was the original town market. If you go inside you will see lovely murals depicting the history. How odd, I just looked through my posts and couldn't find one with the murals!

Nowhere in mind, we stroll. Out of the plaza we turn right.

Very cool, wonder who owns it?

A gallery/bar. Amazing pieces in here.

Now that is huge!

Back outside that gallery.

Back into Plazuela Machado. The architecture in the Centro Historico is a history lesson of the Spanish, German, French and British influences.

A stop for gelato. Interesting flavours, tomato cheesecake, bacon and almonds, but we opted for sweet pumpkin and caramel and pralines.

Across the street is a gallery we are familiar with from previous years and we have even bought some items. I have my eye on a few things...will be back for March ArtWalk.
This lovely fountain is rotating.

It looks like a mural, but it isn't.

Must have been at El Shrimp Bucket, still waiting for her drink.

What a cool grill!

The restrooms.

Guess she had her nails done at Tippy Toes.

This mural was on the walls of the private section of the gallery but John managed some shots.

These gorgeous pieces were going from $500 US and up.

Back outside I took a couple of shots because I thought I had taken a crooked photo only to realize that the house was crooked. 

Random street shot.

A cross.

WOW how have we never seen this house????

Another huge home across the street.

Peeking inside a closed restaurant/bar.

We're now back at Olas Atlas (high waves) or the Malecon.

Street closure for construction.

The roundabout with the seal of Mazatlan.

We'll turn back towards the Centro Historico.

We check out the menu at Angelina's, sounds like a good place for lunch.

The restaurant has a plaque commemorating Pablo Neruda.

One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, when he was consul of Chile in Mexico between 1940 and 1943, he visited Mazatlán and added his observations in the poem Puertos de América in his extensive General Canto: Mazatlán, Port of night, I hear the waves that beat your poverty and your constellations, the throb of your passionate orfeones, your sleepwalking heart that sings under the red nets of the moon. The port that Neruda describes was involved in the regional guerrilla between gilded and agraristas that would culminate with the death of the governor during a carnival dance. At that time Mazatlán only had a hotel facing the sea and a boardwalk that reached the Paseo Claussen.

Angelina's looks very inviting.

We'll start our walk back to the market to get our vegetables and then the bus.

John, being sarcastic, it's only an old wall.If you buy a "fixer-upper" you must retain the historical heatures.

What a cacophony of wires! it's a wonder anything works.

Outside Macaw's a favourite hang-out for the "gringos".

More fun murals.

Crazy flattened tree.

The cathedral peeking above.

We end our walk at the market. Candy stall.

Linking up with:

Whatever the Weather - Wednesday - Friday
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global


  1. A great recap of our daily sojourn with my BFF. Love the aftermath reviews.

  2. Quite an eclectic set of shots! The bride looks radiant... and the groom has an odd choice for a suit!

  3. What a visual feast. Loved the market and the buildings. Oh and those shoes! I don't think I would have been able to walk two steps.

  4. Always wanted to go there! Thanks for sharing your lovely images. You really have done a great job of capturing the city.

  5. I always have to stop and stare at a wedding. :) So nice to see people happy! And I can make space for gelato too.
    Have a happy week, Jackie, and thanks for sharing.

  6. My guess is most of the gringos are American? I smiled - we have something in common, if I see a wedding going on,I "have to" take a few pics! Happy people are a great subject to keep the camera clicking! The poem of Neruda is touching! Thank you a million for sharing these happy images of Mazatlan with ALL SEASONS! Have a great week, Jackie:)

  7. Great post and beautiful photos! Loved the market.

  8. Wow! What a fun time ~ love the wedding and doves and such a colorful and creative series of photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

  9. So much life and color in this city! I really like Mexican markets. I can visit them many times without getting tired. Tell me those dresses at the wedding weren't as bright as possible? I wish I had the courage to wear those colors. #TPThursday

  10. So so colourful, I especially love that market!

  11. Such a gorgeous colourful city to wander around. Lovely to get a taste of local life with the market and wedding. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  12. Beautiful, colourful photos. The balloon doves are a cute idea. Really love the markets! #citytripping

  13. Wonderful photos and vibrant colours everywhere - and no way would I be able to walk in those shoes! :)

  14. You caught some interesting scenes in your photos. Those doves are interesting, and I love the picture of the man getting his shoes signed!


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