Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by alilou, Feb 2, 2016.
Seconding all of this.
Thanks @kwanfan1818 and @skatesindreams. Valladolid was much better. Thanks for posting the link.
Merida - a very sad story
New blog post! Flamingoes!
The Birds of the Yucatan Wetlands – Celestún and Rio Lagartos
It's a good thing you're not in Vancouver, @alilou
That's very sad
I have a new blog post ready - about the town of Valladolid which we liked much more than Merida!
Beguiled By Valladolid
After reading your post, I want to go to Valladolid, now!
The pictures are
They are !!!
Always a treat!
You aren't the only one!
I'm glad you found suitable accommodations, at last.
A big thank you to all of you @skatesindreams @dinakt and @kwanfan1818
Valladolid is a gem!
It makes me happy that a few FSUers are enjoying the blog
US and Cdn Nationals this weekend and I don't know how much I'll get to see - maybe get to watch some late evening. We are at a huge festival in a small town in Mexico and I don't want to miss any of it. OTOH don't want to miss nationals either. Excited!
Skate Canada is posting the live stream videos to its channel for on demand viewing:
Enjoy the festival live!
Thanks for the link @kwanfan1818
Tonight at the festival there will be hundreds of men dressed as Spanish colonial women in big flowery dresses!
Latest FB photos:
Love those photos @alilou! I want the second dress from the right or left in the center photo
Aren't they gorgeous! And there are hundreds of women and girls right down to toddlers dressed like that every day processioning and dancing in the streets all over town.
More FB photos of the Fiesta in Chiapa de Corzo:
Did you get a chance to visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza as well? The El Castillo (Temple of Kukulcan) is an incredible site. Mayan architecture is amazing.
Thanks @Maofan7 . Yes we went to Chichen Itza. It is amazing! Next post will be about Mexican folk art and the cenotes, but the one after will be about the Mayan ruins - Chichen Itza, Palenque, Ek Balam, and Edzna. Got goose bumps at Chichen Itza!
Excellent - look forward to reading the posts!
I just published a new blog post - about this amazing private museum of Mexican folk art, and about equally amazing underground swimming holes. Some of them are open, but with some it's like swimming in a cave.
New blog post: The ancient Maya Civilization. We visited the ruins of four ancient cities. Those guys sure knew how to build a big pile of rocks!
New blog post: One gorgeous Mexican town, one not so much!
Campeche: You Had Me At Hello. Villahermosa: Not So Much.
Incredible places and incredible photos!!
@alilou - check out this episode of Ironside (at 28 minutes 6 seconds in - called 'in search of an artist' made in 1968, televised in 1969). Look familiar?
Thanks so much @Maofan7
Can't watch now - crappy internet, and tomorrow to Cuba for 2 weeks with even crappier internet. I'll check it out as soon as we get back to Vancouver in March.
New blog post:
Up Against The Wall – in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
A photo essay of people coming and going at the market
Oh it's a hoot - it's a caricature of Mexico about 50 years ago! And those men in the "field" with the few spindly stalks of corn - not quite the way it is now anyway.
At 28 minutes 6 seconds in, it shows the same road in San Miguel de Allende as in this very old photograph that I showed you a few months ago in post 178. Unfortunately, the youtube copy of the Ironside episode is very poor quality. On my DVD copy, I recognised the road immediately! Just goes to show what a tourist attraction that city has become. I doubt the producers filmed that footage specifically for that episode, as it looks like some stock footage they have just inserted in
Oh I completely missed that! I had another look and noticed the church in the distance. I would never have recognised it as San Miguel. The city has become a HUGE tourist attraction.
I love how he's riding into town on a horse, and the next shot he's driving in in a huge car.
We're in Havana. It is *amazing* - one of the world's must-see cities.
Latest FB photo:
Awaiting whatever you share!
Lots will come eventually about Cuba (we're currently in Trinidad) but I'll have to finish writing about Mexico and Guatemala first - I have this thing about doing it chronologically. We get back to Canada March 1st so decent wifi and time to write and process photos.