Mazatlán’s Centro

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You Have to Laugh

Yesterday afternoon we heard police sirens over and over again.  I got up and looked out the door and there was a Transito car outside trying to get people to move their cars.  I could see some heavy equipment down the road, waiting. Of course most of the cars didn’t belong to residents so they stayed there until later in the evening when we saw several get towed away. This morning there was little traffic on the street although some...

Painting the Town

Along with all the new road surfaces, sidewalks, sidewalk uplights, street lights, and flower baskets there is a project downtown to beautify the homes in Centro Historico as well. The city is doing some of the painting and lots of us homeowners are doing our part to go along with the beautifying, too!  In the pictures above you can also see some of the new lighting, flower baskets, and trees along Sixto Osuna. Above you can page through the pictures...

It’s a Winter Wonderland

Winter is so lovely here in Mazatán!  We enjoy walking every morning although with all the construction on the malecón North of the Fisherman’s Monument we have moved our walk more South.   The new walking surface of the malecón is lovely and the views are wonderful as always.  There is some controversy in town about the vendors at the cliff divers being removed against their will but I love being able to walk through in the morning and not smell...

The First Olas Altas Pedestrian Only Night

Last night we walked over to Olas Altas after 6 to see if the city actually closed the street as they had said they would.  On our way we passed by the Inn at Centro Historico and found that many of the streets in Centro were closed, not just Olas Altas!  Understandably there were many puzzled drivers trying to figure out a way to their destinations.  Valet parking stands were everywhere, though! (arrow through the pics at the top of...

Making Progress

We went for a short walk this morning (to earn a scone and a cinnamon roll from Hector’s) and I decided to only take pictures of things that are looking good…so here you go! You can click to the right side of the first picture to page through all eight. Please like and share this post!20...

The Streets of Centro Saturday update

Paul and I came back from a week in Puebla and a second week in Mexico City to find not much to have changed with the road construction in Mazatlán.  If anything, things were worse!  Two streets that were complete have had to be ripped up as the piping was done incorrectly.  The huge rain on August 12 turned much of downtown into canals worthy of Venice. I have to admit I am getting a little tired of taking pictures...

Endless Summer (of construction) in Mazatlan

A couple of readers asked me whether the road construction in Centro was completed yet… so I thought it might be time for yet another update!. The work is proceeding but it is far from complete. The pictures that follow are a loop we walked today – South on Belisario Dominguez, West on Sixto Osuna, North along Olas Altas, and East along Angel Flores with a few pics from cross streets thrown in to the mix. The picture at the...

Mazatlan is under construction

If you follow Countdown to Mexico on Facebook you have seen some of what has been going on around town.  Jumapam has been replacing many old and decayed water pipes in Centro and Paul and I are among those who have endured weeks of dirt and dust while the replacements were underway.  Our block is finally done but the project continues all around Centro.  My guess is it takes about three weeks in each area. But in addition to the...

Our delicious tropical life

I know it’s hot here, but that’s ok with me because it means we have a smorgasbord of tropical fruits and vegetables available. At the top of the post is my haul from the mercado today. One big pitaya (dragonfruit), two large guavas, a dozen small Mexican grown apples, two red grapefruit, and a new jicama. All of this produce cost me the equivalent of $8 USD, with the pitaya being the most expensive item, at 75 pesos or $4.50....

A Couple Mazatlán Projects

There are a couple of projects going on in town that should be interesting to watch. Both are underway right now. The first is a street improvement between the Plazuela Machado and Belisario Dominguez on Sixto Osuna. That’s a picture of it at the top of the post. As part of this project there will be a children’s park in the small street the other side of Panama Bakery and some posts that I guess will control traffic. (I sure...

Shopping in Mazatlán

I finally headed out today to Naturalia and Dulceria Don Juan since the cupboards were getting bare. I’d been putting it off as it has been a bit too hot and humid lately for schlepping heavy bags in the blazing sun. We eat a lot of nuts and seeds and even though it was hot I braved the weather this afternoon to replenish our stores. First I went to Naturalia. (Zaragoza 807, Centro) They have all kinds of things I...

a bit of a roller coaster

– Paul was in a play reading of Last of the Red Hot Lovers at El Recreo. There were three sold out shows that were very well received! – The Carnaval monigotes are up along the malecon, and they are wonderful. A video is at the bottom of the page – in Spanish, but you don’t need Spanish to appreciate the monigotes. – The Organic Market has expanded from one day a week to two, with a Wednesday afternoon market...

Triplets in Mazatlán

I love the old buildings in Mazatlán. Many of the old ones in Centro started life as much larger houses and have been divided over the years. Some were probably built as row houses. I’ve written about these look-aliketwins and triplets before, but I couldn’t resist another go around. I hope you enjoy a look at the gemelos y trillizos de Mazatlán! Please like and share this post!20...

In the Neighborhood

Every time I walk out the door I see something new. The signage on many of the palapa restaurants at Playa Norte were what I noticed today. We’ve had three rainy nights in a row so you see the summer clouds in the background of all my pictures. During the rest of the year it’s the bright blue sky. I am still out walking every day, with Paul accompanying me part of the way. Did you see that there’s a...