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Monday, January 28, 2013

Out and about Mazatlan on a Beautiful Sunday


Yesterday started out as a do nothing day and ended up being really fun. As we were leaving the Las Jaibas RV Park Bill stopped to talk to the manager and I was looking around the pool area. Don’t remember if I posted a picture of the new pool or not. So here it is.
There is also a web bar and a built in bbq. Pretty fancy.
Then we went across the street to the Torres hotel again for breakfast. I had a waffle and Bill had an omelette  Sunday mornings they have soothing entertainment. A sax player – very nice to listen to.
And I took notice of the beach vendors most of them had on white shirts – will have to keep watching. We came home after breakfast and just lazed around. Bill watch a Barcelona soccer game on the Internet – they won 5 – 1. Messi made four goals. He is amazing. I worked on my black and white necklace. And I’m reading a cute book from the library. About a tour group in Mexico called “Paper Moon” by Linda Windsor.
Late afternoon we headed out to the Malec√≥n. It’s an area of divided street, wide sidewalk and beach six miles long. We parked and strolled along the sidewalk. This is another one of the Carnaval decorations. The is the famous Mexican comedian Cantinflas.
Looking north up the beach towards the Golden Zone – tourist area. 
Notice the design in the sidewalk.
Looking south towards the older part of Mazatlan. A lot of beach restaurants along here.
North again along the beach. Some of the Golden Zone hotels in the background. Notice how clean everything is.
Lots of people on the beach and in the water. And lots and lots of people walking, biking and roller skating on the sidewalks.
Back in the car and up to El Clavdista – It was so busy there – took us a while to find parking in the street. This is an area where food and trinket vendors line the street and sidewalk and where the boys/men dive off a platform into the ocean. And zillions of people. Teenagers, families consisting of babies to grandparents. Everyone enjoying themselves. One of the many food carts. The two plates on the right have platanos in them. They are grilled and then a sweet sauce is poured on them. Everything smelled delicious and looked good.
More food – churros in front. Grilled corn and creamed corn kernels.
Grilled Corn – no it doesn’t taste as good as it looks, it isn’t sweet corn like we are used to 
Here's a vendor in for the long haul. We could hear his generator running then noticed the TV set in the upper right corner. He’s selling strawberries with cream and cold water in bottles among other things. And Nachos either small or large portions.
This one is making a snow cone like product. He shaves the ice then adds flavoring.
The bubble seller – I love watching the bubbles and the kids chasing them.
This is not the diver. This is the poser. He stands up there posing while the diver works the crowd for money. When enough money is collected the diver goes up on the platform and dives.
Still posing and a big bubble.
Some of the people waiting to see the diver dive. And bubbles of course. The diver just got up to the platform.
The diver diving – first is a still picture of him then the dive.  They are crazy – no amount of money is worth your life.
In the water.
Some of the people leaving after the dive.
Looking the other direction towards Olas Altas area and the Centro Historico. The lights are Carnaval decorations.
Lots and lots of traffic in this area. We got back in Willie and headed to the Plazuela Machado. We were pretty early 6:30 so there weren’t too many people there but much to our surprise and delight the Sunday night entertainment was back. He is a singer and guitar player. Really enjoyable to listen to. And while he plays people get up and dance to his music.

We ate at the Italian restaurant. Had pepperoni pizza. Very thin crunchy crust, cheese and pepperoni and slices of pepper under the cheese. Notice anything missing there? There was no tomato sauce. Different but very good taste to it. We ate the whole thing.
Around 8:30 we left for home. Turned into a busy eventful day after all. 
Perfect timing, Bill just put my breakfast down on the table.
Until later.......

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