Thursday, February 28, 2013

Campeche

While our 2003 visit left us an exceedingly favorable impression of Mexico, memories of specific places are varied. Of Campeche we both had vivid memories of the peaceful waterfront, hot strong sun, graceful colonial streets, and a hotel with a high ceiling. This return visit to Campeche turned out to be more perplexing.

The central plaza and colonial streets are every bit picturesque as we remembered; in fact, most of the buildings look to be freshly painted with coordinated pastels; must have been approved by some committee. Many of the bastions are under restoration. Yet, missing in the walled city is the liveliness we have grown to revel in in almost all the cities in Mexico. Missing are the school children noisily traversing the streets; missing are vendors diligently hawking their wares; missing are the restaurants bustling with office workers. Could be it that we happened to hit Campeche in the early part of the week; not the weekend? Or could this be a reflection of lack development, or conversely, exceeding high level of development? Or could this be the quietude before the invasion of cruise ships?

The bus ride northeast from Villahermso to Campeche along the Gulf of Mexico was very scenic in spots, and we had front row seats.
Headed North to Campeche, Mexcio

The zocalo at night.
Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

City Streets.
Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

El Cristo Negro el SeƱor de San Roman en Campeche.
Campeche, Mexico

A peek into a private home near our hotel.
Campeche, Mexico

Ice cream, sunset, and a sea breeze.
Campeche, Mexico

Modern Government building with mural.
Campeche, Mexico

The Malecon (esplanade) has a bike path and walking path and is very busy in the evenings. This photo was taken in the morning.
Campeche, Mexico

El Fuerte de San Miguel - 4 kms southwest of city center - a good walk.
Campeche, Mexico

Vegetarian fast food at Natura 2000.
Campeche, Mexico

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