Friday, March 01, 2013

Hot Merida

For some strange reason, I have virtually no recollection of our 2003 visit to Merida, John very little either. This time, our initial march into the city center looking for hotels left us rather unimpressed. After trampling around the city for a few days, we decided that we like it rather well, in spite of the 100 degree weather which even made the headline in the local paper. We can catch heatwaves well, if not festivals.

Merida has all the elements that we love about Mexican cities. Its squares are particularly spacious and graceful, and it has a good number of Art Deco buildings. While "Domingo(Sunday) en Merida" is over touted by guidebooks, we had fun watching people cycling on streets closed especially for the weekly occasion. Most important of all, the local people in Merida are very friendly, considering Merida seems to have the most number of international tourists per capita of all the cities we visited. One day John and I were in the middle of navigating with our map, a young woman stopped in her track and said to us "you are on 68th street and the city center is that way." I need to work on my geniality.

Getting things going in Merida with a fine meal at Savia Vegetariano.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

And more good eating at 2012 Mayan.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Not to mention that we ordered takeout pizza 4 night in a row. The guy with glasses is a pizza genius.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

"Transportable murals" by Fernando Pacheco in the governor's palace.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The zocalo.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Dancers on the zocalo.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Parque Santa Lucia.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The Cathedral completed in 1598 out of stones from Mayan temples has gigantic stone columns. Here are two views.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Downtown with Cathdral as seen from the rooftop of Las Monjas Convent.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The Contemporary Art Museum MAYAC had 11 artists in exhibition. We liked the works of Esmeralda Torres...
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

...and Fernando Pacheco.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Two views of Iglesia Santiago.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Cathedral with streetlights.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Domingo en Merida.
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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