S: MEXICO NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2011
FC: Puerto Vallarta | to Gaudalajara
1: Mexico November 28 to December 14 2011 We arrived in Puerto Vallarta just in time to enjoy the sun setting from the picturesque location of Molina De Agua's pool. Over looking the Bay of Banderas, silhouetted by Senor Martin our always smiling evening gate host.
2: GOLF Up bright and early, Kelly and I headed out to Vista Vallarta. For a golf tournament on the Weiskopf course, to raise funds for the Banderas Bay Womens Shelter. Our team didn't bring home any hardware, but enjoyed a wonderful day of golf on a well manicured and challenging track. | Wilf Kelly Jim Carroll | BBWS Charity Golf Classic 2011
3: This was one of many locations on the beach where we would have our afternoon siesta's, and then enjoy a refreshment while we watched the sun set behind the south edge of the bay. Fun hand painted Adirondack chairs made this spot unique.
4: Taking the 30 min bus ride to Mismaloya beach bus stop we walked 2km up to the Zoo where we could see and even touch many of the animals
6: After a couple of hours at the zoo we headed down to the beach for fish taco's and quesadilla's. Then a little siesta and some bartering with beach vendors. With yet another venue to watch the sun set, we say adios to another day in paradise.
7: The Beach at Mismaloya
8: In 2011 PV did a complete renovation of the Malacon. Including a new Sea wall with access to the sea shore and replacement of all the statues | Molina De Agua located on the Malacon, was a great place to jog and frequent our favorite restaurants.
10: Being on the 7th floor gave us terrific views of the boys boogie boarding in the surf. Check out the 3 Amigo's to the right fighting for the wave!
11: Above the 12 days of Christmas Parades leading to the Church on the right | Views from Molina De Agua 707
12: Much to see while on the beach with fisherman cleaning their catch. Sailboats seadoo's and even flying rays. Also local musicians dressed in authentic garb, along with many vendors, this one selling roasted pork on a skewer.
13: The evening view from Molina De Agua is just as spectacular as during the day. the lights around the pool and grounds. The City view with the church in the center. Every night the Pirate ship tours the bay and sets off fireworks. What a perfect way to cap a fabulous day.
14: Out for a friday night concert to hear Los Bambinos. Our accomodation is in walking distance of everything. That way we get to see old friends and local entertainment on our travels
15: Casa Del Angel Bed and Breakfast Robin & Joe had us over for dinner at their place over looking the Bay of Banderas and PV | These are the 2 bedrooms they have for rent along with their bathrooms and spectacular views. the background is a view of PV painted on the neighbors wall
16: Casa Del Angel
17: From the lush tropical vegetation of Puerto Vallarta to the arid interior of Gaudalajara | Road Trip! | Our trip lasted 4 1/2 hours on a luxury bus, with only 3 seats across, which were extra wide and reclined. Also included was tv, internet, and lunch in a bag. Roads were in good shape which made the ride enjoyable. | NOTE ETN bathrooms had a Mens and a Ladies, with an extra door leading to both
19: Many sights to see along the way, small towns & homesteads, little fruit & vegetable stands. Agave fields, and different grain fields, along with water wells every so often with the blue AGUA signs and black & white wells.
20: Metro Population 4,328,584
21: Metro Population 4,328,584 | Our first stop was in Tlaquepaque where we stayed in Casa delas Flores. Not a lot to see from the street but once inside, a beautiful sitting room, garden area, & rooms filled Mexican folkart.
22: The Trendy Tlaquepaque is a walking art gallery from statues to tiled walls, and metal art.
23: Our Casa was walking distance from the centre of town, marked always by the church. Around every corner was a new statue, decoration or photo opportunity.
24: Local to Gaudalajara Sergio's sculptures are seen through out Mexico
25: Female Mariachi band to the left and heavy metal band below
30: Glass Heart Factory | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
31: Ajijic on Lake Chapala
34: D O W N T O W N | G A U D A L A J A R A | The Hotel De Mendoza was next door to the Theater, central to many Church's and street markets. Many Nativity displays everywhere, from table top size to bigger than life. All had empty mangers, till Christmas Eve.
36: This is the theater that was next door. The Nutcracker ballet was unfortunately sold out, but we got a quick glimps inside. Outside they had a sand art display, & markets lined the perimeter.
37: Inside this building there was a massive mural painted on the ceiling of the 2nd floor as you went up the stairs the main character would follow you whether you looked from the left or the right
39: You name it you can get it on the streets, from vendors of food, fabrics, desserts, snacks, donuts, and even visits with Santa.
40: Beautiful stone buildings, and domed sanctuary's with gold ornate ceilings. Walk lights that go from a moving figure walking, to it running as time counts down.
43: Back to PV to catch the last of the 12 days of Christmas pageantry on the street that leads to the church. Streets are lined with families as they watch the parade, and indulge in many mexican foods served from street side vendors from all over.