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One of many city parks
Merida, in the Yucatan state of Mexico, is a historic city with so much to see.  We spent our three days in the city walking until our feet were tired, taking in the interesting sights, local color, and architecture all around us.  Here's a sampling....
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Absolutely loved the color of this colonial home
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Statue in one of many city parks
We knew we were not in Belize any more when we saw this store!  I must admit, we did take advantage of the lower prices on toothpaste and a couple of other small things, but we were traveling so light we couldn't buy much.
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Red sky at night...
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Traditional bull-fighting ring. I think it's gruesome & gory, but it's part of the history of the area.
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Plaque showing founding of the city -- 1542. That's old!
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Pedestrian art walk downtown
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Busy marketing day
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Artisans' Marketplace
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Inside the Artisans' Marketplace
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There's not much you can't buy here, including beautiful flowers
The sidewalks downtown were very busy and slow to negotiate.  It was a couple of Saturdays before Christmas, so everyone was out shopping til they dropped.  I think all we bought was our Panama hats.
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Big outdoor food court
One thing we started noticing all over Mexico was the number of Volkswagen Beetles.  They were everywhere!  This is the car I learned to drive in, so I have always had a special affinity for them, and it was fun to see so many of them during our travels.  I am not sure what the deal is with VWs and Mexico, but they sure are here in droves!  Some beautifully restored, others not; in all colors of the rainbow.  We'd often count three or four in close proximity.  So here's the first of a few VW Beetle photos we'll share, and there will be more as the blog entries continue.  
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As I mentioned in a previous post, all public parks in Merida have wi-fi. Very cool!
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Park and church
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View of outdoor food stands from second floor of a museum
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Street view from above
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Typical Centro Merida street
I'm feeling a Merida FOOD post coming up next, so STAY TUNED!
1/7/2013 07:00:14 am

Wow! What a beautiful, colonial and modern city. I miss that side of the world...

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Mari
1/8/2013 05:04:31 am

There are lots of old VW Beetles in Uruguay, too. Here they're called Fuscas. In a country of overpriced cars, it's one of the cheapest you can buy. :)

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