I was all set to write about the Palenque ruins today, but that's a big post with a lot of photos, and time kind of got away from me on a busy day, so this will be a shorter, simpler post with a potpourri of photos from around town during our stay.  Palenque was unlike the cities we'd been too so far -- no brightly colored colonial buildings in a centro historico district and a bit grittier.  But even though it was not as beautiful, we always felt safe walking around (including at night).  This was a normal city where folks were just out and about living their lives.  If the ruins were not so close by, they'd probably never even see a tourist.
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Sign marking the "La Canada" area of town where our hotel was
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Lots of construction going on in the center traffic circle of town where this cool Maya head sculpture is
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Fence around graveyard in downtown Palenque
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Ready to go to the Palenque ruins
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Cute orange VW Beatle
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Downtown Palenque
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Festive holiday flags
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A local bar with an amusing sign in front...
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"No entry for uniformed minors and mentally ill"
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This tree in La Canada was as wide as I am tall. Too bad -- I guess it had died and had to be taken down. Such a specimen.
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Looks even better on a sunnier day, no?
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Statue of Maya warrior in front of Best Western hotel in La Canada
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Quite a bit of traffic, especially taxis
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We shopped for snacks at this store affiliated with Wal-Mart
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We got all this for the equivalent of $6.80 US. What a deal!
Stay tuned for more on Palenque!
Tracey Giertz
1/19/2013 12:35:09 am

Hi Barry and Emily, I read your blog daily as I would like to retire in Belize. I just want you to know how much I am enjoying following this Mexico trip. Thank you so much for doing this! I hope to meet you both some day and I'll treat us to a couple bottles of good wine!!! Kind regards, Tracey - Chicago

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4/10/2013 03:28:49 pm

I am so glad for this write up about Palenque town. You have shared a very interesting about the place and culture with pictures and that means a lot to the readers. Every reader will feel first-hand experience reading through the post as you have presented it in an impressive manner. Thanks.

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