A couple of days ago Bonnie and Bill, Steve and I, decided to go into the city for a late lunch, a walk around town, and then to see the sunset from the top of the Freeman Hotel. First we went to the Fish Market to eat and sat on the patio overlooking the beachfront known as Olas Atlas. I didn’t take any pictures at the restaurant but we had a very enjoyable meal with great views. After that we walked through the Centro Histórico district also known as the colonial district. Bonnie and Bill were oohing and aahing and I don’t believe they realized this part of Mazatlan existed. And we only saw a very small portion of my favorite part of the city.
This 175 block area has been undergoing a restoration for the past 20 some years. The location is ideal, being a short walk to the central part of downtown with the large market, many stores, and most of the area is five minutes or less to the shore.
The Plaza Machedo, situated just three blocks from the central downtown, is surrounded by restaurants and hotels with a small park area where musicians often play. Some evenings the street around the plaza is completely covered with tables for eating out.
I doubt any two buildings in the historic district have been painted the same color
Looking closely, several buildings need a lot of work, but the outside is kept up for appearances.
Not noticed until I went through my pictures, is a German phrase on one of the buildings above. I’m tempted to go back and see what the complete phrase says. The first part translates to “God Alone…..
Someone is at least is working on the façade of the bottom floor
I’m showing you the picture above because I have taken a picture of this shell of a building before:
I took this one in February 2010
Here’s a wider view
Some of the abandoned buildings are overgrown inside with foliage and even flowers. A place like this one is very likely to be next door to a house that has been immaculately restored.
Above in 2014: I photographed this house in 2010 because of the flowers spilling over out the bottom floor windows. Now those windows have been boarded up.
The same building in 2010.
I got carried away with too many pictures of buildings. I will finish “Into The City” on my next post.