With the, what I think is an exclusive, edition on the re-opening of Molly Malone’s Irish Bar at the Hotel published earlier this morning I can now get back to the trip that Rose and I made to Mérida ((egotistical me thought that you wouldn’t want to wait another day! The truth is though that I was worried that I might forget stuff (advancing age and all that!) because I don’t make notes)).
With visits to shops (mostly) out of the way , on Saturday and Sunday we continued our tour of Mérida. Mostly on foot ((and I have the blisters to prove it – and boxes of plasters (band-aids or adhesive bandages for non UK readers)) but sometimes we took advantage (my poor feet needed it) of the really inexpensive minibuses which have a standard charge of $MXN 7 whether you go just a few streets or the entire route.
A really inexpensive and fun way to get around Mérida.
As you walk around the streets – and it is really easy to find your way around because they have very conveniently/sensibly numbered the streets in downtown using odd numbers for east to west and even numbers for north to south. No street names to navigate your way through and exceedingly difficult (even for me) to get lost – you cannot but be captivated by the beauty of many of the buildings.
The Ayuntamiento (old city hall) in Plaza Grande. Yes, you’re right, I didn’t take this photo during our walkabout during the day.
The Governor’s Palace. Again in Plaza Grande.
Main entrance to Casa de Montejo.
It’s not just the exteriors of the buildings though.
And then when you actually go in to the buildings it’s even more impressive. The following are just a few of the fantastic (and I do not use this description lightly) murals by Fernando Castro Pacheco in the Governor’s Palace:
The beautiful and interesting grand room.
Rose and I really enjoyed our tour of the ‘Palace and for us it definitely wasn’t ‘art for art’s sake‘.
With so much walking though we deserved a snack.
Yes they are there. Along with Burger King!
I’ll bring this edition to a close now. I mean two editions in one day. Don’t want to wear myself out.
There’s more to come about our visit to Mérida and I might even milk it to get two editions out of it. As they say (or so someone said they do) “you can’t have too much of a good thing”. Read my stuff and you’ll know by comparison when you come across a good thing!
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1975 by 10cc which reached number five in the UK Singles Chart.