“All I Wanna Do” when away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Today’s edition brings you the next ‘thrilling’ instalment about the recent trip that Rose and I made to Mérida in the Yucatan, Mexico. So far it’s been compulsive reading. If you’ve been (notice the past tense) suffering sleep deprivation that is!

Still awake? Good, I’ll get on with then.

In the first of this series I told you that I’d booked accommodation for our stay at El Gran Hotel.


As you can see from the photo above, it’s been around for a long time, 113 years in fact. Not surprisingly-given its longevity- it’s had some illustrious and/or notorious (depending upon your political leanings) guests. And Rose and I had only been there a day when we were informed (with some pride I might add) that Fidel Castro had stayed there in July 1955 after being released from prison by Fulgencio Batista.

We were told that although he only stayed there a few days (before heading to Mexico City where he resided for around eighteen months before returning to Cuba) he was insistent that he be allocated a room without windows. Do you think he may have been concerned about his well being ?

To meet this stipulation the hotel apparently put him in room 113 on the third floor. Rose and I are convinced though that he stayed in the same room (room 106) as us. Why? Well we believe we found his slippers.


Not the greatest photo I agree, but trust me his slippers were in the drawer. Doesn’t say much for the chambermaid though, does it!

Enough of this frivolousness it’s time to get back to what we did and saw in Mérida.

After the exertions of our long walk on Saturday I said to Rose “All I wanna do is enjoy a lazy Sunday”. One during which we could savour all of the entertainment that Plaza Grande had to offer.

On Sundays the streets surrounding the plaza are cordoned off to prevent vehicular and cycle access. Only pedestrians can get through and with these precautions in place the fun begins.


Seating for the shows set up in front of the old City Hall.

Stalls are set up



and ‘restaurants’ too.


But the real fun was the entertainment and with a packed crowd in place



the show began.









And then it was time for the children’s entertainment (I enjoyed too – does this ‘say’ something about me?) with (so Rose informed me) Dora The Explorer (I was – remain- none the wiser):



And then Dora -yea!


encouraging the children to join in


He was to young to join in (and I’m too old!)


but he loved it (and so did I).

We enjoyed it so much that we returned in the evening and had dinner whilst watching the band play


and the people dance.



If you do think about visiting Mérida do try to include the weekend so that you can enjoy the fun and colour of the plaza.

For the last instalment come back tomorrow.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1993 by Sheryl Crow which reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. roseypon says:

    Most excellent blog. I was there with you and I found it very entertaining. Especially Dora the Explorer. ;0)

    1. Pleased you could make the trip!

  2. How grand to have so much art, dance and music before you. And for all the people, not just a tourist show. Really a magical trip, John. Thanks for sharing it so well.

    1. Thanks Bob. Apart from the faux pas with some of the photos.

  3. kristina nadreau says:

    thank you…… I am living vicariously from our little house of many dogs here in Corozal. I can see we will have to visit Merida when I can go without having to pay a $37.50 exit fee. after July we will go.

    1. Pleased that you are enjoying it Kristina. I would think that there is fair chance that hotel prices might be lower in July.

  4. Paul Cloutier says:

    Always entertaining and a great read. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Paul. Pleased you enjoyed it.

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