Puerto Vallarta is a intriguing town to wonder around, but if you are going to gawk, be alert to where you walk. or you will find yourself doing the stub and stumble shuffle. Most of the sidewalks in the main tourist area are flat, smooth and well maintained. It is off the beaten path that your eyesight and agility are tested, especially at night.
As mentioned above, in the main tourist area the walkways are safe to navigate and wander, as evidenced by the last three pictures. Here one is able to be as graceful as one is able. A few steps with your favourite libation in hand and you are safe to navigate unscathed. If you follow the winding trail (small black stones embedded in cement) you are on your way safely. Graceful
What were several pieces of wood have been transformed into this magnificent door.
Inspired by a recent blog on doors in Cuba, I could not resist the urge to seek out some of the doors of Puerto Vallarta. Both fall under the influence of the Spanish, so the similarities are evident. So with camera in hand, I set out on my next mission.
The majority of the doors are constructed of wood, are big, and heavy, but add to the bold edifice of many of the buildings. The craftsmanship is evident and is typical of colonial Spanish architecture. Cement, stone and steel are the materials of choice, with wood kept to those areas where aesthetics are desirable, and offer a bold embellishment.
Not all doors are ornate, big and impressive, as evidenced by the last picture. However, it is totally wrong to judge by what you initially see. The simplest of doors may hold many surprises, as we have found out.
We have found that the people of Mexico are proud and hard working, and more than welcome you into their homes and businesses, regardless of the door you pass through.
We finally arrived here on Wednesday, in sunny Puerto Vallarta, or what we snow birds call paradise. After settling into our new apartment, we went to seek out some of our old haunts. It was like we had never left.
Enjoy some of the pics from this beautiful town. The Mexicans have a lot to offer, and you do not have to walk far to find it. Food, drinks, culture and their great hospitality.
The texture and ambiance of Puerto Vallarta is something that simply has to be experienced. Over the next four months, I hope to be able to bring you as much of the fabric of this place that words can convey, that is if I don’t get swallowed by its appetite for adventurous travellers.