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Old 07-08-2016   #16 (permalink)
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The End

And that's a wrap.

I always make a video of our trips, so here's this one:



Click here if you wish to view in full screen HD

And some odds and ends in pictures:

Looking south to the west side of Plaza Grande:



Just south of Plaza Grande:



I believe the general rule in Mérida is that affluence increases from south to north.





I think this is just north of Santa Lucia:



Parallel and one street to the east of Paseo de Montejo:

Funkadelic:



Past glory, future prosperity?



Don't worry, 'bout a 'ting:



This is a collage of street numbers and "names":



The streets are distinguished in a manner peculiar to Yucatan. In the angle of the corner house, and on the top, stands a painted wooden figure of an elephant, a bull, a flamingo, or some other visible object, and the street is called by the name of this object. On one corner there is the figure of an old woman with large spectacles on her nose, and the street is called la Calle de la Vieja, or the Street of the Old Woman. That in which we lived had on the corner house a flamingo, and was called the Street of the Flamingo; and the reason of the streets being named in this way gives some idea of the character of the people. The great mass of the inhabitants, universally the Indians, cannot read. Printed signs would be of no use, but every Indian knows the sign of an elephant, a bull, or a flamingo.
- Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I. (John L. Stephens)


When it's hot out, slap a patio umbrella on the caballo and relax in the shade of the calesa roof:



Ladies, beer, ladies in beer dresses: the perfect combination:

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Thank you again for the trip report. Anyone else impressed with the amazingly clean streets?
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Thank you so much for this trip report.
Merida is on my list of places to visit. Looks wonderful.
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Thank you again for the trip report. Anyone else impressed with the amazingly clean streets?
You know, I never thought about it when I was there, but yeah, the streets were clean. I don't recall ever seeing any trash rolling around on the ground but I did see the garbage man in Plaza Grande emptying the bins. I guess there's a lot of pride there.
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Thank you so much for this trip report.
Merida is on my list of places to visit. Looks wonderful.
Thank you for the kind words.

Mérida has a lot to offer. All things considered we saw and did a lot, but at the same time barely scratched the surface. So who knows, maybe there's a re-visit in the future.
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Wow, thanks Matt!

Merida is on our list as well. Maybe this trip in Nov/Dec. We really do want to get over there and stay a few days at least just to wet our taste buds as it were!
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Awesome trip report and beautiful pictures. I have so enjoyed them! It brings back memories of our trips to Merida. We have stayed once but passed through many times. Loving all the food pictures! Thanks so much! The cleanest Mexician city I have been in so far has been Campeche.....think it's cleaner than home.
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Wow! What a great trip report!! I would love to go there, maybe next year. It looks like our vacation will be having a water mitigation system installed in our basement to the tune of $4,500 . We have been moping up water for a month and it appears it's coming from in under the garage, so no way to dig it up and redo the drain line.
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Thank you all for the kind responses; for a while there I thought I was boring everyone with my report. Feedback is nice.

Sorry to hear about your water situation, Sharon. My sister had the same solution forced on her last year after her basement flooded.

Bonus food pic for Goodtobehere: pollo pibil at Portico del Peregrino in Santa Lucia:

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Very cool trip report, thanks for sharing! Great pics, looks like a good time.
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Past glory, future prosperity?
This building was initially a Lebanese lodge. There was a fair amount of Lebanese immigration to the Yucatan in the early 20th century. Lebanese were not welcomed into pre-existing social clubs, so they started their own. More recently the building served as the headquarters for a large resort corporation. It is currently for sale. I think it could make a neat assisted living center

It is about 7 blocks from our home
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