Monday, October 31, 2011

Doors of Merida

Ok, so this is not an original idea!  

But there is a reason that other bloggers and photographers wander around Centro, camera in hand, taking pictures of the doors of Merida (and, I have to admit, hoping that no one comes out while you are standing there taking a close up picture of their puerta).  

These doors are excellent...the colors and textures and shapes and sizes are a feast for the eyes and for the camera.  

They are as bright and colorful as the Noche Mexicana dancers, and are just one more of the things that make this city special.  So with kudos to those who have posted before 

 Here is our version of the Doors of Merida...


Monday, October 24, 2011

Merida Bound....

Finally, we are Merida bound for the week of Thanksgiving and having a lovely eight day stay this time around.

We are going to be renting a friend's house down near Santiago and we are very excited about that. We really wanted to stay in Santiago this time around especially since we stayed a little further north of the main square last two times.
The flights have been ridiculously high to fly anywhere (Thanksgiving and all) and we managed to get a Delta flight to Mexico City then AeroMexico to Merida.

Last trip I flew into Cancun and caught the Platino Bus from Cancun across and it was awesome..but the flights were around $1000...can you believe that?
Anyway that will be my next post about the wonderful bus trip from Cancun...

See you all for Thanksgiving in Merida!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

HHI...Contender No. 2

OK, so our second real contender was a great looking colonial a few blocks south of the main market on Calle 73. It was in need of total restoration but was nicely presented, cleaned and swept with no trash and no old remnants of people's lives left behind.
The front was totally charming with the three openings to the front and two banks of rooms with high ceilings going back.

It had some really nice original doors and pasta tiles and did I mention that it was CLEAN. The place was swept and tidy and you could see the casa itself.

We initially did not look at it because of its location but on our next trip we decided to check it out. We were impressed with the original pieces that this casa had to offer but as we stood there on that little cute street a bus crammed its way down every five seconds (or so it seemed) and prostitute street was a block and a half away!

Then, as LeAnn pointed out, did we really want to have to navigate the busy main square every time we wanted to go somewhere either by foot or car?

We went back NOB and for a long time this little casa was a real contender in our minds. We spent many a weekend sketching plans and imagining ourselves living on that street, in that part of the city. But we keep coming back to the realization that we were trying to tell ourselves that it would be ok living there, that the street really wasn't THAT busy, that the prostitutes wouldn't bother US and that living so close to the bustling downtown markets would be HANDY.

Then we stopped and listened to ourselves.

I think this little charmer is still on the market today.