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Merida doors…

The doors in Merida are absolutely amazing.  Like I said before, they’re huge…which seems kind of strange since the Mayans are pretty small people.  But who am I to argue that point?  I was totally impressed with the doors.  The intricacy, the detail and the massiveness were very impressive.  Every single door was different.  When I think of the cookie-cutter subdivisions in the states where every single house looks like the next definitely doesn’t apply in Merida.  At the risk of repeating myself…EVERY single door was different. 


A lot of them had bars on the front which meant they weren’t actually used.


Lots of gargoyle-type figures surrounding the frames…


A lot of them came in threes…


Some were pretty plain…


And a lot had “inside doors”…insets where you could open a smaller door within the big main door.  You could see this in windows, too.


Lots of ornate detail…


There were also ones which weren’t too fancy…


Some were very well cared for…


Others were not…


Basic plain shapes…


Another triple entrance…


I’ll close this post with a little sweetheart who was at an outdoor art exhibit.  The parents were European and while they kept an eye on her, they pretty much let her run free.  She saw I was taking her picture and stopped dead in her tracks.  I think maybe she’s used to having her picture taken.  She was worth a few shots.


Appropriate picture considering the statue…


Dad’s fixing the balloon…


What a sweet smile…


Next post will be on eats in Merida…stay tuned!



Miscellaneous Merida…

I took just over 1,000 pictures on this trip and while I’m certainly not going to post all of them, it’s hard to choose which ones to use.  So, I’ve decided to just do little reports with no real subject matter.  I will do a separate post on doorways because doors are literally and figuratively a HUGE thing in Merida.

I’ll start this report on night time on the square.  Everything is lit up at night and it’s absolutely beautiful.  Tons of people come out and just sit on the many benches and enjoy the beauty.



The Catedral de Merida is simply stunning at night.  This photo does not do it justice.


Earlier that afternoon I checked out the inside.  I feel uncomfortable taking pictures inside churches when people are there, but I quickly took a few shots.  Incredible and humbling at the same time.


I’m guessing this must be the baptismal font??


And this was a little side area off the main church.


A few people sit at the main door…which only seems to accentuate the massiveness of the doors.


This is the doorway to the Iglesia Tercera…another church just a couple of blocks away.  There happened to be a wedding here the evening I walked by.

Talk about an incredible background for a wedding…


And here’s the flower girl…


This is the Palacio de Gobierno on the square.  I don’t know if the Gobierno lives here…


Ice cream on the square…


Lots of colors…


And across from an outdoor art gallery.  Art is a big deal in Merida…there are many artists displaying their works here…


Merida is truly a concrete jungle.  I guess that’s why there are so many little parks that appear every few blocks.  The streets are narrow, the sidewalks are narrow and the traffic is intense during the day downtown.  While this street scene looks pretty quiet, you really have to be attentive to traffic and stepping into the street.  Drivers are not pedestrian friendly, so be careful.


Not to mention there are plenty of these around which just makes things even more congested.  But I did love the sound of the horse hooves clip-clopping on the  cobblestone streets.


All the horses seem very healthy and well cared for…


Just another illustration of how huge the windows and doors are compared to the size of human beings…

I loved the shop windows and doorways…


And everyone is SOOOOO friendly.  I sat down to take a breather from all my waking on a bench on the square.  This fellow sat down next to me and we had a friendly “broken” conversation.  When I wanted to take his picture, he made me wait until he could put his sunglasses on so that he would look cool.  Haha!


I was walking around town and saw this little cutie in front of me who definitely warranted a photo.


The mom happened to be behind me and when she saw that I was taking her daughter’s picture, she called out to her husband who turned around and flashed me this absolutely incredible smile.  Wow…is that totally cool, or what?  They proceeded to tell me how much they loved their hometown of Merida.  How sweet.


As opposed to this little guy who I couldn’t get to smile.


Who reminded me of this little fellow in Nuevo Progreso.  There is such a sadness in their eyes.  What a hard life for these little guys to be out selling things in order to live.


To be continued…


The Sunday Market in Merida…

I was fortunate to be in Merida on a Sunday because that’s when they have their weekly market.  This is the main square in downtown Merida.  As I’ve already mentioned, the architecture is amazing and it seems like everyone hangs out here just to enjoy life.


On the Saturday night before the market, they block off the streets around the square and start setting up vendor booths for the next day.  Little temporary restaurants surround the square while the Mayan women continue to sell their wares.


French fries and fried hot dogs are some of the most popular items for the food vendors.


Here are these bad boys cooking in oil.  I tried them…and did not like them.  So, I don’t have to worry about hardening my arteries any more than they already are.


A common sight in Mexico…


And here were some fried cinnamony things.  They were good but I don’t have a real big sweet tooth.


Lots of fresh fruit…pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, jicama and mango…


Random musicians and singers would perform at the little restaurants…


Now, on to the market.  They had a little bit of everything.  One of the main things was clothing for women…specifically the huipil worn by Mayan women…


And the typical sundresses…


I kind of liked these flowy pants things…


Guayabaras are a REALLY big thing here.  You will find many shops dedicated solely to these.


Little girl’s dresses…


Embroidery for dish towels and baby items…


Lots of straw hats…


And purses…


Mexican Barbie dolls…


And these wooden mortars and pestles.  Now I wish I would have bought one of these…I think they’re pretty.


And LOTS of knick-knacks…


These are definitely hand-made.  I watched her making these one by one…


These actually looked more Oriental to me than Mexican…


Mayan calendars…


And a vast array of jewelry…


Aaargh…


Some very nice batiks…


And I actually liked this artwork…very colorful and fun…


I didn’t ask how much it was…it would have been too difficult to take back on the plane.


Then they had native Mayan dancers on the square…


Very pretty women all dressed up with very big smiles…


Then we get to the beer trays on the head.  I witnessed this for the first time last year when I was at Chichen Itza.  I couldn’t understand (and still don’t) the whole beers on the head deal, but who am I to question tradition?


Everyone has fun at the market.  Actually, I was surprised there weren’t more hand-made items here, but it was entertaining none-the-less.


But I think this was my best picture yet.  A little boy and his mom sat next to me while I was watching the dancers and I couldn’t help but notice the little guy’s shoes so I snapped a shot.  Wow.  Pretty cool, huh?  You’d never see a little American boy wearing these.