Welcome to Merida…
I spent four days in Merida during Spring Break. The biggest city I’ve ever been to so far in Mexico is Valladolid which seems pretty small compared to Merida. According to Wikipedia, “Mérida has been nicknamed ‘The White City’, though the exact origin of this moniker is not clear. Some explanations include the common color of its old buildings painted and decorated with ‘cal’ (though anyone visiting modern Mérida can see that buildings are not all white nowadays) or the fact that the residents keep the city particularly clean. Mérida was named after the Spanish town of the same name, originally (in Latin) Augusta Emerita.”
It’s been awhile since I lived in a big city. I’ve lived in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, New Orleans, and Washington DC. But for the last 12 years, I’ve lived in the burbs or smaller towns. I had forgotten how impressive old architecture can be. Downtown Merida is extremely congested in that all the homes and businesses are connected in one continuous building along each block. The sidewalks and streets are narrow so you can feel very enclosed when you’re walking around. The traffic is VERY heavy in the downtown area and drivers are not pedestrian-friendly, so you have to be careful and attentive when stepping off a curb.
I took so many photos when I was in Merida, that I didn’t know where to start in posting them. The first thing that made an impression was the architecture. I live in a large town in Texas where the architecture is not that impressive, so when I started walking around in Merida, it was difficult not to be blown away by the details and massiveness. This was the first church I came upon…the Iglesia Tercera Orden…
And while I was very impressed with it, it didn’t come close to the Catedral de Merida. When you cross the street and see this, it’s just amazing.
This is the backside of the church from the block behind.
These were a couple of instrumentalists playing near the restaurant where I was eating. One thing I didn’t like about Merida is that instrumentalists would play without asking if you wanted to hear something…then pass around a hat for tips whether you wanted them to play or not.
I liked the many shop windows…Mexicanisimo…haha!