Beach Day, March 03, 2024

We’re not much of “go to the beach and sit there” people but today is….                                                       “Go for a walk on the beach day”

So cute with his ⛱️ shoes 🙂     

Yes we can make it over!      and we did!

Our reward!  Service sucked but what the heck!  It was fun watching the pelicans dive for their dinner 🙂

Clean the sand off.. 

    Fix the bench Mexico style

Bet you will never guess what our “top of the line security” code numbers may be?

A few days of… End of February 2024

Us just hanging around   

 

We know zilch about good tequila but needed to buy at least one bottle while here.  We lucked out, this one is smooth

 

 

 

Even after being here awhile, it still surprises us that local grocery stores like Soriana do not cover their baked goods.  No, we haven’t purchased any. Love those pink stairs.  Zoom in to really appreciate them.Dinner time with live entertainment

The difference in such a short time is remarkable.  Clouds lifted within 10 minutes!

The sunsets are still unbelievable.  Are these colours real??

Last night…..   street tacos for dinner.  Shrimp & pork for me, beef & pork for Allan.

Flea Market Day, February 28, 2024

But first “Fluffy’s” for breakfast   

There is a line up but that usually means good food to follow.                                         Fluffy’s did not disappoint!

Beverages:             Me-Cappuccino               Allan-Oreo Milk Shake

Breakfast:   Me-Order of chilaquiles with eggs; Allan-The Mexican Fluffy c/w Fluffy Souffle Pancakes

Souffle Pancakes, the Fluffiest ever 

A brief stop at the condo before heading to the market; “Rosie” is our welcome back committee

Love this market, so colourful   

Pay telephones are well disguised.  A great mural

  Allan’s new hat 🙂

Another beautiful sunset, we’ll miss these         

My favourite chair!! 

Carnaval Parade Day, February 24, 2024

We’ve learned a 6pm start means nothing so we are going to bingo at a bar hosted by Hedda Lettuce (the same drag queen show we saw), bingo goes from 4-6.

First stop Brain Freeze Daiquiri bar, these are so yummy good especially on such a hot day.  To select a flavour they offer a “Daiquiri Flight”

Allan chooses strawberry, mine is a combination of strawberry and ice blueWith Daiquiris in hand we walk to La Catrina Cantina for bingo.  Been years since we’ve played – this will be fun 🙂   Allan is happy because there are snacks….

As fabulous as always,  Hedda Lettuce!!We had a great time, didn’t win anything but did get the flowers!Aren’t we cute!

On our way to the parade, no surprise it hasn’t started yet.  Waiting…..

Parade finally started at 727p.  It was over at 810. Had a fun time!

Finally have a bottle of Tequila for our condo   

Start of Carnaval, February 22, 2024

The crowning of the Carnaval Queen is tonight at 6pm. Carnival is a 3 day event, as much as I search I can’t find any daytime events.  So… 6pm Queen crowning today, tomorrow crowing of the  LGBTTTIQ+ King & Queen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer. The + sign means the addition of new communities and dissidences.)

On our walk to Centro, walking over a bridge, a local points over the bridge and we spot this fellow  We walked around town and find a new (to us on this trip) huge flea market.  We vaguely remember being here years ago.  Not enough time to explore today, add it to our “to do” list.

Today’s Queen crowning is being held at the Malecon Arches   We decide to have dinner on the top floor at the restaurant that overlooks the Arches

Order food, get food – hamburger for Allan, shrimp burger for me!

Dinner done, 6.45p still waiting for the crowning to begin (this is at the entrance of the restaurant)7:35p still waiting.  Almost full moon, looks like the moon is on top of the pole7.50p: Finally they begin but there are so many people we can’t see in the bowl from the restaurant.   We’re a little fed up so back to the condo we go.    We were going to go to the crowning tomorrow night but not after the delay today. Fast forward:  We learn Friday’s crowning didn’t start till after 8.  We made the right choice.

We arrived back to this guy as a welcoming committee. 

It’s my Birthday, 2024

Feliz cumpleaños para mi!!   Super wonderful to enjoy my February birthday in the !!!
Allan made us reservations at A Mar y Sierra which is an 8m walk from the condo.  Didn’t realize, until Allan read the reservation confirmation that there is a dress code, “smart casual”.  Allan is still keen to go but pants are a little too warm.  It’s my birthday so my choice.  I’d rather walk to centro and check stuff out there, perhaps grab one of the yummy shrimp burgers…

Off we walk, Kyle & Megan call to keep us company on our walk.  Stuff along the Malecon is more expensive and touristy, our plan is to choose a street within the Malecon ie 1st, 2nd, etc and walk up it till we find a fun looking grab a drink place. I selected street #3, up we goSights along the way

The bevvy location winner is…

Mariscos 322pv 

  Great timing!  It’s happy hour!!

Allan needs a hair cut, a few step away we find a barber

Think this is the best hair cut Allan’s had in awhile.  He’s “beautiful” again                      Not that he’s not always beautiful 🙂

Back to our walk on the Malecon   

The Waves are high today, have been for a few days.

I decide (love it’s my birthday, my choice day) to go back to the Mission Restaurant for a Shrimp Burger.  Allan is looking forward to a Hamburger.  In we go, but not so fast they close at 3.  Open doors are just meant for the attached hotel.

Where to go?  There is a huge restaurant on the corner across the street, we’ll go there.. Best decision.  I had shrimp wrapped bacon infused with cheese with a side of pasta; Allan had a burrito.  Such beautiful presentation!  Both were so, so GOOD!!

To make the day even more special, they came out singing “Happy Birthday Tequila, Happy Birthday Tequila, Happy Birthday to you Tequila”

Walking home we enter counter a whole whack of people sitting in portable seating stands as well as tons of first responder folks and vehicles.  No idea what is going on.

Back at the condo we are enjoying the roof top playing dice when we hear sirensA post the next day, on a PV FB page, revealed the event was to introduce the at least 30 new ambulances and fire fighter pick ups.

The day ends with a beautiful sunset.   A very memorable birthday it is 🙂

 

My question of the day,,,

 

Pre-Birthday-day February 20, 2024

A walk around Versalles, the neighbouring town.  Versalles isn’t known or all-inclusive resorts and beach access but instead for its fantastic dining options and livable atmosphere.

Start at Ernesto’s for that delicious tortilla soup!  I’m going to miss this soup.  Maybe I’ll have to put Chef Allan on learning how to make it, now that’s a good idea. I’m brilliant!

At the door we are greeted by this fellow…

Notice in the back right?  What’s that?                                                                                    Clothes washer, our course 🙂

My soup…yum, yum, yummy in my tummy 

Allan is having a chicken burritos.  Turns out it’s fairly HUGE!

Get it into you!!  Delicious is his report

Nice they built the road around the tree          Construction galore, it’s fun watching equipment in action.

They are still working at getting the water from the bad storm of last week under control

Very few workers, can’t remember seeing any, wear construction hats, eye &/or ear protection or even gloves.

We need a few more steps today so off to the Food Park for a bevvy.  My first mojito of this trip.

 

Chili Cook-Off, February 17, 2024

We’re getting the hang of this!  There are 18 stations, you take a tray add chili samples.  The containers have the station number written on the bottom, we were given a purple coupon when we arrived to vote for our #1.  Each station has a container, use that to vote for your favorite when all have been sampled. Our first testing          Put aside the ones you like the best, whittle it down to finally vote for your favourite.

   Entertainment…Mariachi Band   More chili samples

More entertainment     

     Beer can tower

Sunshine & pretty flowers!

Another band, we saw the blond in a grocery store last week, who knew they’d end up entertaining us

To hear, click here  Saxaphone

Sampling and voting done, Allan gets us our first tequila shot since arriving.  Not sure why we didn’t have one sooner.   Walking with the utmost care cause they are so full

        ¡Salud!

Walking back we pass a typical large Mexican home.  These cobble streets are difficult to walk on!The sponsors apparently win the cook-off every year, this one wasn’t different…   Captain Don’s, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Nacho Daddy, were the top 3 voted by the official judges.  Never did find out what the winners were of the attendee’s  purple coupon

Day after the chalk art weekend, February 12, 2024

February 09-11 was Madonnari ephemeral art festival, somehow we missed it even though we were looking for something to do on Sunday.  When we figured it out late Sunday we decided we’d check it out on Monday.

Monday we have breakfast at Ernestos Good Grub.  I am simply obsessed with their

Tortilla Soup,so breakfast for me is Tortilla Soup!      Allan had the Mexican Omelette comes with hash browns and beans.  Allan declared it yummy!                                    Breakfast done it’s off to downtown

So glad it didn’t rain, the chalk art is still beautiful.  It must have been so hard to choose a winner.   2nd place went to…  Notice she’s holding a “Rosie”?

Such talent   

Birds!!! 

Remember the pelican from earlier in the day, he came down to say “hi”  Look at those eyes!Back at the condo the clouds are visiting

What to do today, February 09, 2024

Our roof top discussions of what to do    PEDIS!

Off we go for a 30 m walk to “The Nail Bar” 490 pesos ($38.68 Cdn) for a pedi with polish 430 ($33.94 Cdn) without.  PV, is certainly not an inexpensive place anymore.

Preparing for the pedi…The tap that fills the basin with water is so slow they supplyment it with water boiled in kettles.  They use a heat rod to heat the basin.

She’s preparing to insert the heat rod                     Pouring from the kettle

Filled it’s on to the pedi…

Drying the base coat                                                   Applying the first coat

Preparing for Allan.   Here’s the heat rod in action again..Almost done                                                        Oh no, a chopped head!!

All done!    Back to the condo we go….