Friday, May 22, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday 15 - Puerto Vallarta

I have resisted visiting Puerto Vallarta as I thought it was just an over-commercialised, over-developed package holiday type resort, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by a recent long weekend there. It has a beautiful setting with a backdrop of mountains, and the bays and beaches are really quite lovely. It has lots of different areas to suit all tastes, ranging from Nueva Vallarta and the lagoon at the Northern end, to the very scenic Marina, the open promenade by the sea called the Malecon, a whole host of lush, tropical gardens, and the old town with cobbled streets, art galleries, and quite wonderful restaurants. It is, indeed, quite a gourmet paradise with some of the best food I have tasted here in Mexico...


These shadow shots were all taken along the Malecon, where strolling in the evening and watching the sunset is quite de riguer. Mexico is fond of grand displays of public art and sculpture, and along this promenade there are a wide variety of different sculptures. Take your pick of these shadows....



Any favourites??? The sand sculptures are pretty impressive as well, with the most popular depiction being that of "The Last Supper", whatever the time of year!!


To reach Puerto Vallarta, take a 12 hour overnight bus from Terminal Norte, or alternatively a one hour flight from Toluca or Mexico City Airport. To reach more shadow shots from around the world click here for Hey Harriet..............

22 comments:

Delwyn said...

I remember strolling along those cobbled roads. Unfortunately I had been struck with Montezuma's revenge so did very little sampling of the cuisine!
As in all tourist spots once off the beaten track you find delights and often even within the heart of the tourist spots I can shut my eyes to the visitors and soak in the beauty that made the place famous.

Happy Days

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

the first is definitely my favorite...thanks for sharing!

A Cuban In London said...

I loved the second photo top to bottom so much. It's so original. So, they also havea Malecon. It took me years to know that the word "malecon" is a term in itself and not just the name we give to the wall that separates the sea from the land in Havana. Many thanks for the fantastic photos.

Greeting from London.

Fly Girl said...

What an intriguing portrait of Puerta Vallarta. I thought it was the same over-commercialized spot that you did but this shows something more. I've been invited to a Cancun press trip and am wondering if I can discover an authentic side to it as well.

Catherine said...

Delwyn - sorry you missed out on the gourmet experience...you will have to revisit
cecile - i am torn between the sputniks and the solitary pair next in line
Cuban - thanks for checking in - don't you think that pair look real lonesome...and do you know the derivation of the word malecon??
Fly Girl - check out Cancun - there will always be something good to find (as long as you are not there at spring Break!)
Thanks for all the comments this week so far...

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a beautiful backdrop for art & shadows! Glad you took the trip!

Sylvia K said...

Fascinating sculptures! Love your shadow shots! I didn't get to Puerto Vallarta when I was living in Mexico. Heard a lot about it though! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hey Harriet said...

All interesting pieces and I love that last sand sculpture. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised by the place. It sounds quite wonderful to me!

bobbie said...

What interesting sculptures and the shadows that go with them. Now, aren't you glad you went there?

indiajourney said...

It really says a lot about a country and its people when they have such an 'open' appreciation of art.

The second photo is my favorite...loved its smooth and flowing lines and nice finish. Very beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing!

Sweet Repose said...

WOW, very impressive, how can we choose a fave, they are all so wonderful...thank you for sharing your tour!

just jody said...

great shadow shots.....and so nice to get a glimpse of your travels. i like the first one best....but they're all interesting.

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

I love all the sculptures but my favorite one is the solitary couple. Looks like a beautiful promenade.

Martha said...

Wonderful sculptures and great shadow shots!
The "eggs" in my entry were taken in front of a business in Sarasota Florida. Thanks for stopping by :-)

Carin said...

I like them all. My what an interesting place to stroll. Glad that internet is making it possible to see such things and thanks to you for sharing!

A Cuban In London said...

I definitely owe you that one, Catherine. Of course I've known the word since before I learnt how to talk. 'El Malecon' is as 'habanero' as 'La Giraldilla'. But no, I don't know the origin. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Sarah said...

It sounds like a lovely place! I think the first sculpture looks like WW2 mines. I like the couple sitting together. That sand sculpture must have taken quite some time!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hi Cat,
This is just a great & appreciated touristique shadows you share to us.

Love the arts... wow... I feel am in Mexico. Wish I visit your place one beautiful day. A dream!

Hugs & have a great week ahead!

That is the chicken said...

Wonderful shadows and I love the street art too.

Catherine said...

Hi everyone...thanks for stooping by with all your comments this week...much apprecaited

Leanne said...

They are all amazing not sure which one I prefer. I am always amazed by sand sculpture as simple bucket sandcastles seemed to challenge me.

maryt/theteach said...

Excellent shadows! Never saw these sculptures when I was there... What's DF stand for? I'm a literature teacher too living in NYC. :)