Saturday, April 10, 2010

Taking in Tlacotalpan....















Put on your shades or else be seriously dazzled by what must be the most brightly-coloured town in the whole of Mexico...(and believe me there are many contenders for this award!) For the second week of Easter, I decided to get a lot more off the beaten track, so here is Tlacotalpan on Rio Papaloapan in the state of Veracruz, and unsurprisingly it received Unesco World Heritage status in 1998 for its colourful colonial casas ornamented with columns and colonades......

















In the 19th century it used to be quite a major port due to its location, but now it is a sleepy little town with little movement beyond the creaking of rocking chairs on the porch in the steamy heat of the day, or in the cooler evening breezes wafting in from the river...



















Wandering the cobbled streets, strolling through the plazas, and marvelling at the colour combinations cheek by jowl is entertainment enough for a number of hours. The architecture undoubtedly has the wow factor!!



















After that you can take a boat ride, swim in the pool, hire a bike - which is the preferred mode of transport when anybody does decide to move....


















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...but beyond that it is rather a struggle to fill the time - especially when the very few cafes and restaurants have exceedingly erratic opening hours, but hey when was the last time you could afford the luxury of sitting in a rocking chair on the terrace reading a good book from cover to cover?? Indeed the liveliest place in town - open all hours and certainly doing a roaring trade - is Comex (Mexico's national paint shop!!)




















I would recommend a day trip if you are in the State of Veracruz as it is only two hours by bus from the city of Veracruz, and at most an overnighter from Mexico City as it is seven hours by bus from TAPO station. The yellow and blue Hotel Tlacotalpan pictured at the start of the post is a reasonable place to stay and has a small pool, and the busiest and supposedly the best time to visit would be for the Candelaria Festival in early February. For more windows on the world this week, click here for My World Tuesday....Enjoy!!

24 comments:

Fly Girl said...

Gorgeous! Mexico boasts lots of color but I agree, this town has got to take the cake. It's more colorful than a candy shop. I don't think I'd mind that there's not much to do, I'd take photos all day and rock in one of those rocking chairs with a book, reveling in all the color.

Owen said...

You visit the most amazing places... this seems like a little corner of any photographer's paradise... Am wondering if Graham Greene may have passed this way... see "The Lawless Roads"...

How do you do it ??? Constantly travelling to incredible places ? Let me guess... you won a lottery and retired very early, to live a life of constant pleasure in the form of cultural enrichment ? You don't have to answer that...
:-)

Catherine said...

Fly Girl - I knew you would like this gorgeous array of colours!!

Owen - i wish!! I teach full tme but fortunately that includes extensive holidays for travelling!!And I take full advantage of that travelling time as you can see...

Peter said...

Wonderful! ... and if you think that over here the local Urban Architect would probably force you to have the same colour all over!

Ishtar said...

What a wonderful place!!! The colours of the houses are amazing! Thanks for bringing us along!

Sylvia K said...

Another fantastic trip with you via your camera! And that is one colorful place! I saw lots of colorful places when I lived in Mexico, but nothing to equal this! Great post for the day, as always, Catherine! Thanks! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Rinkly Rimes said...

I particularly like your mosaics. The pastel colours blend beautifully.

ewok1993 said...

Oh wow. I wanna go there, I wanna go there, I wanna go there.

Coffeedoff said...

Amazing colours, I think I would love it there!

caughtbymycamera said...

What a colorful place. You would find a house by its color.

J Bar said...

So colourful. Beautiful.
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Johnny Nutcase said...

they are like little doll houses! Really cool, thanks for posting. These are neat, so cheerful looking.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a glorious post! This is amazing and how you presented it is awesome! I would be a maniac if I was there with my camera...just stunning!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful buildings. They are bright and colorful.

ladyfi said...

Those facades and colours are just gorgeous - cheerful and vibrant.

louciao said...

This is fantabulous! I would probably die quite happily of an overdose of colour excitement if I visited this town. Thankfully, you've captured it beautifully and spared me risking my life and sanity (at least in this instance).

Randi said...

This is stunning series of photos. The colours of the houses are stunning. I would love to visit this place!!!

Ebie said...

what a delight to see the bright colors. I would love to visit someday!

Indrani said...

Such lovely colored facades! Such a delightful sight.

luna miranda said...

fabulous colors! this must be a happy town to live in.

VioletSky said...

a painter's paradise (in more ways than one!)

Regina said...

Truly gorgeous pastel houses.
Great photos.uati

Katrina Foster said...

Wonderful photos! I love the colors!

maryt/theteach said...

Catherine, I love all the colors! Fantastic! :)