Revisiting in December 2010, the delightful warm weather and clear blue skies were still very much in evidence....
Back then in 1989, we rarely left the beach, but I do remember wandering the backstreets one day in the heart of old Mazatlan, and discovering a quiet, charming square with a bust of a woman with a bun in the middle. This image stayed in my mind for some reason, so imagine my surprise when I rediscovered the very same square in 2010 just two blocks back from my hotel. There she is (top left) - the same woman with the bun - an educational benefactor so I discovered this time...
Today Plazuela Machada has been transformed into a beacon of well preserved colonial architecture with delightful restaurants and cafes on the square - a far cry from the rather run down and dilapidated backwater from over twenty years ago. And it all seems thanks to the efforts of the Mazatlan Colonial Preservation Society - with the jewel in the crown being the beautiful Casa Machada - a gorgeous 19th century mansion on the corner of the square which is well worth a visit.......
Mazatlan has developed rapidly from a large rambling old port city to a bustling popular tourist resort, so it is nice to know that Old Mazatlan and its colonial heritage is being preserved...
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I love Mazatlan!! Certainly brought back some lovely memories of my time in Mexico, Catherine! Delightful! And your photos are terrific as always! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!
Makes me want to book a flight and escape from gray skies.
beautiful and sunny world, iI hope it will back here soon
Have a nice week,
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I was in Mazatlan 40 years ago, and I must have seen the same dusty back streets you mentioned, because I wasn't impressed with the town then. I'm so pleased to see the old buildings preserved and painted. Wonderful, even if you're not now escaping from good old Winterpeg.
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thanks for the appreciative comments this week...love reading them!
ohhh what a perfect scene with the setting sun and the palm tree - nice!
Looks lovely and would love to be that beach right now.
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