During our trip to Manzanillo Mexico, we visited the cemetery on Nov 2nd. Nov 1 is viewing/visiting of children's graves, while the adult graves are visited on Nov 2. This is me, Hank and Jasmine.
One of the veiws from the club house where we were staying.
Hank and I at the beach club. I love how the salt water makes my hair even curlier.
Sydney and Hank at the club house. Lots of coconut trees all over.
Hank, Sydney and Dennis at the local watering hole. The music was a bit loud, but we had a good time.
Overlooking the local watering hole were these MC Escher-like stairs leading to nowhere. Difficult shot but didnt' want to delete it. The waves were crashing, nice company, a bit earie, but very enjoyable.
View from Sydney's balcony.
We stayed at Club Santiago. The architectural style is very meditteranean with different facade projections of the windows and balconies. I loved the landscaping, very very nice!
Jasmine and I at the best sopes place in the area.
One of the local furniture shops. Very rustic. If they don't have it, they will make it for you. For the non-Spanish visitor, cajones and cojones are very different things! You want to use CAJONES at the furniture store.
Interesting....I kept hearing about the best ice cream store in the area. Turned out to be a Thrifty's ice cream shop with 30 flavors! They did have this specialy Mexican paleta with the red spicey stuff. Can't remember the name, but it was pretty good. Only Sydney was brave enough to try it.
Coronas are the typical accessory for the grave sites. We found a really nice one for Jasmine to place on her father's grave. Yes, they are haggling for a better price.
Dia de los muertos. As you enter the panteon, you find snack, food and drinks. There is also a JD playing music.
I thought this was very cool. Special maternity parking next to the handicap one.
This family was obviously middle or uppper class.
Jasmine by her father's site.
This child is still very much loved.
Jasmine with her daughter and neice. Althought it's not obvious here, her daughter looks alot like Christina Ricci.
The road traveled daily. Typcial of the areas that are less populated. Having a little fun with photoshop.
This is the covered parking lot at Club Santiago. Very creative and beautiful.
Hank purchased this small outdoor grill about a year ago. He's finally using it. It works! We cooked chicken and sausages.
Inside Hank's place.
On our way to a tour of Colima, we stopped by the this little place that sold fresh coconuts and coconut candy. AFter drinking the milk, they will carve out the meat and spice it up wtih lime juice, salt and hot spices. Mmmm, my favorite!
One of the many views of the countryside. Yes, including the markets scattered throughout the road.
The building on the left houses the Governor's office. Unfortunately he wasn't avaiable for us. This corridor holds a number of small shops. We visited the local smoke shop and purchase a few cuban cigars. Prices ranged from $1 to $15 each.
The typical church located at one of the corners of the central plaza area. Currently under seismic reinforcement. Manzanillo is subject to earthquakes.
The central plaza.
Not sure if the left side was intentionally left unfinished but clearly shows the level of restoration needed.
Chito, the tour guide, said this gazeebo was brought from Belgium.
This mural dipicting the history of Mexico covered all four walls of this stairway.
The streets of Manzanillo are sruprisingly very clean. It was odd to see trash in this alcove. It appeared to be a vacant private residence.
These are giant puppets used in parades. At the Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Too busy working on photos that didn't read the region of this wedding ceremony dress. Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Exhibit of Dance and Masks. Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Toys at the Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Althought not the original creater of the Colima dog, Artist _ is responsible for new poses. He was working on a new pose during our visit. Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
These are the slightly different version of the new pose. After a dicision is made, a mold is made of the pose and then mas produced. Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
This is a one of kind piece. He is demonstrating the process of putting the piece togeter (starts at the feet). Sydney asked the cost to make her one. He said he would do it for 5,000 pesos ($500 US). Cheap I thought. Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Samples...Not For Sale! Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Art)
Manzanillo has two volcanoes. The one in the back is dormant. The one covered by ash is often spewing smoke.
A recent archeological discovery. Not as sophisticalted at the Egyptians or Aztecs, they has the same basic components. These stairs lead to the sacraficial altar.