Puerto Vallarta and a Stroll along the Malecon, October 23, 2019

We docked in Puerto Vallarta early in the morning. How else can I describe the weather than to say it was gorgeous; warm and sunny with a slight breeze. JoAnn, Barbara and I took a taxi from the pier to the Old Town for a stroll along the Malecon. JoAnn and I were here many years ago and I was anxious to see what, if any, changes took place.

Our driver dropped us off at the beginning of the Malecon. This is the very first of many sculptures in place along this pleasant walk.

A view looking along the Malecon.

There are a multiplicity of shops and numerous venders along the way. Here is a photo of Barbara and JoAnn as they checked out the work of a street artist.

Here are some additional sculptures along the way.

And the same one from a different angle.

An interesting balcony.

Sculpture galore. I particularly like this one of Barbara and the couple. Taking the photo is half the fun.

Some additional sculptures.

As we were walking we heard a drum. We looked up to see four men standing and sitting on a tall pole by the water’s edge. They were performing for the assembly, I took this shot not to focus on the men but to focus on the audience taking photos of them. Remember, half the fun is in taking the photo and I enjoyed taking this one. We enjoyed the performance also as they slowly lowered themselves to the ground, spinning around as they went.

The mandatory flower and another street artist.

Then we came upon a piece of sculpture made by one of our favorite artists, Sergio Bustamonte. It’s of two girls on a ladder waving to someone or, perhaps, a ship at sea as they are encouraged by their mother. At least that’s the way I see it. You decide.

Two additional views along the Malecon.

Nothing compares to a flying cow.

Then we came upon the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is the iconic landmark of this delightful town. The crown which tops the church is hoisted by angels.

The interior is lovely and very serene.

Some additional shots.

After we left the cathedral we strolled along Calle Hildago and quite literally stumbled upon the Sergio Bustamonte gallery where, with permission, I took photographs of some on his work. As mentioned before, he is one of our favorite artists.

Goodbye Sergio. A little more sightseeing before returning to the Eurodam. What follows is the view of the new part of town from the Malecon.

Newspaper? Take your pick.

A fishing tournament is scheduled for November 8th and 9th.

And, the face of La Dia del Muerte.

On the way back to the ship we came upon these two lovelies. One certainly looks like Marilyn Monroe.

This photo of the town was taken from the ship shortly before sailing. How built up and modern the city appears.

We were sailing out of the harbor in this direction.

The majesty and fierce beauty of the clouds. Storms approaching?

Upon leaving Puerto Vallarta, we will be turning northerly toward San Diego and home.

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