Our Anniversary in Mazatlán

Eleven years ago today Duke and I were married. It has been a wonderful eleven years! How better to celebrate than with another day full of Mexican vacation adventures in Mazatlán.

I love sitting at a sidewalk table and people watching. This morning we had our breakfast sitting at a sidewalk table right outside our hotel. We watched as a parade of really cute little boys and girls each holding an adult’s hand went by every few minutes. The girls all had on sailer dresses and had bows in their hair. I assumed they were on the way to preschool in their uniforms.

After breakfast we went across the street and found out we could pay a small fee and see the inside of Teatro Ángela Peralta. They had pictures of what it looked like before it was rebuilt. It was a complete ruin.

But now it is a completely restored arts center and theater. We went into the theater. On the stage were all the cute little girls in sailer dresses doing a dress rehearsal of a dance performance to the song Soy Libre from Frozen ( Let it Go). Watching them practice made me so happy! They looked and danced exactly like my daughters did when they were four years old in their dance recitals. It must be a universal ritual of Spring! Little girls everywhere are princesses dancing in dance recitals.

After breakfast we explored Mazatlán some more then had ice cream in the square. During the day it is so hot that we saw few people out and about. Tonight though after dinner we strolled around the square. Everyone was out walking, sitting, eating and listening to the live music.

We had dinner on the roof of our hotel and listened to a great singer, Cheryl Gaudet. We bought her CD to be a reminder of our very special anniversary in Mazatlán.

Our Anniversary in Mazatlán

Our Anniversary in Mazatlán

Our Anniversary in Mazatlán

Our Anniversary in Mazatlán

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan

Since we started north along the coast we have mostly not had cuotas (toll roads) to drive on. Cuotas are usually much better roads. On Thursday about two thirds of our drive was on cuotas.

Three years ago on our previous Mexico road trip there were lots of military check points where they asked to see our papers and they checked our trunk. This time there have been almost none. We had our first one on this drive. They looked in the trunk. We still haven’t had anyone look at our papers.

Last time we stayed in Mazatlán we stayed in a beautiful big resort hotel on the beach north of town. This time we are staying in a great boutique hotel in old town right across from the Teatro Ángela Peralta. The theater is very old and was recently restored. After checking in and resting a while in our air conditioned room we went exploring. We couldn’t see the inside of the theater but it looked like maybe some kind of kids dance recital or something was going on. Lots of dressed up people many with bouquets were waiting outside.

It was a very hot day but we saw the cathedral and walked along the water front. In the Plazuela Machado near our hotel two young men asked if they could practice their English with us. We talked and laughed a bit. It was a school assignment for them. We exchanged names so they might even be reading this.

To cool off we went back and had a beer at the bar on the roof of our hotel. For dinner we had yummy fish and shrimp in the courtyard of a colorful restaurant recommended by Lonley Planet. They make your salsa right at your table. We are going to stay in Mazatlán two nights.

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan

Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan