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Arnold.smolders stayed here on Jul 20, 2012 during their trip titled: Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
... Only 2 hours had passed.
With second thoughts clouding our minds, we set off to explore the town and check out a few alternatives. They were either poorly ventilated, totally dead or absurdly overpriced. Plus we'd already seen most of the town - the churches, the plazas, the market, the grey sea. It was a nice enough town but in comparison to Zacatecas and Guanajuato, it was rather lacklustre.
... had the intimate feeling that we were after. We had gone to the trouble the day before of seeking out the restaurant and walking in personally making a booking for 1.30 for lunch. So it was a bit annoying when we turned up at Babel to find it locked and barred and no sign of life. No matter we said, they'll be here soon. So we waited, despite our hunger. At 1.50 we asked some people nearby if they were also waiting for the restaurant to open. They had no idea what we were saying ...
... locals stay in, or they could be working,
but in the evening you see kids,couples, families, grandparents,
young adults out visiting at the centro, playing at the playgrounds,
walking the seawall, or playing a little pickup basketball. The city
comes to life, and it feels alive, fun and safe.
On our way back to the club this
evening we hit our first tope, at full speed (40km/hr). Topes are
speed bumps, and they work great, we should have more of them ...
... giving it a look that all fits together. Part of the look is achieved through buried electrical cables, by-laws limiting commercialism, whistle clean streets, level sidewalks, narrow “ersatz’ cobblestone streets achieved by using stamped concrete and of course the fortification recalling by-gone days of invading pirates.
As my last blog illustrated, the city is also remarkable for the beautiful ...