Parque de Las Americas

Trip Start Feb 09, 2012
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Trip End Feb 24, 2012


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Casa Continental

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatán,
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our last day in Merida and we decided to take it easy as the temperatures soared into the 90's again, quickly draining our energy. We walked through a new neighborhood, zigzagging our way to the Parquet de Las Americas. Here the homes had larger pieces of property many with front yards and. We neared Colón Avenue the homes became substantially larger and more grand. We heard a child's horn honking and before long a gentleman appeared on his bicycle, he wa the one honking, announcing his presence in the neighborhood. Head had a little platform on the Back of his bike loaded with coolers. He had a customer come out of one if the houses and as we passed saw his product, homemade fresh tortillas door to door.

The park itself was four square blocks, each block boasting a unique feature, The first section a playground with games, small track for bicycles and carts.

In the second section is the bandshell, an outdoor theater decorated with Mayan elements that recall the Temple of the Warriors in Chichen Itza, consisting of many columns.









 









 
The third is the "Library" Jose Marti "in the shape of a Mayan hut adorned with a pheasant and a deer on both sides of the building, in the back you will find a place to read and admire the shields of each countries of Latin America, flanked by two input and two chacmools Maya stelae.
 

 

 
The fourth is a gable-shaped gallery, adorned with the faces of the rain god Chac and 7 Kukulcan resembling snakes.


 
 
We walked back along Colón Avenus lined with grand homes, some lovingly restored, others in various stages of disrepair and decay.
  

Starbucks lured us in, it was so hot and all I could think of was an ice cold frappucino alas there were none, the supply had been depleted during Carnaval so an iced coffee hit the spot. Refreshed we walked a few more blocks to the Italian restaurant that had been touted as excellent, it was closed. We had tried last night as well they had just closed to open again at 7 p.m. for dinner, too late for us, maybe on our next visit.  


 

We were disappointed but right across the street was the bubble gum pinkl Rosa's y Xocolate and it was the right choice. An air conditioned, beautifully appointed island of calm and elegance. Lunch was superb . . .for George an Angus beef, sundried tomato, Brie and arugula sandwich and for Nancy a turkey, goat cheese and olives in focaccia. A fittingly last meal The delightful city of Merida. 

The remainder of the tents were being removed, last remnants of Carnaval
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