Celebrating our last day in lovely Puerto Vallarta we are already planning a return trip next year. Jim and I went out to dinner around the corner last night to Restaurante Lolita with Canadian Laura who is staying at our Airbnb for very good Mexican food and reasonable. Today we took the public bus into town and settled under an umbrella on the beach for a few beers and a sandwich. We were joined by our host, Juan Carlos Bernal, and his mother who is visiting for the winter. Then home for a rest before going out for live music and dancing tonight. I climbed up the circular stairs to the roof and took some photos of the neighborhood and then down for a final photo of our home in Puerto Vallarta.
Tuesday morning we walked into town, the streets were closed to buses to allow the flocks of pilgrims access to the Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe. We joined the crowd only two blocks from our home and then went in search of the restaurant Mariscos Cisneros which our landlord said was great. Unfortunately it was closed Tuesday so we continued to the public market where we found the perfect very large zippered carry on bag for the treasures we have purchased and lunch on the beach at La Langosta Loca.
Jim and I met with friends on the terrace of our lovely penthouse Airbnb place on Columbia (with buses running on the street below until all hours of the night) to drink a little tequila and share a birthday cake that I found at a pasteleria in the neighborhood.
Then we hit the streets and walked with thousands of pilgrims carrying banners, singing to the Virgin. There were floats mounted on pickup trucks, drum and bugle corps and dancers of all kinds, many with feathered headdresses and native looking costumes but a picture of the Virgin on their chests. These were groups of workers from fancy resorts, local business employees, neighborhood groups, etc. At midnight fireworks were shot from the Church top and famous Mexican entertainers entered the church to sing their praises. We got home about 2:00 am. Awesome!
Yesterday walking the galleries in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta I came across these sculptures by Oaxacan artist, Agustin Cruz Tinoco. Absolutely delightful and beautifully executed. He and his sons carve the pieces, his wife and daughters paint the surfaces with acrylics. It is beginning to look like Christmas!