In Puerto Vallarta, we took our own advice. “Try to see the place through the eyes of someone who lives there,” we always tell people. “If you know someone who lives in the area you are visiting, get in touch with them.” So, when Holland America Line Oosterdam in Puerto Vallarta called on day four of our seven night Mexican Riviera cruise the San Diego, my husband, Paul, and I met our friend Liz, who has lived here for seven years.
“A lot of people who fell from cruise ships that call here had never seen a real Vallarta,” he said as we chat over breakfast at Daiquiri Dick’s, a restaurant right on Los Muertos beach in the old part of town. We have our own, we probably would not choose a restaurant called Daiquiri Dick tourist-sounding name. In fact, the owner of Tari Bowman moved to Vallarta (as the local call it) with her husband, Peter, over 30 years ago and has created a place that is popular with residents and deliver excellent food ( and Three Diamond TRAVELCOM rate). Huevos contrary chorizo (scrambled eggs with sausage) is delicious and hash brown potatoes that came with them was a wonderful light and flavorful, crunchy and a bit rough right.
“The people also have misconceptions about Vallarta,” says Liz, who has adopted two dogs since moving here, a lovely Chihuahua named Leon and sweet black mutt named Noble. “Some guidebooks say it is a colonial city, is not a colonial city.”
Francisco Hernández de San Buenaventura led explorers to Banderas Bay, where Puerto Vallarta is located, in the 16th century, but never colonized by Spain here. Historians trace the birth of the city in 1851, when the Sanchez family lived here on the coast of the Rio Cuale. When the silver deposit is located in the Sierra Madre, a port city of industry. It soared to the top of the map where the visitors when director John Huston 1964 film night shooting near Iguana in Mismaloya. Journalists follow the action star Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and the beautiful beach in this area and the surrounding rain forest captured on camera.
“I started coming here in the 70s,” says Liz, looking radiant and relaxed. “The place keeps drawing me back until I decided to move here.” Change of Address clearly agrees with him.
After breakfast, Liz took us on a walking tour. “Map of the tourist call center around the” Viejo Vallarta “(Old Vallarta),” he said we started. “It’s kind of wrong. We call all areas north of the Rio Cuale over El Centro visitors. ‘. The southern part of the basin what the local call of the ‘Old Town’ or the romantic zone. This is where visitors will get a taste of the real Vallarta. ‘
Not that the visitors lost Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe parish church. Red brick building with a tower-plated crown is the focal point of El Centro.
“I would recommend that cruise ship passengers from the taxi ride to the church,” says Liz, “and then walked to the Malecon. Walking the Malecon, the boardwalk that runs along the coast, resulting in a view of the blue waters of the legendary Vallarta and buff-colored sand. “Walking along the Malecon south across the Rio Cuale,” says Liz. As we walked along, the vendors offered everything from jewelry to parasailing excursion. “‘Suerte,'” said Liz each of them, explaining that it means ‘good luck’ and also showed polite “no.” On the street called Basilio Badillo, we turned interior.
“This is the Old Town,” Liz said we walked along the cobblestone streets past whitewashed buildings with red tile thatched and wrought iron balconies. Until a few blocks, we entered the boutiques and art galleries, including the trendy clothing store called Cassandra. Along the way, the owner of the shop Liz greeted by name. Part of the fun you are looking for a place with people who live there getting to meet other people, too.
We turned and saw Constitución in Banderas Bay Trading Company, design shops operated by the wife of Tari, Peter Bowman. We congratulate Peter nagki was selected as one of the best designers in the world with 100 international design magazines. His sense of design is evident throughout the store. Vintage and locally made crafts, including detailed carvings and painted pottery large serving plate, fill the room.
Liz, Paul, and I went on our walking tour through the old town. Highlight a stop at a tortilla factory, where the smell of freshly baked filled season already. And a swinging pedestrian bridge leading to the Rio Cuale Island, located between the two forks of the river. At an outdoor market here, the local vendors selling jewelry, crafts, and serapes. When we walked across the bridge of wood-planked, we see that when the local walk across, the bridge does not rock. Gringos We were not able to cross the bridge without making a step.
Perhaps our favorite part of the tour is going shopping with Liz. “You do not mind do you?” Ask him. “I need some things.” Love always have to browse your local grocery store, they reveal an insight into the day-to-day life of the community.
So we went home with Liz Rizo and admire some local produce, which includes waste from dried peppers, various pumpkins in different sizes, and a tray of profit.
After shopping, it was time for us to get back to the ship, so we left Liz hug and promised to return for a longer visit. As we rode a taxi back to the Oosterdam, we remember something said Liz breakfast.
“I love what DH Lawrence said about Mexico,” he told us. “He wrote:” After dust stayed in Mexico your heart, you will always return. ‘”Looking through the eyes of Liz Vallarta has revealed little dust of Mexico. We will definitely return.
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