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Relaxing Under a Banyan Tree

sunny 30 °C

The journey back to our Chicxulub home from the outports of Rio Lagartos and San Felipe took us through the colonial city of Izamal
The conquistadores arrived here more than 500 years ago and whipped the locals into good Christian slaves by flattening the Mayan’s sacred pyramid and building a giant cathedral and convent in its place…
Pope John Paul II visited Izamal in 1993 in order to apologize to the natives; too little too late one might think, although judging from the number of papal souvenirs on offer in Izamal today the local traders aren’t complaining. In order to commemorate the Pope’s visit the whole city was painted egg-yolk yellow and it has stuck…
Why yellow? Maybe it was the Pope’s favourite colour, or maybe it was on ‘special’ at the hardware store that week. Whatever the reason, this colour co-ordination has placed Izamal in the ranks of the blue Indian city of Jodhpur and the pink city of Jaipur – without the stray cows and camel carts. There are, however, horse carts…
And these are some of the colonnaded buildings surrounding the central square…
Every city, town and village in the Yucatan has a central square in front of its cathedral or church. While many have been transformed into soccer pitches and basketball courts over the years some, like the one in Valladolid near Chichén Itzá, are park-like piazzas with palm trees, manicured gardens and fountains…
There are few things more relaxing on a hot afternoon in Mexico than sitting in a love-seat under a banyan tree in a town square watching the world pass by…
Hasta luega for now.

Posted by Hawkson 16:00 Archived in Mexico

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You two know how to live and love and travel and write. As well as how to take great photographs. Love seeing the world through your delightful eyes. Continue to take it all in and we will continue to enjoy your distillation. Big hugs, Trudy

by Trudy

30 degrees again and sunny skies. Ahhhh, so nice! Interesting to see that they use the same white stuff on the trunks to protect the banyan tree as we do for the deciduous trees in our northern clime. I also note that James got the love seat facing away from the sun.

by R and B

Away from the sun? Not so - he'd say his sun is Sheila.

What do you think? Yellow for us all on Gabriola the next time we paint?

by Tom

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