Tuesday, January 06, 2009

This And That

Here are some random photos taken around the island.

Let's start with the Baby Jesus. When I published the photo of our new Nativity scene a few weeks ago, He had not yet been born. Thought I would get a shot of Him before they put Him away for the year.

This is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite shops downtown. It is located on the corner across from the entrance to the malecon and heading towards the supermarket and town square. He carries jewelry of all kinds and Talavera items. His prices are fair, he speaks English and I truly believe he is as honest as the day is long.

There appears to be some strengthening work going on in some areas of the new malecon. Looks like some widening and reinforcing with rebar.

Not sure what these huge columns are going to be. I'll keep my eye on them though.

He sells seashells by the seashore. That's as hard to type as it is to say!

This is the huge condo going up at the end of the malecon. Right in front of Playa Secreto. Their website has efficiency apartments listed at $249,000 USD. I haven't seen any work going on there for awhile now and I just recently heard that they have gone bankrupt. Maybe true, maybe not.

I love this information kiosk on the town square. You can pick up that phone, connect to nobody and find out absolutely nothing. As far as I know, it has never worked. Except as a trap for unsuspecting tourists.

Finally! You all know I have been singing about the dangers of the cliffs falling in around here. These signs have gone up all along the cliff side of the island in the past few days. I'll have a separate post about cliffs falling in coming up soon.

A closer look.

What I found hilarious though was that while I was taking these pictures, about 20 yards away, were three golf carts parked. The occupants, including children, were all standing right on the edge of the cliff taking photos.

The gates to a fancy, schmancy home on Sac Bajo. I like them. Clean and succinct.

More bougainvillea. I love it when two or more colors are planted together.

Caribbean (snicker) Village at South Point.

They've put in some nice playground areas on the edge of the town square. They even put in a soft landing. And a place for parents to sit and supervise their children.

There you have it. Just some island shots.


Steve Cotton said...

Thanks for the roundup. Do you know if any of the now-non-builing condo complex had pre-sales? Probably.

Life's a Beach! said...

Lots of new stuff in those photos! I'm glad they added a playground to break up the boredom of that square. And the condos by Secreto. Ugh. Can you imagine the eyesore if that's left standing half-finished? Way too much development. A friend told me recently that Mundaca couldn't afford their rent on Hidalgo anymore and moved out to the colonias. Is that true?

Calypso said...

Wonderful group of photos Amigo. Although I didn't see that guy with the BIG sombrero (I just can't bring myself to let that go) (LOL)

I too like the gates on the fancy schmancy (is hat a word?) casa. We are considering designs for our little Hood casita lot - thanks for it all.

Islagringo said...

steve: I believe they did. They had a fancy show room office downtown for awhile. At least they had a lot of lookers but I will never know if they had any takers.

lifesabeach: I never thought of what will become of that place if not finished! I'm not sure about Mundaca but I did notice last time I walked by that their office looked deserted.

Islagringo said...

John: You aren't the only one. People seem to like that sombrero picture. Maybe I should do one with me wearing a die-dye shirt next! Don't hold your breath on that one!

Yes, in my world, fancy schmancy is a word. As is shitsky, as in putting on the dog. Wayne's dictionary is full of these words!

K.W. Michigan said...

Thanks for the pics! It's so nice to see the sun, sand and beautiful water! I'm getting "homesick". And I like the sombrero picture!

Babs said...

In 1982 Club Med started a resort hotel in San Miguel - they failed to do their research to determine if it would flood since it was located right beneath a big presa.

The unfinished huge structure still stands there today. It floods at least once a year.

Hopefully your development won't still be standing in its current state for as long.

Jamqueen said...

Thanks for the photos, Wayne. Nice to see what has changed --love the idea of the childrens playground in the zocalo--hope lots use it!

Isla Deb said...

I totally agree about your choice of gift shops. I don't buy a whole lot when I'm there, but I always make a stop at his shop for a little treasure to take home.

As for the cliff sign, I had to laugh out loud. I do love the signs on Isla. I remember doing a post about that when I was there in May...like the "eddies on the move" sign on the beach just at the north end of the malecon.

On Mexican Time said...

Love the pics!!! Haven't been to isla in FOREVER!!!!! Can't wait to head back and see all the changes :)