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General News · 8th November 2009
Carol and Richard
A Sunday Stroll, A Noon Concert, and Dancing in the Square.

We strolled down to the Plaza Grande around 10 am. Getting out early seems sensible due to the heat and humidity. The square has lovely mature trees all around and hundreds of stalls were in place. We were still hunting for sun hats. We now have umbrellas for those surprising showers that seem to come on any time. Some of them quite heavy and some just refreshing. And Panama hats are now in our possession! Richard and I have very big heads and all the hats we had seen were too small. Mexican heads seem varied, just like anywhere, so it was strange we had such difficulty finding any that fit.

We then wandered away and found the Concert Hall which also housed an art gallery. We looked at the paintings that were in a very nice air conditioned gallery. Quite a flamboyant artist. Norberto would like the one about the holocaust. The others were fantasy and portraits.

We then checked out the concert programs and found that there was a noon concert in an hour, so we purchased tickets and returned at 11:40. A very agreeable program of Debussy, Saint-Saens and Berlioz. The Saint-Saens was a Cello concerto with a famous mexican woman playing. This Cellist was a lovely woman that wore a beautiful long aqua gown. Our seats were mid priced, $10 each, and up in the third tier. We had super views of the orchestra and the acoustics were great. The Debussy was the Preludio a la Siesta de un Fauno and the Berlioz was Symphony Fantastic. The whole concert lasted 2 hours and was extremely well attended and the audience was very enthusiastic.

Coming home, we came across some ballroom dancing going on in another plaza. We joined in briefly, -not easy with two sun hats, one camera bag, and a shopping bag, but somehow we managed. (Mike and Marlene would be proud of us as we guessed and managed a Rumba for two songs. -Hi Cortes ballroom Dancers!) We will return to this park next Sunday better prepared as it seemed really nice to practice our steps.

We then set of home along the streets still clear of traffic. On Sundays a large area of El Centro is set aside to be traffic free. Bicycles are ok.

On arriving home we had our afternoon dip in the pool to cool down for the time of siesta.
The Cellist
The Cellist
People leaving after the Concert
People leaving after the Concert
Dancing in the Square
Dancing in the Square
Car free streets for Sunday
Car free streets for Sunday
hola amigos !
Comment by norberto on 9th November 2009
thanks for this report... it brings tears to my eyes... It's so good to see how beautiful, clean, cultural, "human" , "slow-living" is Merida.

Las plazas, los conciertos, galerias, comida, colores, bailes, no carros, etc

I have very fond memories of that city

You are making me to question myself, again, what am I doing here?

Many Canadian cities could learn a lot from Merida, from a "developing country", right ?

hey, could you please post a photo of that Holocaust painting ?

gracias,