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Fun Photo Friday — Final Farewell to Puerto Vallarta and the Grand Princess


Pelican Patrol

Pelican Patrol

Today I present my final post on our ten-day Mexico voyage aboard the Grand Princess.  Click on any image below to bring up today’s slide show of some Puerto Vallarta favorites.

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Puerto Vallarta — Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church


Hidalgo Street entrance

Hidalgo Street entrance

In English it’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church.  In Spanish it’s called La Iglesia Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.  In any language it’s absolutely stunning.  This structure is just a short walk from the Malecón.  You won’t miss the turn — it’s at the end of the Malecón behind the park.  That park is just a block beyond the Caballito de Mar (Little Sea Horse) statue that is the unofficial symbol for Puerto Vallarta.

Stained glass set in old brick

Stained glass set in old brick

You also can’t miss the crown that tops the church.  It’s said to be based on the tiara worn by one of Emporer Maximillian’s mistresses.

The Crown of a Mistress?

The Crown of a Mistress?

And while the outside is indeed picture worthy, don’t think that’s all this church has to offer.

Pews

Pews

Step inside and make your toward the front for images of the altar and beautifully inlaid reredos.

Altar and Reredos

Altar and Reredos

Altar and Reredos

Altar and Reredos

Friday’s Fun Photos will bring to a conclusion our visit not only to Puerto Vallarta, but also our look at this ten-day journey into the Sea of Cortez aboard the Grand Princess.  I hope you enjoyed the series.

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Mi Querencia — Puerto Vallarta for Lunch and Drinks


Mi Querencia on the Malecón

Mi Querencia on the Malecón

Our former favorite lunch spot in Puerto Vallarta is no more.  It was located on a second floor overlooking the Malecón, beach, and statues.  Unfortunately, although we found the stairwell entrance, the establishment was no longer there.

Mango Margarita

Mango Margarita

Not to despair.  We soon found another favorite — Mi Querencia (My Fondness).  Here the drinks were cold and abundant, the guacamole made fresh beside the table, and the pescado sarandeado (tossed fish) an appetizing treat.

Guacamole, chips, and salsa

Guacamole, chips, and salsa

So, let’s take a look at the assembling of an authentic Mexican guacamole from start to finish.  First you start with fresh, ripe avocado:

Guacamole Starter Kit

Guacamole Starter Kit

Next you carefully cut up the avocado with a pair of spoons to maintain texture.  No insipid mushing here!

Keeping texture by using spoons

Keeping texture by using spoons

Then come the not-so-secret flavoring ingredients:

Cilantro, salt, cumin, red onion, diced jalapeño, lime juice

Cilantro, salt, cumin, red onion, diced jalapeño, lime juice

After adding it all together you mix it all up one last time before serving.

Mixing it all together

Mixing it all together

By now you’re probably ready for a second margarita, this one papaya.

Cheers!

Cheers!

After the guacamole it’s time to share an entrée.  That would be the local area specialty pescado sarandeado, or “tossed fish”, a red snapper (usually) in a chile and garlic based marinade, finished up on the grill.

Pescodo (fish) Saradeado

Pescodo (fish) Saradeado

After refueling it was time to once again hit the streets.  Next up on Wednesday will be Puerto Vallarta’s exquisite Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church.

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted. The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes. That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do. As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note: Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with either her or her company.

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