We awoke to a sunny Sunday, and I went next door to the little coffee shop and market called Deli Town for our early morning coffee fix.
We got ready for the morning out, and headed for breakfast in the hotel restaurant, which was delicious! You get to choose from traditional Yucatan dishes or American favorites such as waffles with a local twist.
Time to walk off breakfast and go check out the Sunday Market on the Plaza Grande. There’s vendors selling local products and souvenirs, and tons of food vendors. The churches were open to welcome Sunday worship, so we peeked in each one.
We had attended one of the music events in the courtyard of the Museo Casa Montejo the night before, and I wanted Monica to see the museum and lovely rooms of this 16th century former home. They had an exhibit featuring exquisite Mexican-made clothing.
This is the Public University of the Yucatan, where later in the evening we would discover a Christmas music presentation.
It was time to explore some new territory, so we made the short walk to Paseo de Montejo from our hotel. There are quite a few shops along the way, and even some antique shops.
On Sunday mornings, they close the Paseo de Montejo to car traffic, and residents flock to the famous mansion-lined street to bike, roller blade and congregate. There are bike rental companies along the way too! There are restaurants and boutiques, and many artists set up along the sidewalks working and selling their art. We realized as we saw several other stages along the Paseo that we had missed out on some of the entertainment the night before!
We had walked up an appetite, and La Chaya Maya back by the Parque de Santa Lucia was our lunch destination. We ate here the year before and absolutely loved it! We sampled many different dishes, and everything was so delicious! Dressed in traditional Yucatan style, the staff is courteous and friendly, and the open courtyard and garden make this a delightful dining experience. http://www.lachayamaya.com/index2.html
Hunger quenched, we stopped in the park, where a stage in the corner was filled with dancing couples swaying to the music. How fun! We watched and listened for a while before going back to the hotel to rest.
Later in the evening, we decided to walk to the Plaza Grande and we were surprised to hear more music, this time coming from the University of Yucatan courtyard! It was a Christmas show with wonderful singing and dancing!
When we reached the Plaza Grande, we realized the festivities were still going on! The market was still set up, and one street had a stage with a mc and dancing girls, and the street was filled with people dancing! From young to old and everywhere in between, they were having a great time. We swayed along and enjoyed people watching for quite a while. And here’s a little video clip so you can enjoy it too!
La Negrita Cantina was our next stop, so we walked back down Calle 60 and past the hotel a few blocks. This small building is deceptive as to how many people they can fit! The bar area was small and packed, and then you go back through a few rooms and it opens up into a large seating area with a stage for their live music and another big bar. The music was getting ready to start and we couldn’t find a table, so we had a beer and moved on. We were hungry again and those pizzas at La Tratto were calling again.
Eating at La Tratto is like being in Italy!
And we’re done… tired, full, and time for bed across the street to Hotel Casa Lucia! Tomorrow we’re off to drive across the Yucatan to Tulum, and we’ll be making a quick stop at Chichen Itza for Monica to see the famous Mayan city. She’s been helping with the photography too!