Mérida

It was fun to visit Mérida again, four years after our first visit in 2011.

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Geoff loves seeing the old buildings, especially the once grand structures now in disrepair.

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Tienda Chedraui

We stocked up on supplies at the giant supermarket Tienda Chedraui, out in the suburbs. Bakery departments are always fun to explore. Shoppers grab a metal tray and tongs, load up on goodies, and present their chosen treats to the bakery counter for individual pricing and wrapping. We spotted flan, sandwichon (a giant multi-layer savory cake made out of sandwiches smothered in sauce), and even some Splenda-sweenened desserts. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.0052, -89.6895 

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Hotel Maria Jose

We stayed at the Hotel Maria Jose, just a few blocks north of the Mérida central square. It was perfect! Then a busload of 13-year-old athletes arrived in town for a weekend sports event, and the atrium echoed with a throng of young enthusiastic voices for the next 48 hours! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9722, -89.6245 

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Zoo

We again visited the city zoo, where we rode the mini train, played in the playground, ate snacks, bought a monkey toy, and even toured the animals (a bit sad in their small cages). Geoff spied some people eating a food not listed on the menu. After asking someone what it was, Geoff ordered it by name — brazo de reiña. This turned out to be a vegetarian dish (a tamale of egg and seeds wrapped in corn masa) special for Lent. Yummy! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9685, -89.6407 

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Apoala Restaurant

We had a yummy Oaxacan dinner at the Apoala Restaurant, where we watched local students practicing their dance routines on the Parque de Santa Lucia stage. A sign in the bathroom indicated that we should "wash our hands" and "say no to drugs". See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9711, -89.6227 

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Paletas

Boy did we eat a lot of paletas! So many flavors to try. Lyra's favorite was lime; her least favorite was bubblegum.

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Cafeteria Pop

We found this place to be reliably good for a decent morning coffee and breakfast. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9700, -89.6232 

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Mercado Lento

We traveled a few blocks north (splurging on a horse-drawn carriage ride instead of the usual bus) to the Slow Food market, where vendors sold various organic and craft foods. Geoff picked up some delicious cheeses. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9878, -89.6245 

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Lyra found an art class there for children, so she stayed entertained while her parents shopped.

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Lunch was at the rightfully much-recommended Platos Rotos restaurant. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9877, -89.6245 

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El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

From the Slow Food market, we took a bus farther north, to the new Maya museum. Very fancy! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.0348, -89.6285 

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Plaza Galerias

And then, for something completely different, we dropped in on the mall next door — Plaza Galerias, featuring the Liverpool department store, and an ice skating rink! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 21.0395, -89.6307 

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A burger snack for Lyra at Carl's Jr. (She doesn't like buns.)

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Noche Méxicana

We went up to Paseo Montejo, which is closed off Saturday nights for music and food & craft vendors. Lyra ate a creamy elote corn cob, and Geoff had his cheese, nutella, and blackberry jam marquesita! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9747, -89.6197 

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Biciruta Montejo

Every Sunday, they block off several miles of main city street for bicycles only. Biciruta Las Américas Thousands of people turn up, renting bikes from enterprising vendors if they didn't have one — including some family specials made of multiple bikes bolted together. The huge Telcel company gave out heavily-branded free bicycles for loan, and Coca-Cola promoted their product's healthfulness with a "move your body" campaign with loud dance music and swings for children. Lyra found another painting tent for kids. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9867, -89.6172 

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Espacios Mayas

We had breakfast once here at the restaurant Espacios Mayas. The place looked cute, so we popped in on a whim — but the food was terrible. And the coffee was sweet Nescafe. Avoid! See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9703, -89.6237 

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El Cangrejito

Our last Mérida meal was at El Cangrejito, a little family-run seafood taco restaurant. They served many types of delicious limey seafood ceviche, which they heaped onto tiny tortillas. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 20.9702, -89.6257 

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