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Fuerte (fort) de San Jose el Alto. Entrance to fort on top of hill.
Campeche has a lengthy history, especially if you compare it to the western side of the US where anything older than 50 years is considered ancient… Having left my hometown of Québec and visited Europe so long ago I had forgotten what it felt like to be surrounded by so much history, a feeling that we are enveloped with so many rich layers, each interesting in its own way. The quietness of such thick walls and the spaciousness of tall ceilings adding to the charm.
at end of colorful street. |
Very first mass in mainland America took place here.
Today one of the least populated Mexican states, Campeche (state) was once the site of a thriving Mayan civilization. Campeche (town) was initially the site of the Mayan City of Can-Pech (place of snakes and ticks/mites – not very appealing name?) and conquered by Francisco de Montejo who established the city in 1540, two decades after the conquest of Mexico City area. The other version is that Pech was the name of one of the most influential families of the time.
Cathedral de Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción
At night – well lit up. By Ralf Roletschek.
Storm brewing that day but nothing came of it.
Moat, Fuerte San Jose el Alto
Lookout tower, Fuerte San Jose el Alto
Entrance Fuerte San Miguel at the other end of town
Fuerte San Miguel, Lookout tower and cannon overlooking the bay
Lone cannon along the malecón
Old church being renovated. Pigeon inspecting.
Playing street organ with a fake monkey on the upper left corner
at Sunday market as promotion to bakery across the way.
Harmoni – Pan
Campeche was also known for its coconut, rice, cotton, salt, honey and wax. ‘Campeachy’ chairs used in the Southern US came from here. There, they are called plantation lounge or X-frame chairs. President Thomas Jefferson owned two and had them copied by his slaves. He described them as his favorite seat.
Couldn't find author or name for this one.
Used to have a real net in his hands. I would call it ‘Broken flow’.
Must look great when the water fountain is running.
Bride of the Sea on the malecón.
Legend is she fell in love with pirate (or sailor) and when he left
she went to wait for him, and is still waiting.
While parents are selling at the Sunday market,
kids playfully wait
Fisherman by Puerta del Mar
Water seller sculpture just outside the wall.
Campeche is filled with these gems all over town.
|Where we had coffee, previously Hotel Cuauhtémoc (falling eagle)|
Another coffee place, Sotavento (leeward)
Now government office,
Mansión Carvajal used to be the farm house of a wealthy family
The staircase to second floor
Juliet balconies, iron street lights,
and egg-yolk yellow in many places (fort, churches, hotels, homes).
I researched why this color but no one seems to know why. Semblance of gold?
Three types of woods, two colors, one cheap chain, but a good lock
Another empty space with blackboard,
a green fan with a black bird on each blade, interesting layers of colors on wall.
Inside one of the abandoned buildings.
Plants taking over. Not once have we seen squatters.
Green Presbyterian church with modern fountain in foreground
Famous ‘pedestrian only’ Calle 59.
From where we were having hot chocolate
Hacienda Puerta Campeche, using part of old stone walls around swimming pool
From same hotel – great integration of old and new (from their website)
Blue meets egg-yolk yellow
Blood-red meets egg-yolk yellow
Mike and Nikki in ‘Wonderland’.
Surrealistic cemetery entrance
|Pop of color in an otherwise drab environment|
Another pastel color in a sea of gray