This time I want to write about PV itself. (Much like KL (Kuala Lumpur) you are only allowed to call PV, PV, once you have been here.
What's it like?
Actually it's really nice in a whole lot of ways. Much like a lot of the Spanish and Mallorca resorts it started off as a fishing village until some travellers discovered it (In this case because of a move called 'Night of the Iguana'.) Then word got around and more people began to visit, bringing money. This money brought jobs and more people, until you get to where we are today - A bustling vacation destination.
Unusually though, there is still a lot of the real locals living here. In fact between our apartment block and the beach a short walk away is the local school, where kids learn and play in the middle of the romantic zone.
Further up the coast, just below the airport, there are huge hotels and all inclusive resorts, then you travel through the old town, with a quaint square and church, before hopping over the river and reaching the romantic zone. All these areas are ideally suited to the people who travel to them, but with only a couple of miles from top to bottom everywhere is within walking distance.
Who comes here then?
That's one of the best things about PV. It's not set up for one person or another. Everyone can come here and find things they like. There are lots of families like us with young kids. There are lots of old couples and singles, who travel here for a week, a few months or live here permanently. There is a bg gay community, who have added a lot of colour and flair to the streets - especially with the clothes shops and the ususual and flamboyant styling to a lot of the clothes you see on the street corners.
|I am not sure what's going on here.|
|I nearly bought this!|
|Some cool art on show.|
|I really wanted these shorts|
|I got all these for the wall at home|
Apparently, this is also a really popular place for American students to travel to for spring break - although Trump and his wall seem to have dampened the expected intake this coming spring. All around are cafes, restauramts, ice cream places, Beach front bars, night clubs - gay and straight and whatever. You can stay in a traditional old Mexican hotel or you can rent a modern stylish apartment with a rooftop pool and views over the town, or you could get a hostel. the only thing I haven't seen is a trailer park or a campsite!
It's also really interesting to see how the town is being developed. Instead of just building huge hotels in the quaint areas, they have been kept forther north and here in town, although there has been development, it has, for the most part, been done around the local homes and buildings. Locals still gather outside to eat from street vendors and even though the cobbled streets have been changed, they actually kept the cobble and just made them a bit less bumpy to walk and push a stroller on. We took a walk north yesterday and came across a real local market selling fresh fish, mest and lots of fruit and veg - all around were local families and visitors too - doing their shopping and enjoying the sunshine.
Like I say I have been to a few Spanish resort and sometimes you could stay without knowing what country you were actually in. With nightclubs and pubs stretching along every street, there was no culture and no sense of being abroad apatr from the big round hot thing in the sky. It's not like that here. It does feel Mexican and it does feel welcoming and it does feel like an experience as well as a holiday. It might not be as crazy as travelling to a small Mexican Puebla and staying somewhere away from any foreign input, seeping ni a barn with the asses and eating home made Mexican refried beans for 6 meals a day, but it Is a really nice place and I think we will definitely be returning over the next few years to explore it further.
Anyway, that's about it from Mexico. We are at the airport now awaiting our flight back to the snow and cold in Winnipeg. I have even been checking it out through our webcam,....
To finish off though, here are a few photos from our last couple of days...
|Schroeders baby Is she asleep or awake? Both until you open the sheet...|
|Her first taste of Ice Cream|
|PV at night|
|There were lots of Trump T shirts for sale....|
|Inside the big derelict half built hotel|
|Outside of the hotel - we wonder what will happen to this in the next couple of years|
|Pretty people in front of pretty houses|
|More Margeritas - on the beach this time|
Bye Bye PV you were great. See you again sometime!