Last night we spent the night in the port city of Veracruz, and I was delighted to get my first glimpse of the Gulf of Mexico. I LOVED visiting this city! It is Mexico's oldest, largest, and most historically important port. Hernan Cortez landed there in 1519, making it the first Spanish settlement in the Americas. Today Veracruz is the largest city in the state of Veracruz, with over 500,000 inhabitants.
Next we took a bus to the other end of the oceanfront walk, about two miles down the road, and then decided to walk back along the water to the historic district. We were impressed with how many people were out around sunset, walking, jogging, bike riding and roller blading.
When we got back to the historic district, we stopped for a well-earned beer and some tostadas de pollo at one of the outdoor restaurants on the zocalo. While we were eating, we were approached by many vendors selling flowers, blouses, bags, hammocks, sunglasses, chicklets, pan, arroz con leche, cigars, pens, and watches, to name a few. You can shop without leaving your chair! There were musicians (notice the harp, which was a beautiful addition and is common to this area),
The next morning we took another walk through the zocalo,
I hope you all enjoyed your day as well, and I wish you all sweet dreams, and Buenas Noches.