Saturday, February 4, 2023

Puerto Vallarta

Our first stop in Mexico was at Puerto Vallarta. We took a taxi from the port to our first point of interest, the church Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe located near the center of the main set of shops and restaurants visited by tourists.

After touring the church we headed to the Puerto Vallarta Malecón, a 12 block 1 mile long promenade with numerous restaurants, shops, murals and sculptures. I can't say I did a decent job of photographing them. Oh well - a good reason to return to Puerto Vallarta! Here is one piece of street art that I did photograph, the Bette Davis Mural.

Puerto Vallarta has been considered a place for Hollywood stars ever since it first became famous in 1964 for the movie "Night of the Iguana." That movie, directed by John Houston, brought together two already love-stricken stars that became what some called "the marriage of the century." They married shortly after making the film and kept a home in Puerto Vallarta for decades afterwards. It was his second marriage and her 5th, even though she was only 32 at the time.

For those of you who are too young to know who those two are you can read this Vanity Fair online article "Crazy Love: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s Epic Romance". The couple married in 1964, divorced in 1974, married again in 1975 and divorced again in 1976. In 1999 the American Film Institute named Elizabeth Taylor the 7th greatest screen legend.

A famous sculpture on the Malecón is The Boy Riding a Seahorse. Some consider it to be an icon of the city.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the Puerto Vallarta photo album.

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