Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mexico -- Part Four: Does a yucca tan in the Yucatan?

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I love to watch the telenovelas (soap operas) on Spanish-language TV. One that I follow somewhat is called "Sortilegio." (A charm, or spell.) The setting is Merida, in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

I've never visited the Yucatan -- no, not even a resort vacation to Cancun -- but the place sure looks beautiful. I imagine the climate and landscape to be similar to Florida's. Flat land. Lots of heat and humidity. A place where hurricane forecasts are taken seriously.

Merida is the peninsula's largest city with a population of about 735,000. It was founded in 1542 on the site of a former Mayan city. The Yucatan Peninsula and the bordering country of Guatemala are considered the homeland of the Mayan Indians.

Merida may well be the oldest continuously occupied city in the Americas. The historic center of the city boasts Spanish-colonial architecture, such as the Cathedral Mayor on the Plaza on the right.(credit, wikimedia commons.)

Happy travels,

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