Old Mazatlan with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider Duck visited the market, or Mercado, in Mazatlan.   Then we walked to the main plaza, or zocalo.   We admired the fruit available from this vender.

These look so good.  We love the little oranges

These look so good. We love the little oranges

Here is another vender with even more choices for shoppers.

Colors are so bright

Colors are so bright

The policeman was directing traffic in this congested area.

Directing traffic in Old Mazatlan

Directing traffic in Old Mazatlan

Mom told us that most old Mexican cities have a main plaza, called the zocalo and the main cathedral faces this plaza.   Mazatlan’s cathedral is old and beautiful.

Main Cathedral in Mazatlan

Main Cathedral in Mazatlan

Inside people were working, preparing for a ceremony almost ready to begin.

Ornate alter.   Flowers arriving now.

Ornate altar.  Flowers arriving now.

We are not sure if it was a wedding, but the flowers were being delivered and we saw a young girl in a beautiful long white dress.   She may have been the flower girl?

Across from the cathedral, in the park, the gazebo is very pretty.

We sat in this gazebo for a few minutes.  Love it!

We sat in this gazebo for a few minutes. Love it!

Near the gazebo, the monument to military heroes stands.

Brigada Sinaloa.  Celebrated 100 years.

Brigada Sinaloa. Celebrated 100 years.

Since it was near Christmas, Santa’s temporary home was on the edge of the park.

Santa's temporary home

Santa’s temporary home

He was not home when we were there.  Probably supervising the elves.   We really liked this Nativity scene.

In Mazatlan's main plaza

In Mazatlan’s main plaza

Santa Claus and presents are fun, but we all remember the real reason for Christmas.  When you are in a Mexican town, visit the main plaza, or zocalo.   It is a peaceful and pretty part of any town or Mexican experience.

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