More Maputo with Isaac for Zeb the Duck

Near our hotel, Isaac shows us the Praça de Independēncia, or Independence Plaza.   On one side is Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçāo.  (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

We enter the cathedral and I love the windows.

Beautiful

Beautiful

Each view is spectacular.

Beautiful

Beautiful

Aren’t they beautiful?

Love the windows.

Love the windows.

Leaving the cathedral, I, Zeb the Duck, am surprised to see cars parked on part of the sidewalk.

Parking on part of the sidewalk

Parking on part of the sidewalk

In front of City Hall we see this statue of Marechal Samora Moises Machel, the first president of the Republic of Mozambique.

First President of the Republic of Mozambique

First President of the Republic of Mozambique

We like the City Hall building.

City Hall

City Hall

Isn’t this stone work nice on the sidewalk by City Hall?

Intricate cement work

Intricate cement work

Maputo was a grand city when it was built by the Portuguese.   Inside City Hall, we admired the classic architecture.

Staircase inside City Hall

Staircase inside City Hall

Love stairs going up each side.  Outside we admire the view of Maputo Bay from City Hall.

View of Maputo Bay

View of Maputo Bay

Near Independence Plaza we see the Iron House.

Iron House

Iron House

The Iron House was designed by Eiffel in the late 19th century as the governor’s residence.  The house is made entirely from iron.   However the iron house was unsuitable for the tropical conditions.   The hot building is now used by the Minister of Culture.    Nearby we appreciated the Municipal Gardens.

Municipal Gardens

Municipal Gardens

I, Zeb the Duck, am on this tree trunk, but it is so big you can hardly see me.

Large tree trunk.

Large tree trunk.   Zeb is on the lower right of the big indented area of the trunk

The flowers are colorful and pretty here.

Colorful flowers

Colorful flowers

We liked just wandering around the streets of Maputo with Isaac.    But I, Zeb the Duck, am worried now.   I heard mom say that this was our last day with Isaac.   We will walk around on our own for a day.   Oh mom, I hope you know what you are doing.

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.