November 28, 2015
After breakfast in the hotel's rooftop breakfast room, we set out to explore the neighbourhood and get oriented with our previous memories of PV. We were here for a week back in the January or February of 2010, we think. We walked along the malecon, which is a paved walkway along the shoreline, in front of some of the many hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. One man was wading out in the water fishing with just a baited hook and a coil of line. He could throw that hook out a long way, but we didn't see him catch anything.
We found the Saturday farmer's market, which was fun to walk thru and had excellent cinnamon buns and good coffee.
We went far enough south to see the hotel we stayed in last time, and then headed back to check out some markets we remembered. We also tried to find Elizabeth Taylor's old house but couldn't figure it out. After I did more Internet research, we think we may try again, but apparently there isn't very much left of it. We had lunch at a nice little place along the beach, Vitea Oceanfront Bistro. Very good food and nice ambiance. We came back to our hotel, to pack up our stuff and change to a different room. The first room window opened onto the air conditioner air shaft and was very noisy. So we moved up a floor and over to the street side, which seems much quieter. We just cooled it for awhile then and Don did some research into the best restaurants to eat in and I checked out some of the real estate deals!
The Malecon has some wonderful sculpture along its length. It's great to see people getting their pictures taken with the sculptures and interacting with them.
As the afternoon cooled down, we went to the Cheeky Monkey for a drink and then to Mariscos Tino's for supper. Tino's had pretty good food but we had been warned by some of the reviews we would receive a time share pitch and we did! We cut that off immediately, but the man (owner?) had lots to say about things to do.... After supper we walked back along the malecon to a open theatre-like space which had a kind of TeleMiracle event going on - raising money for disabled kids in the community by having people donate the tops from plastic drink bottles. Apparently, they sell them and make money that way! Unfortunately for us, this was all in rapid Spanish and we could hardly figure out what was going on. If Don hadn't got an introduction to it in English during the afternoon, we would have been pretty clueless! Don had been told a Mariachi band would be playing at 10:00 pm, but after sitting thru an hour of jokes and audience participation which was incomprehensible, as well as some very junior dance performers, I gave it up and went back to the hotel. Don stayed and when he got back he reported he enjoyed the band very much once they finally got on.