On our recent trip to mexico, after a fun morning exploring a coffee plantation, we headed back down the mountain and ended up in the town of Pochutla where there was a large village market. What fun! What color, sights, sounds and fragrances! Again, a feast for each and every sense. Since this was also the home town of our cab driver, we had both a fantastic guide as well as first hand information to go along with it!
Before getting to the market, we enjoyed some of the sights along the way. In many of the small villages before Potchutla, both the dwellings and the clothes hanging outside on the line caught my attention.
Not sure exactly why, but I have a ‘thing’ about clothes on lines. haha! I think I am amazed at just how clean and bright everything looks and maybe it’s a childhood memory of the ‘smell and feel’ of clothes and sheets after having been hung out to dry.
Sorry, for the rather crooked picture here, haha. I was taking it from the car on a hilly street and I was more fascinated by the color than if it was going to be straight or not!
As we came into the town and found a place to park, again I saw clothes on a line, this time way up high!
And the market was bustling!! All of our senses were being stimulated! Sights, sounds, smells!! Loved it! Sorry ahead of time for some of the rather blurry pictures. I was walking with the camera and didn’t want to stop all the time, so many of these were taken on ‘the fly’!
You can likely almost imagine all the fragrances! Such as; the fragrance of fresh onions along with that of raw fish, combined with smoked fish, spices and herbs, etc, etc.
Our cab driver’s Mama was also at the market – selling bread. Of course, we needed to buy some for snacks later in the day! It was delicious too!
So many colors in the wares for sale, as well as in the buildings surrounding the market and throughout the town:
By this time in our trip, I had decided that one thing I really would love to bring home with me was a hammock created by an artisan here. We stopped at a booth that had quite a few, but I couldn’t find one in the size and color I was hoping for. The woman who created them, asked if we would like to come to her home where she had many more to choose from………. And off she went with us trailing along……..
We had no idea where we would end up, but we were ready for the adventure! She went down one street and then the next and the next and she was moving pretty fast!! She welcomed us into her home and she allowed me to take a couple of pictures of her baby cradle as it was fascinating to me ~ hanging there just inside the kitchen door. It had mosquito netting on top that could be pulled down and over to envelope the whole cradle.
The loom she used to make the hammocks was right inside her front door and living area as were many rolls of hammocking material and many finished hammocks. I was able to find one to purchase and also both humbled and honored to see her home. We were able to see her back yard where more laundry was being done, the sleeping hammocks were hanging out and corn was growing in any available cracks in the concrete.
We found Mexican people to be very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed them and often wished we could speak more Spanish. After enjoying a refreshing glass of water, we headed on our way again, enjoying more sights and sounds of market day.
I liked this hair salon (white building) as it had hairstyles painted on the outside and one of them was mine! (second from right, under the scissors) 🙂
We were surprised to find Scotiabank in Mexico!! I had to crop this photo twice!! haha, one to show Scotiabank and one because I loved how this lady was carrying flowers on her head and in her arms!
Many churches, all quite ornate and again, so much color everywhere!
We watched some construction going on, skill saws cutting bamboo instead of lumber! and concrete being mixed smack in the middle of a market area!
There was a huge flag flying at town centre:
And many more colorful booths that we passed on our way back towards the car!
Lots of radishes!! haha. They were huge and such a beautiful color!
And then we passed the floral area! Loved the colors of the buildings as back drop for the flowers.
And before we left and headed back after another great day in Mexico; one more look at some laundry; 🙂