Taylor Explores the World

Category: Sightseeing

  • Hawa Mahal

    Hawa Mahal

    Hawa Mahal is a palace located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of a honeycomb. The palace is made of pink sandstone and has 953 small windows or jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The purpose of […]

  • Serenata Yucateca

    Serenata Yucateca

    Location:  Santa Lucia Park, Calle 55 between Calles 60 and 62 (closer to Calle 60 than 62) Weekly Day: Thursday Time: 21:00 Cost: Free Serenata Yucateca (Yucatecan Serenade) is a weekly free event at Santa Lucia Park on Thursday nights at 21:00.  We went early, around 20:30, to get good seats.  Good thing we did […]

  • Golden Altar of Candelaria Temple

    Golden Altar of Candelaria Temple

    Location:  Calle 64 between Calles 65 and 67, Merida Templo de la Candelaria was built in 1706.  Its terra cotta colored facade opens to an awe inspiring golden altar.  I do not know who they were trying to impress but 300 years later it is still absolutely stunning and effective because they completely impressed me.  […]

  • San Juan Neighborhood

    San Juan Neighborhood

    Arch Location: Across Calle 64 near Calle 69-A Church and Monuments Location:  Faces Calle 64 and forms one block with Calles 64, 67A, 62, 69A The San Juan neighborhood is one of the original neighborhoods of Merida’s upper class.  The facades are painted solid in colors and have long, smooth stucco fronts with many elaborate […]

  • Ermita de Santa Isabel Neighborhood

    Ermita de Santa Isabel Neighborhood

    Location:  On the corner of Calles 66 and 77A, Merida Iglesia de Ermita de Santa Isabel, or Ermita de Santa Isabel Church, was built in 1748 by Gaspar González de Ledezma.  Formerly known as the Church of the Lady Good Trip; it was thought to provide travelers with a good end to their painful journey. […]

  • San Sebastian Neighborhood

    San Sebastian Neighborhood

    Church Location: Corner of Calles 72 and 75 Park Location: Corner of Calles 72 and 77, Merida  The San Sebastian neighborhood is filled with working class tiny cube houses.  A door and a single window are all that graces their small facades because it is all that will fit.  Their style and differentiation is achieved […]

  • Santiago Neighborhood

    Santiago Neighborhood

    Location: On Calle 59 between Calles 70 and 72, Merida After stopping at the Santiago Mercado we continued our walk through the beautiful Santiago neighborhood.  We passed by the brilliantly maintained Iglesia de Santiago, built in 1637, and rested for a few minutes in Parque de Santiago.   Close to the church a group of women […]

  • Hidalgo Park

    Hidalgo Park

    Location: Corner of Calle 59 and Calle 60, Merida. The black statue of Hidalgo sits atop a huge phallus shaped monument with stairs leading to it, draws your eyes naturally into Hidalgo Park.   The black statue at night lacks spot lighting, surprisingly, making it unnoticeable – sadly I never saw it was there until […]

  • Parque de la Madre

    Parque de la Madre

    Location: Calle 60 between 57-A and 59 As we walked back to our hotel from Pasaje de la Revolucion, we stumbled upon Parque de la Madre or Parque de Maternidad.  Despite the late hour, the mother-children statue was lite beautifully and fully so much so it drew you into the tranquil park.   You could easily […]

  • Pasaje de la Revolución

    Location:  An alleyway between Merida Cathedral and MACAY museum that connects Calle 60 and 58 As we wandered about el centro, we saw a huge archway glowing red on Calle 60.  As we got closer the glowing green eastern entrance on Calle 58 drew my eye through the entire alleyway, taking it all in at […]