There's so much to see and do in Valladolid, it's taken us three posts just to cover our three days there. In case you missed the previous posts, here are Part 1 and Part 2. Now onto Part 3!
Everything we read ahead of time about the city said not to miss the Franciscan Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, Built in the mid-16th century, the convent was actually the first church built on North American soil. It was a bit longer walk from our hotel on the town square than some of the other city sites, but so well worth it as there are many fine examples of colonial architecture along the way. Here's some of what we saw on the way to the Convent.
And here's the imposing convent itself. We managed to visit at a time when there were virtually no other tourists around. I only wish the sun had been better on the front for photo taking.
The sun was hitting this side really nicely!
We were able to take a look inside the main sanctuary. It was deserted.
I had read that there was some of the original 16th-century artwork preserved along the sides. My photo is a little blurry, but then, so was the ancient artwork!
Here several additional churches we checked out on our walks around the city.
This one is the Iglesia (church) Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in one of Valladolid's prettiest neighborhoods, aptly called Candelaria.
And here is the Santa Ana church in the neighborhood of the same name.
I even got in a little extra workout in the Santa Ana neighborhood park!
The last church we saw was the Iglesia de San Roque in the Santa Lucia neighborhood.
After all that walking, we worked up quite an appetite, and one of the highlights of our time in Valladolid was visiting La Casona de Valladolid for the most amazing buffet lunch. We had read about this buffet ahead of time, and while it was a little pricey, you could definitely get your money's worth if you brought your appetite. (We did.)
Since we arrived a little early during the restaurant's setting up for the buffet, we took a stroll around their very decorative courtyard garden area.
This interesting fountain was made of many brightly colored ceramic bowls, plates, cups, and mosaic tiles.
See the frog spitting at Barry?
Here's the buffet area. We were the first ones there!
In addition to a variety of traditional Mexican juices, beer on tap was included in the buffet price.
We could see these interesting masks from our table.
Ready to chow down!
Fortunately the desserts were fairly light. We were stuffed but managed to sample a few postres.
As you can probably imagine, a lunch like this means a very light dinner -- all we could manage was soup and a fruit/veggie smoothie!
So that's our trip to Valladolid. We thoroughly enjoyed our all-too-short stay in this charming pueblo magico and hope to visit again one day.
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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