PUERTA VALLARTA: FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Puerto Vallarta
March 21 - 26, 2009

This past March two parties of family and friends decided to vacation in Puerta Vallarta the same week. We drove down for the last week in the month to visit my grand niece Cassie, grand nephew Jake and their mother Wendy. In addition, regular March visitors and old Philadelphia friends, Bob and Marty, showed up again for a couple of weeks of sun and fun. We stayed with our friend Jenny in her beautiful apartment overlooking the old city in the Romantic area of the city.

[Puerta Vallarta view] [Jenny's Living Room] [Jenny's Dining Room]

On Monday we drove down the coast near Mismaloya to visit Bob and Marty in their rented condo. Their fourth floor view up the coast to the city was great. This year Marty had painted the view for the condo's owner. Friends Beth, Diana and Kurt joined them again this year. And Bob and

[View from Gemeles Condo] [Beth, Bob, Diana and Kurt] [Bob, Robin, Jim and Marty]

On Tuesday Wendy, Cassie and Jake came down to Los Muertos Beach area and we toured the old city, having lunch at Oscar's at the mouth of Cual River.

[Oscar's Restarant] [Cassie] [Jake, Jim, Robin, Cassie and Wendy]

After lunch we walked the newly constructed Malecon to "Old Town" and inspected many of the new statues along the way.

[Jake, Cassie, Robin & Jim at Angel of Fishermen] [Mariachi Dancers] [Merman and Mermaid]

After a detour into the old town to check out a few galleries, we made our way back to the boat slip where the family was to take a water taxi back to Nueva Vallarta. We waited for their taxi at C and C's bar and enjoyed another drink. Robin looks like he was drinking all day (he wasn't.)

[Old Town historic building] [Wendy, Jake and Robin] [Robin and Cassie]

On Wednesday, we met an old Ajijic friend who now lives in Puerta Vallarta, Marsha. Marsha treated us to a trip to the new Vallarta Botanical Gardens south down the coast.

[Botanical Gardens Sign] [Gardens Restaurant and shops] [Flower path]

[Jim, Marsha, Robin] [View from Restaurant] [Flower Gardens]

After lunch we stopped by Marsha's apartment on the ocean front.

[Marsha's living room] [Marsha's view from the terrace] [Marsha's bedroom]

That night, our last evening in town, we ate at La Lorraine Restaurant with Jenny, Marsha and old friends, Bob and Carolyn.

[Jenny and Bob] [Robin, Carolyn and Jim] [Robin, Carolyn, Jim, Jenny, Bob and Marsha]

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