Well, you can walk over the bridge, or take this bus for 50 cents and ride to downtown Matamoros...|
Usually if we just wanted to stock up on Tequila we just walked across to the first large Restaurant and Mercado Complex... Sort of like a mall in one building...
But it's not all that far to walk to the center of town...|
Here on the U.S./ Mexican border, in the center of the bridge, looking down at the Rio Grande, and back across the River to Brownsville, Texas...
The Gateway to Mexico|
I think it cost 10 cents toll to enter here but only 2 cents to cross back over...
|And not too far from the bridge, turn the corner toward downtown and we pass the Holiday Inn...|
|And some kind of fiesta going on in front... Maybe they hired them for the entertainment...|
Too bad it was such a gloomy day to dim the bright colors of the costumes...
|A few Gringos watching but it looks like most of the audience were locals...|
|We watched for a few dances then headed on to the center of town...|
And then this friendly little muchacho asked: "Hey meester, you want me to chine your choos?"|
But I told him..."No tengo dinero"... and gave him a quarter anyway...
|Passing through the high rent district? "Hey man, you like my car? Real charp, no?"|
|This looks better, I liked the tiled walk but it didn't show up all that well...|
|OK, I think the market is up this way...|
|This is a big Central Market, stalls all around the ouside and a lot more inside...|
|Like the new Antique Market Building in Parkville... wall to wall Junque...|
|Every Mexican town of any size has it's Central Plaza... This one just a few blocks from the Market..|
|A rest on the Plaza... Looks like I have my Tequila in the sack and a couple cans of beer... I was buying cans of Mexican beer for a can collector I knew back home...|
|And every Central Plaza I've seen has a large church on one side... A lot of bustle and activity in the square...|
|Oh yeah, occasionally there would be a Bullfight in town while we were there... Here the ticket booth in Matamoros...|
|Here another bullfight ring in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico...|
|Just to throw in a pic from a bullfight in Nuevo Laredo...|
|And the parade of the Toreros to start...|
|And another walk back over the bridge, to get back to the beach at South Padre Isalnd...|