Matamoros
~ Matamoros, Mexico ~
~ Another -Short- Side Trip from South Padre Island ~





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
Then 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 Island

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