Two places that we visited that we didn't feel we did justice to were Izamal and Merida. We wanted to go back to both, and one morning, with Barb and Ed along, we headed back to the yellow city of Izamal. While trying to find a place to park, one of the tourist policia got our attention and directed us to a parking spot. Immediately, as we got out of the car, he peppered us with questions. Had we been here before? Yes. Did we know why the city is painted yellow? Ummm...no. Did we know why it had the white trim? Ummm...no. Did we know about the significance of the colours of the flag. All right, all right! We'll take a tour. A quick tour around the monastery and we'd be on our way.
Maintenance work is ongoing. The monastery was one of the first in the western hemisphere and was completed in 1561. When the Spaniards invaded, they forced the Mayans to dismantle part of a sacred temple (pyramid) here and build the monastery on top of it. They were determined to convert the Mayans to Catholicism.
This magnificent tree is the ceiba tree, the most sacred tree of the Mayan people.
The colourful carriages...
As we got outside the core of the city, we noticed that some of buildings were no longer yellow. These are newer buildings, but have been built to fit in with the architecture of the older ones.
The beautiful architecture of the government offices...