I was wandering around the town looking for a cybercafe to check my mail. as it is happening all over the world, the wireless is becoming common. after failing to find a cyber cafe open, i went into the Hotel Rio, a nice hotel, around 55 usd per night, and i saw that wi fi was avaialbe. I explained to them that I am a visitor from Cuba and that i would like to use the wi fi .. no problem..
i am sitting in the lawn of the hotel rio , ave teran, across from the sams bar and grill and the weather is just gorgeous, slight breeze , no humidity.. lovely time to be here
Visit the plazas
Piedras Negras life is very different from American life. The people of Piedras still enjoy what we as Americans have never experienced, a siesta. Life in Piedras stops at around 2pm and resumes at 4pm. Shop owners and business will close there doors and go home for rest and relaxation. You as a tourist can expect very little or no service at all during their time of siesta. This is definatly a good time to visit the plazas surrounding the city. The plaza called "The Microplaza" or the Plaza de las Culturas (The Cultures' Square) are always a good place to get some relaxation done because of the beautiful fountains and gardens. Do not miss the planetarium and the statutes at the Plaza de la Culturas. A real site to see.
The Rio Grande
The Rio Grande River, called the Rio Bravo in Mexico, forms the border between Mexico and Texas/USA for hundreds of miles. I've crossed the Rio Grande in eight different places, and still never have done so without stopping to take a look and think of the significance of this long but otherwise unremarkable stream which divides two great nations and cultures.
If rivers could talk this one could tell countless tales of human drama which have been played out along its banks and in its waters, including that of two Mexicans who recently drowned near this very spot while attempting an illegal crossing.
Just after I snapped this photo I noticed a lone duck swimming down the middle of the river. I wondered if the duck was in Mexico or in the United States, or perhaps had one webbed foot in each country. I doubt if ducks ponder such things.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, also known as Basilica Guadalupe, is not only the geographic center of Piedras Negras, but it is also the center of life for many, if not most, of the people who live here. The spire of the church can be seen from across the Rio Grande, and the cross atop it is the highest point in the city. This is not a tourist attraction, but visitors are welcome to enter and have a look - or to pray. Please be respectful of the sensitivities of those who worship here.
- Religious Travel
Gran Plaza de los Heros
Gran Plaza de los Heros, or Hero's Square, is actually a long rectangle and not square. It is the heart and center of downtown Piedras Negras. City Hall is immediately to the west and Basilica Guadalupe is just to the south. There are several statues, monuments and park benches in the square, and scores of pigeons. It is a busy but peaceful spot in the center of the city, full of people - some relaxing and others scurrying about their business. It seemed to me that those who were feeding the birds were having the most fun.
Monument to Christopher Columbus
This Monument to Christopher Columbus was erected in 1992, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the Americas in 1492. There is a globe on either end, and a bust of Columbus in the center. The monument stands at the north end of Gran Plaza de los Heros, in downtown Piedras Negras, directly across the street from the City Hall.
The International Border
Near the center of the International Bidge you will see this plaque marking the border, Mexico on the right/south and the U.S.A. on the left/north. Of the many people walking across the bridge, I was the only person who stopped to look at the plaque. Perhaps I was the only tourist, and I'm sure I stood out. Some people on VT talk about being a traveler and not a tourist, but if that means looking bored and not stopping to see the sights, I'd just as soon be a tourist. After all, this is virtualtourist and not virtualtraveler.
After I returned home I read on another internet site that tourists (or travelers) should not take pictures at the border or their cameras may be confiscated by the border guards. Maybe, but I doubt it.
One of the first things you will see after crossing the bridge from Texas into Mexico is this colorful sculpture of blue, red, and yellow metal spires. I was unable to learn the symbolism behind the sculpture, but I still thought it added a bit of interest to the entrance to the city of Piedras Negras.
- Arts and Culture
Mexico is blessed with a variety of foods some of which are regional.
I highlight here two: Pozole and Tostada