Favorite thing: El Paso is a large city with a population of over 600,000 located on the border with Mexico just South of New Mexico. El Paso can trace its origins back to settlements established in 1598 during the Juan de Onate Expeditions, and later a settlement from 1827 by Juan Maria Ponce de Leon. It is the largest U.S, city along the border across from the largest Mexican city along the border, Juarez. El Paso is the county seat of El Paso County. In general, I don't like large cities; but I like El Paso pretty well. Highlights to my visit included: Chamizal National memorial; the state parks; the mission trail; and the downtown historical walk.
But on the cultural side of Downtown, you will find the fabulous El Paso Museum of Art right beside the recently restored Plaza Theater. There is also the Performing Arts Center for theatre/dance lovers. There is new construction ongoing at Mills Street and there is even a brand new Doubletree Hotel a little farther north…
I heard there was a Holocaust Museum and so I put it on my GPS, but for some reason it gave a downtown address which was a nostalgic looking hotel from the 1940’s…oh well, I just asked the guard if I can take pictures of the exquisite inside of the hotel, but he said I was not supposed to --- but I already had clicked my camera, hehehe…he just smiled….My photo turned out to have poor lighting though – not giving credit to the magnificent inside of the hotel….But what I just want to say is that architecture is awesome in this historic place on top of the availability of the cultural arts.
In Western Texas and Southern New Mexico huge cattle ranches dotted the desert landscape. Cowboys were often seasonal workers who didn't have a home, travelled to where the work was. In Northern Mexico the cattle fiefdoms were merged into very large holdings under the Diaz regime. One landowner in the State of Chihuahua once owned a piece of land larger than the nation of Belgium.
You can see signs everywhere that this Western Culture still lives large here. Cowboy hats and boots being worn everywhere in both El Paso and Juarez.
It's something to do, and for us travellers it's a temptation that we must give into. We have to cross that border - even it's just for a few hours.
You will be a one in a hundred situation. The majority are hispanics going to El Paso or Juarez to go shopping or visit relatives. Some are on the way to futher reaches of Mexico or the United States. And the Anglo kid who asked me for a quarter while in the line to go back - he was in the army.
I asked him, "are you on leave?"
It's probably best not to ask him if he's AWOL.
The pedestrian toll is 35 cents if you are crossing the bridge into Mexico or the rough equivalant in Mexico New Pesos.
The pedestrian toll is 25 cents if you are crossing the bridge into the United States. Also taking the rough equivalant in Mexican New Pesos.
Fondest memory: Finding the old coin operated bucking bronco in the alley.
Favorite thing: On Fort Bliss is one of the national cemtaries. In a small section walled off the the main cemtary is the graves of POw's that died during detention at fort Bliss during World War II. There are Italians and a few Germans. It was iteresting reading the head stones.
El Paso has many clubs dedicated to the love of specific automobiles. There is a new club in town, and I highly recommend it! If you own any Camaro of Firebird, and year, model, etc, F-Body El Paso would love to hear from you. Some clubs only care about how fast your car can go. Others only care about how well they do at the racetrack. F-Body El Paso doesn't care if you want to race your car or just use it to go buy groceries with...they just care that you love your car. Meets are currently planned twice a month, and most members do like meeting up at Dezert Demonz racetrack on Sunday nights. If you are an F-Body enthusiast in the El Paso/Las Cruces area, F-Body El Paso is an awesome gathering to consider.
Fondest memory: Anyone interested can check the FBEP homepage at www.fbodyelpaso.org. We'd love to hear from you!
Favorite thing: It's a typical American thing, but downtowns tend to suck nowadays. Unless you're a really big city (and not LA), your downtown will be deserted by 6 PM every night and completely empty on the weekends. I don't know why I'm putting this in the general category....
The shopping district near the Mexican broader is a must. You can find any type of clothing which is suitable for El Paso (no winter clothing here!) - all at prices which is a little unbelieveable. I'm not saying that the stuff is 'real' name-brand designer ware; however, the prices are very good.
I saw a pair of men's walking shorts for $2.99 - at that price, it's cheaper to throw them out than to wash them.
Even if you don't buy anything, people watching is also do-able. You can see the US/Mexican border and the amount of people moving through it - its a sight I won't soon forget.
Fondest memory: The salsa. If you think all salsa is the same, come down to El Paso and check it out!
Fondest memory: Walking down the street, minding my own business and then having a pervert in an SUV ask me to do some disgusting things with him. I ran back to my hotel room, spent the rest of the day holed up there and skipped town early next morning.
as our visit to El Paso was under the mere focus of getting our flat tyre replaced (see my Arizona pages) I can tell you everything about El Paso garages ...
Fondest memory: it was great to see how everybody was helping so much to find the right tyre for our exotic rental car ...
Drive Trans Mountain Road. But make sure you have Good brakes. It is almost straight up and straight down. The Mountain is in the middle and El Paso and Fort Bliss are built around it.
Fondest memory: Nice little picnic spot about half way up on so but don't try camping there. My to be husband and i didn't want to stay on base one weekend so we decided to go camping with a small tent. We found this picnic area and there were some other people there with a bonfire and tent. So we decided to stay there too. Pitched our tent and bedded down. About 2am some body came driving up and put a spot light on the tent. and yelled come out with your hands first and real slow. My boyfriend went first and when I stuck my head out they had a gun on him and were questioning him. It was the cops. When they saw that it was a guy and a girl, the guns got put away but we were told to go back to base.
Stroll around the downtown! In this park is Crocodile Fountain. Can you see them? They are behind my friend Gloria (she lives there). According to the locals, there were real crocodiles in this area many years ago.
Fondest memory: Pasea por el centro! En este parque está la Fuente de los Cocodrilos. Los ves? Están atrás de mi amiga Gloria (vive allá). Según esto, hace muchos años hubo cocodrilos reales en el área.
When I look back at the time we lived in El Paso, the fondest memories of our stay are the Viva Apartments. Every evening we had the most beautiful sunsets over the Franklin Mountains. I loved our swimming pool, the mailman who brought the letters that our family and friends wrote to us (we received about 1000 letters in one year), the huge pizza’s and Burgerking. (At that time we did not have a MC D or Pizzahut in Belgium!) When I think back of El Paso, I have memories of the desert in bloom, the lightning, 4th of July, I never saw that many fireworks...
It rained once that year, this caused a flood because the drains couldn't handle a downpour like that.
Sometimes we had crickets in our apartment, causing sleepless nights.
I loved watching the humming birds, our big Lincoln Continental, TV shows, we had so many channels. But most of all, were we glad there was air-conditioning :-))
Please check out my fondest memory travelogue
el paso is a border city USA/mexico,and on the other side of rio grande(rio bravo for mexicans)lies the big city of ciudad-juarez(estado de chihuahua).It is a very charming city on the very very very western end of texas,very far from dallas and houston.
Fondest memory: I came into a fast-food,trying to prepare my best english to be understood by the cashier;when my turn came,the employee told me:hayyyyy si ,muchacho,que quieres??? (she did not speak english at all)
travel up TransMountain and Scenic Drives to see the city and the valleys. This will give you a better idea of how vast the area is and how many places there are to see.
Fondest memory: El Paso is really a city that lives and lets live. The minority group -- Mexican Americans is really the majority in El Paso. There are significant numbers of all cultures which live side by side. There are many military retirees so that many El Pasoans have international experience. The blends are interesting and continuing.