Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A VISIT TO PROGRESSO, MEXICO

Monday, October 27 – On Friday, October 24, marked Carrie’s first visit to Mexico.

Mexico

She wanted to experience the culture of this country. We knew exactly where to take her.

One of the many, many outdoor bars, Red Panty Bar.Mexico

We visited our favorite pharmacy, Jessica’s. The bartender was so taken with Carrie, he asked her to dance. Hope his wife doesn’t read this blog…lol

Mexico

Later in the afternoon, Angie and Rick arrived, and we introduced Carrie to a real Mexican Margarita. She loved it.

Mexico

Notice in the photo above the orange bag behind Carrie and Marsha’s pink bag which is full to the brim. Carrie did some serious shopping. She loved the bargaining process that all the merchants engage in. She got some super buys.

Carrie even got her hair trimmed for a whole $5.00.
Mexico

There was more dancing….

Mexico

Mexico

and maybe some tourist had a bit too much to drink.

Mexico

Carrie bought a couple of little sombreros for Cinco de Mayo. Bella just couldn’t wait to try one on.

Mexico

All in all, Carrie loved her experience. We all had a great day visiting our neighbor to the south.

We have one more post about Carrie’s visit. We have left Mission and are at the Elks outside Houston until after the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

OUR DAUGHTER, CARRIE, VISITS THE RGV.

Thursday, October 23  - The next few posts will be a bit dated, but when Carrie is around, it is go, go, go. Carrie arrived early this morning. We packed in as much as we could on day one. She is only here for the weekend and wants to experience everything we have done in five years in three days. This should just about kill us for sure.

After picking her up at the airport, we visited Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine. Our first visit here was in 2010. It is just such a gorgeous Basilica. For centuries Christians have made pilgrimages with a spiritual purpose to holy places.The history of this Marian Shrine begins in 1920, when the Reverend Alfonso Jalbert, O.M.I., built a small wooden chapel in San Juan, Texas as a mission church of St. Margaret Mary Church in Pharr, Texas. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops designated Our Lady of San Juan del Valle a national Shrine on March 24, 1998, and the following year on June 12,1999,  Pope John Paul II designated it as a minor Basilica. If you are in the area, be sure to put this on your must see list. You won’t be disappointed.

Basilica

Basilica

There is a gorgeous walking tour of about a mile. It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ's death. The majority of them concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem carrying the Cross. The fourteen stations of the Cross are depicted by life-size statues crafted in bronze and resin. There are 30 life-size bronze figures in all. Absolutely gorgeous…according to Marsha.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Basilica

Our next stop was the famous Los Ebanos Ferry Crossing. This is a must see, must do for people who have been there, done that. It's the last hand-operated ferry operating on either border. It is a 3-car barge crossing the Rio Grande River from the U.S.  to Mexico. At the crossing there is custom/border patrol. You can park and walk onto the ferry, or you can drive your car on the ferry. Most U.S. citizens that cross over into Mexico here go to buy liquor or cigarettes. They must be desperate. We wouldn’t cross here, that’s for sure!

Los Ebanos Ferry

Los Ebanos Ferry

Los Ebanos Ferry

Los Ebanos Ferry

Los Ebanos Ferry

Los Ebanos Ferry

If that wasn’t enough for one day, we had a social and game night at the clubhouse. There about 20 of us playing horse racing and Farkle. Wonderful time with dear friends.

game night

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

LA LOMITA CHAPEL

Thursday, Oct 16, continued – After our lunch, written about in the previous post, we traveled about a mile down the river to visit a historical mission. La Lomita (the hillock) was first built in 1865. When the City of Mission, Texas, was founded in 1908, the city was named “Mission” in honor of La Lomita Chapel. Now, La Lomita Chapel is a religious shrine and a favorite site of historians that provides a glimpse into an important part of the history of Mission and South Texas in general.

La Lomita became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated Catholic churches, baptizing newborns, performing marriage ceremonies and blessing the dead.

La Lomita Chapel

Church records indicate that La Lomita was rebuilt in 1899 with stones carved from the hill it was built on.

La Lomita Chapel

Pretty surprised that the church is left open, and the many religious relics are not bothered.

 These notebooks contain prayers that visitors leave.
La Lomita Chapel

Gifts are left In the back corner of the Chapel.
La Lomita Chapel 

Virgin Mary.
La Lomita Chapel 

Earthen oven
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We had a wonderful few hours with our friend, John. Thanks for sharing this Mission with us.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!