Cruising with Cadenza

"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Steel Magnolias

09 March 2018 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
27 February 2018 | Barra de Navidad
19 February 2018 | Barra de Navidad
05 February 2018 | Zihuatanejo
29 January 2018 | Zihuatanejo
24 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
13 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
08 January 2018 | Barra de Navidad
27 December 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
18 December 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
08 December 2017 | Puerto Vallarta
30 April 2017
13 April 2017
05 April 2017
18 March 2017
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14 March 2017

Mazatlan - Chapter Three

31 March 2015
Terri Potts-Chattaway
February 16, 2015

Neither Jay nor I expected to enjoy Mazatlan as much as we have. In fact, originally, Jay wanted to by-pass Mazatlan altogether and go directly to Puerto Vallarta. But, I had been here as a child and wanted to revisit the city my mom and dad once took me to when I was ten.

We still don't love the sprawling metropolis – as we aren't big city lovers – however, the town has made it incredibly easy to get around on the bus system which conveniently takes us into old town – the part we do love.

Not only does Centro Historico have great restaurants and art galleries, but it is home to the Teatro Angela Peralda. Originally opened in 1874, the theater went through a number of permutations and several owners and was most recently reopened in 1992 and declared a Heritage of the Nation. Today it hosts a number of artistic events, one of which we saw; the opera singer Maria Katzarava with Director Enrique Patron De Rueda and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa De Las Artes. Ms. Katzarava's performance was nothing less than spectacular and the orchestra, under the leadership of the director, was spot-on. The theater, itself, is a beautiful piece of art, designed in “Romantic 19th Century” with its interior “horseshoe-shaped Italian style”. (Honestly not sure what that means, but was part of the description on the website.) Buying our tickets late, we were relegated to the third balcony, but it seems that there isn't a bad seat in the house.

Several days later we were about to leave Mazatlan. But the preparations for the Carnaval created an excitement in the area that caused us to stop and say, “We're here. When will be here again? This is the second largest Carnaval in the world (next to Rio). Why leave now?”

So we decided to stay.

Not comfortable with large masses of people, we chose to book a seat at a hotel overlooking the malecon where the parade was to pass. For 470 pesos each we had front row seats (okay, second row) one level above the street. Included in that 470 pesos was all you could eat and drink for four hours. The best part – nobody in our hotel got stupidly drunk or obnoxious. In fact, the Carnaval brought out all generations of Mexican families. And hundreds of tourists. They estimated there were at least 200,000 people who descended on the malecon for Carnaval. In the parade, itself, there had to be at least, 50,000 people. All those people and yet no chaos. It was definitely the grandest, largest party I have ever been to and it was really great fun.

(See photos in gallery.)
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Vessel Name: Cadenza
Vessel Make/Model: Hardin 45' Ketch
Hailing Port: Malibu, California
Crew: Jay Chattaway, Terri Potts-Chattaway
About: Jay has owned Cadenza for over 20 years. He originally bought her in La Paz, Mexico (known as Mercury One and before that as Mar y Vent) and brought her up to the Channel Islands. Terri fell in love with sailing and Cadenza over ten years ago and she has been a labor of love ever since.
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The Plan: We are to leave Channel Islands Harbor the beginning of September, 2013 and head to San Diego for a few months of prep and family time. Next, we leave for La Paz (we love it there) the beginning of November. We will winter out of La Paz, exploring the Sea of Cortez. This is the first [...]
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