Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Theme Day, February, 2011-Fountains

Does the water have to be running to qualify as a fountain?  I don't think so!  This beautiful fountain is in the courtyard of the Melville in the heart of El Centro, Mazatlan, Mexico. If you went to go to  this boutique hotel, this is how it is described on their website:

If you want to savour history to the full in Mazatlán, The Melville is the place to stay. Built in neoclassical style during the 1870´s by Spanish trader Juan Tamés it served as the Telegraph Office in the 19th Century. Later it functioned, for more than 60 years, as a Carmelite nun's school, a period that gave the Melville its monastic appearance. Today it operates as a luxury guest house " A palace for Pesos ." 


Named after Herman Melville, who was in Mazatlan in 1844, the building impresses with its wrought Iron Balcony that goes all around it. Inside, you not only find the best of Mexican decoration, a tribute to local craftsmen, but Peruvian Sacral art as well. Mexico and Peru were the richest Spanish colonial possessions, and had large Carmelite orders. The nuns in Mazatlán had ample contact with their Peruvian Counterparts, and therefore the art collection.
No rooms at the Melville are alike. In one you sit on a majestic deep plush armchair, In another hangs a splendid oil painting. Here you find costly antiques, gleaming mirrors, decrepit trunks and Mexican chandeliers. All of this makes The Melville perhaps Mexico 's loveliest habitable museum.
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In March we'll spend another month in Mazatlan again!  Whoopee!!


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15 comments:

Olivier said...

un bel endroit pour cette fontaine

Jilly said...

So Moorish in its feel. And hey, so glad you'll be going to Mazatlan in March. Excellent news!

Mary Ann said...

Such a gorgeous place!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Now this is a beautiful old fountain and I just love those pots around it. Lovely colours too.

Sharon said...

I can see myself relaxing here with maybe a tasty margarita in hand!

Jazzy said...

oh kate, i wish i am there, what a lovely scene! it's got a warm and feel good touch!
happy cdp day!

ramy_v said...

Great courtyard and fountain. Well captured.

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Jack said...

Hey! What are you doing here? I can see why you sneaked this one in. Great fountain, water or not, nicely composed. I think you will deserve some time in a warm climate after the storm you must be getting tonight.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

What a fabulous setting. Wish I could spend a month in Mexico. Que te diverte bien.

Steffe said...

Wow, That is a beautiful fountain.

Mo said...

Oh it is magical. I could easily spend time here. The woman in my post is playing a Hammered Dulcimer. It would sound beautiful next to this fountain.

Alan said...

That is a beautiful fountain! Lovely photo!

Peter said...

Nice to see that you are making it to Mazatlan again! March is soon there!

Carver said...

That's very beautiful. Looks like a great spot to sit outside and enjoy the beauty.

Kathleen McQueen Wright said...

I could spend my hours painting here