Street Pictures around Old Town and El Centro

The streets around Old Town and El Centro are mostly cobblestone and I love the rustic vibe these areas carry with them. The light casts wonderful shadows on the buildings and I carry my iPhone to capture these beautiful street views. Most of my pictures now are from my iPhone as it’s handy to carry rather than a big camera around my neck or shoulder.

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Always carry your camera or smart phone, you never know when a picture perfect moment may arise.

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Vinyasa Flow at Kupuri Yoga in Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Yoga has really helped alleviate my back pain which, before yoga, had me laying on the floor after a work day in pain. As a teenager, I remember sitting on the bus with stabbing pain in my mid back along the left side of my spine. All my life this pain has come and gone but as I grew older, the pain became worse. Being an active person, it usually worsened after tennis, a workout at the gym or even walking home from work. Then one day I saw an advertisement for Yoga for Summer Sports, so I signed up hoping it would be good for my back and game of tennis. This class changed my life. I was 30 yrs old and for the first time in my life, I had no back pain and was sitting perfectly straight at my desk without the use of the back of the chair.

First, I started with Iyengar style yoga which was great for proper alignment of my spine,  learning the various postures and most importantly, using your breath to deepen into the poses. Now I practice Ashtanga yoga twice a week, which is a set of postures performed consecutively along with the in and out breath. I find Ashtanga improves flexibility while stretching my spine, allows me to meditate as I flow in and out of the poses, and is a great full body workout too. Ashtanga is sometimes called Power Yoga.

I captured this side street on my walk to 9am yoga class.

I captured this side street on my walk to 9am yoga class.

I felt I was ready to take some yoga classes in Vallarta rather than just working out at the gym so google searched what was out there. I found Kupuri Yoga, which was close to our condo and offered Vinyasa flow, which is a flow of poses combined with the in and out breath and a great middle ground between Iyengar and Ashtanga.

Sign for Kupuri Yoga.

Street sign for Kupuri Yoga.

Street view of Kupuri Yoga

Street view of Kupuri Yoga

Kupuri Yoga is a simple yet zen like studio located on Francisco L. Madero #239, in Emiliano Zapata (Zona Romantica) area.  They have yoga mats and props that are free to use and also offer 90 minute classes for a great price. Compared to other yoga studios in the area, I felt this was the best offer.

I have been going to the morning Vinyasa Flow yoga and thoroughly enjoyed every class. Paul, the instructor, is gentle yet encourages students to challenge themselves. Yesterday we did inversions and I was ready to stop after two, but Paul encouraged me to try more hand stands and head stands than I would have on my own.

The studio is large and zen like, with ceiling fans to cool the room and mirrors along the wall to check your alignment.

The studio is large and zen like, with ceiling fans to cool the room and mirrors along the wall to check your alignment.

Kupuri Yoga has mats and blocks for students to use for free.

Kupuri Yoga has mats and blocks for students to use for free.

Yoga is very therapeutic so drop in to Kupuri Yoga for a class to decrease stress, improve your flexibility and posture while also getting a non impact workout. Your body will love you for it.

Delicious Pizza at 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar in Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Ok, I have to say my new favourite restaurant in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta is 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar (you can find them on Facebook). With a location nestled right in the heart of Zona Romantica, this little restaurant serves up delicious tapas and pizza, not to mention great service too. Small and cozy, the little gastro bar seats about 15 inside and then double outside. The walls are an eclectic grey, black and white mexican tile and the bar has seating if you prefer over the tables. I enjoy sitting outside on the patio where I can watch people coming back from the beach or listening to the live music that sometimes is present.

Cervezas to start.

Cervezas to start.

Holly and I decided to hit the gastro bar for our dinner during our stay over Easter. First, we found our spot on the patio and ordered up some Sol cervezas. We were pleasantly surprised to have some complimentary hummus and bread sticks!

Hummus and break sticks.

Hummus and break sticks.

Our next course we ordered were some tempura and a waldorf salad. Both were excellent.

Spinach, apple, pecans and blue cheese...I think. Tasty anyway!

Spinach, apple, pecans and blue cheese…I think. Tasty anyway!

Vegetable tempura

Vegetable tempura

The pizzas are all made to order where you pick your toppings. I don’t recall exactly what we ordered on ours, salami, black olives and basil I think it was. Anyway, as you can see it looked amazing….and tasted just as good as it looked. We were pretty full so we boxed up half to have for the lunch the next day.

And the pizza, what we came for. Thin crust with cheese, salami, black olives and basil. Delicious!

My iPhone distorted Holly a little here. But here is the pizza…thin crust with cheese, salami, black olives and basil. Delicious! 

I love this little place and will return again and again. Although, I have to say I wasn’t impressed the very first time I went. The gastro bar had just opened and I’m not quite sure what it was. Victor, on the other hand, quite liked it and I’m glad he had us return.