|The fountain in centre with the Church just beyond.|
Each little town or municipality has its own central Plaza. They are a place of obvious pride for the people who live nearby and are kept neat and clean. Fiestas, music and many other activities can be found in the Plaza, as well as a variety of vendors plying their trade in the streets around the town centre. This Mother's Day, we were joined by Cruising friends, Pat and Darnell for a relaxing dinner at Donde Pica el Peje (where the fish bite), and then for dessert...we came here to the Plaza in Guayama in search of ice cream!
|Just one of the old buildings sporting a fresh coat of paint!|
The sound of easy-listening music reached us as we stepped into the Plaza. There were people standing around, or seated on the many park benches... couples, families and lots of little children... all just relaxing and listening to the music and song in the balmy Caribbean breeze. The lights of the Plaza were soft in inviting... But we were looking for REX CREAM! We've seen this place and wondered at the name many times. It wasn't until several friends recommended it that it made its way to the top of our bucket list!
It's a small shop with a long list of flavours, most of which are regional such as Tamarind, Guava, Passionfruit... I've even been told they have CORN ~ although I didn't notice it on the menu when we went... I'll definitely look that one up!
|Seriously though. And only $3.75 each!|
Seriously people... this ice cream is the most creamy, rich and flavourful ice cream I've ever experienced... and the prices are LOW! I'm in trouble!!!
|Does that look like happiness? It IS!!!|
We had no idea that our search for ice cream would end in a relaxing, cultural experience in one of the most beautiful Plazas in Puerto Rico. We've been here in daylight and found it pleasant, but a whole new kind of magic happens here at night.
The people aren't rowdy... they just quietly enjoy the air and the music and time with family. It's a free show for all to enjoy and it just makes us all-the-more sure that we've chosen the perfect home!
|The babbling fountain sparkles in the night.|
|A local man welcomed us and volunteered to take our picture together. So nice!|
Bruce and I don't go out at night much... but with promise of music in this Plaza ever other Sunday, and maybe a decadent treat... I think we may make this a semi-regular event! We finished our ice cream and called it an evening... But Darnell suggested we check out the brightly lit vendor across the way first.
Soft tiles were laid out on the sidewalk to create a "kid space" for the littles. They were wiggling but engrossed in a cartoon that was playing on a big screen next to the food truck. And what did we find for sale in that food truck? COTTON CANDY! For $2!!! OMG I'm in heaven!
|I have no words!|