• The Incomparable Haven Of La Manzanilla

    Community, Environmental Design

    La Manzanilla means different things to different people. Top people in Spain, it is a small town with a population of 2,300. To sherry drinkers, it is a variety of fino. To tea drinkers, it is the Spanish word for chamomile. To North American vacationers, it is a fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico with a population of 2,000 inhabitants.

    Three hours south of Puerto Vallarta and one hour north of Manzanillo, the village is situated in the southeast corner of Tenacatita Bay on the Pacific coast. Among the nearby towns are Isla Navidad, Tamarindo and Carayes. This area is known as Costalegre (or Costa Alegre), the Happy Coast.

    the town has everything that visitors from around North America could want, apart from hordes of tourists. Grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and a thriving fishing industry all provide employment for local citizens. There is a nature sanctuary nearby that provides a home for a colony of 300 American Crocodiles.

    There is a galeria, or gallery, in town which showcases the work of artists from the local, regional and national areas. Different media and styles are represented at regular monthly receptions. Since 2003, the gallery has been operation in collaboration with Mexican and ex-pat artists.

    One such artist and interior designer is Angela Lopez. She can decorate around the house on walls and borders, etc., as well as adding a decorative, personalized flair to glassware, towels and t-shirts. She likes painting natural subjects, such as flowers, butterflies, sea creatures and birds.

    Another artist who is showcased at the Galeria is Brian Kieling. He is a man of many talents and can do interesting things with primary colors, like "The Artist and His Model", " and "Summer Solstice". He also likes to create lively beach scenes, such as "Playa Nagrita" and "Zen Wave". He is equally comfortable painting in different shades of a single color, as in "Paradigm" or "Blue Palm", as he is with intricate, complicated color schemes as with "Peyote Palms" and "Eve".

    Manzanilla is the Spanish word for chamomile, a daisy-like plant known for its ability to be made into a tea-like beverage used as a very popular sleep aid, often served with honey and/or lemon. Chamomile can also induce uterine contractions, which can lead to miscarriage in pregnant women. For these women, chamomile is contraindicated. People who are allergic to ragweed may also be allergic to chamomile.

    As well as being the name of a small town in Spain, La Manzanilla is the name of a village on the coast of Mexico. Popular with North American tourists, the village hosts an art gallery where local arts and craftspeople display their works. The name also stands for chamomile, a popular beverage plant. Chamomile tea should be used with caution because it may induce sleep or miscarriage.

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