Valle de Bravo
Sometimes when you’re scouting locations for a photoshoot you have to walk up some big hills with all your gear. And sometimes (because of various translation problems and misunderstandings) you will walk up the wrong big hill. But as you are sitting on that wrong hill with all your stuff, you’ll realize that you need to pull yourself together so you can march back down and try the correct hill at the other end of town. Because when you do, you’ll end up with views like this one-
This is the top of La Peña, in the beautiful little lakeside town of Valle de Bravo in Mexico. Of course there are no guardrails or warnings- just a sheer drop down to the well-manicured lawns of the vacation cottages below. In case the view wasn’t enough, someone took the time and effort to erect a cross at the top.
While taking a much-deserved break in the town square I was approached by this lady selling flowers. I told her that I really didn’t need flowers, but I would love to take her portrait. She agreed, in exchange for a little coffee money.
And it’s always a good day when you accidentally stumble across a beautiful mercado. I’m a sucker for fresh oranges and this vegetable market had a few varieties that I liked.
I can’t imagine how busy this town must be during vacation season. It was hard to navigate the narrow streets, and this is the off-season. But despite the slow traffic at times, Valle de Bravo is a great little spot to relax and unwind.