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February 28, 2024 - Wednesday - Today we were back in the desert, actually in the eastern portion of Coachella Valley, to visit the city of Coachella.  The city has an elevation of 68 feet below sea level, like the rest of the valley.  The city is officially bilingual in English and Spanish, with 90% of residents speaking Spanish.  The Coachella Festival, an annual music and arts festival, is not held here but at the nearby Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.  Although we saw some beautiful public buildings, we came here for the murals around the city and this page is all about them.

The one below is old commemorating the grape boycott in 1965.

At first we thought this was a tree, but it's a concrete sculpture that must have been created for one of the festivals.

This is another festival creation, a "chapel" constructed of steel mesh.  It's called "Etherea."

We loved it here since the art is everywhere.

There are several authentic Mexican restaurants to choose from here, including Jalisco and El Tranvia.  We chose Jalisco since it is right downtown.

The food is great, but different from most Mexican restaurants that can be Americanized Mexican.  Judy had their Chili Relleno.

I had their "Camarones a la Diablo" and it was really hot and spicy.

We arrived a little after 10:00 AM and it was packed.  This was a wonderful adventure.

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