Editor’s Note: Farewell Francine

While I wasn’t a close friend of Francine, we chatted on the occasions our paths would cross. Years ago my mom had seen one of her paintings and expressed how much she enjoyed it. Francine painted iconic scenes of the city she loved in a style that was uniquely her own. I had at one point inquired about getting a commissioned piece of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens (my mom’s favourite spot in Vallarta) done and we’d discussed what aspects to include – butterflies, of course, or the view from the 2nd floor with the hearts and the hummingbirds, possibly. Then the world went sideways.

Those who loved Francine are invited to a celebration of her life at Langostino’s on the Malecon in Old Town on Thursday at 6:30pm. We are re-running an interview we did in February 2017 on page 18. She was a valued member of our community here in Vallarta, her smile and enthusiasm will be missed.

Once again I missed the Taco Feria because of previous engagements, but I hope you made it out to this great event that supports the local businesses. Organizer Edgar Cisernos tells me it was a huge success with about 1500 people chowing down on tacos, drinking the drinks and dancing to the music. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? The next Taco Festival is being planned for July – in case you need an excuse to come back in the summer.

We have a brief lull in big events this weekend but you can always catch a show at Incanto or Act II or for something different enjoy live music on the river at El Rio while tucking into a plate of meaty ribs. Christie Seeley has some information on upcoming shows around the bay and you can find all the details in the back pages the Tribune.

I had a lovely coffee with John Warren and Henry Golas from the IFC at the Rosita Hotel – have you been into their restaurant? It was the first hotel built in Vallarta about 75 years ago, and the interior brickwork is beautiful. Fantastic airflow off the ocean in the dining room. Open to the public for meals and they have a day pass for their small but lovely beachfront pool – 150 pesos includes 100 pesos in credit at the bar/restaurant. Henry is wrapping up his last year as president of IFC, and the board is looking for new blood – if you’re interested in supporting over 20 local charities – the IFC could use a few good volunteers. You can find John’s email in these pages if you’re interested in throwing your hat in the ring.

Plenty going on around the bay. Get out and support our local businesses. Tip generously. Hug your loved ones extra close. Be kind.

Safe travels,



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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.