Streets of Malinalco, Mexico

Green house is my favourite so far.

1804 Malincalco street by Mel Franz


Another beetle from Malinalco, Mexico

So turns out my favourite things to draw while in Mexico are apparently beetles and dogs. Who would have thought.

This one was a real beauty in perfect condition, despite its rather odd egg shell colour.

1804 Malinalco beetle 2 by Mel Franz

beetle Malinalco

Beetles! Beetles everywhere in Malinalco!

More impressions from Malinalco, Mexico, where I am currently hanging out. I would call it the town of beetles. There is one in every street I pass. I don´t know why but they always make me smile.


Did you own a beetle? Do you want one? I certainly would like to have a red one if given the opportunity.

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico

These guys napping in the shadow during the afternoon heat. There are plenty of street dogs around here but most of them look well fed and they are very friendly towards people and vice versa.

They didn´t even blink once when I passed and watched them.

1804 Malinalco Siesta by MelFranz

In Malinalco, State of Mexico

Moving on from Tulum.

After a week in La Ciudad de México (CDMX) I got to Malinalco. I had no idea what this place was about before I arrived here. 115 km south west of CDMX in the State of Mexico. Elevation 1740m, population 8000, very rural and it is considered a Pueblo Mágico…

And most importantly it has way less air pollution than CDMX which I highly appreciate and approve of.

1804 Malinalco by Melanie Franz

It is certainly very colourful. During my first walk around town.

On the beach in Tulum, Mexico II

I had to draw “bike girl”. That’s how I call her. She was part of a group of spring breakers.

I’m also trying to work on my style. What do you think?

1803 Tulum beach bike girl by Melanie Franz

On the beach in Tulum, Mexico

I feel like I should mention the beach at least once. Although I was too busy just lying there, doing absolutely nothing and loving it.

There were two big palm trees on the public beach that provided a good amount of shade. So a lot of people gathered under them.

1803 Tulum beach 2

It was also the time of spring break when I arrived there, towards the end of March. I had no idea. Luckily this public beach was relatively empty as it is rather “far off” from the resort area.

At the beach in Tulum, Mexico

This was my bike during the 2 weeks I stayed there. I usually parked it next to these palm trees while at the beach. It was rather rusty because of all the salt and sand but it served me well.

1803 Tulum bike


On the streets of Tulum, Mexico XIII

This is the last one from my bike tour around Tulum. These guys are selling tepache de piña, a fermented pineapple drink. Unfortunately I did not get to try it yet.

1803 Tulum Tricycle by Mel

Otherwise you can find a lot of really cool street art around Tulum.

And then there was this place who probably got rid of the guy who did the spelling… No, the name of the place is not Restaun. I checked.

1803 Restaurant Tulum


On the streets of Tulum, Mexico XI

What can I say, I took a lot of photos of dogs. This one just stood there for a while not sure what to do next. Then he started to wander off.

1803 Tulum dog 2 by Mel Franz


On the streets of Tulum, Mexico X

This building definitely left its impression on me as it was so blinding bright… It was hard not to notice it, especially in the bright afternoon sun. It seems to be an apartment hotel. Would you like to stay there?

1803 Tulum pink house by Mel


On the streets of Tulum, Mexico IX

One thing that struck me while wandering around was, how clean the streets are. Saw this guy doing his business on the palm tree with a can dedicated to chicle – chewing gum. On the tree beside it was a can for cigarette butts.

1803 Tulum dog by mel



On the streets of Tulum, Mexico VIII

There were not as many street dogs around as I would have had expected, but a lot of people actually have dogs. I really miss having a dog. This one was snoozing in front of a paint supply shop.

Observation: It´s too hot to move during the afternoon heat.

1803 Tulum siesta

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico VII

I haven’t seen this many VW beetles since… I can´t remember. They got rather rare in Germany and if you see them, then you never see them in anything else than perfect condition. Here, they just are. I saw several of them and they are just lovely. What do you think about them?

I´m still trying to figure out where and how much white space to leave when colouring with these watercolours…

Observation: Lots of beetles around here.

1803 Tulum beetle

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico VI

Plenty of colourful houses around here. What colour is your house or you would like it to be?

Observation: The brighter the better.

1803 Tulum Blue house

Finally finished this one.

1803 Tulum shop 3