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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 4th 2014

March 3, 2014 Lazy day...breakfast at Cafecito...Joe and Roger played in the horseshoe tournament at the Split Coconut...Joe and I watched the surfers at sunset, got some tacos to go, and ate grapefruit frozen yogurt on the shop balcony. Had a panicky 15 minutes when I couldn't find my prescription sunglasses. Finally found them in Joe's eyeglass case. His glasses were on the dresser. The maid did it. Good thing we don't have a maid at home, we'd never be able to find anything. March 4, 2014 We were up early to walk east 1.2 miles along Playa Zicatela to The Point. We watched the surfers there for quite some time then ate breakfast at a great little cafe nestled in the palm trees. We hadn't explored this area before and thought it was charming. We ... read more
View for our rooftop terrace.
Another Sunset
Watching the surfers

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City March 2nd 2014

Another beautiful day in Mexico City. I've made it back to my room just in time to best a wicked-lovely rain storm and to settle in before I catch my plane tomorrow. Today I started off into Casa Azule, Frida Kahlo's house where she lived with Diego, hosted Trotsky and painted much of her work. You know by now that I tend to get a bit weepy when I find myself in a place I've dreamed of visiting. My eyes welled up with tears the whole visit. She was so much more prolific than I had fully realized and the Mexican people are rightly proud of her. I love folk art, I like the soft edges, imperfection and rawness you find within. After the museum I went to the San Jacinto Bazaar where I was able ... read more
I like

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Lo de Marcos March 2nd 2014

We had to leave PV a day early, since they mistakenly told us we had a room for Saturday night at our We packed, did some shopping, said goodbye to Susan, and found a cab willing to drive us to Lo de Marcos for $50 (an hour and a half drive)...the cabbie we hired had never been this far north before...! Our camera died that morning too, so I am using the Nexus for photos, which is hard because the camera is on the screen side with no view finder, so I have to guess what I'm photographing... We found our hotel (our second choice, since we had not heard not heard from our first, the Caracol). We were checked in by a meth addict-looking young man, and our room, while full of sunlight (you ... read more
Bill in taxi
Trying out the Nexus as camera..
With French-Canadians at the fiesta

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City March 1st 2014

Teotihuacan is billed as one of the oldest and most majestic pre-Hispanic cities and is only about an hour away from the city via chartered bus. Translated as "place where gods are born", this Aztec series of pyramids, ceremonial centers and stonework is an interesting place to visit. The stairs are steep, so steep that you have to be right at the ledge, looking over, to even see them. I spent a few hours there, poking around a bit, bumbling like I always do. they have out a lot of restorative work into the pyramids, most visible is the cement work holding the pieces together so we can scramble around on them. They've done a really good job though and they have left some pieces unrestored, which I think is important so you can see what ... read more
The death spiral

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca March 1st 2014

This is my second blog entry for this year. I have taken a lot of pictures so I am not sure where to begin but I will take a stab at it. I think I will begin with my second weekend here, 1/31 - 2/2. We went to the Guelaguetza show at the hotel Quinta Real. The hotel is an old ex-convent from the 17th century. The costume and dances are done by students at the Technological Institute. These are dances and costumes from the seven indigenous regions in the state of Oaxaca. The "real" Guelaguetza is held the last two Mondays of July but the Institute has begun having performances each Friday and you have the option of having an authentic Oaxacan dinner there at an additional cost. It is a truly wonderful experience. As ... read more
Otra region
Otros danzantes
Yo y dos amigas


North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 28th 2014

I'm sitting on the roof of my hostal in the Zona Rosa of Mexico City. Huge skyscrapers and various shaped buildings block my view of this noisy city, and block that noise as well. I have had an amazing reception in the city so far. Hell, even on the airplane my little abuela sat next to me, sharing her cookies, while we all congratulate a successful engagement proposal that just happened a couple seats ahead of us. Flying in you can really see the swampy past that Mexico City has risen above to become the center of activity on the country. As soon as I landed and wandered around a bit trying to find the Metro a wonderful lady took me to the Metro station and then, not only did she show me how to handle ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 28th 2014

February 28 – Friday – Today worked on my pictures and my blog most of the day, and then I walked down to a pizza place for some pizza. I then walked down to 5th street to see if anything was going on there for the Carnival. 5thstreet was pretty quiet as most of today’s events were taking place in the Main Plaza in the center of town. So I just walked over to Founders Park by the beach and relaxed a bit. For once those stupid Indians weren’t beating those drums and sticks, or maybe they had just finished by the time I got there today as they were standing and sitting around. Tomorrow the parade will run from Founders park to Constituyentes and then up Constituyentes to 30th avenue where it will turn South ... read more
Fish and shrimp tacos
Haagen Das ice cream

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid February 28th 2014

This morning I went on another tour - this one to the famous Mayan site of Chichén Itza. I had read about Chichén before and seen pictures, but actually viewing it in person was a never-to-be-forgotten experience. I actually got a tingle down my spine when I first saw the famous Castillo looming up ahead of me. (See photo) I had an excellent guide today who showed me the various buildings and recounted what is known or guessed at about the civilization that produced them. There are lots of stone-carved images and many examples of Mayan hieroglyphs. They apparently did do human sacrifices and one of the stone carvings shows a stylized eagle with a human heart in its upturned claw and snake glyphs above and below. (See photo) Unlike Ek Balam yesterday, one may not ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 27th 2014

Our six hour bus ride here passed quickly..lots of room on the bus....only $40 for the two of us in first class... We arrived right in the old part of PV, where our hotel is located, and found the place quickly, after asking for directions once. It's part of a very large hotel complex, but the Dona Susana is small and older, and on a dead-end street.... An old friend from my Paris days is staying here too. We have been traveling to the same places for years, but never at exactly the same we are spending time together for the first time in over 35 years! PV can only be described as over-the-top....crowds everywhere, with a mix of young/old, gay/straight...and everything in between. Few Mexicans....It's a big city, but the only interesting part is ... read more
Hotel iguana
Mazanillo bus station
Ready to ride...for 6 hours...

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido February 27th 2014

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014 Today was market day so we caught the little colectivo and rode it to the town market, got a few fresh fruits and vegetables, and ate lunch at Roger's favorite market cafe. Joe and I shared chili rellano tacos that were delicious. The rest of the day was spent taking it easy reading and catching up with email. Joe and Roger went to Playa Zicatelo for the sunset happy hour. Thurs. Feb. 27, 2014 Today was another terrific beach day. We three walked over to Playa Manzanillo to swim, snorkel, and eat some of the best guacamole I've ever had. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've had guacamole and chips for breakfast and lunch in one day. On the way home we took a scenic stone anador (walkway) of ... read more
Judy and some warriors.
Pretty Cafe Window
Roger on Playa Zicatela

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