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Today was the first day that everyone really felt 100%. We have all pretty much acclimated to the altitude although poor Cole is really suffering with the dryness. His poor lips are chapped and cracked despite our best efforts with lip balm. While Rob closed up some deals, the kids and I wandered around town and went in search of a little Japanese hole-in-the-wall that had been highly praised online. Read More...
Today was kind of a bust as Rob woke up to find his back out. Not exactly an unusual occurrence during a vacation and I quickly ran out to the nearby farmacia to grab some strong pain-killers and anti-inflammatories. This kids and I went to La Trattoria for a nice lunch which turned out to be some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten since we moved to Mexico. Read More...
With just one day in town, already we could see that this is an area in Mexico that is truly flourishing. Smartly dressed business men and women and hip university students seem to make up the majority of the people we see in town, sprinkled with tourists, mostly Nationals. Guanajuato's economy has long benefited from its silver mines, which are among the richest in the world. Read More...
The second stop on our tour was the village of San Antonio Arrazola, famous for its fantastic alebrijes, the fanciful painted woodcarvings now ubiquitous to Oaxaca. Read More...
Our first stop was to see the archaeological site of Mont Alban. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples...Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs..the terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Albán were literally carved out of the mountain and are the symbols of a sacred topography. Read More...
Not every single day can be Go! Go! Go! Sometimes, you just need to relax and take in your surroundings, let the sites and the sounds and the smells of the city waft by you and that's what we did for a day or two. Read More...
One of the sticky things we deal with every year around this time is Cole's birthday. Every year, it falls during our road trip forcing us to host the expected birthday party with all of his friends often weeks in advance of the actual birthday AND find something fun to do (kid fun, not grown-up fun) on the actual day. This year we decided to check out one of Oaxaca's most famous natural landmarks, Hierve el Agua. Read More...
One of the handcrafts we most wanted to find while we were in Oaxaca was its colorful textiles. Oaxaca is renowned for its intricately embroidered fabrics and woven rugs are we were certainly not going to return home without an armful. Read More...
Here's something else you might now know about my DH. He loves to shop. Mind you, it is possible he has never seen the inside of a grocery store and all of his clothes shopping is done online but when we go on vacation, Mr. Kinnon gets his shop ON! He is crazy for art and textiles and will spend hours and hours looking for just the right pieces to buy to bring home from our adventures. Read More...
Fortunately, the next day Rob was feeling much better and, after spending so long in the hotel alone, was ready to get on the road. We had planned to spend a day or two in Puebla but decided just to stop for a nice lunch instead and then continue on to Oaxaca City. We picked up our car at a rental place near the airport and with a little help from our iPhones and Google maps, we were on our way. Read More...
Today was the day we were scheduled to leave for Oaxaca. A car rental had been arranged in advance and the plan was to drive to Puebla, spend a day or two checking out the city and then carry on to Oaxaca where we were to spend the remainder of our vacation time. What we did not plan was for Rob to come down with a horrible stomach bug that would keep him in our hotel room and in bed in definitely! Read More...
Over 100,000 American teenagers and young adults travel to resort areas throughout Mexico for Spring Break each year. While most enjoy their vacation without incident, a small number are arrested, become victims of crime, or even die. Using common sense will help you avoid trouble. Read More...
For years, residents and visitors to the Riviera Maya have been enjoying the fabulous cuisine and hospitality of Chef John Gray. His restaurants have achieved local and international recognition and earned the prolific Chef numerous awards and accolades. Now, you can enjoy the same great food and service in the privacy of your own home or vacation rental! Read More...
Every year, I go on and on about the amazing work of the creative team, organizers and staff at Xcaret and this year will be no exception! The children's pavilion was awash with colored lights streaming through clouds of copal. Read More...
As you all know by now, every year, the kids and I go to the amazing Festival de Vida y Muerte at Xcaret and every year we love it. Honestly, this is one of the most well-organized events that I have ever attended and I can and do recommend it to everyone who happens to find themselves on the Riviera Maya during the time of Dia de los Muertos. A few years ago, I saw some adverts for a Hanal Pixan excursion offered by Alltournative which piqued my interest but, as the week of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos is always a logistical nightmare, adding yet another activity into the family schedule was impossible. Read More...
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