DARA'S LAST WEEK
25.02.2015 - 03.03.2015 28 °C
Just as we find a nicer spot to play euchre and have it on Wednesday we find out that Elly May is closing Quinta Progreso on the weekend; but we can continue to play only we will not be able to order drinks or food. We decide that it is nicer place and will continue to come on Wednesday.
We decide to go on a road trip to Campeche by the local bus ADOgel . Well talk of luxury and this isn't the top of the line. Platino is where the seats recline completely flat for sleeping. We shall be taking one of those for our trip to Chiapas and Oaxaca. I could not reach the foot rest in front of me. We are given a drink and headphones to listen to the movie or TV program. The very smooth ride took 2:30 hrs. Once we found our hotel we headed to the pedestrian street for lunch where Alexis, Linda and I enjoyed a fabulous salad last year. A small salad could feed a family! Dara opted for a baguette sandwich.
This street is where some beautiful bronze statues are on display. I realized that they were different from last year so upon inquiring they told me they change them every year.
We were able to check in to our lovely quaint 8 room hotel around 3pm in time for us to take a bit of a rest before heading out to explore more of this beautiful clean and colourful city
We came upon the gate to the city and this kind gentleman asked if we wanted to go on the wall. It was still under renovations but very close to completion; all we had to do when we finished was ring the bell
this guard I think has been here a bit too long!
views from the wall of the city were interesting. Some of the painted walls and doors had nothing behind them!
We went looking for an interesting place for dinner and came upon this lovely little chocolate restaurant; for a change in food it was nice to share a ham and cheese crepe followed by a spicy mango one for dessert along with a mokaccino.
Once we finished it was still quite early so I wasn't ready to retire so I suggested we look for a place to have a beer. We stumbled upon a new place that hasn't been open very long. The selection of beers is the largest I have ever seen in mexico. Check out just the Mexican artisan beer list.
walking around town after dark was a whole different site. I just love the lite up cathedral
The next morning I had to take a few photos of our hotel as the light displayed the beauty of this delightful little inn Socaire
There are two forts that protected this walled city but only one has a museum which makes it more worthwhile. We could have easily taken a taxi but how boring is that; we ventured over to the market area and asked for a 'colectivo' to ride for a fraction of the cost.
Check out this reflection of me taking the photo of this lovely mask!
Before leaving I had to take a few more photos of this spectacular walled city. You can see why UNESCO chose it to their list.
We only spent one night as we were heading back to join Andy and Alexis for a meal in Merida and take in the Paseo Montejo Fiesta Mexicana .
We found a great little restaurant Rescoldos. which apparently means. "burning ember". run by a Canadian for the past 6 years. Alexis ordered a pizza that was cooked in a pizza oven they created from an old water cistern and produce some of the best wood oven fired pizza she has had. My ravioli was unique as it was a crusty pasta and my desert must be repeated on another trip to Merida. I chose passion fruit gelato that was one for the memory stick! I think there is another visit to this place soon!
To end the week we celebrated Dara's birthday with friends and a lovely meal in our home. Andy was in charge of the BBQ as that is his specialty. Dara could learn a few lessons from him. Everyone brought some food to share and we finished it off with probably the best "tres leches" cake we have eaten that we ate outside on our patio enjoying light evening breeze while our friend John played the guitar and we all sang along.
our piggy BBQ is so adorable
Suddenly I remembered I had put two chicken breast on the BBQ pig to use up the coals that were there so as to have cold grilled chicken. I went out to find that someone has stolen one of the pieces; and it was the bigger of the two of course!
Dara will leave here tomorrow to head home before he starts his pilgrimage in Sukoku Japan for the next two months.