07.03.2017 - 14.03.2017 27 °C
I was again taken by the ancient stone houses and the contrast of the restoration of one next to another that was crumbling in disrepair. Both displayed their own unique beauty. And then, of course there were the doors.
Arrival late of Peter and Ella from Austria who were delivered nicely by our trusty driver Carlos.
One other tradition we have taken to with our guests is to take them to Chicxulub along the beach to have panuchos for breakfast. I have my Stitch and Sit ladies in the morning so I let Dara have the pleasure of taking them in and then they make a stop at the Wombat Hole on their return.
Later on in the afternoon the delightful Satchie arrived to give the ladies a massage. The discovery of this masseuse with such magical hands has delighted many a guest here. She isn't easy to get so booking her as soon as you arrive will be in order next year. I do have her coming once a week for the next three weeks so I will be all relaxed by the time I hit the other coast to see my parents!
Cara our niece had spent three nights in Merida making her own arrangements to get some touring and diving done. She will accompany the Austrians on Friday to see more ruins and cenotes along with a visit to the Yellow City: Izamal.
We delayed our first trip to El Corchito until we had friends here; accompanied by hot and windy weather at the house. This place is secluded from the wind and has such a wonderful canopy from the mangrove that protects you from the hot sun and the refreshing soft water of the open cenotes make for a delightful relaxing morning. The government has decided to put a restriction on what you can bring to this location now! Water and nothing else! No more lovely picnics. It was such a perfect spot for a picnic. What a disappointment but nothing can be done at the moment so we shall have to send a message to the appropriate authorities to voice our feelings.
The gang left for a nice dinner at Crabsters as I was unable to get more tickets to the event I was attending at Hacienda Xcanatun for a delicious dinner and concert with Lorraine and Jackie. This was a tribute to the Beatles where they played 17 pieces in a string quartet for 2/3 of the songs and the last third they added a wonderful guitarist who was so passionate about his guitar and his playing.
It has been a full house with our Austrian friends and our niece Cara. With the size of our house we really aren't on top of one another and everyone is able to do what they want. There was a fair bit of wind this week making sitting outside a little less pleasant than it can be. Despite the wind it was hot away from the beach and so a trip into Merida was a hot one. While the Austrians were at the Mayan Museum I went along to the see what the plans are for the old railway station. there were 6 stations where they presented the history of the area; the henequen boom and riches; and the plans to plant many wonderful indigenous trees along with some that have been around this are imported from abroad. The area proposed to be developed is 58 acres called "La Plancha" ( railway turntable) The plan is to build a park with bicycle trails and have the trains on display showing the railway history. This will also include bike lanes bringing the people from outside this area to have easy access. On Sundays there is a route closed off between 9-12 in the morning for the pure pleasure of cyclists. The proposal is to extend it a few blocks more. For those able to read this in Spanish do check it out!
Another wonderful meal was had at La RUEDA restaurant in Merida. We ordered the filet for 4 and another for 2 so we had way too much meat! The group was 11 at this long table and I should have requested to put it in a square as that worked so well at the last time we were 11. So it was difficult to have any conversation with those at the other end of the table. It was also Cara's 27th birthday so we made sure to recognize this with singing performed by William that certainly improved on the boring song. We didn't sing our usual family one as the rest couldn't join in.
We purchased only two tickets to the Symphony and there were no other decent ones left; and when I heard Louisette was coming down, Dara gave up his ticket to allow her to join me for an incredible performance of Mozart. It was so wonderful to see how emotional she was during the whole concert. This brought tears to my eyes too
The Austrians were far happier walking around the Plaza Grande and with Dara and Cara. We met up afterwards at the Santa Lucia park for a little bit of the dancing before heading to the Peruana Restaurant. It made for a nice change from the regular cuisine we get here. I would return here for sure.
With so much meat left over from the other night we were able to entertain our lovely Denis and Louisette as a farewell to Dara. It is going to be 2 months without my hubbie! How will I survive? Like i have all the other times he has gone to Japan.