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Mexico 2015

French Invasion!

sunny 25 °C

How time flies when you you are having fun and entertaining friends from France. But all good things must come to an end. Today is their departure from us to a hotel near the airport as they have an early 6am flight in the morning. They started their visit with a stay in Merida and are ending it there as well.

We have had a great time trying not to be too busy with activities but the weather didn't cooperate too well for just sunning ourselves by the pool but was great for touring as it wasn't quite so hot.

New Years Eve and day were celebrated both at David's restaurant for a lovely meal and the first of the year we entertained our friends from France with a few of our local friends. One French tradition is to have foie gras and champagne and they so graciously brought this all the way over here Ann had made the foie gras herself. It is served on a piece of toast. The other hit of the evening is my favourite cheese from Quebec "Pleine Lune" which I had brought it down in my bag!



On Saturday a walk along the beach into Chicxulub was in order upon the arrival of our friends we made it to the Pescado del Portullero in time to get a table for 10. We love this place for it's wonderful deep fried whole fish and the coconut shrimp we also discovered they make very good shrimp kebabs and garlic shrimp.


It was a bit on the hot side for walking home so while the rest went to Xcambo I took a bus home. With the weather being nice I sat outside knitting on a sweater for Helene. I have to finish it by the 12th I hope I have enough time..

The finished 'amiga' cardigan


Sunday in Merida is a must for all visitors as the Historical centro comes alive with the cycling on Paseo Montejo; the main square fills with artisans and food stalls and a few more blocks away we find the Santa Lucia square with the live bands and locals dancing away. A traditional Yucatecan meal can be found closeby at another one of our favourite "Chaya Maya"


While our friends headed on a day trip to Becal to see the making of Panama hats and the chocolate museum near Uxmal I had a Dentist appt with Dr Ricardo Peniche who specializes in dental implants and travels around Latin America representing the procedure; I was only preparing for two crowns with the impressions taken and then the fun begins next week with 1 1/2 in the chair. It costs a fraction of the cost at home. So anyone needing work make it a dental holiday and come on down. Your flight and dental work will still be cheaper than at home.

Every Tuesday the Merida English Library (MEL) have a tour of three houses in the neigbourhood so I thought this might be something interesting for my visitors; but I forgot to take into account there would be a 30 min discussion in English that some would not understand. By the time we visited one home they were ready to quit. I managed to convince them to stay for at least one more; which did the trick; we even got to sneak in an extra house that has an open house from noon to one as the lady of the house is selling it as her husband just passed away. MEL is also known as the english community center since very few use libraries anymore, where there are small lectures and music gatherings on a weekly basis. A great place to catch up with friends. Upon our return home Catherine and Rainer were here when we arrive. Catherine and I have known each other since elementary school and lived on the same street on Ile Verte. We have lost touch every so often but have managed to reconnect recently when we saw them in their new home in New Brunswick. I had told them about how lovely it was here and found them an apt to rent for three months. Unfortunately upon their arrival here they found the building was under going major repairs and the noise would be. They have found another place but will have to wait until friday in the meantime they are staying at the new hostel that had been under renovations since Alexis and I first came here.

Various houses we saw on our tour


Wednesday saw my first Stitch and Bitch at the house again. People forgot the time and showed up here at 9am but that was fine as I was already outside knitting away to get the Amiga cardigan done. We had two days on our own while our friends were away in Valladolid and Chichen-itza. We found the house so quiet and missed them. We walked into Progreso to check out Faces afternoon jam session and there was quite the crowd. We hopped to get them excited about the return of Adam but they were just a bit blaze about it. He will have to contact them himself.

A trip to the Yucatan isn't complete without a day at the Cenotes and what better place to go than one where a mule takes you to three of them from the village of Cuzama.

Cenotes are out of this world


Later that evening we ventured into Chicxulub to see the annual 'Roscas de Reyes" put on by the local bakery for the whole town.


I have always wanted to go into town on a Saturday to see the Noche Mexicana at the top of Paseo Montejo. So we took the bus into Merida and met up with those who took a trip to Sotuta de Peon Henequen Plantation. I thought it would be nice to walk along the Paseo at night with all the lights on the trees and the houses. We were invited to a lovely meal at a new La Recova restaurant on our favourite dancing square. I love it when their beach one opens right before Easter only 2 blocks from my house. We strolled back to the Montejo for the Folklore dancing and the artisans market. What a lovely evening ending our stroll back to the car whereby we stumble upon a little cluster of Frenchmen selling their wares. We took home a lovely bottle of wine. How could the French resist such a delight. Squeezing four into the back seat of the car was quite interesting as I was comfy in the passenger seat in the front. It sometimes helps to have a big backside!!

Another meal at the Patrullero in Chicxulub was the Frenchies choice as their last Mexican meal, how can you go wrong with fried fish or coconut shrimp! Rainer and Catherine joined us and were very delighted with this little treasure.




Monday morning trailed as they got their bags packed up to leave. A quick run over to inflate a tire was in order before loading up the car too much; wouldn't want to have a flat on their way in to Merida. It was really sad to see them go as I had become accustomed to having them around. No more French to confuse myself with Spanish!!

my dear friend Helene and her husband Willy.
the four of them Ann, Jean-Michel, Willy and Helene

They will be thoroughly missed. I am not sure who will do the clean up after meals!


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