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Third Month in the Yucatan /1

Part ONE: Mackay’s visit

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What a very busy month. It was so full of stories; activities and friends It brought our “consuegros” to visit Mexico for the first time! It is fun to plan a week here but making sure you don’t overload it as well.
It was full force on the first day of their arrival. I had booked in the Beach High Tea for the IWC ladies. But to make it even more of a filled day a rehearsal had been added to my mix. Look for the story of the fashion show in part TWO

The rest of the week was all planned out for the best possible weeks visit! I think the Mackay’s would have to agree it went very well! I enjoy planning these visits.

One of my favourite ruins happens to be Mayapan. so what is a visit to the Yucatan without showing off my quiet little ruin! It is one of the three major ruins: One is Chichenitza followed by Uxmal and last but not least Mayapan where there were two groups of natives living together in the one place. It is not as frequented by tourists for some reason but as long as it continues this way I’ll be back with friends to show them this incredible site. Today we were 11 in the mini van that had our old and new friend including our “Consuegros”. The lovely term for the two in - law - parents. We were also accompanied by another friend of a friend Liz who was delighted with the day as well!

The walled city of Mayapán, is considered the last great capital of Mayan culture in the Postclassic (1200-1450 AD). It has an extension of 4 km², in which there are approximately 4,000 structures and it is believed that the city had a population of 12,000 inhabitants. On the site and through the architecture you can see the strong influence of Chichen Itza, an example of this is the main building or better known as Castillo de Kukulkán, which is equal to Chichen Itza only smaller. In the Central Plaza there are the civic, administrative and religious buildings, as well as the residences of the ruling class. These are buildings built on plinths that have corridors with columns, temples and oratories with an altar in the background and a banquet on the sides. Also representative are the round buildings, known as observatories and the small sanctuaries. Mayapán was inhabited from the beginning of our era until the fall of the city around 1450 AD. C. It is known that people lived in the vicinity of the site from the Preclassic and the Early Classic (300 BC-600 AD).!

After the ruins we went for a swim in two different cenotes and the refreshing dip was so very welcome. Our group thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful unique feature of the Yucatan Peninsula! After our cooling off it was time to fill our bellies and a must when here is a visit to a Hacienda. So many of these delightful places have been converted into a restaurant and events This one has to be one of my favourites. Hacienda San Pedro Ochil. Located just off the road between Uxmal and Merida.

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http://haciendaochil.com/principal.php?idioma=_ing

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Another must when you come here is the fish fry on the weekends at the Restaurant El Patrullero. I never tire of eating in this hole in the wall place. Owned by fishermen who’s mama does all the frying of the fish!

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Followed by a swim in the ocean!

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Sunday walk along Paseo Montejo is always fun and so our morning started in Merida. With a coffee stop at my favourite Starbucks. It was lovely to discover that the Sunday artists have returned to the boulevard. I bought a few small items from a lovely girls drawings

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I scored tickets to the Bolshoi Ballet of Swan Lake for Martha and I.

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We met up with the male species after at the Chaya Maya Restaurant for a delicious meal enjoyed by all

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We were walking by this shop and Martha was surprised by this one! Not sure how sweet they are. The best ones are calle “pina de mile”

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To top the week off there was the beginning of carnival and we were lucky to catch the small parade on Monday night before the Mackays left. It was just starting as we ended our wonderful dinner at Crabsters Restaurant.

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It was sad to see the Mackays leave us but before they headed home spent a couple of days on the Mayan Riviera. On this day of their departure it was Mardi Gras bringing us into Progreso to join in the festivities at Saint Bonnet restaurant with a group of friends.

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Stay tuned for Part TWO coming to you shortly

Posted by OhUiginn 19:00 Archived in Mexico

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