Mexico – a country I love. Having grown up in Texas, I used to go there a lot, but since living in Italy, I have not been there in a long time. We recently made a trip to Cancun – a Mexican destination I have never visited. I must admit I always viewed Cancun as a kind of fake Mexico. I suppose I got this idea based on the number of huge resorts, the many American chain restaurants that can be found there and the fact that Cancun is a big Spring Break destination. Well I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The trip was fab. Here are some highlights with photos that mostly speak for themselves. They were all taken with my cell – and the quinceañera photo is super grainy because she was so far away, but she was so beautiful in her blue, puffy dress, I just had to include her.
Of course the beaches were amazing. Our friends told us to expect the water to have every shade of blue imaginable: cobalt, aquamarine, baby blue, turquoise, etc…
This Mayan city was THE place to be between AD 600 to 1200. The structures here include a playing field, pyramids, temples and a large columned market.
Aww….sleepy Isla Mujeres! I have to say that Isla Mujeres is more my speed – the feel is decidedly Mexican – totally laid-back and relaxed. The best way to get around is by scooter or golf carts. Playa Norte is a beach that looks just a like screen saver scene and the downtown area has plenty of cantinas, shops and cafes’.
Incredible swimming can be found at the Ik Kil Cenote. Was it incredibly touristy? Yes. Was it an amazing experience? Yes. Cenotes can be found throughout the Yucatan and were considered sacred waters for the Maya – a passage to the underworld. A cenote is a sinkhole resulting from the collapse of porous limestone caves exposing subterranean water chambers. This particular cenote has been used by Red Bull in their cliff diving competitions.
Fun pottery, hammocks and ceramics….and best of all? Yummy veggies. Look at all that color!
Look at this man below. I mean just look at this guy with his silver studded pants and sombrero in the background. Need I say anymore?
Valladolid is a Spanish Colonial town. See the pretty square below on the left? Once there was a Mayan pyramid there, but the Spanish dismantled it to use the materials to build the church in the picture on the right.
Probably my favorite part of Mexico – the wonderful people. Always sincere and so much fun. They are full of life and joy and are sometimes a little mysterious too.
The city bus in Cancun was so much fun…there was even music!!! So funny!