Around the world. (Part 2)

Here is part  2 of my series “Around the world”.

Canada is a very  large country. If you live in the East maybe you did not visit the West part of the country.  I was lucky to drive across Canada twice.  The first time, alone,  from Quebec to BC and the second time  with my family from BC to Winnipeg. I really enjoyed driving  in the Prairies and seeing the Rockies is also a wonderful memory. Unfortunately I do not have much photos of those areas . Sometimes the best I could do was to take a photo through the window. We had many km to do every day.

I visited the Maritimes ( except New Newfoundland and Labrador) when I was 19.  I went back some years  later, with my family,  in Nova Scotia and New-Brunswick.  One day I might visit the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. And of course, I visited many parts of  Quebec .  Magdalen Islands, located in the Gulf of St-Laurent, is a splendid corner of  my country. Not so easy to access  but it is what makes it even more interesting.

In USA, I have seen lots of states .  I have done  many km on the roads in USA. One summer  we traveled through 26 states . We visited majors cities in the east : Boston, New-York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh.  We also spent time in Chicago and Saint-Louis. The main reason for this trip was to see many baseball games.

I still have to see states in the south-east part of the US. I have been many times to Washington state, Oregon and California. In Arizona and Utah I have seen wonderful vistas.

In Mexico, I went to Mazatlan, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo. I have so many good memories of  time spent in Mexico. I love the sun, the beach and the food!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Next week,  another post of travels. Are you following me ? I hope you enjoy the photos as well.

 

 

Puerto Vallarta ( part 3)

More on “el centro” of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

We walk a lot and I take some photos. Here is the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known locally as La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe . The tower is topped with a wrought-iron crown hoisted by angels designed to resemble one worn by Empress  Carlota of Mexico. dsc00707

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We walk by  the pier.  The pier offers access to boats, water taxis that can take you north of the bay and mainly to the southern beaches and coves, such as Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Mismaloya, Yelapa  and other beautiful destinations, you’ll also be able to catch sail trips and cruises around the bay.

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For lunch we go to Coco’s Kitchen.  The address is : Púlpito 122, Olas altas.  Coco is a friend of a good friend. We have been to this restaurant before and we enjoy going back every time we go to PV.

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The food is great. This is a lovely restaurant. The back of the restaurant is like a garden as there is no roof. We order avocado rolls. I eat chicken enchilada with salsa verde. It comes with rice and re-fried beans. My husband orders a beef burrito. We have a few “cervezas” with our delicious meal.

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Muy rico as they say in Spanish !!   I love Mexican food ! Do you ?

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Puerto Vallarta (part 2)

I hope you ( my  200+ followers) enjoy my  posts.  I would be very happy if you were commenting once in a while.  Many thanks for your interest in my travel stories. Now  we are going to spend time  “en el centro de PV”.  And by now you know that PV stands for  Puerto Vallarta.

After breakfast, we take the local bus to go to downtown or what we call “el centro”. The bus fare is 7,50 pesos. It is about .50 cents. The buses are old  but it does not matter as long as we get where we want to go.  We usually go “en el centro”  once during our stay in PV.  It is a bumpy ride as the pavement is  sometimes rough.

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We like to walk on the “malecon”. It is a boardwalk for pedestrians. It is very popular for  tourists. This large sign  PUERTO VALLARTA  is new. It was not easy to get a picture with nobody having their photo taken in front of it.

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There are many sculptures to admire on the malecon.

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and also some sand sculptures.

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We also see the “Danza de los Voladores“. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30-meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum.

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After their performance, they ask for a donation.  The ceremony was named an Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO   in order to help the ritual survive and thrive in the modern world.

There are  artists on the malecon selling  their art. And then of course , there are  restaurants  and many  stores  for souvenirs. We have a special restaurant we like to go. I will talk about it on my next post.

Hasta luego.  Have a good weekend.

 

Puerto Vallarta (part 1)

dsc00503 I am not counting anymore how many times we have been to Puerto Vallarta.

I remember the very first time it was in 2002. This was a 3 weeks vacation. We stayed two weeks in PV and one week in Nuevo Vallarta ( a bit further north than PV).

We stay not too far from the marina where we can find lots of restaurants. One night we walked in this area. I was pleased to see the colors of the sunset and the reflections of the lighthouse …

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We enjoy walking on the beach every day . I will show you what we see. The birds, nice flowers, driftwood, shacks and sign warning us about crocodiles.

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On the beach we see many shacks. I don’t think people live there all the time. They are built with any material they can find.

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On that beach, there are also many restaurants that are popular with locals.

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and now …the crocodiles. It was the first time we saw crocodiles at this spot. Close by a little lagoon. We saw two, a big and a small one. They were sleeping  I think or they were faking it ?

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dsc00576I did not like very much to see them and the fence didn’t make a big difference. Do you know what they eat ? How  fast they run ? I was also interested to know so we did a little research.

The American is one of the larger crocodile species. Males can reach lengths of 6.1 m (20 ft), weighing up to 907 kg (2,000 lb). On average, mature males are more in the range of 4.1 m (13 ft) to 4.8 m (16 ft) in length weighing about 400 kg (880 lb). Fish, reptiles, birds and small mammals make up the majority of their diet. On occasion, large mammals such as deer and cattle  are taken. Their dietary habits in coastal regions are not well studied. Like any other large crocodilian, the American crocodile is potentially dangerous to humans, but it is not a very aggressive species and attacks are rare. The can run up to 32 km/hour ( in the water).

The sky at the end of a day is always interesting to admire.

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On my next post, I will show you “el centro”  (downtown) of Puerto Vallarta.

Thanks for reading. Your comments are always appreciated.

Hasta luego!

 

 

 

 

 

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (part 3)

La Cruz is a nice small village. A few thousand people and a few more during the winter months. Many fishermen. The mercado is always busy in the morning. I like to look but the smell is the  what you expect in a fish market. So I never stay very long around. Sailboats and yachts for sea lovers. I prefer to stay on land and look at the sea. But if you want  you can go on excursion on catamaran or sailboat.

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The streets are not all paved. I mentioned  it in a previous post. Most of them are dirt or simply paved with some rocks. The cars cannot drive very fast. Some streets have no street lights. You can walk in the middle of the street or on the sidewalk but you always must be looking where you walk (there are holes and uneven sidewalks). I prefer to wear my running shoes when I walk in the village. It is not a place for fancy shoes.

There is a large park that is often busy with entertainment. We see a lot of signs “SE VENDE” (for sale). Some buildings are very old.  Or  they look old. There are enough stores to find what we need. Many seem to sell the same things. There are enough restaurants also. Some are more for the people who come here to spend winter  (The gringos). Sometimes,  there is just a grill installed on the side of the road. They put a table and a few chairs and they wait for customers. dsc00400

This is a bit like in Vietnam. Cooking outside, eating outside. We like TACO ON THE STREET. It is a simple restaurant with tacos. Very good. They also have flan for dessert. And it is very inexpensive.

We go for our usual walk at the marina in the morning and also we walk on the street where they have the market. Every Wednesdays, the street has vendors: kitchen stuff, clothing, toys, CD and also some fruits and vegetables. I really don’t see anything interesting. Later we will go again for our walk on the beach. My collection of sea glass is getting bigger. And every time we collect the glass, the beach is safer. I would be sorry to know someone has walk on broken glass. The glass we find is not always soft. With my collection I will try to be creative. I will keep only the best sea glass and play with it. Then I take a photo of my creation and put the sea glass back in the container. Here is an example of what I have done.

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Why do I like so much Mexico ? The sunny days allow us to spend more time outside without having to bundle. It is a vacation for our normal day life and I must assure you that it is very pleasant. I really enjoy the sky and looking at the ocean.

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Flowers are beautiful.

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I also have a chance to practice the language. I have been taking lessons before and I feel confident to speak it . For me, learning some words spoken in any country I travel is important. At least  very basic words like : Hola, adios,  por favor, gracias.  But now that I have started to learn Italian, I get a little confused but it is OK. French, Italian and Spanish have lots of similarity. So if I say per favore instead of por favor, they will understand !

On my next post, I will talk about Puerto Vallarta.

Adios y hasta la próxima!

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (part 2)

In this post you will know more about this village we stayed.  La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

When on vacations, I barely look at the calendar but I try to know what day of the week it is. We get up when we are ready. In La Cruz, we like to go for our morning walk before breakfast and before it gets too hot too. We walk by the marina. The smell is not very nice but it is fun to see the action. Customers come early to get fresh fish.

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Men are chatting. I notice how the Mexicans never run. Why should they? The sun rises. They get up. The sun moves slowly and when it sets, they also call it a day. No need to be stressed. They do not look stress but I also know that most of them are not rich. They have a simple house, a simple life.

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Many of them have never traveled outside their country. Our morning walk last about one hour. After that, I am ready for my second shower of the day!

La Cruz is a small village a few thousand people. Many people                  (Canadians  or Americans ) come here to spend winter away from snow, cold and rain. Here at Villa Amor del Mar, I enjoy the quiet garden. When I am too hot, I refresh in the pool for a few minutes.

I like to walk in the village. There are very few cars. Many streets are just cobblestones. I think the main street is paved and most of the streets are just like the one you see here.dsc00187

People hang their clothing to dry. Why not ? It is sunny and it will dry in no time.dsc00197

I will show you a few of the birds we see.  The first one is an egret.  Probably the snowy egret. Which is a small white heron.

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You might know more than me about those birds. If you do, tell me what you think those are. Thanks.

More on La Cruz in my next post. Hasta luego!

 

 

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (part 1)

Viva Mexico!

We are in a small village of the state of Nayarit. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

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I wake up around 8:30 so in reality it is early ( because there are two hours difference in time with home).  I am ready to enjoy the sun. I go on our balcony to listen to the sound of the waves.  I see the vendors installing their stuff for Sunday market.

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We made the plan to go later after coffee and breakfast. I even have time to read in the morning. A real sign that I am on holiday. I never read during the day  at home. I like to look at the action in front of our place. I see a man fishing with a net. This is often the way they do it in Mexico. We take our time and only when we are ready we go to the market. We are looking for cheese, strawberries, nuts and bread. I even spot a cute little beach dress. And I buy it.

Later in the afternoon, we go for our walk on the beach and I start my collection of sea glass. We find a lot a sea glass. Dark green,  light green, brown, white. I find also some interesting shells and some rocks. We walk for about one hour, slowly. We are going to do it everyday. I just love it.

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I should talk a little about the little B & B where we stay. It is called Villa Amor del Mar. Chris and Cindy Bouchard own this place. They are fantastic people.  This is the perfect spot for a wonderful relaxing vacation. After being there 3 times, I feel so at home there. And of course, we know better the village also. In the next photo, you see the pool and the beach is right there (the light in this  picture is not the best). We can use the paddle board if we want or just relax in the sun or in she shade.

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You can check it out here:  http://www.villaamordelmar.com/

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When we are at the villa , I like to get up early to see the sunrise. It is so nice. I take pictures and quickly I send them to  friends  or family. I like to share those special moments. I am sure you also  enjoy sunrises and sunsets.

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For me it is a little paradise. I can’t wait to go back  again. Does that sound a great spot for you ? Let me know what you think ! I will talk more about the village on my next post. Thanks for reading. Hasta luego.