My little adventures south of the border.

A little bit of this and that…

Like I said in my first post, I just went to Isla to relax this time.  I never even made it to the south end of the island or to the colonias.  Just wanted to see this…

I read three books while I was there.  I picked this one up at Almendros…

It was just an average murder mystery, but imagine my surprise when I found out I was one of the characters!

Crazy, huh?!?  I figure it was a sign that I was meant to move to Isla.  But then again, I would use anything to serve as a sign that I need to move to Isla…like, “The sun rose today…it must mean I need to move to Isla!”  Haha!

This is kind of a random post on different things.  I took a total of 869 photos while I was there, so it’s been a job of organizing them for my blog.  One of the things I always notice when I’m walking around the island is how so many of the buildings change color from one trip to the next.  It’s like a never-ending kaleidascope of colors.

From this…

To this…

From this (these are the houses at the north end of Hidalgo)…

To this…

Some of them aren’t always good changes, but that’s okay.  You can figure that it’ll be different the next time, anyway.

Here’s the new big palapa at Buho’s…very nice for if it rains!

And I don’t remember seeing these street signs on Hidalgo before…

Here’s a new little place on Hidalgo which I never got the chance to try out.  Man, those colors POP, don’t they??  Bring your sunglasses!

I tried this new place which is on the other side of the street from Almendros and down a little bit towards the north end…

I had a roasted red pepper salad.  It was okay…those roasted red peppers should have been cut up a little…they’re were very rubbery and hard to chew.  Just a warning…this place is pretty expensive.

I also tried this place which is on Medina across from Minino’s.

I had the chicken fajitas which were very good.  I felt sorry for the businesses on this side of the street because of the construction.  I’m sure no one would want to sit at the outside tables with all the dust and construction noise.  I would definitely go back, though.

I went through La Luna just to check it out.  I’ve never been there, but they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I looked at a menu, but they seemed expensive compared to other options on the island.


Nice colors, but the outside section seemed kind of worn.  I can imagine how hard the salty sea air would be destructive on furniture.  It was kind of cool and breezy the whole week I was there, so I never saw anyone here.

And I walked by the Privilege Aluxes and the Cafe del Mar Beach Club across the street many times during the week and saw maybe a couple of people there the whole time.  Maybe they get a later crowd, but I honestly don’t know how that place stays open.


The little bar on the pier in front of Sergio’s is really cute, but they never served anything from there while I was on the beach.  People used it for a good photo op sitting on the swinging bar seats, though.

I took a picture of this a year ago…it’s a place for rent on Hidalgo.

Well, it’s still for rent and the blue paint has faded a bit.  I can understand why it’s still for rent…I don’t think there’s a roof over the place.  If you look above the crack in the door, you can see sky.  I’m thinking they might have to do a little remodeling to rent it, ya’ think?  But there IS a nice bench and a street lamp the city put in front, though.  And I’m glad to see they made use of the white bucket that was there before…haha!

I got this picture as one of the restaurants was throwing out scraps for the sea gulls.  I thought I was in some Alfred Hitchcock remake when they all flew away right towards me!

And I don’t know what this guy had in his mouth…it looked like a piece of rope…

But he still had it when he flew away…

They painted the ledge on the malecon since the last time I was there…

And the posts are all painted a bright pinkish red…

I kind of liked the turquoise of the old ones better…

Which you can still see on the shore…

So I took some souvenirs to keep with my sea glass stash at home.

This guy was making these things with bananas on Medina…I can’t remember what they’re called, but they looked delicious!

The fishing nets always provide great photo ops…


As do the boats…



And, of course, the sunsets…

Buenos noches, Isla…

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10 responses

  1. Ann

    Great photos, as usual! Did you take them all with the G12? There are so many different features on the camera than on my old one & I haven’t made time to look at the manual–Maybe I could study it on the plane! can’t wait to see more!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    • great photos…
      vinale’s restaurant, (across from minino’s)
      is owned by the daughter of the man who owns minino’s..
      i think this is her 3rd season…

      January 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

  2. Nancy

    Hi Deb! Love your pictures as usual. So bright and colorful. It was really interesting to see the changes in just a year. I’ll soon be seeing some of those changes myself. Question: in the pic of the pelican, what is that wooden structure in the far background? I can’t remember seeing anything like that in centro.
    Also, those yummy things with the bananas are called marquesitas and are said to have been invented in Merida. The cheese ones are good too. Like a crispy grilled cheese sandwich.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  3. Gail M. Stewart

    Hi Deb…Just stumbled onto your blog and I am loving it! I am also an Islaholic, but without you photographic skills. You have really captured Isla’s essence and expressed, for me, all the reasons I love Isla so much, too! Thank you…

    January 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

  4. Ann – Yes…these were all taken with the G12. I used to have a Panasonic Lumix, but haven’t replaced that one since it was stolen. The G12 does have a lot of functions, but it really does a great job. I can’t wait to see your photos when you get back.

    Nancy – Thanks for letting me know what those banana things are called! As far as the structure behind the pelican…I have no clue. That was a long-distance shot from somewhere around Minino’s towards Cancun. You can see Cancun in the distance. So, all I can say, is that it’s something between Isla and Cancun!

    Gail – Thanks so much…Isla definitely brings out the creativity in everyone.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

  5. Deb, love all these photos, especially the fishing nets! Thanks for the heads up on some of those restaurants. We’ve never been in La Luna. I just never think about it. There are a couple of new restaurants I want to try this trip including Basta out in La Gloria, Barlito’s, and the new little burrito place across from Sancocho’s. And then there are all the places I haven’t tried yet because they weren’t open in July! Can’t wait to be on the plane on Saturday morning.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:43 am

  6. Thanks, Wendy…I just now saw that I missed approving your comment.

    Beck – I know what you mean about wanting to try new places, but I just never get around to all of them. So much food, so little time!!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  7. allthingsarial

    Deb, I love your new blog. Your photography is wonderful, as always. You are good!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

  8. carl/debbie

    Awesome shots Deb, especially of the pelican with the string!! and the colors everywhere. Looks like they came out of a national geographics.
    carl/debbie

    January 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  9. Thanks, Vee and Carl!

    January 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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