My little adventures to wherever life takes me.

Doors

I’m back!

Well, I should say I’m back to my blog, but not back in Mexico. When I returned from my trip in June, I transferred to a different department at the university, so I’ve been immersed in that and couldn’t think much about blogging.  Things have calmed down after three months, though, and I can finally get back to the trip, so I’ll pick up where I left off…in Puerto Morelos.

I started off with a late lunch at Pelicano’s which sits right next to the beach with a nice view.

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I had what I think was called the Chicken Vera Cruz, which was very good.  I am always amazed at the amount of food they give you in Mexican restaurants.  I think I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve finished a whole meal down here…especially when the temps go up and my appetite goes down.

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Here’s looking in the other direction from my table…

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There are actually two PoMo’s.  There is another one on the other side of the highway where most of the natives live.  I’ve never been to that one, but next time I’m here, I’ll make a point to visit.  I’ve noticed on travel sites that more rooms and houses for rent are becoming available there, so I think it may be getting more popular with tourists on a budget.

The PoMo where I stayed is definitely the more “upscale” one.  Even though it covers a small area, there are many nice homes here.  I would venture to guess that most are owned by foreigners who rent them out to travelers.  A lot of these homes have unusual doorways and every one is different.  I love the big dark rich wood doors.

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A colorful wall…

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On my first trip to Puerto Morelos, I took a lot more pictures of the homes.  If you want to see those, you can visit my old blog here:  http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/adios-puerto-morelos.html

Many of the homes have courtyards beyond the entry ways.  Everything is so lush and green and all the plants and flowers seem to flourish down here.

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It is rare that you don’t see some kind of vining or trailing flowers that grow from the sidewalks or cover the walls that surround the homes.

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I’m a big Hibiscus fan, and these grow all over the Yucatan like weeds and get to be huge bushes.

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Another one of my favorites is the Plumeria.  What a pretty color.

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I like the guy taking a siesta.  I want one of these.  It would be difficult to take one on the plane, though.  I’d have to buy another seat.

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Here’s the new location of The Little Mexican Cooking School.  I took a class at their previous location back in March of 2010 and it was a lot of fun.  This place is much bigger so they must be doing well!

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I looked inside the courtyard…what a beautiful front porch.  It reminds me of a southern plantation.

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If you want to see my experience at the cooking school, it’s on my old blog at http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/little-mexican-cooking-school.html

There are quite a few condos in PoMo…both on and off the beach.  They are kept up very well and also have lush vegetation which makes them so much more attractive.

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And these are some condos and homes from the beach.  None of these are hotels.  You have to go quite a bit up or down the beach to find the resorts.  They’re not within walking distance of the town.

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This beach area is quite wide and they keep this part pretty clean of seaweed.

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It is not nearly as clean by the crooked lighthouse where the little fishing boats are kept.

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The first time I went to PoMo, there were no beach vendors.  Now there are a few but not many.

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And they do have the roving musicians.  For the life of me, I don’t know how they walk around in the sand in those long sleeved shirts, jeans and boots when it’s 300 degrees.

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I think a lot of Mexico Mexicans come to PoMo for vacation.  That’s who I mainly saw when I was here this time.  They bring their families and little children and spend the day on the beach.

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Life is good in Puerto Morelos.

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More soon!

 

 


Merida doors…

The doors in Merida are absolutely amazing.  Like I said before, they’re huge…which seems kind of strange since the Mayans are pretty small people.  But who am I to argue that point?  I was totally impressed with the doors.  The intricacy, the detail and the massiveness were very impressive.  Every single door was different.  When I think of the cookie-cutter subdivisions in the states where every single house looks like the next definitely doesn’t apply in Merida.  At the risk of repeating myself…EVERY single door was different. 


A lot of them had bars on the front which meant they weren’t actually used.


Lots of gargoyle-type figures surrounding the frames…


A lot of them came in threes…


Some were pretty plain…


And a lot had “inside doors”…insets where you could open a smaller door within the big main door.  You could see this in windows, too.


Lots of ornate detail…


There were also ones which weren’t too fancy…


Some were very well cared for…


Others were not…


Basic plain shapes…


Another triple entrance…


I’ll close this post with a little sweetheart who was at an outdoor art exhibit.  The parents were European and while they kept an eye on her, they pretty much let her run free.  She saw I was taking her picture and stopped dead in her tracks.  I think maybe she’s used to having her picture taken.  She was worth a few shots.


Appropriate picture considering the statue…


Dad’s fixing the balloon…


What a sweet smile…


Next post will be on eats in Merida…stay tuned!