My little adventures south of the border.


Luz en Yucatan…

This will be my last post on Merida for now.  I want to eventually do a post or two on black and white in Merida, but for now I will conclude with a short post on the hotel where I stayed.

The Luz en Yucatan is the one with the gold facade.  I wish I would have gotten a front-on shot but this will have to do.  Looks pretty plain and unassuming, right?

It is such a pleasant surprise when you go inside.  This is the foyer area right when you go in the front door.

Amazing ceiling…

You can either go through this courtyard or an inner hallway to get to the office and area where the rooms are.

Fountain at the end of this walkway…

This is the main hallway with rooms on both sides.  This leads to the courtyard and pool on the backside of the hotel.  See that little beverage table to the left?  It is equipped with tequila and various liquors which are complimentary for guests.  Very cool.

This is that hallway going the other way towards the street.

And here’s the courtyard and pool.  A VERY relaxing area after a day of tromping around Merida.  I’ve mentioned before that Merida is a concrete jungle.  But it makes up for that with these little oases that are hidden in the recesses of the concrete facades.

This is standing at the pool looking back at the hotel.  These rooms have nice little outdoor areas…

I had the room above the umbrella in the distance.  You walk up the steps into the kitchen and bathroom area…then walk through a little patio to get to the bedroom.  Adorable!

This was the bathroom door.  How cool is that??

And this was the view from the little patio.  Every room has a hammock.

The Luz en Yucatan is a wonderful, comfortable hotel.  The pool and courtyard offer a beautiful respite from the Merida heat and the owners are very friendly.  At only $50 a night, I would highly recommend it.  Be aware that this is becoming a very popular hotel and they are already booked throughout much of the year, so if you’re interested, you might want to make your reservation well in advance.  Another good thing is that they don’t require any kind of advance payment before you check in.  You just have to pay in cash when you get there…they don’t accept credit cards.  Here’s their website:  Luz en Yucatan

On to Isla Mujeres next.  Stay tuned!


Food in Merida…

When I was looking through my 1,000 photos, I was pretty disappointed that I hadn’t taken more pictures of food.  The the ones I DID take were primarily of breakfast.  I think it’s because I just snacked around on food the rest of the day after eating a big breakfast.  I discovered this place which is just around the corner from the hotel where I was staying on Calle 60…about 2-1/2 blocks from the main square.  “Cafeinosense”…cute name.  They just opened a few months ago, so they’re in the process of gaining a clientele.  I would highly recommend them and only regret that I didn’t try lunch or dinner there.  Here’s what the front looks like…

And the inside…very nice…and it’s kind of nice to be able to see the chef working inside the kitchen.  He would wave through the window every once in awhile.

A little bar area in the back…

And a little patio out the back door.  They told me that in the evening, water flows over the stone wall on the right.  I wish I would have seen that.

I’m showing a few pages of their menu because I frankly couldn’t believe the prices.  Huevos Motulenos for $40.00 pesos!  Unbelievable…I’ve never paid less than $50.00.

The menu was huge…both in size and offerings…

Here is Roman…a VERY friendly and courteous waiter.  Both he and the chef came over frequently to make sure everything was okay.

Of course I had to have the Huevos Motulenos…especially at that price!  Absolutely wonderful!

This was a cheese omelet.  I didn’t know it came with potatoes, so I ordered a side of hash browns.

So these came after I was served my omelet.  They were to die for…

And this was Huevos Divorciados.  Another wonderful breakfast…

Finally, I tried the Molletes.  These are a Yucatan dish which I’ve never had before.  Maybe kind of like a Mexican version of bagels.  Again…VERY good.

I would highly recommend a visit to this fine little restaurant if you get to Merida.  Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful, and they truly want to please their guests.  Here’s their website:  Cafeinosense

On another note, these are the Huevos Motulenos I had at the little restaurant that sits right across the street from the hotel where I stayed (Luz en Yucatan).  It was good, but I have to say I liked Cafeinosense better.

For something different, I tried some pizza one day.  After I’m in Mexico for a few days, I get a craving for non-Mexican food and this placed filled the bill.  Put simply, this place is just a tiny little hole-in-the-wall with no frills.  It’s open to the street with no air conditioning, but it was worth it.

I think that pizza oven has been around for awhile…

Filling bags with shredded cheeses…

Pizza’s ready!


Some sweet treats from a neighborhood bakery…

These guys are so photogenic…

And I had to get a shot of this from a table next to me on the square.  Wow…does that look decadent or what??  Unfortunately, I never have much of a sweet tooth when I’m in Mexico, but I bet this was delicious.

And last, but certainly not last…you got it…Bimbo dogs.  And, yes, I had one…delish!

I will do one more short post on my hotel in Merida before I go on to Isla Mujeres.  Stay tuned!

Merida Miscellaneous II…

I know, I know…I said my next post would be on food in Merida.  But after looking through my photos again, I thought it deserved one more post on just miscellaneous stuff.  I promise that my NEXT post will be on food.

There was a huge fabric store downtown…lots of pretty colors and LOTS of customers.  I’m sure these contribute to the clothing and crafts sold on Sundays.  Made me think of when I was young and sewed most of my clothes myself…suits, coats, jackets, everything…not to mention window treatments.  I haven’t sewn anything in many, many years…other than simple hemming or repairs.  I know that doesn’t have anything to do with Merida, but I thought I’d throw it out there.

Shoe shining is a big thing in Merida.  You can either stop by a stand, or there are men who walk around with a portable stand for shines on-the-go.

Lots of fruit stands in town.  This one sat just outside of a local elementary school…

I will repeat that I loved the shop windows.  Every single one was different.

Even to the point of being R-rated…haha!

This was definitely something different for me.  I was in a jewelry shop and noticed this little glass container.  I thought it just contained jewelry, but when I looked inside, I could see that the “jewelry” was moving around.  Upon closer look, I saw that they were beetles in which jewels and chains had been glued onto their backs.  (You can see one of their splindly disgusting little black legs on the right hand side of the photo in the middle.)  What an original thought, right??  I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing, so the guy behind the counter takes one out and sets it on his shirt and the thing just hangs there not moving.  You can imagine what I said when he asked me if I wanted to try it out.  (I’m sure that if someone did this in the U.S., the ASPCA would be on them in a heartbeat.)  Anyway, when I showed this picture to a friend, she said, “I wonder what event you would wear beetle jewelry to?”  Silly girl!  I responded, “To a party given by Beetlejuice, of course!”  Okay…a lame attempt at humor…my apologies.

This is the church next to the hotel (Luz en Yucatan) where I stayed…I THINK it’s the Santa Lucia.  Cute little church, but I wish the trees hadn’t been in the way of the bells.  The bells are often the best on the churches in Mexico.

And a side shot.  The Luz en Yucatan is the first structure to the right of this photo…and attached to the church.

I was in a gift shop on a second floor and got another shot of one of the horse-drawn carriages.  On a side note, I will be doing a post in the future of black and white photos of Merida.  I felt many of the shots I took made more of a statement in black and white than in color.

An interesting fellow…I bet he has a story.  I will say that most of the people you see in Merida are definitely Mexican.  Since it is a large city, most of them are citizens just living their everyday lives.  I actually did not notice a whole lot of Americans.  Frankly, I think there were more Europeans visiting there than Americans.  You definitely feel like you’re in real Mexico when you’re in Merida.

I visited the anthropological museum while I was there.  What an incredible building, eh?

While it was interesting, most of the items inside were artifacts from Chichen Itza.  Since I’ve been to Chichen Itza, I feel like I was familiar with everything and frankly would rather see them out in their natural surroundings rather than in a museum.

One of the things that impressed me most about the museum was the incredible architecture.  I don’t know when the structure was built, but the detail was just amazing to me.  Talk about your crown molding!

Not to mention the chandeliers!

And a beautiful stained glass window skylight…

They also had a photography exhibit on the violent Mexican Revolution.  Some pretty grisly pictures…

This was the building next door, which I didn’t go into, but again…a wonderful architectural beauty…

Another little park in this area of town.  The museum was about six or seven blocks from the hotel…definitely worth a taxi ride.

Interesting sculpture…

I thoughts these works were fun in one of the art galleries here…

Yea, Santo!

This was an inside courtyard to an art gallery I visited.  It was a private home for a couple who had their gallery on the street-side of the home.  Their Weimeraners look very comfortable, don’t they?  I would have to say that if I lived in Merida, I would HAVE to have one of these little courtyards, preferably with a pool.  The streets and house fronts are all concrete and everything feels very close and congested…and HOT!  Everyone you talk to mentions how incredibly hot it gets in the summer here.  I think a little oasis would be a necessity.

But, while I was there, sitting outside in the evening was very pleasant.  And it is a VERY popular past time for visitors as well as residents.  Merida is all about loving the city and enjoying life.  You very much feel that when you’re here.

But watch out for these guys.  Since it does get so hot here, hand fan sales are a BIG thing.  And, yes…I bought one.