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  • Day41

    Puerto Vallarta - Abendshow

    April 13 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Angie und ich sind ein Abend in einen Club gegangen und waren ein wenig tanzen :D

    Zwei Abende gab es im Hotel eine Abend-Show. Hier haben Bands gespielt, eine Geigenspielerin, es wurde live gemalt, Jongleure waren da und Angie und ihr Bruder haben sich eine Tequila Flasche bestellt. Dann haben wir bestimmt 3h lang zu Mexikanischen Musik getanzt. Ein sehr schöner Abend.Read more

  • Day47

    3 nights in Puerto Vallarta

    January 26, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Since our short trip to San Blas, we just hung out for 5 days and did beachy things with Pat and Gail, and apartment neighbours, Van and Lola, in Chacala. They are from Bellingham also and Lola has been busy getting things ready for the ukulele workshops. Gail will be running jam sessions during the workshops and Pat will be a gopher. So lots of excitement as everyone around us prepares to do their part. James Hill, the ukulele guru from Nova Scotia, arrived with his family and is staying with his mother-in-law, Dorothy. Chacala is small, so communication is pretty good.

    On Sunday, after a significant Saturday rainstorm, all of us packed up and got ready for the next segments of our trip. It’s always a little sad to say goodbye but we know we will meet up sometime in the future. We just don’t where! It has been a fun 3 weeks with our old friends.

    Pat and Gail moved into a hotel for a week and we got a bus to Vallarta. It was an extremely easy 2 hour trip to the bus terminal near the airport. We paid a taxi driver 200 pesos to take us right to our hotel, Hotel Eloisha, in the Old Town. Quick and easy!

    I picked the hotel because it is in an interesting part of town, was a reasonable price, and at the far end of the malecon. There is a park directly across the road and the hotel has a rooftop patio and small swimming pool with a good view of the ocean. A light breakfast is served in the mornings.

    We arrived before check-in time and we were offered available rooms. We actually chose an indoor room that ended up having a bit of a septic smell, so after the first night, they moved us to a room overlooking the park with a nice sunny balcony. We enjoyed watching the activities in the park. The huge patio on the rooftop was a great place to hangout and the pool was just right.

    Walking on the malecon was a daily treat. One day, we stood and watched a big pod of whales spouting and causing waves. Another day, we watched a very tanned man stack large and small rocks, one on top of another. Quite the balancing act. There are lots of wonderful restaurants so one night we took a break from tacos and pozole and had a pasta dinner in an Italian restaurant with wonderful service and excellent food. I think it was called Dolce Vita. Another afternoon, we ate two Mexican favourites of ours - a guacamole and Molcajete - at a nearby place called Margaritaville.

    We had a final laundry run before packing up and I got my hair cut. Mexican prices and service are the best!!! Our boarding passes for Our flight to L.A. were printed off in a nearby cyber cafe and we bought some didactic games for our grandkids at the Book Fair that was going on.

    We loved the convenience of everything. We will miss Mexico...
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    Matt Peltomaki

    Looks beautiful. Safe travels to NZ!

    Free Wheelers

    Have a great trip to New Zealand! Looking forward to your posts.

  • Day678

    Puerto Vallarta

    November 7, 2021 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I continued my trip to Puerto Vallarta with Eloise from Bristol, England. In the new hostel we found a cool activity, a hike to different beaches in the south of the city. We made new friends and with one girl we continued traveling to Sayulita.

    Drinking games, dance party nights, sunset pizza lookout point, the beach walk and all ended with some food poisoning. 5 out of 8 people from our hostel were having a soft to rather strong upset stomach. I felt nauseas for only one day where I had to puke after a bus ride to the next place called Sayulita.
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  • Day2

    Lazy day

    December 28, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    (Apparently I only took pictures of food and drinks today)

    Fairly lazy day today. We slept hard (me especially being the one who can't sleep on planes). All the same, Caty woke up around 6, and had to suffer until 7 for breakfast.

    After breakfast, Laura and I hit the gym for an hour while Caty read and watched movies, before spending some time at the pool.

    Once the sun came out in earnest, we took a taxi down to the Malecón (boardwalk) to walk around and get lunch. Caty was starving by this point (and the grumpies had settled in), but we powered on and meandered towards Layla's, which opened right as we arrived. It took a while before we had food in front of us, but it was well worth the wait. Laura had fish (which will be a constant on this trip), Caty had a hamburger, and I had spicy spicy chicken (spicy will also be a constant for me). I also had a surprisingly good Mexican craft beer -- very unexpected.

    After lunch we continued waking the boardwalk until Caty hit the point of exhaustion, and taxied back up the mountain to the hotel for a nap and more time at the pool/hot tub.

    For dinner we went back into town and had grilled meats and cocktails. We had shrimp wrapped in spiiiiicy peppers and a dish of Ceviche appetizers. Matching our experiences thus far, a meal out was a multi hour affair, so by the time we were done Caty was ready for bed, and we went straight back to the hotel, after a brief stop to pick up sunscreen for tomorrow.
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  • Day15

    Puerto Vallarta

    March 8, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Arrived here with an all clear an hour early at 9 am. Met Carl Wiebe at Sbux at the new mall. Vic says the mall is not new and was here already 10 years ago. He is right. Took a cab to the Malecon and walked to the Ocean Bar. Margaritas for $2. Can’t beat that!Read more

  • Day49

    Mosaic Project in Lazaro Cardenas Park

    January 28, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Right across the street from the Eloisha Hotel,there is a very active community park. The day that we arrived, there was a Ceviche Festival. Every morning, a large group of people have a Zumba class at 8 a.m. Folk dancers perform in the evening and musicians play. We were very impressed by an interesting and beautiful mosaic project that is ongoing. All the concrete park benches and pillars and walls are being covered with colourful mosaics - a huge project that volunteers are encouraged to take part in.

    Have a look at some of the many benches already completed.
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  • Day1

    The Malecón

    July 12, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Not as crowded as during the high season, but still busy. A lot of families with children and couples strolling, eating ice cream and what street vendors have to offer. This is a very short walk from Casa Fantasia. The clouds are gathering, and as you can see in the photo it is already raining in the distance over the waters of the Pacific. I felt a couple small drops on my face, refreshing... I have an umbrella in my backpack, I am set, right? - BassRead more


    I remember this area very well, we walked it every day...

  • Day7

    Casa Fantasia

    July 18, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    We may be going out one last time with my Puerto Vallarta Familia. But he is getting busy packing. He had kept our room tidy, but now it is a little messy. I sit at the edge of the bed watching him. I still don't have any appetite, must be my nerves. For the first time today it rained gently for 20 minutes. Stopped now, which is a good thing because I may have to take him out for a walk - YelapaRead more


    Beautiful hotel...

  • Day4

    Taqueria Lunch

    July 15, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    I took Yelapa to this street taqueria literally 2 blocks from Casa Fantasia. Oh what good tacos. Had the El Pastor, lengua, and asada. The lady makes the tortillas right there in front of you. There are benches to sit around the cart and a small one to the side. The owner brought a chair for Yelapa. I tried very tiny morsels of meat, she inhaled them. She was so happy. A few small portions of taco soaked in the meat juice, she loved. I tried to sneak in a small bean or two with the meat, she ate the meat and spit out the bean. She definitely is a meat lover - BassamRead more

    Laura Khulusi

    Don't you be teaching her any bad habits!

    Laura Khulusi

    And the tacos look really good.

    He and Yelapa

    No bad habits. She hadn't been eating.

  • Day7

    Casa Fantasia

    July 18, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    If we are leaving tomorrow, then this is going to be his last breakfast in the courtyard. We take a selfie, and then he eats. I am excited about tomorrow. What will be waiting for me? I don't have an appetite today and I skip breakfast - YelapaRead more


    He has a beard like you


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