Monday, March 22, 2010

MI MEXICO LINDO

COZUMEL - PLAYA DEL CARMEN - FEBRUARY 2009

Almost twenty six years later, we returned to Mexico! Just before the H1N1 Flu started... One of the reasons was that we wanted to conclude the Mayan itinerary we had started then. But there is still something left for a next trip...


"MI MEXICO LINDO – Map of Quintana Roo"


"COZUMEL - Arriving by sea to the island. We didn't stay much time there; not in the scuba diving business..."


"COZUMEL - The Norwegian Pearl and the ferry port at the distance"


"PLAYA DEL CARMEN - The gateway to the last Mayan outpost: Tulum!"


"PLAYA - From sea"


"PLAYA - The centre of the Riviera Maya"


"CARIBBEAN SEA"


"PLAYA & COZUMEL"


"MEXICAN SUNSET"


"BYE COZUMEL - The Park Royal"

53 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! Mexico was an interesting experience when we first went there in 1983. By then, I planned a visit to some Aztec and Olmec ruins and to all of the most important Mayan remains in the country. And to end the trip, we headed to Cancun, by then a recent beach resort, with still much space left… There was no notice of the tourist boom of the so-called Riviera Maya. This time was different; the cruise ship made a stop at Cozumel and we went to see Playa del Carmen, the heart of this Riviera. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!!

joo said...

Beautiful photos of Mexico! Wow, would love to visit the place one day!
Thanks for showing:)

A Lady's Life said...

as always you show the most beautiful of places to visit.
and why not,
the world is beautiful.
Maybe tourism is suffering due to warnings not to go there because of civil unrest in some places.
Usually Cancun is full of march break university kids. :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Gil and company, This is where my oldest spent his honeymoon and they are returning this Spring for a 10th anniversary. BUT they did not invite me to go along....wonder why? :) They loved the ruins.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the photo of the veranda looking out at the incredibly turquoise water and the orange sunsets. Wonderful cruise! You have to show us some photos of the wonderfiul food served onboard.

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

Beautiful, and I got friends in Cancun, but...
next time I'll head East all the same.

Thérèse said...

Mexico is not too safe these days. Better stay with the tourists...
Beautiful images as always.

eye in the sky said...

Cozumel is surreal! I like shots taken from inside looking out! Very dramatic indeed!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of Mexico. Your sunset shots are ultimate.

Olivier said...

encore une belle serie de coucher de soleil, c'est superbe, tu en as bien de la chance

hpy said...

Quand je mense Mexico je ne pense pas aux plages. Comme c'est étrange.

Gattina said...

It looks beautiful but very touristic too as you say !

yyam said...

I've never been to Mexico but I imagine it to be culturally rich...:) It's always nice to visit a place that is not too touristy...and get the authentic feel of the place...Thanks for sharing! :)

Hope your week's great so far! :)

Deslilas said...

Il y a des jours où le tourisme de proximité me parait bien fade comparé à ces sites merveilleux !

SusuPetal said...

Thanks, Gil, I've never been to Mexico.
Now I have! A little bit, at least.

MedaM said...

1983 you visited Mexico for the first time. The same year I brought my first son onto this world. Same year, different memories but each beautiful on its own way. I enjoyed this beautiful post on Mexico. All the photos are beautiful but the sunset photos are breathtaking. I also enjoyed very much in fantastic photos from your previous post of Cayman Islands. I so much like its lovely blue sea and white sand beaches. Wonderful and interesting posts as always!

diane said...

A lovely colourful country steeped in history. Your photos are wonderful as usual. We hear a lot about the drug problem in Mexico and the drug baron wars. It sounds like it could be a dangerous place too.

Lori said...

That water couldn't look more inviting! You've captured it so well. I would love to visit Mexico one day. Your photos will have to suffice for my visit for now. :)

V Rakesh said...

Brilliant pictures as always! Those of the sunset are truly amazing! They never fail to amaze me, in all the splendid grandeur!

Steffi said...

Wonderful photo´s!Amazing!

rochambeau said...

Hey Blogtratta's,
M E X I C O ~
FINALLY some photographs I can say YES!! Your right! It is so beautiful and so are the people!!!!
Have a great week!

xox
COnstance

Ron said...

Wonderful post here. It looks really amazing there.

Pietro said...

Hello Gil! All wonderful views of Mexico, really amazing the photos of the beaches and the collage of sunsets! Thanks for sharing these beauties!
Have a nice week :-)

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful sunsets. Love the colorful bus.

Babli said...

Marvellous post as always. You have taken spectacular shots especially the sunset. Amazing photography. Mexico is a very beautiful place and I am sure you are having wonderful time over there. Beautifully described and I always wait anxiously for your new post.

Cloudia said...

WoW!



Aloha from Hawaii my Friend


Comfort Spiral

Lawstude said...

Wow truly an awesome experience.I wish I cud travel as extensively around the world as you. Can I be your bag boy lol?

Regina said...

Wow another awesome scenes!
Beautiful captures.

I've only seen the Mexican Riviera not yet on these side of Mexico.

Thanks again for sharing Trotter.
Have a wonderful weekend.

RuneE said...

No wonder you wanted to return - it looks like a paradise for tourists.

Peter said...

I visited Mexico in 1965, not quite in the same conditions as you this time; exchange student (in US), hitch-hiking... Some memorable souvenirs!
Looking forward to follow your Mayan itinerary!

Mariposa said...

que bonita!

Irina said...

What a breathtaking voyage!

Ted Roth said...

That old bus photo is just my style. I hope we're going to be treated to those Mayan ruins soon.

Galaxy6139 said...

So wonderful ^-^ I love the sunset pictures too much

Have a good time

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I've been to Cozumel also, to the Mayan ruins. Such a beautiful place and you conveyed this very well in your pictures.

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Sorry for what you’ll be reading, but today I’m a bit down...
I’m tired... These last weeks have been terrible, times are hard, crisis is in the air, travelling plans are inexistent and some blogger friends seem to be gone... ;-(.
It’s sad to acknowledge, but this blog (not to mention the Revival blogs 80s and 90s...) doesn’t seem to generate any interest at all... Since its inception, three months ago, it had only one thousand visitors and in the last two days its number reached the unimaginable figure of six (6) each day... ;) Meanwhile, the old Blogtrotter, closed three months ago short of space, reached more than 115,000 visitors so far and still has an average of 150 visitors a day (not much, but twenty five times more than the visitors here... ;)). On the other hand, I try to visit the 130 blogs on my follow-up list at least once a week, which sometimes is a hard record to manage. I always comment there, whenever there is a new post; but only five or six (well, maybe ten at the most...) will make a reply. On the contrary, I always try to reply to comments on my blogs, but must confess that I suspect that most of the commentators here don’t even notice that they got a reply...
I should probably make a break in blogging... ;))
Anyhow, it won’t be today... And for the faithful who always drop a line, my warmest thanks!!

Joo,
Mexico has some beautiful spots, but the photos are just regular... ;)) I’m sure you’ll make it there one of these days; rather sooner than later...
My pleasure!!

Lady,
There is always some beauty (probably even in the most unforeseen places... ;)). It’s true that, in particular in the US, there are always warnings about the risks of travelling abroad; but I’m afraid that, if you follow all those State Department’s travel advices, you’ll never get further than maybe Afton, Wyoming... or Cedar City, Utah... ;)
Never been to Cancun in March; luckily, it seems... ;)). But the conclusion must be that university people don’t bother to pay attention to the advices... I suspected that... ;))

Lynn,
During my first time in Cancun (1983), the hotel had probably only two non-US citizens staying there… And what I found most amazing by that time was that everybody was immediately asking each one where did they come from; and, a few words later, what did they make for living – the first step for the decisive: how much to you make a year… lol!
I can imagine why they didn’t invite you… maybe it will happen ten years from now… ;))

Pat,
The colours of the sea in the Caribbean are absolutely spectacular; but the sunsets, though breathtaking, can’t match the incredible colours we’ve seen in South Pacific; in particular one certain sunset in Fiji, regrettably not recorded, except in our minds... ;))
As for the food on board, I’m sorry but there isn’t a single picture... Being used to some wonderful gourmet experiences every day, we didn’t pay much attention to that... lol!!

G@tto,
If you have friends in Cancun, you must profit from that... Start packing... That’s the good policy... ;))

Thérèse,
You’re the second to comment on that issue, but I must confess that probably because Europe isn’t as close as the US, I didn’t have an echo of what that unsafe climate could be... Anyhow, I’ve a friend now travelling in Mexico and I’ll check her views as soon as she gets back...

Eye,
I think that shot was taken in a patio near to some supermarket; at least there is supermarket cart in the picture... ;) The place had nothing special, but the open view towards the (windy and a bit tough...) sea was absolutely implausible!! Great wonders...

Rajesh,
There will still be some more sunsets from other parts of the world in the coming posts. Keep in touch...

Tinsie said...

I love the colour of the sea in these photos :-)

Trotter said...

Replies, Part Two:

Olivier,
Pour quoi de la chance? Le soleil est là toujours en train de se coucher; il ne faut que faire cliquer l’appareil photo…Et on n’a pas même besoin de se lever très tôt… ;))

Hélène,
C’est vrai qu’il n’est pas évident de penser aux plages quand on pense au Mexique; même si pour la génération Elvis il y a eu «Fun in Acapulco» déjà en 1963… La première fois que j’y suis allé, en 1983, c’était plutôt à cause des Mayas. Et cette fois aussi ; mais ça se verra au prochain post… s’il y en a un… ;))

Gattina,
Touristic, it surely is... Beautiful, is much more a question of taste... ;). Anyhow, people seem to enjoy; or at least, people are driven there by the cruise industry; and they usually swim with the dolphins, rather than visiting the Tulum Mayan ruins... ;))

Yvonne,
You are quite right! Mexico has an incredibly rich cultural history... And if you want to know what happened when the Spaniards arrived there, there is an interesting 1964 novel, written by an almost ignored in the English literary world - Carlo Coccioli: in French, L'Aigle aztèque est tombé, Librairie Plon; in Italian, L'erede di Montezuma (ed. Vallechi, Firenze 1964) and in Spanish, Yo, Cuauhtémoc (ed. Compañía General de Ediciones, Mexico 1966)… Try one of the versions (there isn’t any in English...) before you head there… ;))
Don’t think it’s possible to say that this part of Mexico isn’t too touristy... ;)

Daniel,
Disons que je serais déjà content si j’aurais la chance de faire un peu de tourisme de proximité les week-ends à venir... Mais c’est vrai qu’il est beaucoup plus intéressant si on peut se promener aux paradis lointains… Il me manque toujours, au moins, la Patagonie… ;)

Susu,
You’re welcome! These pictures of Cozumel and Playa aren’t special, but you may see a bit of a more interesting Mexico here. It was in 1983, but the Mayan ruins were all already there… ;))

MedaM,
That’s interesting: we left Mexico by the end of September 1983 and our daughter was born in June 1984… I’ve got some interesting sunsets already in this blog and there are a few more to come in the coming posts, if I manage to keep posting… ;)). I’m glad that you enjoyed them!!
Cayman have some incredible blue waters and a great white sand beach; the only problems seem to be the hurricanes, tax evasion and money laundering… ;))

Diane,
Truly steeped in history: Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec, just to name some pre-Columbian civilizations there… It’s amazing what you hear in the English speaking countries; closer, in the Ibero-American world, that is scarcely mentioned and rarely considered a dangerous place. Different views on the same… ;))

Lori,
Great to read you back! It has been some time since your last line here…
My first time in Mexico (1983) came after a tour of New England and Quebec, and the flight to Mexico City departed from New York with Eastern Airlines. They went bankrupt a few years later, I believe… But there are other companies flying New York – Mexico City nowadays… ;)

Rakesh,
Thanks! There is more grandeur in the kindness of your words than in the actual pictures… Anyhow, that sunset came out quite nicely and the collage also added some flavour to the situation…
I’m happy that you always amaze yourself seeing Blogtrotter...

Steffi,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment at Blogtrotter Two!!
Glad that you liked the pictures!!

Constance,
Come on, Mexico can’t be the first place I’ve been to in this blog that is also known to you... ;)) OK, if that is the case, there will probably be many other places in the late Blogtrotter where you have also been to; and many more where you have been and I never set foot... ;))
xoxo

Ron,
Thanks! So, the Penguins won 4-1 against the Flyers... I’m getting an expert on ice hockey... ;))

Trotter said...

Replies, Part Three...

Pietro,
The week wasn’t so nice, as it was busy as hell... ;)), but the sun is starting shining here and spring seems to have finally arrived... Anyhow, I didn’t take any sunset pictures here in Lisbon, though there are some wonderful experiences in Guincho, between Cascais and Sintra... ;)

Barb,
That bus is driving tourists to Xcaret, the so-called «Cancun most amazing ecoo park», «a magical paradise where culture, ecology and Mexican wildlife meet... Believe it or Not... ;))

Babli,
Thanks for your kind words; they’re much more wonderful than the posts you’re referring to... Anyhow, there is, as the more attentive have noticed since a long time ago, a delay of around one year in posting in Blogtrotter’s blogs; so, the trip to Cozumel and Playa took place in February... 2009... When posting, that means I’m stuck; which is what is happening right at this time. Not a wonderful time... ;))

Cloudia,
Aloha!! Great to see you here!! I’m trying to get some time to decide reading your novel; hopefully time will come...

Norman,
You’re already in the law business sector; so now it’s just a question of finding the right position to start moving around the globe; the best way will probably joining an organization type «join the Group and see the World...»; there are plenty of them... ;))
If that doesn’t work, I’ll try to win «Euromillions», so that I can get enough money to hire you.. ;))

Regina,
Ok! So, you’re keener on the west side story: Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cape Saint Lucas, and Acapulco... Sounds much more Elvis... ;)). That’s a good idea for a cruise departing San Diego... ;))

Rune,
For tourists and for anyone interested in pre-Columbian cultures: Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, Maya... Whatever you need, it’s there... ;)

Peter,
Hitch-hiking in Mexico in 1965 must have been an incredible experience... I did that in 1969 in Europe (Lisbon-Stockholm and return and it was already fascinating... ;)
This time the Mayan itinerary is reduced to the only important spot missing in the 1983 Mayan tour; better check it here, if you want to have a more developed view of the different sites…

Mariposa,
Bonito de verdad… ;)

Irina,
Great to see you back commenting at Blogtrotter! It was a nice trip, indeed... (Except for the lousy weather in Jamaica... ;))

Ted,
I can imagine you booking online (10% discount... ;)) to get to the famous Mexican eco park of Xcaret... ;).
Tulum will come next, hopefully... But there are already some Mayan ruins from the 1983 trip; much more complete!!

Galaxy,
Sunsets seem quite appropriate for you in the present circumstances… ;)).Enjoy and be happy!!

Rhonda,
Wow! Welcome back!! So this isn’t new for you! Thanks for the compliment!!

Trotter said...

Tinsie,
That's an incredible blue; but not as wonderful as the dark blue of the Aegean Sea...

Nisha said...

Hi Gil,

What beautiful photos of the place. And that blue is incredibly fantastic. Would love to go to that part of the world.

Right now as you know I am backpacking to 2 countries. I have been told that I am the first Indian woman to do so.

Trotter said...

Nisha,
So glad to see you here... I had some trouble getting into your blog but I'll try again!!
Great adventure. Hope everything will be fine with your trip...
The first woman... one day you'll make Mexico, that's sure... ;)

lv2scpbk said...

Maybe you could remind people you leave a comment back for them here. While your visiting the following week, let them know a comment has been made on their last visit post. They may draw them back. I would be saddened to think I can't visit here to see your travels. I can't seem to get a vacation in, so I have to go on vacation through this blog. LOL. Anyway, it does seem frustrating at times, but people like to go outside in the sun when it finally gets here. Hang in, people will visit. Sometimes I only get one or two comments, I just keep plugging away.

On my Craft blog I give away prizes from time to time. It draws new people in. Especially if you tell them they get an extra entry for being a follower. See my Craft it Wednesday blog. Anyway, I'll get off the soap box now.

indicaspecies said...

Fantastic shots Gil, especially of the Caribbean sea and the Mexican sunset. Have a lovely week ahead.

Trotter said...

Barb,
Thanks for your kind words! They made my day; forget the blog traffic... ;))
I'll check the Craft blog asap... Now I'm facing another trouble as my blog doesn't download the pictures; Blogger's server problem, it seems...
Thanks again, I won't let you down... ;)!!

Trotter said...

Celine,
You're luckier than me... as I can't (momentarily, I hope...) download my blog... ;)

juka14 said...

All these places have such a great weather with lots of sun, beautiful beaches and a fantastic sea! This is something different than my grey Belgium...

Trotter said...

Juka,
That's true that during my times travelling to Brussels I always thought that the grey sky was a bit depressive; but imagine being in such paradises during the hurricane season...

Cergie said...

Il reste toujours un bout de chemin à faire... J'aime cette philosophie : avoir toujours à découvrir et autant que possible chaque fois avoir un regard neuf...
Alors attendre trente ans était une bonne idée, du moins pour cette fois là...
:)

Cergie said...

Il me semble que le monde du blog est assez tranquille en ce moment, ou bien sa "population" se renouvelle.
Bonsoir, Gil...

Trotter said...

Lucie,
Comme le disait le poète Antonio Machado, «Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar...». Or comme le disait Stevenson, «the great affair is to move»... Alors, il faut marcher pour faire le chemin... Le problème est que quelquefois on est vraiment bloqué, sans aucune chance de partir. Ni même pour un seul déjeuner à Paris... ;). Je ne parle plus de mon voyage - mille fois rêvé, mille fois préparé et mille fois différé - à la Patagonie... de Chatwin... C’est peut-être ça, plus que le fugace soutien que ce blog reçoit, qui est la cause la plus profonde du désenchantement... Ah, et le fait que le F.C.Porto ne sera pas champion cet année... ;))
Semaine pascale, trois jours et demie théoriquement dehors et pas de chance de partir... C’est trop, avoue... ;))

Le monde du blog est tranquille, les gens sont partis au Facebook, au Twitter, mais tout ça est encore beaucoup plus éphémère…
Merci Lucie!

Priyank said...

Oh only 2 posts on Mexico! :D okay okay I am dreaming about the blue sea, especially since its snowing in Toronto at the moment! If you ever stop by in Toronto, do give me a shout!

Trotter said...

Priyank,
There are some more (actually nine more), but from September 1983... You have to check <a href="http://blogtrotta80s.blogspot.com/search/label/Mexico”>here</a>...