Trip Report Day Sixteen-Adelita’s

April12

Another beautiful morning from the balcony.

My time wandering the shoreline wás disrupted by this poor turtle. At least it appeared to have lived a long life.

This morning’s reflection was of deck and the sea.

The pool was a lovely cool temperature but even that didn’t do the trick for me.

It was very humid and I felt a little off. I napped in the hammock with a fan on me. But then I had to start my day all over again with a shower and coffee!

D had a hankering for Happy Hour so we headed to Centro and our favourite spot. Can you tell where we were by this floor at its entrance?

My guy at El Patio. He fits right in on Isla because there are so many mid-westerners and he was born in Minnesota.

We love the party atmosphere at El Patio. I am sure glad that they worked through the noise issue because we have spent countless hours there over the years.

We love their HH for lots of reasons. Three are pictured here.

Had we stayed home for Happy Hour, this would have been our snack. We are crazy for these and we can’t buy them back home. Maybe I will see if we could order a case on Amazon…

We left in enough time for our other favourite Happy Hour. We love catching Ken W when he plays at Jax. It was packed, so we offered to share our table with a couple from Virginia. They are friends with my friend Mary from Cape Cod. How can this small island hold so many connections?

We met up with Karen and the rest of our gang for her last night on the island. She choose Adelita’s and we loved our dinner there!

We walked Hidalgo and then cabbed home. We were up later than usual.

Kath’s quote: In the grand tapestry of life, people are threads that weave in and out, creating a masterpiece of memories.” -Jonathon Rivers

Love never fails.

Trip Report Day Fifteen-Greenverde

April11

An even lazier day today!

Back home our summer place is called “Life is Good”. The simple saying speaks volumes for me!

This was our little stove top at our rental. Amazing breakfasts were prepared here over the course of our stay. It made me wonder why my stove top at home was so vast and complicated?

The powerful sun from that south facing bedroom window again.

Wrote and posted on the blog while D was out playing tennis.

Coffee and yoghurt got us through until lunch. I LOVE these yoghurts even though I know that they are full of sugar and artificial ingredients!

For lunch we had cucumber, manchego, lime mayo and cilantro sandwiches! They are my favourite but I only eat them on the island.

D reading and napping in the hammock. We headed down to the pool but went back and forth when the sun got too high.

D decided to head into Centro and came home with supplies for Monkey Lunches (kahlua, pineapple juice and banana)! He delivered them to us pool side. We did some beachcombing but were not hauling in very much.

We went out for another fabulous dinner. This time at Greenverde! Check out all the delicious details at: https://foodmusings.ca/isla-mujeres/isla-mujeres-2024-restaurant-features-greenverde/

We could walk both to and from our place to the restaurant. D greeted all the locals as they congregated outside their homes.

We had indulged too much that day so it was drinks of water under the stars to savour the end of our day.

Kath’s quote: “Life is good, It’s as simple as that.”

Love never fails.

Trip Report Day Fourteen-Lazy Day

April10

This was my laziest day so far.

D played tennis.

Sunrise through the salt encrusted window screen.

I threw open all the windows and shut off the AC.

We went to Punta Piedra 1 for fresh towels and had a look around.

Back home for more balcony time. This was my exact view while reading in the hammock.

Any time there are trees outside my window, I am a happy girl. Palm trees especially.

We needed some plumbing fixed and light bulbs changed. as well as restocking forks, of all things. Everything was perfect thereafter.

We had to try out our new blender!

Sunset
Reverse sunset
This shows you how much we loved Chile & Maiz. We emptied every dish and wiped them clean~

Dinner at Chile & Maiz. Amazing! Check out the Restaurant Feature here: https://foodmusings.ca/isla-mujeres/isla-mujeres-2024-restaurants-chile-maiz/

We returned home for wine under the stars.

Kath’s quote: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them?” — Psalm 8:3-4

Love never fails.

Trip Report Day Thirteen-Family Dinner

April9

We enjoyed this beautiful sunrise without lifting our butts out of our chairs. This is luxury in my mind.

After coffee we grabbed a cab to Island Church at Jax. D and the guys play tennis everyday except Sunday. We really enjoy getting together with this community at Jax. And what a setting to induce an attitude of worship and gratitude!

Afterwards, we met Kelly and Lorraine and we all converged at X Bulu Ha to help Sue and Donna move. They treated us to breakfast at Alexa & Giovanni’s which was considerate and lovely of them.

We grabbed another cab home, picked up Karen and then we all walked to Chedrui. When we cabbed it home, as our arms were full of groceries, we dropped D en route as the rib man (not Tito) was set up in front of the “White House”.

Do you recognize any members of my extended family? From the far left in a clockwise motion are my Sister in Law Lorraine, my brother Kelly (who is a twin), our friend Karen who was staying with us, my husband Doug, our friend Donna and lastly, my baby sister Sue.
This is a clip when Karen and I exchanged places.

Later that evening we had a couple of kilos of ribs, spaghetti alfredo and creamy mashed potatoes. We fed seven with leftovers! It was lovely to invite my family over to a “bring a dish” supper. Lorraine & Kelly brought appetizers, Sue and Donna assembled a salad and Karen, D and I provided the rest of the feast.

Sunset through the kitchen window screen.

We had an absolutely wonderful time and decided that dishes could wait until morning.

Kath’s quote: “In this family, we laugh loudly, love deeply, and eat well”. -unknown

Love never fails.

Trip Report Day Twelve-Fuego del Mar

April6

Even though D had been on the island, less then 12 hours, he was off to meet his tennis buddies. His friendship with this group of locals, ex-pats and travelers, is a blessing to me because it is a primary reason why he is anxious to return each year, instead of exploring another destination.

We were both up early. My primary goal was to sit quietly to greet the sun and be grateful for this lovely and familiar place. When I left the balcony to refill my cup of coffee, there was this blast of light from our bedroom. I hadn’t realized until then that the sun rose in our south facing bedroom window.

D was pooped after his first tennis in a number of months, so while he replenished, I went downstairs to reacquaint with the neighbours from last year and meet some new ones too.

This is our place from the waterline. We have the entire second floor including that wonderful wrap around deck. In fact we rarely gravitate to the north end of that space, as there is no shade and it gets bloody hot!

I love the Caribbean side of the island. The breeze and the waves are always lovely. And even though I am not much of a beachcomber these days, the picking is excellent!

One of our neighbours waded into the water everyday to do some fishing. I had always been told not to enter the ocean on that side. but he seemed confident to do so.

We were off to Piacere Beach Club but I hadn’t paid close enough attention to the instructions and our cab took us a bit too far south. But it was serendipitous because upon arrival on the road adjacent, a handsome Mexican says “Hey, I know you. You’re Canadian, right?” Wasn’t I supposed to avoid these situations? Just then I realized that it was our friend Jacob that we met at El Patio but hadn’t seen in years. We ran into each in Centro days later and I still didn’t recognize him out of context.

Piacere is a quieter Beach Club for those who like to read, nap and swim without distraction. We met lovely people there including my friend Karen and our server Adrian who we met last year at Amazona.

This is us.

We were home in time for showers and sunset.

That evening we were out to dinner with our dear friends Jan and Bruce. We had never dined at Fuego del Mar before, even though it is a favourite of theirs and many other island friends. The food was fabulous and I would loved to have shared all the details with you except that it was so dark, that none of my pics were recognizable, except for this sole image of our shared dessert. I know that Bruce raved about the octopus and D had had a Vera Cruz fish. Jan and I each order the same dish and although I remember that it was over the top tasty, I can only recall that it was adorned with asparagus. Some Food Writer I am!

After dinner it was home to read in our enormous bed.

Kath’s quote: “In the company of friends, every meal becomes a feast.”-unknown

Love never fails.

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