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Trip Report Isla Mujeres 2024-Day Seven



I start the day with a walk to visit Hortencia and her family. Do you have a favourite local shop on the island? We have been visiting this one since 2006! Over the years we have witnessed Hortencia’s children become part of the business and seen her grandbabies having their afternoon naps in their hammocks strung from the rafters of the store. They have become our family, supporting each other through life’s joys and sorrows.

That day was a momentous one as I was meeting a newbie off the ferry. She was surprised that I would do so, but we meet everybody arriving off the ferry! That tradition is one of many we enjoy on the island.

We walk the short way down Medina to her Air BnB suite. I was really impressed by her last minute find. We had a quick snack at Jax, walked Hidalgo so Karen could get her bearings and then took her grocery shopping at Super Aki.

I also meet another cyber friend IRL. We have been Facebook friends for a couple of years and live about a half hour away from each other back home. We never would have connected were it not for our mutual love of the island. I love how this place creates friends out of strangers and deepens the bonds with family and old friends.

Before Karen and I meet for dinner, I walk Centro beach at sunset. I love this time of day.

We met up for dinner at Faynes with a special treat from from Adelitas, next door. OMGoodness I did not have high expectations of Faynes, but I was blown away. Check out all the details here.

I actually don’t remember what I did after supper, but I bet I went home to read….

Kath’s quote: “The kitchen is where we deal with the elements of the universe. It is where we come to understand our past and ourselves.” – Laura Esquivel

Love never fails.

Trip Report Isla Mujeres 2024-Day Six


When I reached the malecon that morning, I thought that the light was kind of eerie. My camera could not capture it.

The sun was about to rise upon another perfect day.

I love this picture of Sue!

I attended Island Church with Sister Sue and friends Donna and Carol.

That afternoon I whiled away the time at Centro Beach with SIL Lorraine, Kelly and friends Kim, Brenda & Deenie. Lorraine and I had a lovely swim in the ocean. I had to head home to wash the salt off before dinner.

The day with family was so much fun that we agreed to reconvene for sunset and pizza that evening. The pizza was fabulous and very affordable. We ordered from Pomodorino’s just a short walk away. Read more about it here.

A walk down Hidalgo & then a quick visit to Snappers to watch the Jets win in overtime. Then to my book.

Kath’s quote: “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt

Love never fails.

Trip Report Isla Mujeres 2024-Day Five


Got caught up on my food features so I got out of the room today!

Walked the malecon.

Read more of the Stanley Tucci book while lingering over coffee.

A bus stop selfie.

Met Sister Sue and took the bus to La Gloria.

I take a picture of this church whenever I walk past it.

Did some browsing at the bead store and then to LYSH (Little Yellow School House) to take in some great performers as part of the Island Music Festival.

Had a great fundraisinf lunch at the school in the shade of their beautiful trees.

We were hoping to jump back onto a bus, but the sun was still high and it was hot.

Home for a bit then off to Isla Burger. We split an amazing burger. Hear all about it here:

Kath’s quote: “Living like local when you travel provides a deeper understanding your destination.”-Jackie Gately

Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres 2024 Trip Report-Day Four


A quick morning walk as I had lots of writing to get to.

Even after almost 20 years of visiting, this quirky island always brings me joy. Like one set of neighbours who long ago made a balcony railing out of empty wine bottles.

Or other neighbours who fill their golf cart with plastic crates. They place the crates in their unoccupied parking spot while they are out running errands.

If you want a great vantage to see the diversity of Isla, sit in one of the municipal loncherias. On this day I was awaiting my friends Jan and Bruce who ended up treating me to lunch at the 4th loncheria. The food was great and the catch up visit was even better.

I ordered the pork chop so that I would get fries. You might find that silly but the fries were so good it was worth it and there was enough pork for a second meal!

The watermelon water was also delicious.

I was going to be joined by my dear friend Karen on the island soon, so I checked out her new digs just across from Centro beach.

I love staying in Centro where there is always a water view, just moments away.

I was drawn to Centro Beach again at sunset and then hopped a bus with Sister Sue to visit our Isla friend Criss Medina at her new restaurant in the former Sesso Locos.

We met her daughter Dani who is managing Riconcito Kahlo.

There was a wonderful trio playing and the ambience was so lovely. Our dinner was first class and you can read all about it here:

Home early. Started reading Stanley Tucci’s fascinating book (with recipes!)

Kath’s quote: “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven”.– John Lubbock

Love never fails

Trip Report Isla Mujeres 2024-Day Three


I sprang from bed and walked my walk.

Little did I know that I would get glued to my beach chair (but not at the beach) for most of the day. I was so enthralled by my book and finished it. Erin French-Finding Freedom. If you are a foodie it is absolutely delicious!

I did manage a little shop so I would snack on wholesome food as I read. I also went and visited Hortencia and her family.

At Happy Hour downstairs my friend Penny heard me lamenting about drinking wine from a coffee cup and loaned me hers for my time left at the apartment! There is a lovely circle of new Isla friends staying here.

Sister Sue and I dined at Kokonuts where my gorgeous friend Sylvia has moved her staff from Sardinia Smile.

Dinner was scrumptious. Read all the details here:

Another perfect day in paradise.

Kath’s quote: There is not in Italy what there is in Sardinia, nor Sardinia what there is in Italy.-Francesco Cetti

Love never fails.

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