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2016 Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day Five

November23

It was an overcast morning and there was no sunrise. Friend Peggy that we had the pleasure of meeting at Luna D’Miel a previous year, knocked on our door and we invited her for breakfast.

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After a scrumptious breakfast, we went walking and shelling together.

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When I got home, D had moved us to an upstairs unit at Villas San Miguel for the rest of our stay. The suite had a smaller footprint but we loved the second floor balcony which overlooked the Caribe.

It was cloudy and slightly rainy so we stayed put that afternoon. D did venture out to get rib man ribs for future consumption. The rain continued and the streets were quite wet.

Dinner was at Muelle 7 (see link of our visit here) after a famous restaurant with the same name in Veracruz.

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We saw a partial sunset from the vicinity. We walked down Hidalgo and spotted the Jets game on at Nash’s. We stayed for one period and visited with Brother #3 & L. We enjoyed a glass of wine alone on our balcony and then slept that evening to the sound of the waves.

Kath’s quote: “The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”  ― Virginia Woolf

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Love never fails.

Muelle 7 (Pier 7)-Isla Mujeres

November21

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We were delighted to be invited to taste the fabulous seafood offerings at Muelle 7 (Pier 7) in March 2016.

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We had visited previously for drinks and to watch the sunset but had never had the pleasure of dining.

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Our evening started with delicious just blended margaritas, mine was mango and D’s was lime

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and wonderfully silky guacamole.

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When this seafood platter arrived for us to share, we thought we had died and gone to seafood heaven! There was lobster, shrimp, squid, octopus and grouper. The seafood was so fresh and perfectly prepared with a light touch. The dinner was served with rice and tasty potato wedges. We had a little bit of lime drawn butter left over from seafood dipping and D poured it over the rice to ensure that we got to appreciate every morsel of the platter.

The setting of Muelle 7 just before Playa Sol on the bayside of the island is stunning. Service was warm, hospitable and efficient. We look forward to visiting again and again.

Kath’s quote: “You can put the greatest seafood restaurant next to an average steak house in an urban area, and that steak house will do more business than the seafood place. If you go to the water, you can put an average seafood place next to the greatest steak house, and people are going to eat seafood”. -Tilman J. Fertitta

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2016 Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day Four

November18

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We sat with our coffees and watched the glorious sunrise and

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then headed down Hidalgo for a fabulous breakfast at Lola Valentina’s (see the link for full description and lots of photos) of stuffed poblano chilies and tres leche French toast.

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We spent the afternoon at the beach because we thought that it was likely Sister #3 and Dona’s last beach day.

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That evening was Fredy’s 20th anniversary and we had so much fun.

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When we arrived at 5 as instructed, he told us to go away and come back at 6, so we went close by to Brother #3 and L’s room for a drink.

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Brother #3 is on the left (we also call him the Mayor of Isla) and husband D is on the right.

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Fredy’s was festively decorated and Two on a Hammock (Marla & Javi) were playing. Jan and Bruce joined us. Fredy was serving free appetizers:

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bread stuffed with cheese,

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tuna stuffed jalepeno’s,

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grilled shrimp, grilled veggies,

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guacamole and pico de gallo.

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Everyone else at the table ordered entrees but we had reservations at Mayan beach Club (formerly the Sunset Grill).

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We had a couple of glasses of wine

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and shared a tuna tartar

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and tequila flan. We had a beautiful table in the sand on the beach but it looked like we missed a lot of fun at Fredy’s.

Kath’s quote: “I hate missing everything. That’s why I want to marry well and be a grand lady. Then I can host all the parties, all the time, and see everything that is going on always. How can you stand not knowing?”  ― Gail Carriger

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Isla Mujeres 2016 Trip Report- Day Three

November17

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Another beautiful rooftop sunrise. There was a big bank of cloud on the horizon which made it an unusual ½ sunrise. I have decided that sunrise is my favourite time on the island.

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Another batch of seaglass.

I was content to just hang out but was able to contact Ruben (see full restaurant feature here) so went to his place for breakfast. He had not been well and it was his first day back at work. You would never tell he had been sick as he zoomed around the restaurant, stopping to chat at every table. We saw Sister #3 & Dona there who were splitting the shrimp omelette and eggs bennie. Ruben suggested the classic bennie and the special lobster bennie with poblano sauce. Both were sensational! Ruben’s also has good coffee and excellent oj.

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After breakfast we cut across the street to our favourite market stall to buy fresh fixings for our dinner with Hortenzia’s family.

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The Madonna and bird was spotted as we made our way across the square.

We finished our shopping at the Supermercado and then got ice and ice cream. D hit the kitchen right after and Sister #3 & Dona arrived in short order.

We spent the afternoon prepping for dinner and then Dona and I went out to order chickens and check out the Artist Fair. We much preferred when the fair was held in the square.

We returned to Villas San Miquel for nachos and cervesa. Hortenzia (the local dress-maker) invites us to their place on a regular basis for dinner with her family. We try to reciprocate on an annual basis. She and her family got lost trying to find us at Villas San Miguel, but Sister #3 & Dona found them out by the basketball court.

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We had a fabulous dinner of chicken, pasta salad, cole slaw & D’s hot fudge sundaes for dessert.

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D entertained the kids with tricks on his I-Pad.

When they left, we sat outside around the pool for a night cap.

Kath’s quote: “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly”.- M F K Fisher

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2016 Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day Two

November10

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We were blessed with a great first night’s sleep and so we were up before the sun. In fact, the moon was still out.

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A beautiful shot of the villa that we would move to mid-week.

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The gorgeous Villas looked even more lovely in the rising sun.

D had everything set up i.e. coffee and chairs for sunrise that first morning from the roof at Villas San Miguel.

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We realized that we must have been sitting in someone else’s chairs and sure enough we met Milly and Kim from Minneapolis. We hit it off immediately. They emptied their surplus holiday supplies with us. We walked them to the ferry. There was an entourage of many people I know saying good-bye to Cousin Frank.

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The view out of our kitchen window.

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The gate that is locked and secure at night. I love seeing the shock of the blue Caribbean!

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Every morning that I am on Isla I go beachcombing for treasures.

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This was my haul the first day. Do you see the green marble in the middle of my stash? I sometimes find one over the course of a couple of weeks. I have never ever found one my first day!

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The kitchen at Villas San Miguel was perfectly set up for light meals.

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That morning D had a fancy for a homemade breakfast of Isla ham and eggs.

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We had a lovely breakfast around the pool.

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Then we walked to North Beach for a brief dip and to hook up with Bro #3 and all the gang. In addition, were Margaret & Andy and Margaret’s brother Wilf and Arlene as well as my second cousin Sandra, her husband Tim and their friends Carol & Gord.

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A quick trip back to the Villas San Miguel for a shower.

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That evening I had tried to arrange an Islaholic meetup. We walked down the west side of the island to Sergio’s (now closed).

 

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We were familiar with the beautiful setting at Sergio’s.

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Sunset was mysterious.

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Our family made up a portion of a larger group. My husband D is besides me. In front is our family friend Dona in red. Sister #3 is in between D and I and Bro #3 is behind Dona. Our Sis-in-law is in the middle.

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Coconut Shrimp

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Whole fish

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Fish tacos

There were 15 in our group that evening at Sergio’s for dinner. Which was great, except I already knew every single one of them. There were problems with the food coming out of the kitchen. Many people ordered the Parmesan fish that we all remembered from Sergio’s Playa Sol.

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I had herb fish and

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D had a tough time chewing his Octupus.

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Bro #3 enjoyed his wings. Unfortunately Sergio wasn’t around to have a visit with. In the mean time long time friend Ziggy tried his best to make us feel welcomed.

Kath’s quote: “Octopuses have hundreds of suckers, each one equipped with its own ganglion with thousands of neurons. These ‘mini-brains’ are interconnected, making for a widely distributed nervous system. That is why a severed octopus arm may crawl on its own and even pick up food”. Frans de Waal

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Love never fails.

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