People on la playa

May 31, 2019

There are so many little attractions on the island that can easily be missed by the casual tourist.

Today enjoy some of my Special Moments.

Ask yourself with each of these moments..  Did I?

Click the arrows and hoover over the pictures to see all of my adventures! 

January 16, 2019

Mariachi music in Mexico can trace its roots back to the 1700’s. Over the centuries, the style and purpose of these musical groups has morphed into the Mariachi Bands that we are familiar with in the Mexico of today. Any Mexican town that promotes tourism, will have a host of Mariachi groups roaming the busiest streets and restaurants. The one, two or more musician groups express the culture of themselves and Mexico!

Today’s Mariachis may wear the traditional CHARRO attire (typically depicted in the movies) or they may be smartly dressed in matching shirts and slacks. Locals today associate Mariachis with cultural celebrations, birthdays, quinceñeras or even for religious celebration. Tourists typically think of Mariachi as colorful street entertainment that one might be ap...

November 7, 2018

Last week, the cultural holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), was celebrated in most Latin countries, as well as here on the island of Isla Mujeres. November 1st and 2nd of every year is a time to celebrate the lives that have passed on, in the Latin culture. The two days are a time of remembrance, tribute and gatherings. Cemetery plots are cleaned of debris and altars to loved ones are repaired and repainted. It is a family affair. It is a vigil. It is family time. It is the colorful culture here. The customs are kept… tirelessly. It is real life. And it is beautiful.

Ofrendas (temporary altars to loved ones) are built with the four elements of Dia de los Muertos represented: water (to quench the departed thirst), wind (represented by cut paper banner), earth (by...

October 3, 2018

 It’s ROUND TOP WEEK…. and what a week. The ROUND TOP ANTIQUE FAIR began as a one week shopping event in the small town of 90 on an average day. Over the years, it has become one of the largest and most popular semi-annual events in the country. ROUND TOP WEEK is not just shopping… it is a lifestyle! For about three weeks, white tents take over otherwise nondescript fields… yes, the pasture kind. The quiet town vibe is overshadowed by shopper filled suburbans, pickups, RVs, trailers and U-hauls… all there for an experience… the ROUND TOP EXPERIENCE. If you want it, you can find it. Like to dig for a bargain… this is the place. Don’t mind paying top dollar for a beautifully displayed antique in an air-conditioned tent… this is the place. Enjoy a cerveza while you browse the fi...

July 18, 2018

With the tranquil, turquoise waters in the background and the calm texture of sand crunching beneath my two dollar flip-flops, I stopped abruptly at the sight on the curb. I hadn’t seen this before on the island, but then again I stay surprised. A young man, intent on his task, chipped away at a rectangular piece of wood from interior Yucatan. His “hammer," fashioned from another piece of wood, hit the machete boldly, as the metal tip honed away wood chips, piece by piece. Thankfully, the machete never slipped, as his legs were his table. Angel, his Mexican name, not to be confused with his Mayan name, worked tirelessly on transforming the raw wood into a replica of a Mayan mask. Now I have seen many Mayan masks, skillfully painted in deeper colors than I prefer, available fo...

June 27, 2018

Now the fun begins! Introducing that authentic touch with the Mexican flair that we adore, by bringing in layers of Mexican history, with the dramatic influences of old hacienda doors, shipped to the island from interior Mexico. Not an easy or inexpensive task, but then we have a secret weapon. Our wonderful friend, craftsman and artist, Raul, who now lives in Aquascalientes, Mexico (which, you may remember from previous posts, we have been lucky enough to visit). Raul and his amor, searched flea markets surrounding the old colonial town of Aquascalientes for the pieces of fascination that would add dramatic influence to our casa. I sent Raul countless pictures of my dream rooms, so he could get a sense of the seamless harmony I had in mind for the casa, and understand the ec...

May 30, 2018

The day arrived for the palapas meeting (remember, a palapas is an open air structure, topped with palm leaves and held up by huge logs... very popular in tropical areas).  Magazine pictures, along with pics I had taken around the island, all carefully considered and critiqued early in the planning stage, were laid out and the bilingual meeting began. My interpreter was my property manager, as the three other people involved would be speaking spanish. Remember, this is a one story casa with a flat roof, that could be reached by beach facing stairs, installed by a previous owner. There was a short, two inch lip up from the roof and the air conditioning units, as well as the hot water heater sat almost center roof (of course). The entire roof surface was to serve as the floor f...

May 9, 2018

A distinctive flavor of island living are the much loved locals. Their basic approach to life has me sometimes carefully considering my own. These wonderful islenos  (locals born on the island or those whom have come to be an integral part of this environment), have one basic trait in common…they work to live; they don’t live to work. Some have layers of history to reveal, some can effortlessly make you laugh, but all are filled with a robust island spirit that makes you want to know more. These Local Legends have spans of time on isla for up to thirty years, while one family can trace it’s roots back one hundred and fifty years!  

Chuy walks the tranquil setting of this island every afternoon and evening. Clearly, he has seen the rigors of daily life.. I suppo...

April 18, 2018

Part of the allure of spending some of your life on an island that makes its primary income from tourism, is the daily easy living of the locals. These hard working men and women are bursting with joy from family and take great pride in occupations from street food vendor, bartender, concierge, waiter/waitress, housekeeper to scuba instructors and tour guides. One of the greatest joys, I find, is observing the life of the fisherman. These men (typically) live the ultimate ocean lifestyle, as they awake each morning to a sense of wonder and the sounds of the sea. Their bounty awaits! The hunt is on. Boarding pangas, with worn patinas, the romance of the sea calls them to return early morn. A crew of two to three venture from the sandy shores and travel east into the unpredicta...

April 11, 2018

The romantic, never look back idea of island living is, to some, the perfect backdrop for constant creative expression. This is true in the hands of the hammock maker, the mural artist and the musicians. Isla has that deep attraction to two of our local celebrities, that I’m lucky enough to call my friends. And then there is also my favorite mariachi group that are always ready to have a little fun when the camera is out!

Meet John Cain. Originally from Long Island, John and wife Katie made Isla their home 8 years ago. Listening to John’s interpretation of songs will evoke memories past, unfold layers of your history and convince you to just sit and stay awhile. When asked why he chooses certain songs, John smiles and says “there are decades of great music and a good song is...

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