Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Best Laid Plans...

Plans can change in a matter of minutes!  Dear Husband slipped and fell on his right shoulder last Friday.  On Monday his doctor sent him to get an MRI.  On Tuesday as we were packing for our getaway to México we got the bad news: rotator cuff surgery required.  Flights and casa were here we are, still in our own casa in St. Paul.  We missed the beginning of the winter season in Mazatlán, México because I was recovering from rotator cuff surgery and now we're missing the latter half because of Jim's surgery and recovery.  Since his pain is increasing, we made the right decision rather than toughing it out in another country.  So from now on, go back to my other blog, Visual St. Paul, and I'll try to post some scintillating Minnesota photos for you! 

Since I had the bottom two already scheduled for Mazatlán, I'll leave them on the blog to let you see what we're missing!!

This is a view of Icebox Hill taken on the Malecon, a walk that follows along the ocean for miles. Our casa is located a short distance away, almost at the base of the hill...just a short climb.  Below is a photo of our casa, not ours but wish it were!! And I wish we were there...but another year, another time!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

ABC WEDNESDAY-"H": Haute Cuisine: Te Amo we come!!

As you read this we're probably on our way to Mazatlán from St. Paul, MN USA on Sun Country Airlines.   After arrivial and getting settled we'll walk over to our favorite restaurant, Te Amo Lucy.  I haven't been there for over a year so it will be wonderful to taste Lucy's outstanding cooking again!!

And here on the repost photo which you may have missed before is the lovely lady, Lucy, who serves outstanding food learned from her México City abuela.

Come back and I promise that I will delight you with more photos of this wonderful city!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March Theme Day, 2011-My Favorite Place-Isla Piedra

In just 9 more days I will be sitting in a one of these chairs in one of my favorite spots, Isla Piedra, Stone Island! Right now I'm still in St. Paul, Minnesota, counting the days 'til we fly to our favorite winter vacation spot.
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Theme Day, February, 2011-Fountains

Does the water have to be running to qualify as a fountain?  I don't think so!  This beautiful fountain is in the courtyard of the Melville in the heart of El Centro, Mazatlan, Mexico. If you went to go to  this boutique hotel, this is how it is described on their website:

If you want to savour history to the full in Mazatlán, The Melville is the place to stay. Built in neoclassical style during the 1870´s by Spanish trader Juan Tamés it served as the Telegraph Office in the 19th Century. Later it functioned, for more than 60 years, as a Carmelite nun's school, a period that gave the Melville its monastic appearance. Today it operates as a luxury guest house " A palace for Pesos ." 

Named after Herman Melville, who was in Mazatlan in 1844, the building impresses with its wrought Iron Balcony that goes all around it. Inside, you not only find the best of Mexican decoration, a tribute to local craftsmen, but Peruvian Sacral art as well. Mexico and Peru were the richest Spanish colonial possessions, and had large Carmelite orders. The nuns in Mazatlán had ample contact with their Peruvian Counterparts, and therefore the art collection.
No rooms at the Melville are alike. In one you sit on a majestic deep plush armchair, In another hangs a splendid oil painting. Here you find costly antiques, gleaming mirrors, decrepit trunks and Mexican chandeliers. All of this makes The Melville perhaps Mexico 's loveliest habitable museum.
In March we'll spend another month in Mazatlan again!  Whoopee!!

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