A Trip To Mexico

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  1. Terry Page

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    It's sadly nearly over and we are not looking forward to returning home, much as I love my family our time here as been wonderful and far too short.

    Our favourite city by far was Merida, full of art and culture and very friendly locals, we stayed in a beautiful old colonial house, whose owner was born in the same street and loved the area.

    We were there 4 days and went out to a local performance of historical drama, and dancing each night, there always seems to be a festival going on here evidently.

    Here are a few videos of the evenings, were we fortunate in getting front seats, everything is free here, WiFi all over and power sockets in the streets to charge your gadgets. ;)

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    @Terry Page Did you find it cost less for this vacation in Mexico? And did you find the people friendly and the food good?
     
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    Difficult to say @Babs Hunt the return flight here were cheap at $600, but we were offered a premium upgrade which added a hundred $ which was worth it................ so yes it would have been cheaper than most of our vacations, but I tend to spend more because it is cheap ;) .................The people were the friendliest I have ever met anywhere, despite the villagers we visited and talked to who were living in to us in abject poverty, they would do anything for you without expecting a pay off.

    Yes we liked the food but for comfort we tended to dine in tourist/wealthy Mexican style restaurants, but for our personal tastes there was far too much meat on the menu. We have had some really good fish dishes over the past few days though.
     
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    Here is a video I just took of the place where we were staying here in Tulum, and sadly about to leave [​IMG]

     
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    I am glad y'all had a wonderful time and no problems @Terry Page and very happy you are still sharing your travels with all us arm chair travelers. :)
     
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    Looked at this thread before I shut down last night
    Wonderful memories for you. Saw some programmes on Mexico - magical :)
     
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    Thanks for the tour, @Terry Page . I like Mexican music. There was a radio station on my old car that played it all the time. I had it bookmarked, I only understood a word here and there but I loved the rhythm and happy sound of it. Kinda makes your feet want to go to tapping. :D

    I suppose you are back home by now. I'm glad you had a great trip and got back home safely.
     
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    I will get around to posting some photos soon but before I forget them, here are a few thoughts that came to mind about Mexico and it's people.............

    It was the most relaxing holiday I have ever had as far as I can remember, the driving was a delight with quiet safe roads and considerate drivers.
    The people were the gentlest and most helpful I have ever encountered apart from Bosnia maybe, I do have a theory from my experiences, that the average citizen of a country that has had some elements of communism in it's history, somehow value people more and appreciate what little they usually have in the way of possessions [​IMG] ..........the poverty in the country is by our standards shameful of course, but despite that they seem happy enough as far as you can tell ..........

    I know there is a lot of corruption and no one seems to have a good word to say about their president, who they regard as a fool, though on one museum tour we shared with a large group of Americans, they disagreed with the tour guide, shouting out we have a much worse one than yours [​IMG] ................

    I felt completely safe in Mexico even wandering the streets at night, but then I feel safe wherever I go so that doesn't mean a lot.

    I love the way you were trusted everywhere, and the seeming lack of fear and undue security checks, we were able to enter any public building we wanted to, with being asked for ID or having our bags checked. (apart from the Mexico City palace) If we showed an interest in a building we were invited in to look around. The university campus in Merida is in an old colonial palace, and the doorman invited us in to look around without hesitation.

    Interestingly in Mexico City you were never more than a few feet from an armed policeman, and you felt safe as a result, in Merida there were virtually no police, we only saw a couple directing traffic and one unarmed tourist policeman in a smart car, which looked liked a character out of a children's book............... again we felt completely safe.... odd really [​IMG]

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    Here are a couple of videos I took just off the main square in Mexico City.....I will post some pics of the flat we stayed in which was lovely, the owner who we chatted to a lot is just lovely, she travels a lot on her own and was born in Mexico City as were her parents and loves the place.



     
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    A few pics of the apartment....


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    Here are some random photos in the National Palace gardens off the main square of Mexico City ...

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    The apartment in Mexico City had an original 1920s Otis lift/elevator, complete with bell boy, we were on the 6th floor., here is a video I took

     
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    ooooh @Terry Page ...can you pass a message on to Lisa for me...tell her thanks for the call and the offer , and I've thought it over , and yes I'll go with her next year to Mexico...instead of you... ;):p:D
     
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    I want to go, too!
     
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    You are both welcome, actually I found a 500 peso note in one of my shirt pockets yesterday, so I believe it's a sign I need to go back [​IMG]
     
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    We spent a lot of one day in the National Palace while we were in Mexico City, it's an amazing building with of course the amazing murals by Diego Rivera adorning the entrance hallway, there is also an extensive museum and gardens, we were enchanted by the place ................ here are some photos....

    The National Palace (Spanish: Palacio Nacional) is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico. It is located on Mexico City's main square, the Plaza de la Constitución (El Zócalo). This site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, and much of the current palace's building materials are from the original one that belonged to Moctezuma II.

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    ......the rest of the building was magnificent and the museum interesting...


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    Here is a video of Lisa swimming in one of the many Cenotes in the Yucatan, the water is very warm, but I don't swim so I wasn't tempted [​IMG] this was one of two about 5 miles along a dirt track, but amazingly there are new toilets in a brick hut there, which were spotless as are all public toilets/bathrooms we have come across in Mexico.


     
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    Thanks Terry interesting thread.
     
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    What a wonderful trip you had. Thanks for posting all the pictures. Very interesting.
     
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    Love the Mexican colours - beautiful
     
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    Thank you, Terry, for the magnificent photos and videos.
     
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