Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Cancun: Miscellany


This slow travel to Cancun last summer offered something new in terms of vacation. I have never before gone on vacation without a set itinerary. So, the notion that I would have many days that I have nothing to do and nowhere to go was quite unsettling at first, especially since I didn't know how the treatment would go.

On days when I was able to go out of our rental, we made full use of our rental car. We got see the pretty and the ugly, the touristy and the local hangouts.

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Where we stayed. Look at the angry clouds.

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Not far from the resort is the public beach that fills up during the weekend.

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The Cancun cathedral was difficult to find because it's hidden from the street by the trees that surround it. It had no walls, it was open-air on the side, and it offered a quiet space in a busy city.

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This became a habit.

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I always found a reason to have cake.

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There was Costco, Home Depot and this Walmart grocery store.

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I developed a liking to horchata with coconut.

On our first visit to Cancun years ago we went to Mercado 28, which was highly recommended by locals we met, but was such a disappointment to us.

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This time we went to the other market that locals think was too local for us "tourists", Mercado 23.

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Meat shops next to each other.

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We took to the streets on foot and found many interesting things to photograph. Beautiful tile work never fails to stop me on my tracks.

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There is a local eatery, actually a few eateries next to each other, that we passed by every time we leave the resort area. It was always full of diners and I wanted to eat here.

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Finally before leaving Cancun, we stopped for a meal. I ordered the octopus (pulpo), that was prepared simply, but cooked perfectly. It was amazing.

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The husband had shrimp tacos. Likewise this was simply divine.

There is one more post (maybe 2) to come before I end this Cancun series.

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22 comments:

  1. I can definitely see and feel the Mexican flare in these images, Maria. And I can just imagine what it would have felt like for you to go without a planned agenda. HA! Sometimes that's part of the adventure, as I'm sure you found out.

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  2. That is really the way to see a place ... Get out there where the locals are. Lovely pictures...wonderful trip. Tx for sharing! The food looks amazing too!

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  3. Fun to get out beyond the resort area!

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  4. I enjoyed your Cancun series. I love those moody skies you began this post with.

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  5. Terrific post for the day and wonderful captures of Cancun! I lived in Mexico for over a year and visited Cancun and really enjoyed it!! Love those moody skies! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Wonderful shots of the place. Lots of attraction and nice food.

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  7. Great sky photos and very tasty food.

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  8. wonderful photography of your Cancun trip for SWF and that was quite an ominous sky ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. it's the food that jumps to me...i love pulpo. though i'm not allowed to eat seafoods at the moment, i'll just live vicariously through your photos and stories.

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  10. Yummy foods and dramatic gray skies.
    www.womenandperspectives.com/2014/05/sky-watch-sunset-skies.html

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  11. Wonderfully dramatic skies.

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  12. I'm enjoying your Cancun trip. Thanks for taking us along with you!!

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  13. Horchata and cake sounds good to me, beautiful sky shots.

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  14. Fantastic captures!
    Tempting dish there. :)

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  15. The food looks delicious and I would have an horchata now! :-)

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  16. A fine account of your nonscheduled visit to Cancun. I liked seeing the local business area. The colors are so vibrant making the street shots very appealing.

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  17. Great shots here - I think my fave is the beach. Would love to try that coconut drink, but would pass on the octopus. The chocolate cake looked good, too! Mine

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  18. Hi! Nice captures. I can see many things from your photos. Octopus dishes are very popular in our country too. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Lovely sky watch photo. I love octopus, too! Wonderful photos.

    Iowa Voice

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  21. Love the tiles of the planter, too! Your pulpo and shrimp tacos are making me very hungry. Time for lunch!

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