23.09.2014 - 05.10.2014
This is our third visit to Mexico and the more we see, the more enchanted we become with this country! Mamiti was here with us 4 years ago in Mexico City but Papiti has never visted so we decided to bring them here for 2 weeks so that Papiti could tick a few items off his bucket list.
Off to Mexico! Yuri and I arrived first. We checked into the hotel, headed out for lunch and then fell asleep till we had to head back to the airport to pick up the parentals! Mamiti and Papiti were good but a little tired so we had dinner at the hotel and then headed to bed early.
Such a lazy day today as we were all pretty tired. We took a walk to have some lunch, then walked around a little before heading back to the hotel for a siesta.
We went to the cutest restaurant for dinner called 'La Casa de Los Abuelos'. Traditional and family friendly and has delicious food!
We then sorted out luggage to fly to Veracruz tomorrow and then hit the sack!
The cool decor in La Casa de Los Abuelos...
Happy Birthday Dad!
Up early for breakfast then sorted ourselves to leave for the airport.
We are all checked in now and sitting around killing time till we board....
We are staying at The Emporio hotel which is probably the nicest hotel we've ever stayed in! It's right in the centre of town and the service so far has been outstanding! Claudia (Mamiti's niece) came and met us for a drink at the hotel before we headed out for dinner.
So, so good to see her again and we had a really lovely time catching up :-).
Our AMAZING hotel!
Catching up with Claudita!
So this hotel just keeps getting better and better! The breakfast spread is AMAZING!
I was really lazy today and decided to make the most out of staying at a nice hotel by staying in! Yuri went out with his parents to visit Claudia and the aquarium whilst I stayed in and watched show after show ;-).
We all had an awesome night out having a couple of drinks and some dinner while listening to Mariachi's and some Marimba tunes. Mamiti and Papiti had the best time! We hired some Mariachi's to sing to Mamiti which was fantastic!
We finished the night back at the hotel listening to a band with a night cap. Awesome evening!
We are all a little tired today so we have been relaxing at the hotel. Mamiti and Papiti are watching novellas while we watch a movie :-). This is the life!
Picked up by Claudia in the evening for dinner at her place. We all had such a wonderful time catching up with Rocio and Andrea (the twins), their boyfriends, Miguel (Claudia's hubby) and her friend from work! We had delicious tacos and I managed to converse in Spanish - yay! Really fun night!
Dinner at Claudia's place!
Road trip to Alvorado with Claudia!
It rained most of the day but that didn't dampen our spirits. We had a delicious seafood lunch after checking out the gorgeous small town.
Sleep in and then breakfast (which is served till 12 pm in this awesome hotel)!
We then headed out to find some guayabera's for Papiti and hit the jackpot! He looks so cute in them!
The guayabera is a men's shirt popular in Cuba, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and throughout Africa. It is also known as a "Wedding Shirt". Yuri wore one at our wedding!
We had Lunch/dinner (it was 4 pm) at Boca del Rio. The food was amazing and we got to listen to more music at Mamiti's request!
We went on a little boat trip in the evening around the port. The city looks so pretty at night and we got some great photos!
We ended the night with a coffee at La Gran Cafe Perroquia - a must visit when in Veracruz!
Lunch at Boca del Rio
Veracruz at night
Up early for a quick breakfast before Claudia picked us up. She has arranged for us to visit the Cuban Consulate here in Veracruz to pick her brain about going to Cuba. She gave us so much info and we are definitely going, we just have to decide exactly when. How exciting!
Next stop San Juan de Ulúa with Claudia.
"San Juan de Ulúa, also known as Castle of San Juan de Ulúa, is a large complex of fortresses, prisons and one former palace on an island overlooking the seaport of Veracruz, Mexico.
After that it was back to the hotel to pack (boo). Final dinner in El Zocalo then back to the hotel where Claudia, Miguel, Rocio and Andrea were waiting to say goodbye to us :-(.
We've had such an amazing time here and are really sad to leave.
San Juan de Ulúa
Up at 4:30 am to head to the airport. Seems like a waste of a day for a 35 min flight!
Back in Mexico City staying at El Ejecutivo again :-).
We didn't get up to much. We weren't able to check in straight away so we left Mamiti and Papiti at the hotel cafe while Yuri and I went off in search of the tour guide we used 4 years ago. Success (kind of)! We found Manuel on Paseo Reforma just like we did 4 years ago. He remembered us which was lovely! He is the Jefe (boss) of the company. We had Juan as a tour guide last time but he is no longer working there but Manuel assures us he will send us someone just as good!
We then headed back to the hotel to check in then had the executive lunch at the hotel. The executive lunch consists of three entrees, a main, dessert and juice for 65 pesos which is about $6. Bargain and it was delicious!
Chill out in the arvo then a quick dinner before bed.
We all had a major sleep in and didn't end up having breakfast till after 12! We took a walk around after that and then stopped for coffee.
Chill out in the arvo and then we headed out to Cafe Tacuba for dinner. This place is an institution and has been around since 1912. The food was delicious and we had mariachi's play for us again which put the biggest smile on Mamiti's face - priceless!
Happy Birthday Mum!
Tour day! We were picked up bright and early by our tour guide Eric which is Manuel's son! He is just lovely and so attentive to Mamiti and Papiti! He is also a wealth of information so Papiti was asking him questions all day!
First stop was the Plaza de las Tres Culturas.
The Plaza de las Tres Culturas ("Square of the Three Cultures") is the main square within the Tlatelolco neighbourhood of Mexico City. The name "Three Cultures" is in recognition of the three periods of Mexican history reflected by those buildings pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and the independent "mestizo" nation. The plaza, designed by Mexican architect and urbanist Mario Pani, was completed in 1966.
Next stop was a visit to Don Rafael's silver shop. Mamiti and I came here 4 years ago and bought so many beautiful things, so we just had to come back! We are both very happy with our purchases!
Next stop was the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is a Roman Catholic church, minor basilica and National Shrine of Mexico in the north of Mexico City.
Impossible to take a straight photo as the old Bascilica is sinking...
Final stop was some tequila taste testing and then the Pyramides de Teotihuacan!
Teotihuacán was a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city located in the Valley of Mexico, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of modern-day Mexico City, known today as the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas.
We all had such a great day!
Back to the plata (silver) store so Mamiti and I could buy some more silver! Yesterday I purchased a ring (among other things) with the Aztec calendar on it so today I purchased one with the Mayan calendar! Love, love, love my purchases!
Eric was so nice to take us there again even though it wasn't part of the tour.
Next stop was Plaza Mexico which is the biggest bullfighting ring in the world.
Next stop was the gorgeous suburb of Coyoacán.
Coyoacán refers to one of the 16 boroughs of the Federal District of Mexico City as well as the former village which is now the borough’s “historic center.”
A girl in Coyoacán all dressed up for her Quinceañera (15th birthday) which is a huge deal in Latin America.
Mariachi's playing at mass. Just a normal everyday occurrence in Mexico!
Next we stopped at Plaza Saint Angel where there was an art market happening. Yuri and I purchased 2 paintings.
Next was Estadio Azteca which is a big bucket list item for Papiti. Unfortunately we couldn't go in as there was an event happening but he was still so happy to be there!
Last stop for the day was Xochimilco which is a favourite of ours!
Xochimilco is best known for its canals, which are left from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico. These canals, along with artificial islands called chinampas, attract tourists and other city residents to ride on colorful gondola-like boats called “trajineras” around the 170 km (110 mi) of canals.
We had the most amazing day!
Out for a late breakfast/early lunch then off to Palacio de las Bellas Artes. What an amazing building!
We then walked among thousands of people down to the Zocalo which was crazy fun! Papiti loved every second and had the biggest smile on his face! We checked out the market then headed back to the hotel for a siesta.
Eric picked us up at 9:30 pm for a visit to Plaza Garibaldi. What a crazy, fun place! We've been here many times before (and will never get tired of it) but it was a first for Papiti and he loved it. We listened to some Mariachi's then headed to Tenampapa for a tequila before heading to Guadalajara de Noche for the show!
We saw more mariachi's, traditional dancing from different parts of Mexico and just had a ball. Awesome night!
Palacio de las Bellas Artes
Eating street food in the Zocalo