Early morning flight to Dallas

On our last full day in La Antigua, Kelly and I walked over to the church, ruins, and museum of San Francisco, dedicated to Brother Hermano, Guatemala’s only native born saint. Lots of miracles are attributed to him and in the museum (where photography is not permitted) are walls of crutches, artificial limbs, letters, and […]

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Les Gusta La Antigua

La Antgua is the third colonial capital of Guatemala and at one point the most important colonial town between Mexico and Peru.  Abandoned in the late 1700s after an earthquake, the capital was moved to the current big, sprawling city of Guatemala City, which we are not visiting.  Antigua became a backwater, which ironically is […]

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La Antigua, Guatemala – one bag down.

Got up early, had breakfast and drove to Cancun airport, just south of the eponymous town.  As we drove north, we passed the luxury resorts of Playa Del Carmen with their huge gateways off the main highway.  Seemed like a different Mexico to what we had experienced the rest of the trip.Once we got to […]

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Cenote Diving at Xel Ha

(Note:  these are images off the internet and not my own photos). I decided to travel “light” in terms of camera gear this trip, and so I am using my Powershot G9 compact camera.   I have an underwater housing for my DSLRs, but since I chose not to haul all my gear with us, that […]

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Chicken at Chichen Itza

Well, in Piste, the nearby town.  Dinner was one of the simplest and least expensive meals we’ve had, but wonderfully delicious.  A small restaurant (I had to go across the street to buy some drinks) that only serves one dish, but does it very well – Pollo asada al carbon, or grilled chicken over charcoal.  […]

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Merida, capital of Yucatan state

Many historians consider Merida to be the oldest continuously occupied city in the Americas. The colonial city was begun in 1542, but it was built on the site of a Mayan city and many of the buildings were erected using stones taken from the earlier Mayan edifices.Today it is a bustling city of some 750,000 […]

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Campeche, Mexico, Kabah & Uxmal

The Yucatan Peninsula is comprised of three Mexican states – Yucatan in the north, Quintana Roo in the east, and Campeche in the west. Chetumal, our first stop in Mexico is the state capital of Quintana Roo. The capital of Campeche is, believe it or not, Campeche. This is an old colonial town and it […]

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Palenque, Mexico

As James Taylor (Kelly’s favorite artist) sang, “Mexico – I never really been but I’d sure like to go.”  Aside from a quick hop over the border to Tijuana when I was in San Diego on business about 18 months ago, this is my first real visit to Mexico.  And in one day we managed […]

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The Belize Zoo and heading to Mexico.

For our last night in Belize, we chose to visit the Belize Zoo.  The zoo was started about 25 years ago when a documentarian found herself with a number of semi domesticated animals following the completion of her movie.  She decided to care for them and this ultimately became the Belize Zoo, a private institution […]

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