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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wayfaring Wednesday ~ Cool Cozumel

I am trying to think cool thoughts while the thermometer explodes. Given that I still have my hands full while Sweet Boy recovers from his recent surgery I decided to repost this oldie but goodie. It originally was featured in March of 2008 where it was viewed by a whopping 1 person. :)

Mr. Décor and I had not had an ALONE vacation in over 10 years. For our 10th anniversary we went on a cruise. Our second port stop was the island of Cozumel (Mexico). You know it is going to be a good day when you are greeted by such happy drinks.

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We hired a taxi to take us around the island. There were several private and public beaches, the lighthouse, and the Maya ruins of San Gervasio, where we spent the most time. San Gervasio was once a hot spot of worship. I mean that literally, as in human sacrifices (female virgins of course) were made to the fertility goddess Ix Chel. This was El Arco (the arch) built in the post classic period (1200-1650 A.D.). It was the main entrance to the Plaza Central. It is just amazing given the tools and resources they had at the time.

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Manita Structure (little hands) was built during the classic period (1000-1200 A.D.). It was given its name by the red colored handprints that appear on the interior walls. It was once home to the overlord.

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This is a main road leading to the Plaza Central. Can you imagine what it took to create this?

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Iguana are now the largest inhabitants of the ruins. I took this photo for my cousin T. who owned an iguana, Sebastian, for many years. "Meaty" would have loved to have sunned himself here.

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Now for the cool part of this post. Have you ever seen such beautiful water?

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I can’t wait to see where you’ve been and yes, old posts are ok!

Laura

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27 comments :

Mildred said...

Beautiful photos and the water looks so refreshing! Thanks for hosting Wayfaring Wednesday, Laura. Enjoy your day and I hope Sweet Boy is recovering well.

Jane said...

How wonderful to have a special time with just your husband. Even with our empty nest, "alone" vacations are rare. Your photos are wonderful...almost like being there...
Jane (artfully graced)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this post!! What a fun trip you had!! Hope Sweet Boy is doing good now! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

joleneotten said...

I love exploring Mayan Ruins - I grew up in Guatemala, so your pictures brought back some lovely childhood memories! Strangely enough I have never been to Mexico but I really thing that needs to go on my bucket list of "things to do" :-)
I hope your little man is feeling better!

Debbie said...

My absolute favorite photo is the one with the old road leading to the ruins. I find those kinds of things very enchanting for some reason.

Of course, when I saw the iguana, I pretty much decided that I would rather enjoy your pictures.

Auntie Em said...

Those drinks look more like a fruit salad lunch to me! :D Very cute! Love the photos. Sites like these are so old and steeped in so much history they make our NA historial sites look a little young by comparison, don't they?
Thank you for sharing. :)

My Wayfaring Wednesday photo would be my kitchen and laundry hamper today so I don't think I will bore you with pics of dirty dishes and piles of towels but our houseful of company, as in our three grandsons, makes up for not wandering, by far!
Hope your little guy is feeling better soon!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I loved Cozumel when I visited there. Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it is.

LOL--at first I didn't see that very well camouflaged Iguana...when I did, I jumped!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was lucky enough to visit there as well and the water just blew me away. Our 10th anniversary trip was San Francisco and was also the first trip alone since our honeymoon :)

mississippi artist said...

That water does look refreshing, espescially since it will be over 100 here today! I would be too busy looking for giant lizards to see much scenery here-LOL!

{northern cottage} said...

we've been to cozumel too (on a cruise stop) & it was fantastic. We totally want to go back someday!

Linda said...

I've never been there, but it's gorgeous. The most tropical I've been is Florida. The only country I've been to besides here, ha, is Canada. Yet we've seen a lot of beautiful places that we've enjoyed. I sometimes think about my Mom's parents (or even my Dad's parents for that matter, after they immigrated), who never travelled much more than 20 miles from home. Their whole life was simply making an existence on their farms, raising their family. No vacations, no traveling. I can't imagine. And yet, they seemed to live a content life. Something for me to ponder...

I hope your son is doing better and that you have an enjoyable remainder of the week. I'm off and traveling tomorrow with Sarah - going to Chicago to meet up with my sisters and their daughters for an all-girls outing to the Shedd Aquarium on Friday. You know those people pushing the stroller with a large group of children who are always in everyone's way and making people annoyed? We will be THOSE people on Friday. Hooray - our turn!! LOL :D

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I've included one of the stops Wendy and I made on our cross-country odyssey last summer. Next week I hope to have a fresh entry up! Loooonnng weekend for me that I'm still getting back on my feet from. Cozumel is beautiful and I believe we saw those same ruins when we were there! Such an amazing sight to see and wonder how they did it. Alan and Zach scuba dove in the beautiful water there. Ann

Charlene said...

Soooooooooo glad to be back in blogland as I have been gone for 2 weeks... Beautiful photos & I know you had a great time. That BLUE BLUE water is the BEST! Oh how I loved it there. Thanks for sharing. And I just saw your toaster cover... ADORABLE! I would love to get one like yours with the MOP Buttons & Lace. Hope your patient is better soon!
Charlene

Big D and Me said...

The water alone makes me want to visit there. Thanks for hosting

Creative Contentment said...

Beautiful pics and a wonderful story to share. I love traveling. Thanks for dropping in at Creative Contentment. :) I linked up my Greece post. Our family of 5 had a great time and I am glad I can share it. :)

Hines-Sight said...

Thanks for your note. I just linked up bat cave for a little bit of NC trivia. I'm about to put the suitcase on the blog. Leigh

Diane said...

WOW, what a vacation and the alone time is priceless Ÿ So glad you got to go and enjoyed it.

Stephanie said...

Thanks so much for the sweet comment. I don't have any write-ups of vacations now, but I will keep your party in mind. It sounds like fun. Thanks for the invite! :) Looks like you had an enjoyable time.

gatheredinthekitchen.com said...

Your pictures look beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting know about your linky party! I love your toaster cover! Wow!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Looks like such a wonderful holiday ! Thanks for coming by and inviting me to link up.

French Basketeer.com said...

The water looks amazing, but I love the iguana and the happy drinks! It was nice to have this vacation, I'm sure!

ImagiMeri said...

Here's hoping sweet boy is on the mend and not feeling too miserable. I'm even busier than before with my mom now staying with me. This little 80 year old dynamo has more energy then I do, and she's been close to death for the past few months!!!!!

Love and miss ya'
Meri

Shirley said...

Dear Laura,
I just loved my time in Gloucester so much I had to link up. I love your pictures and you and hubby look like you enjoyed your vacation so much..here's to you!!
Cheers...

Miranda said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog the other day. If you hadn't I never would have known about yours... and I love it! Great idea with a trip party!

Miranda
www.justdrinkacoke.com

Privet and Holly said...

I'll cull the
archives and see
what I can come
up with : ) Loved
seeing you and your
honey. I have only
been to the Port of
Cozumel on a cruise.
Loved the water shot,
too....ahhhhhhh!
xx Suzanne

bettyl said...

I just found your blog and I do like a meme or two!
Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for the virtual tour.

Liz said...

What a fun trip! And what a great party theme. Good idea! :)

~Liz