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March 3, 2011

Sun, Sand, and Dali

By Nancy French
ITWPA member

Swaying palm trees, a warm breeze blowing across the water, and a glass of Spanish wine to sip create a pleasant way to take a break during a visit to the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The triangulated Glass Enigma, a highlight in the architecture of the museum, is similar to the dome on the Dali Museum in Figurers, Spain, Dali’s birthplace. The 75-foot-high glass atrium provides a 180-degree view of Tampa Bay. The dynamic spiral design of the interior stairway, a shape reflected in many of Dali’s paintings, leads visitors to the third floor gallery. AOL Travel has declared the museum “One of the Buildings You Have to See Before You Die.”

Guided tours with knowledgeable volunteers or self tours using earphones with recorded information on numbered pieces help visitors understand the complex thinking behind Dali’s art. Eccentric genius and unrelenting self-promoter, he was arguably the finest surrealist artist of the 20th century. Dali’s talent spanned from realism to surrealism and from oils to films. Many of Dali’s works expressed a combination of religion and science, with the use of double images and optical illusions.

 “Sun, sand and Dali sounded pretty good,” said attorney Jim Martin, reflecting on the path leading to the creation of the new museum. Housing the world’s second largest Dali collection, the museum opened 1-11-11. In 1980, Martin read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “U.S. Art World Dillydallies Over Dali.” He contacted Reynolds and Eleanor Morse and urged them to bring their Dali collection to St. Petersburg. The entire Morse collection of 96 oil paintings and 2,000 additional pieces was donated under the condition that the artwork be kept together. In 1982, the Dali museum opened in a refurbished warehouse.

St. Petersburg is quickly becoming an art lover’s destination, with the completion of the new Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection of glassworks presented by the Morean Arts Center, and the Museum of Fine Art. Numerous small art galleries in the downtown area, including the Florida Craftsmen Gallery, offer an additional excuse to stay in this sunny, waterfront city.

If you go:

Where to eat -- within walking distance of the Dali and in keeping with the Spanish theme:

Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 10 Beach Dr. NE, (727) 209-2299, www.ceviche.com. Open for dinner, serving homemade red or white sangria, offering over 100 hot and cold tapas. The Flamenco Bar offers live flamenco shows and an eclectic blend of music. Pincho Y Pincho, at the same location, serves breakfast and lunch with a Spanish flair.

Columbia Restaurant, 800 Second Ave. NE, (727) 822-8000, www.columbiarestaurant.com/st-petersburg.asp. Open for lunch and dinner. Serving Spanish and Cuban cuisine. Located on the St. Petersburg Pier overlooking the waterfront. Try the mojitos and be sure to indulge in the freshly-baked Cuban bread.

Cafe Gala, (727) 623-4703, is located on the ground floor of the Dali and offers a Spanish-inspired menu with beer and wine available. The cafe has indoor/outdoor seating and overlooks the waterfront.

Where to stay:

Ponce de Leon Boutique Hotel, 95 Central Ave., (727) 550-9300, www.poncedeleonhotel.com. Built in 1922, this renovated hotel is within easy walking distance of the Dali. Rates around $90 per night.

Grayl’s Historic Hotel, 40 Beach Dr., (727) 896-1080, www.graylshotel.com. Centrally located near the waterfront. Rates from $99.

Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, (727) 894-1000, www.marriott.com/hotel/travel/tpasr-renaissance-vinoy-resort-and-golf-club/. This historic hotel has an outdoor pool, restaurants, and tennis courts. Rates from around $250 per night.

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The Architectural Marvels of Hampi

By Sid Viswakumar, M.S.

Hampi (pronounced hump-e), an outstanding historical city, is in Karnataka State, India. It’s also one of the UN World Heritage Sites in this country. It’s no wonder that thousands of foreign tourists throng Hampi every year. If you plan to travel to India, place Hampi in the top spot on your travel itinerary.

Hampi was the capital city of the Vijayanagara Kingdom, which was established in 1336 AD. An outstanding king of Vijayanagara was Krishnadevaraya. Numerous foreign travelers of that bygone era, including Paes and Nueniz, who visited his kingdom, heaped praise on his rule and on the pomp and splendor of the kingdom.

Krishnadevaraya was a brave leader who led from the front, and a genius and scholar. During his tenure agriculture and commerce thrived, art and architecture reached greater heights, artists and scholars were respected and honored and people lived in harmony.

Here’s a testimony to the glory of Vijayanagara: pearls, gold, silk and other expensive items were sold on the streets of Hampi! Here, even today, you can see the ruins of the ancient bazaar where the bartering took place. In fact, when you enter Hampi you’ll find a whole new world. A word that perhaps best describes this historical city is “mystic.”

A few hours or even an entire day isn’t enough to see the wonders of Hampi. Set aside at least a few days to explore its outstanding architecture and pay tribute to the talented artisans of that historic era.

Here are just a few of the jewels of Hampi you shouldn’t miss:

Bazaar: This is the place where people sold exquisite items like gold, pearls and silk. The official information says that the bazaar has a length of 3,100 feet and a width of 131 feet.

Vitthala Temple: It’s an astounding architectural marvel of Hampi. Here’s what the official information board outside the temple says: “The Vitthala Temple represents the highest watermark of the Vijayanagara style of art and architecture…”

The main hall that leads to the temple has slender pillars. These are marvelous pillars because they produce musical tones when they are gently tapped. As some of the visitors over the years have rampantly tested the pillars, causing damage to them, tapping is no longer allowed.

Stone Chariot: The chariot is a masterpiece and testimony to the outstanding skills of the sculptors of the Vijayanagara kingdom. Give attention to the stone wheels, whose surfaces have floral motifs etched in concentric circles.

The Stone Chariot is actually a small temple built in the form of a chariot. It’s an example of the excellent creativity of the designers and implementers of the monument.

Marriage Hall: Known as Kalyana Mantapa in Kannada, the official language of the state of Karnataka, the Marriage Hall is in the same complex as the Vitthala Temple and the Stone Chariot. It has beautiful pillars, some of which have carvings of elephants and lions.
Ugra Narasimha Idol: This magnificent idol, symbolic of the destruction of evil, is perhaps the tallest idol you’ll find in Hampi. The height of the idol is about 23 feet. The damage to this idol was caused by the invaders of the Vijayanagara kingdom. It is one of the great monuments of Hampi that will remain in your mind for a long time.

Hampi is about 7.5 miles from a town called Hospet in the state of Karnataka. It is well-connected by buses and trains from various parts of that state. Another travel mode to reach Hospet is by car.

If you reach the town in the evening, stay overnight there. Then reach Hampi the next morning by taxi. If you’re short on budget, take a state government bus or a private bus, which are aplenty and ply from and to Hospet all day long.

If you’re a budget traveler, guest houses and huts could fit your needs. Where are these guest houses? At three locations in and around Hampi. The first location is in Hampi at the Hampi Bazaar. On either side of its street, you’ll find a number of guest houses. Keep in mind that these guest houses are simple living spaces. They may not have the amenities you would expect to find in a hotel.

The second place is known as Virupapura Gadde, which is to the north of the river Tungabhadra. At the Gadde, you’ll find huts.

Kamalapura, which is a little less than 2 miles from Hampi, is the third and last place to stay close to Hampi. It has very few guest houses in comparison to Hampi and Gadde.  Kamalapura has the Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneswari. It belongs to a state agency, the Karnataka State Development Corporation (KSTDC). It is a star hotel and a better option over guest houses and huts, if you’re not too short on funds.

Hospet, which is the place you land at to reach Hampi, has good hotels. These are, however, expensive in comparison to the guest houses and huts in and near Hampi.

If you’re adventurous or want to explore the great wonders of Hampi at your own pace, use a bicycle, moped, scooter or even a motorbike to reach the many magnificent ruins, which are a distance from one another. There are quite a few cycle shops in Hampi that rent two-wheelers. Some such shops take a refundable deposit for security.

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Enjoy the Riches, for Free -- Newport’s Famous Cliff Walk

By Bob Starink

Newport, Rhode Island in the USA is the home of the homes -- majestic mansions on manicured estates with sea views and more bedrooms than a small hotel. Some date back to the late 1800s and several are now museums open to the public. But instead of looking from the mansions out to sea, Newport offers a completely cost-free experience where you can look from the sea back to the mansions. It’s called the Cliff Walk and it’s a must-do if visiting this region.

The walk extends from Bailey’s Beach at the end of Bellevue Avenue in the south to Easton’s Beach at Memorial Avenue in the north. This obviously doesn’t mean much to anyone not living in Newport, so a Google map investigation may be necessary.

The northern section of the Cliff Walk is easy going and fully paved. Further south the track becomes more rugged without being too difficult and the more natural setting has a charm of its own. The entire walk is about 3.5 miles along the coastline and then you still have to get back to where you parked your car. This adds to the length of the walk unless you jump on one of the local tourist buses. There are several access and exit points along the way, making the choice of the walk’s length more accommodating.

I recommend beginning early in the day and hiking from south to north so the hard work is done before it becomes too warm. In wet weather the southern part may become more treacherous and this section also includes the longest stretch of the walk without an exit point.  

The scenery is breathtaking. On one side is the jagged coastline with rocky outcrops jutting from beneath the waves, and on the other, green lawns and giant houses. There are no real beaches along most of the walk, which probably explains why the local homeowners haven’t made a bigger fuss about the creation and maintenance of the walk in their backyards. Imagine most millionaires accepting a public path between them and their “private” beaches without a fight.

During the walk you will pass by the historic Marble House, Rosecliff and The Breakers as well as more contemporary buildings inhabited by the Newport rich.

While in Newport, visiting one or more of the heritage houses is irresistible. Seeing how people lived at the turn of the twentieth century is both enlightening and comforting. It’s fascinating to see the pomp and circumstance of the intricately-designed buildings that housed some of the country’s wealthiest families, yet for all their glamour, a person today really wouldn’t want to reside in these monuments to excess with their lack of the modern conveniences we all take for granted. A five-mansion pass can be purchased online for $31 on www.newportmansions.org.

The Cliff Walk in Newport is deservedly one of the most highly rated walks in the United States. Getting there isn’t too difficult but a car is the best way. Newport is about an 80-minute drive from Boston and 3½ hours from New York. The bridges coming in from the west are spectacular structures in themselves. 

Hotels in Newport can be expensive. A more economical option is to look in nearby Middletown. Howard Johnson is recommended, with spacious rooms around $120 per night.

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Event Really Gets Off the Ground!

By Wendy Kroeger

You quickly realize this is not just a fireworks show…this is an experience! The sheer amount of fireworks detonating simultaneously is hard to comprehend. The ground seems to shake as they launch from the barges in the Ohio River, right in front of you. They echo like cannons down the river and you feel a thud in your gut as if you’ve been hit. You are not a spectator…you are part of the moment, drawn into it with all your senses.

Thunder Over Louisville is the premier event kicking off weeks of festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby. It’s also North America’s largest fireworks display. Two enormous barges anchored on both sides of the 2nd Street Bridge, and the bridge itself, detonate a grand display set to music. At last year’s show, 56,000 shells were detonated and 4,000 shells were ignited for the grand finale in the last 20 seconds alone.

During the day Thunder hosts an impressive air show flying everything from vintage aircraft to the military’s finest. Included are stunt helicopters, parachute teams, river drops, Coast Guard rescues, precision flying teams, biplane rolls and more. Definitely impressive. And equally impressive: both events are completely free!

Biggest tip for Thunder? Come early. Park well outside of the downtown area and walk in. Congestion afterwards can be gridlock. There are plenty of food vendors but lots of people bring their own coolers. Have blankets or lawn chairs and plan to be outside for the day. The weather can vary at this time of the year. This year’s date is Saturday, April 16.

For more information: http://thunderoverlouisville.org/thunder-air-show.html.  

Thunder Over Louisville is a don’t miss event!

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Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

By Rosie Gamlen

Coles Bay is a gem hidden off the east coast of Tasmania. Abounding with stunning beaches and surrounded by a dramatic skyline of granite mountains known as The Hazards, there is no denying that Coles Bay is one of the most beautiful places one could ever hope to visit. Coles Bay is home to fewer than 500 people, yet frequently attracts visitors from the rest of Tasmania who recognize its potential as a fantastic holiday destination. 

Despite the small population of Coles Bay, there is an abundance of activities for holiday-goers to benefit from. One of the most enjoyable activities available is the Wineglass Bay Walk. Nestled within the Freycinet National Park, this walk is a tough uphill climb on a roughly constructed path through rocky terrain and is therefore not suitable for those with health concerns. If, however, you want to challenge yourself, the feeling of immense satisfaction you get once you arrive at the lookout is unbeatable. The crystal clear and piercingly blue water of Wineglass Bay (so named for its uncanny resemblance to a wine glass) is hugged by stretches of white sandy beach and nestled within a stunning mountainous wilderness.  

Another highlight of Coles Bay is the wide assortment of beaches. Once again venturing into the depths of the Freycinet National Park you will find Honeymoon Bay, a picturesque little spot popular with couples as well as those wishing to snorkel in the perfectly clear water or picnic either on the beach or perched on the rocky outcrops surrounding the beach. A little drive out of Coles Bay will bring you to Friendly Beaches to the northeast of the Freycinet Peninsula. These beaches boast clean, beautiful and incredibly fine white sand, water that appears many bright shades of blue and a group of rock pools perfect for exploring.

Muirs Beach is definitely worth a visit. It is an incredibly long beach, so it’s easy to find a spot in which to spend the day overlooking the ocean. This beach is also dog-friendly and frequently attracts surfers, body-boarders and windsurfers who appreciate the slightly larger waves found here.

The beaches of Coles Bay offer frequent opportunities for those in favor of water sports. It is possible to find beaches with slightly larger swell if surfing is your sport of choice. However, many of the beaches offer a much calmer atmosphere and therefore attract kayakers, snorkelers, divers and sailors.  

After days of exploring and enjoying the various coastal adventures of Coles Bay, what could be better than to sit down to a meal at one of the Bay’s dining establishments? If you want to sample intricate, imaginative and flavorsome dishes, the Freycinet Lodge will definitely satisfy. The menu offers a wide variety of fresh fish, delicious meats and sumptuous desserts. A speciality of the Lodge is oysters, caught in nearby Oyster Bay. If you’re after a more casual and relaxed dining environment, the Iluka Tavern serves up similarly fresh food but cooked and enjoyed in a homely and friendly restaurant/pub. Of course, there is also the popular option of heading to the bakery or store to pick up some local treats and compiling a picnic to enjoy on the beach.

Coles Bay is a wonderful place to visit. The stunning scenery, array of activities, and relaxed and laid-back lifestyle of the people (as well as great food and drink) make this a perfect holiday destination and one that is, as of yet, largely unexplored.  

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How to Eat a Guinea Pig

By Heather Rath
ITWPA Member

“Try it!” he urges.

My husband invites a squirming me to sample roasted guinea pig (el cuy -- pronounced koo-ie) in a specialized restaurant in Cuenca, Ecuador. A local insists we cannot leave Cuenca until we enjoy their favorite meal passed down from the Inca. For those who consider the guinea pig a pet, a visit to the Guajibamba restaurant is not advised.

The Inca used guinea pigs in ways other than food. The sensitive little mammals were kept inside native homes because they acted as warning bells, detecting earthquakes before they actually happened. When an earthquake was imminent, the little pigs ran around randomly squealing. The people recognized their bizarre behavior and immediately left their homes. Medicinally, the local shaman used the guinea pig as a healing source. Holding the rodent in his hands and chanting, he passed the animal over and around the patient, exorcising the evil spirit and sickness from the body. After the treatment, the rodent was killed and gutted. According to our guide, the shaman could tell from its black color which of the patient’s internal organs had been affected. The process served as an Inca x-ray.

Guinea pig meat is apparently healthy: high in protein, low in cholesterol and easy to digest. Still, looking on your plate at the spit-roasted creature with bared fangs and paws sticking straight up in the air is a bit disconcerting.

It is necessary to book a reservation in advance since a fresh guinea pig takes at least one hour to roast. The dish is served with boiled potatoes, hardboiled eggs, corn and a hot sauce.

“Be sure to eat the crunchy skin!” our companion tells us. “Especially the crispy ears.”
After a few bites, my husband finds his roasted guinea pig, including the liver, palatable -- even delicioso. And before he gets a chance, I reach over, break off and finish those crispy, crackling ears.

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March 29, 2011

How to Buy Wine at a Nunnery

By Heather Rath
ITWPA Member

A hidden woman speaks, a turntable in a locked room spins, and suddenly, there is wine! Except this is not a wine store, this is a nunnery.

Five and a half miles from Playas, a coastal beach town in Ecuador, the shy sisters of a local convent produce chemical-free wines reputed to boost your health. Las Madres Carmelitas del Monasterio de Santa Teresa de Playas are the wine-makers, heard but not seen.

Although this is the Sabbath, the Sisters still sell wine. When the taxi drops us off at the convent courtyard after Mass, we look around in bewilderment. We are the only people. The doors to the church are locked. Where do we go? We have heard we must enter through a marked door after using an intercom.

Finally we spy a button near a far door on a long, low side building attached to the church. A handwritten paper sign taped above it reads Press and Hold Here in Spanish, which we do.  Suddenly, as if from a distance, a female voice asks what we want. “Comprar el vino por favor” (“to buy wine, please”), we respond. With a loud buzz the lock is disconnected and we open the door into a dark interior. Luckily, a small window sheds some light. Carefully making our way down a short flight of stairs, we see a wooden turntable at waist level in the wall on our right. A female voice on the other side mumbles something. The turntable begins to move, stops, and then circles back to us. A menu with the names of available wines, descriptions, and prices (each about US$8) stops on our side.  

To our surprise, 15 therapeutic wines are listed, along with the suggestion to drink a small glass of wine after your midday meal.

Our choice is Noni wine, produced from the noni fruit grown here, and recommended for the prevention of cancer cells and hemorrhoids and as an aid in treating insomnia and blood anddigestive problems. Each wine, processed by using different fruits, boasts different health benefits.

After making our choice we spin the turntable back to the waiting sister(s). She spins back our invoice; we spin back our money. The final spin carries our wine. The entire transaction is wordless and we never see the nuns.


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The Perfect Destination for Mayan Weddings: Yucatan Peninsula

By Anne Adams
ITWPA Member

The Yucatan peninsula is situated on the southeast coast of Mexico where white powdery sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters beckon to young and old alike. Visitors will find a full range of water sports, plentiful golf courses, Maya-inspired spas, an underwater museum, and some of the best restaurants in Mexico. Also found on Mexico’s tree-covered Yucatan peninsula are several Mayan archeological sites -- Chichen Itza, Coba, Edzna, Kabah, Tulum, and Uxmal.
We had been invited to attend a Mayan wedding at the Royal Cancun, an all-inclusive adults-only resort. With the prospect of 82 degree weather, I packed my snorkel, sun block, a cream-colored long summer dress (more about this later) and an extra 4 GB memory card for my digital camera.

The Mayan culture is said to have had its beginnings on August 11, 3114 BC, the date the Mayan world started marking time via the Mayan Long Count Calendar. The end date of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012, has caused much controversy, and as a result all things Mayan are experiencing a renewed interest, especially Mayan weddings.

In the time of the ancient Maya, marriages were arranged by a professional atanzahab (matchmaker) in more of a business arrangement than a union of two people in love. As a result, the festivities were less than grand.

Moving forward several thousand years, the Mayans have discarded the practice of arranged marriages and focus on traditional spiritual guidelines considered to be a link to the universe.
Prior to the ceremony, both the Shaman and the couple perform essential traditional rituals. While the wedding site is cleansed at the four cardinal points by the Shaman with the sacred smoke from the Copal tree and the blowing of the conch shell, the couple participates in the ancient Mayans’ Temazcal (sweat lodge) purification ceremony, signifying new beginnings.

SPAzul at the Royal Cancun offers an array of Maya-inspired treatments that friends and family can enjoy in the spirit of purification for the ceremony. A perennial favorite -- the one that had me walking on air for several days -- is the Chicxulub Clay and Banana Leaf Massage. Healing clay from the Maya crater Chicxulub is massaged into the body, which is then wrapped with steamed banana leaves and sealed with light herbal jojoba oil. The spirit is reconnected with the earth forces as the body is re-mineralized.

Mayan music is performed as the couple leaves the Temazcal and leads the procession of guests to the wedding site, where the couple is married inside a circle of friends and family. The wedding party itself is limited to the bride, the groom, and the Shaman.

Unity of all the elements is the core of cosmic weddings. The Mayan wedding ritual altar is created to represent the four cardinal points -- north with red flowers, south with purple flowers, east with yellow flowers and west with white flowers. Candles are added to each cardinal point to represent the four Mayan cosmos gods: Zac Cimi, guarding the west, Hozanek, guarding the south, Hobnil, guarding the east, and Can Tzicnal, guarding the north. In the center of the altar is a sacred candle to bond the couple to the feminine Mother Earth and the masculine Cosmic Energy. And on the altar there are the traditional offerings of corn, beans, rice, and fruit for the gods.

The bride and groom wear simple natural clothing of white or off white, and are barefoot so they can absorb the energy of the ceremony. A Mayan bride traditionally wore a natural cloth skirt and wedding huipil (an elaborate brocaded blouse traditionally sewn by the groom’s mother) and the groom wore an embroidered loincloth decorated with parrot feathers, semiprecious stones and shells. Instead of rings the bride and groom exchange floral crowns during the ceremony to celebrate their union. Wedding guests also wear natural cloth clothing in white or cream, and are preferably barefoot, so they too can share in the spiritual energy created by the ceremony.
For the guests at the wedding we attended, many of whom arrived bearing gifts, there was a feast of turkey cornmeal steamed dumplings, beans, potatoes, and tortillas. The wedding included a four-course luncheon, plus wedding cake and open bar.

The traditional Mayan wedding does not include designer gowns or tuxedos, diamond rings, five-tier wedding cakes or seven-course dinner receptions with an open bar. There are no limos, bridesmaids, guest books or pre-nuptial agreements.

However, in the 21st century the traditional Mayan wedding can be modified, especially when held at an all-inclusive resort. On the Yucatan peninsula, in both Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Real Resorts offers a Traditional Mayan Wedding Package on the beach with a Shaman which is authentic and inspirational. The Shaman and the resort staff can guide you to the perfect balance of ancient and modern elements for your Mayan wedding.

After the wedding festivities (and a foray into Club Coco Bongo for an outrageous high-energy, disco-type show replete with confetti cannons and balloons throughout the audience) we returned to our hotel, The Royal in Cancun, for a relaxing soak in the in-room ocean-view double Jacuzzi.

The next morning, caramel frappacinos in hand, we were off to visit the archaeological site of Tulum. Built in approximately 1200 AD (early post-classic period), the site is about a one-and-a-half-hour drive south of Cancun on Highway 307.

Tulum is a walled city and holds the distinction of being the only Mayan site built on the Caribbean coast. Not really a city at all, but a massive temple complex, Tulum also appears to have been a center of commerce for the Mayans. Since Tulum is the only Mayan city with a beach and natural port, and sits on the most important trade route in Mesoamerica, it is not difficult to imagine that

Tulum was central to all other Mayan cities on the Yucatan peninsula.

In 1994 access to the site was redesigned so that cars and coaches could no longer park adjacent to the ruins, and a parking lot was built about a 10-minute walk away. A shuttle now provides easy access (for a fee) for those unable or unwilling to take the flat and paved pathway. The visitors’ center at the parking lot houses numerous souvenir shops in addition to refreshment stalls, toilets and telephones.

For our last night in Cancun, we stayed at the Royal Playa del Carmen, sister all-inclusive resort property to the Royal Cancun. Playa del Carmen’s claim to fame is that it has blossomed from a sleepy fishing village into a cosmopolitan destination. The expat community continues to grow as more and more visitors return to make their Caribbean dreams a reality.

There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe dinner at the Mediterraneo Restaurant in the hotel. The ambiance is a subdued casual and is well suited to an intimate meal for two or a celebratory party for 10. The wait staff is very accommodating, answering questions about the wine and menu choices with expertise. However, the shining star here is the food! The salad was quite inventive, the prawn and salmon soup was cooked to perfection, the Chicken au

Sherry was both tender and moist with a delicate infusion of marsala, and the Sambuca mousse was light and luscious.

Our excursion to the Yucatan peninsula was over far too quickly. I didn’t even get a chance to use my snorkel!

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