Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum - Part 1

Three rocks among the ruins

I visited these ruins on a scorching hot morning, even though we got there very early... I'm sure I would have enjoyed the visit even more if the sky had been a little cloudy.

Mayan Ruins of Tulum

In spite of the heat and the lack of shade, I loved the site and I was delighted to see how well kept it is.

The Temple of the Frescoes

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cute coatis


These fluffy cuties live with the guests at the hotel :)
They're coatis, a delight to watch and a big plus in favour of the resort.

Natural-born digger

Orange and green all over

Villa 57

This is Villa 57, where I stayed during my vacation in Mexico. The Grand Bahia Principe Akumal has some of the best kept grounds I've ever seen at a big resort.

Colourful paths

 Colourful and clean, the resort is quite pleasant to walk around in.

Monday, July 22, 2013

IXIM, the Mayan word for corn



IXIM (pronounced "ee-sheem") is the Mayan word for corn and it's also the name of this huge sculpture. It sits in the middle of the lobby of the Grand Bahia Principe Akumal is it really is quite impressive. The plaque at the foot of the sculpture reads:
This magnificent work of art represents man in his eternal communion with the elements, animals and plants, existing in harmony with nature. In the ancient cultures of Mexico, corn (maize) was considered a sacred plant, which symbolized the kindness of the universe toward man, in providing him with sustenance. The intent of "Ixim" is to awaken in the human beings an awareness of the fact that they are only cells of a living being called "Earth", which will only survive if it attains harmony.
Sculptor: Renato Dorfman
Year: 2001
Height: 9 meters (29.5 feet)
Weight: 15 metric tons (16.5 tons)"

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rainy morning

About to rain cats and dogs in Mexico :)

It was a rainy morning and we decided to go shopping for souvenirs. We hopped on one of the little carts that take people back and forth between the various stops inside the Grand Bahia Palace complex, and got out at "The Hacienda".
Sure enough, there was a downpour on the way and we didn't have to wait long to witness a rainshower of epic proportions! This photo was taken just a few minutes before we had to take cover - luckily, we were already almost done with our shopping of "truly Mexican recuerdos"... :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bye-bye, til tomorrow

Take-off Wheels up :) In flight

This visitor at the beach of Grand Bahia Principe Akumal was anything but shy and it came and went as it pleased - which pleased the tourists immensely. They sometimes flew above our heads in groups of three or four and it never ceased to amaze me how such big birds managed that degree of gracefulness. Now I'm definitely a fan of pelicans :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Time for a snack

(Un)expected visitor

Peek-a-boo :)


This and a few other friendly pelicans became regular visitors at the beach of the Grand Bahia Principe resort. They flew low and right by us and never hesitated to get in the water just to freshen up or fish among the tourists. They didn't mind the many people who flocked (pun intended ;) towards them with all sorts of cameras in their hands, eager to record those funny moments and amazing creatures.
I can say that I am now a fan of pelicans because they don't seem to fear or even mind us :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Making the most of each moment

Mexico colours flying high

Parasailing is always a big thing at the Caribbean resorts. I still haven't tried it but I sure was glad that I had my feet on the ground on this occasion, to be able to take this photo of the colours of the Mexican flag flying high in the stormy sky.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

As the clouds go by...


Just chillin' and watching the sky :)

My kind of summer picture

First impressions

I got back from the Riviera Maya about a week ago and I'm now starting to sort through the 200 or so photos I took during the week I spent there. So, expect a few more in the coming days...

This is one of the beaches of the Grand Bahia Principe Akumal resort where I stayed - a very beautiful and quiet beach, even more so underneath stormy skies.

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