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post #6601 of 9418
Yes I do indeed!
post #6602 of 9418
Ok here`s some things that you can buy too like souvenirs!

some are made of "palm" is a material from the trees palm dry and painted
post #6603 of 9418
Or too can be of Wood

do you have a place to protect your neck laces or earrings Sam? this could be fine!
post #6604 of 9418
aaaaaawwwwwww look at this if I remember well Susie love the dolls, here you are Susie, hope you love it
post #6605 of 9418
Wow what lovely gifts! Thank you very much!!!
post #6606 of 9418
Thanks Sam, Ok, lets continue with the ride in calesa, we can see this good buildings!
post #6607 of 9418
Nice building, are we in Merida?
post #6608 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Nice building, are we in Merida?
Yes Sam, until tomorrow we can go to the beach or to visit the mayan ruins...
heres the principal view of the Hyatt hotel of merida
post #6609 of 9418
Oh looks lovely! Anything to eat Rigel?
post #6610 of 9418
Some facts about my city:


Merida, a city of about 1 million people, is a wonderful mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. With Merida as your base, you can visit cathedrals and churches, Mayan ruins, museums, haciendas and cenotes. You'll also find movies, theaters, important hospitals, public and private schools, four universities, shopping malls with such stores as Sear's, and chain stores such as Sam's, Costco, WalMart, the French supermarket Carrefour, as well as the Mexican chains of Liverpool, Comercial Mexicana, Soriana and Sanborn's.

The Spaniard Francisco de Montejo founded Merida on January 6, 1542. When the Spaniards arrived, Merida was a large Mayan city known as T'ho, situated on what is now the Main Plaza. It was conquered by the Spaniards, who dismantled all the pyramids and used the huge stones as the foundation for the Cathedral of San Idelfonso (1556-1599), the oldest cathedral on the American continent.

The Cathedral, situated on the east side of the Plaza, is only one of Merida's many interesting sites. Directly across the Plaza is the Palacio Municipal (1735), Merida's Town Hall. On the south side is the Casa de Montejo (1542), the former home of the conqueror of Yucatan.

The Palacio de Gobierno (1892), on the north side, houses 27 murals by Fernanco Castro Pacheco illustrating the somewhat violent history of Yucatan.

One of the major influences on Yucatecan history is the henequen plant, also called sisal (for the Yucatecan city of Sisal from which shipments left the continent). This plant became known as 'green gold' or verde oro for the wealth it lavished upon the haciendados or hacienda owners in this area. In the early 20th Century, as a result of the henequen or sisal trade, Merida was the home for numerous millionaires who built their lavish homes on Paseo Montejo, and their impressive haciendas throughout the jungle surrounding Merida. A walk down Paseo Montejo is a wonderful way to view some of these mansions, many of which are completely restored, and some of whose romantic decay are food for the imagination.

For centuries, geography made it difficult for the Yucatecans to communicate with the rest of Mexico. As a result, architectural and cultural influences from Europe, the Caribbean and New Orleans were as strong or stronger in the growth of the city. To this day, the people who live here consider themselves Yucatecans first, Mexicans second. If you look carefully, you will see tshirts and bumper stickers proclaiming Orgulloso Yucateco, Yucatecan Pride.

The Yucatan is one of Mexico's most tranquil and safest states, with a climate resembles that of Florida or Cuba. Yucatecans are good, tranquil and hospitable people who have strong roots and traditions. They take pride in their city, known as "The White City", not only for the predominance of white limestone as a building material, but because of its streets, plazas and parks that are cleaned daily.

Because of its tranquility and cleanliness, Merida has become a popular place for families from other Mexican states. Many people have moved here from Mexico City, where crime, pollution and overcrowding are ever growing problems. Crime is not tolerated in Merida, and it has the distinction of the city with the lowest crime rate per capita in Mexico.
post #6611 of 9418
How interesting! I love reading stuff like this!
post #6612 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Oh looks lovely! Anything to eat Rigel?
Absolutely Sam, wath would you like?, I mean food, snacks

heres a list the places that we can to visit today or tomorrow,
some are mayan names: (Ask me whaterver you want to know... )
Calakmul and Champoton
Chichen Itza
Children in Merida
Convent Route
Day Trips
Ek Balam
El Cuyo
Golf Club of Yucatan
Hacienda Petac
Hacienda Route
Playa del Carmen
Punta Laguna
Puuc Route
Real Estate
Reef Yucatan Hotel
Ria Lagartos
San Crisanto Mangroves
Spa at Xcanatun
Telchac Puerto
Whale Sharks
post #6613 of 9418
Look at this....
WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA - A Sample Itinerary

Sunday Visit the handcrafts Market "Lucas de Gálvez"; it has everything. Enjoy Merida en Domingo, outdoor handcraft markets and food festivals in the Main Plaza, Hidalgo Park and Santa Lucia Park. 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Also visit Museo MACAY for free.

Monday Take the tourist bus at 10:00, 1:00, 4:00, or 7:00 in Santa Lucia
Park. In the evening, enjoy an outdoor concert with traditional Yucatecan
dancing and dress at the Palacio Municipal on the main Plaza at 9 pm.

Tuesday Travel to the Mayan ruins at Chichen-Itza and the Caves of Balankanche. In the evening, dance to big band music of the 40´s in Santiago
Park on the corner of Calle 59 and 72 at 9:00 pm. Or watch the University´s Mexican show at the Peon Contreras
Theatre, calle 60 between 57. Don't forget
Trova Night at the Olimpo at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday Visit Hacienda Teya on the way to the City of Izamal, or take the Convent Route of Acanceh, Tecoh, Telchaquillo, Tekit, Mama, Chumayel, Mani,and Oxcutzcab. If you stay in town, enjoy shows at the Olimpo at 9:00 pm.
Thursday Visit the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchantun on your way to the beaches of Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub,
Telchac and X-Tampu ruins. Visit the co´op next to the church in Dzilbilchaltun. Perhaps you might like dinner at Hacienda Xcanatun on your way back. Or there is also an open-air concert in downtown Merida featuring Yucatecan dress, dance, music and folklore.

Friday Go shopping at the markets, Pasaje Picheta or the best in
the city, Casa de las Artesanias on Calle 63, with handcrafts from Yucatan made by Yucatecans with the best prices in the
city. In the evening, enjoy the University serenade in the Main University building on the corner of Calle 60 and 57 at 9:00 pm.

Saturday Explore the caves in Loltun and travel the Puuc Route: Kabah, Labna, Sayil, Xlapak and Uxmal. Stop by Hacienda Ochil or Yaxcopoil as you return for the Fiesta Mexicana on Paseo Montejo & Calle 47 at 7:00 pm.
post #6614 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Oh looks lovely! Anything to eat Rigel?
How about snacks mean we wait for the others? wants a Margarita?
Unfortunately, the Ribena is not know it here, but hope some day we can import it from NZ
post #6615 of 9418
Originally Posted by CoolCat
aaaaaawwwwwww look at this if I remember well Susie love the dolls, here you are Susie, hope you love it

Your right Rigel, I love dolls. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful!!
post #6616 of 9418
A steak & cheese pie, Rigel?
post #6617 of 9418
Hi Susie!

A coke would be good thanks Rigel!
post #6618 of 9418
Read our page on Yucatecan cuisine! Hours

Mexican & Yucatecan

Los Almendros Calle 50 x 57 (999) 923 81 35 10:00 to 23:00

Plaza Serenata Calle 60 x 61 (999) 924 54 99 07:00 to 01:00

La Parrilla Prolongación Montejo #87 (999) 944 39 99 13:00 to 1:00

La Parranda Prolongación Montejo corner con 13 (999) 926 24 02 13:00 to 1:00
Zak Luum Calle 60 #141 x 25 y 27 (Zona Plaza Dorada) (999) 945 90 49
11:00 to 19:00

La Casa de Frida Calle 61 #526-A x 66 y 66-A (999) 923 81 35 18:00 to 24:00

Merida's Grill Avenida Perez Ponce #118
(999) 926 88 54 13:00 to 24:00 B

Rey Pakal Carretera Merida-Motul km 2
(999) 911 00 42 12:00 to 18:00 B

El Vitral Hotel Villa Mercedes, Calle 60 x Av. Colon
(999) 911 00 42 07:00 to 24:00

And we can ask whatever of this:

Yucatecan Cuisine
The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth watering mixture of European and Mexican flavors. A bit of history will explain this strong European influence. Once upon a time the Yucatecan peninsula was considered to be too far away and too difficult to reach from the rest of Mexico. Mountainous terrain and very poor roads kept the peninsula isolated. Having ports with commercial and cultural contacts with Europe (especially France), New Orleans and Cuba, the Yucatecans were easily influenced by many aspects of these countries, such as dress, architecture and cooking, which explains why there is a lot of European flare in its cuisine.

Chicken marinated in achiote (annatto), sour orange juice, peppercorns, garlic, cumin, salt, and then wrapped in banana leaves and baked. This dish can also be made with pork (cochinita pibil). A dish you should definitely try for lunch or dinner. Not spicy.

A delicious soup made with shredded chicken, bits of fried tortilla, and lime juice. Exquisite! And very good for you if you aren't feeling well.

Okay, this isn't food...it's a beer. You'll see it on the menu and wonder what it is. Michelada roughly translates as "my cold beer". The spicy concoction is a beer with lime and peppery seasoning. The ingredients are lime, coarse salt, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, Maggi seasoning and beer, preferably a dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo. Another option is a CHELADA, which is a Michelada without the Tabasco, soy, pepper and other seasonings. It's just beer, lemon and salt.

A scrumptious breakfast of tortilla, covered with refried beans and a fried egg and then smothered with tomato sauce, peas, chopped ham and shredded cheese. Usually served with some fried banana slices.

Tender slices of pork marinated in sour orange juice and served with a tangy sauce and pickled onions.

Chopped hard boiled egg rolled up in tortilla and covered with pumpkin seed sauce.
post #6619 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Hi Susie!

A coke would be good thanks Rigel!
Here you have Sam , nothing to eat with chilli Sam?
post #6620 of 9418
some of more kind of foods of the Yucatecan Cuisine

The Yucatecan version of pork and beans. Chunks of pork cooked with black beans, served with rice, and garnished with radish, cilantro and onion. A regular Monday dish in most Yucatecan homes.

Pre-cooked tortilla with shredded chicken and garnished with lettuce and onion. The difference between panuchos and salbutes is that the first has refried beans inside the tortilla.
post #6621 of 9418
This sounds yummy, I'll have this!

Tender slices of pork marinated in sour orange juice and served with a tangy sauce and pickled onions.
post #6622 of 9418
Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Your right Rigel, I love dolls. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful!!
You welcome Chick!
do you think to Jerry like the Guayabana for him?????
post #6623 of 9418
Ok I know some of you, prefer sea food too because we`re so near at the beach, theres is the some combinations from here:


Here in the Yucatan, you can visit several towns on the coast, such as Celestun, Chelem, Progreso, Chicxulub and Telchac Puerto, where you will not only find beautiful beaches, but also restaurants that offer a great variety of fresh seafood, from starters like Ceviche and Cocktails, to exquisite specialties for all tastes and palates. If the beach is not on your agenda at some point, there are also great seafood restaurants in Merida.

As locals we have some recommendations for you so you can enjoy the best of our restaurants.

If you are visiting Celestun, don't miss the restaurant called La Palapa which offers as a specialty fish filet stuffed with seafood. Definitely a must.

If you are in Chelem, try X'tul, famous for ceviche and fried fish served by the sea. Also in Chelem is Yikil-Hain in the Sian Ka'an hotel where you can enjoy the Seafood Fountain with a great variety of seafood such as lobster, shrimp, octopus and conch with the house salad and dressing.

In Progreso, right in the heart of the Malecon, we recommend Le Saint Bonnet and El Viejo y El Mar. They offer a delicious cheese stuffed with seafood that you really must try. Also in Progreso you will find La Ferreteria Bistro Bar, famous for their air-conditioned antique hardware store ambiance.

Chicxulub is the next port to the east of Progreso, and in this fishermen's village we recommend Silcer, a sports marina what combines great sailing ambience with incredible seafood, they are famous for their ceviches.

If you are more on the east coast near Telchac Puerto, visit Reef Club Hotel restaurant famous for its wide variety of restaurants and huge palapa where they serve seafood and international cuisine.

If you are in Merida, stop by La Pigua, a restaurant with great tradition, known for having the best Campechan Cuisine. Try their coconut shrimp. Another well known restaurant in the area is La Habichuela that offers something new all the time. We recommend the giant shrimp with mango sauce.

Now you know where to go and what to order when you get there. Don't miss the seafood in the Yucatan...it doesn't get any better than here!

Above: Excellent freshness and flavor await the seafood lover in the Yucatan.

Here are some of the common translations for seafood and seafood preparation:

Jaiba - Crab
Almejas - Clams
Caracol - Conch
Langosta - Lobster
Chivitas - Snails
Camarón - Shrimp
Ostiones - Oysters
Calamar - Squid
Pulpo - Octopus
Mero - Grouper
Huachinango - Red Snapper
Pargo - Snapper
Robalo - Snook
Esmedregal - Medregal
Sierra - Mackerel
Jurel - Yellow Jack
Dorado - Dolphin (like Mahi Mahi)
Corvina - Corbina
Mojarra - Perch
Boquinete - Hog Fish
Pampano - Pampano
Cherna - Jewfish
Atún - Tuna
Coronado - Amber Jack
Petro - Wahoo
Sábalo - Tarpon
Cazón - Baby Shark
Tiburón - Shark
Rubia - Yellowtail

Ceviche - Fish marinated in lime juice with tomatoes, onions and chilis
Pescado Frito - Fried Fish
Filete - Fillets
Empanizado - Breaded
Al mojo de ajo - In garlic
A la Veracruzana - Smothered in onion, tomato and bell pepper
A la Crema - In a white cream sauce
Relleno - Stuffed
post #6624 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
This sounds yummy, I'll have this!

Tender slices of pork marinated in sour orange juice and served with a tangy sauce and pickled onions.
Nice Election, Sam and a salad to join this should be fine too!!!!
post #6625 of 9418
Sounds good! What are you going to have?
post #6626 of 9418
and the Snacks, in spanish we called "botanas"

For those of you who have heard of cantinas, you may associate them with shady histories where gunslingers hung out and only men were allowed. All those suppositions were true twenty years ago. But today, you will find some pretty fancy cantinas where entire families go for a delicious lunch at reasonable prices. The majority of these restaurants are open and serving lunch from 1 PM to 6 or 7 PM.

Local tradition has it that when an ice-cold beer is served, it is accompanied by several dishes of snacks. Typically, four or five plates are served for every beer. These extra goodies are known as botanas (bow-tah-nahs) and include such things as refried beans with tortilla chips, macaroni in a tomato sauce, cucumbers in lemon, beets with lemon and cilantro, pigs knuckles and ears, pureed pumpkin seed silqipec, empanadas, ceviche, cocktail hotdogs, mini chaya (like spinach) burgers, mini quibis, hummus, and labne. The list is really endless and varies by the day, the restaurant and the cook's mood.

Each cantina or restaurant has its own specialties and most have live bands. The music is usually pretty loud and the ambiance fun.

Above: Botanas, or Yucatecan snacks, served with beer in a local cantina.

Tacos and other Yucatecan dishes are also served at a cost. These include cochinita (suckling pig), Pavo Relleno Negro and Pollo (chicken) in escabeche. You can actually have a free lunch just by ordering beers and receiving the free botanas. If you are drinking, remember to have a designated driver.

Here are some places where you will see many locals: Eladio's, La Botanita, La Prosperidad and Moctezuma in Chicxulub
post #6627 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Sounds good! What are you going to have?
Ok if you want, we can to visit Chichen, the mayan ruins, you can see where are in the Map
post #6628 of 9418
Sounds like a plan!
post #6629 of 9418
ok for this we need the cat bus and here we go!
post #6630 of 9418
Sorry I've gotta jet! Get ready for college and stuff. See ya later!
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