Dallas, Dallas, Dallas!

Finally getting around to share my Dallas experience. I took this trip mainly because it was the birthday of a very special person and I couldn’t not go. Which to me was perfect because I would get to see two of my favorite people and the city I am in love with.

This is the second time I visit Dallas and this time around it was different than the first time. The first time I traveled with friends and had a blast, this second time I traveled by myself and learned a lot and had a blast. This was a mini solo trip adventure, where there were things that I had not done on my own in a while or at all. The big ones for me were eating alone in a public area and taking a tour by myself. I feel like there is a stigma for people who do these things on their own but once you do them you learn why its important to take time for yourself.

While at Dallas I stayed at AC Hotel for one nigh (such a beautiful hotel to stay at: you can see it on my insta stories).. It was the most relaxing night of all: watched tv, got dinner, read a book and just chilled. Had a great good night sleep. While at Dallas I wanted to visit places I didn’t get to visit when I went the first time. I had read great things about he farmers market and without a doubt it was on my list. The second thing was to see the city and a tour didn’t cross my mind until the day I went to downtown. I wasn’t thinking about tours because I usually do these on my big vacations but my brain lit up and found a great one the day of.

Day one

Woke up packed my stuff and headed out the hotel door.. This was the day of the party so I wanted to stick to one activity so I didn’t run late

Farmers Market: Spent most of my day here plus there is so much too see and do. This market is like country meets modern. So many cool things to eat and try, cute little stores with all sorts of Dallas related art. There is two parts to the market, the one with vendors inside and the part with vendors on the outside. At the market I ate some delicious burritos for breakfast and a very soft doughy pizza. For breakfast I sat inside, did some people watching, caught up on emails, read a book and relaxed. After this I walked around looked at the cute little shops and then grabbed a cup of ice coffee and sat outside enjoying the fresh air and looking at how pretty the downtown buildings looked. It was such a gorgeous day outside there were so many people enjoying the weather, walking their dogs, having some coffee with friends or simply doing what I was doing,, enjoying some alone time, working on emails or reading. It as such a chill environment I didn’t want to leave. Which I didn’t because I had lunch here. Once it was lunch time I got back and went to order my pizza and bought a super cute hat with the state of Texas embroider on it. I love it so much. I ate my lunch at a different section outside and people watched again. Lol its fun to people watch, had a couple of laughs. Once done I got up and decided to go to the outside market and do a little window shopping (a lot of looking not a lot of buying) They had a wide variety of organic products, sauces, snacks, artwork and jewelry. There is a little bit of everything for everyone in this market. After walking around I ended my day and went to celebrate with my two favorite people.

Day Two

This day I stayed with my favorite Dallas people and had an amazing time.. I really had not plan anything for this day besides going up the space needle but I had done that the first time I went to Texas so on my ubber ride to the needle I started to looked up tours in Dallas and came across one that everyone recommended to take. A little nervous to do this on my own but actually booked it and off I went to the meet up point. It was at a coffee shop (have to try their mango smoothie its soo good) which was great for waiting around and relaxing.

Tour: I had read a little of the places it took you to visit, and even thought I had gone to some of those I wanted to see more. This tour is filled with hidden gems! It a little bit of everything  compacted from the city’s history, its neighborhoods to the architectural.  Theres so much he fits into one day, that it makes it worth your money. Everything from the amazing Pioneer Plaza to the rooming house where Lee Harvey Oswald was staying at. Our tour guide, John, was so knowledgeable and tried to connect with everyone. He told us impressive fact about the places we passed by and those we visited. When ever we stopped at a place he would give us the history of it, let us roam around and explore a bit. He was very helpful he would offered to help us take pictures. Since I was taking this tour solo he would always ask if I wanted a picture and was super patient so I got my Instagram worthy pic. A super sweet guy. Made the tour super fun. One of the perks of this trip is that it’s a tour for a small group, so you really get to take everything in.

Places we visited:

  • Reunion District
  • Pioneer Plaza
  • Art District (passed through)
  • Highland park (passed through)
  • Thanksgiving square (passed through)
  • Farmers Market (have to try the NAMMI stand & Cool Haus Ice Cream)
  • Deep Ellum District
  • Passed the Reunion Tower
  • Followed the JFK Motorcade Route
  • Rooming House: Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Bishop Art District

You can seriously see a lot of one city even if its just for two days. Dallas will forever have my heart and if you are ever in this beautiful city definitely book with BEST DFW TOURS. They have the best tour guide that will literally take you to every important place in Dallas.


Finalmente compartiendo mi experiencia en Dallas. Hice este viaje principalmente porque era el cumpleaños de una persona muy especial y no podía perderme la fiesta de el. Ir a Dallas era perfecto porque vería a dos de mis personas favoritas y la ciudad de la que estoy enamorado.

Esta es la segunda vez que visito Dallas y esta vez fue diferente que la primera vez. La primera vez viajé con amigos y lo pasé genial, esta segunda vez viajé sola y aprendí mucho, aprendi mucho y me la pase muy bien. Esta fue una mini aventura sola, donde hubo cosas que no había hecho por mi cuenta en un tiempo o en lo absoluto. Lo que no avia hecho en un buen era comer sola en una área pública y nunca habia hecho un recorido sola. Siento que hay un estigma para las personas que hacen estas cosas solas, pero una vez que las haces, aprendes por qué es importante tomarse un tiempo para ti.

Mientras estuve en Dallas, me quedé en el AC Hotel una noche (un hermoso hotel para mi: puedes verlo en mis historias de insta). Fue la noche más relajante que eh tenido: ví la televisión, cene, leí un libro y simplemente tube una buena noche de sueño. Mientras en esta,ciudad quise visitar lugares que no pude visitar cuando fui la primera vez. Había leído grandes cosas sobre el Mercado y, sin lugar a dudas, estaba en mi lista. La segunda cosa era ver diferentes partes de la ciudad, la verdad no tenia una idea de a donde ir. No pese en hacer un tour porque generalmente hago esto en mis vacaciones grandes, pero mi se me prendio el foco y encontró unexcelente tour.

Primer Dia

Me desperté, empaqué mis cosas y salí por la puerta del hotel. Este fue el día de la fiesta, así que quise dedicarme a una actividad para no llegar tarde.

Mercado de agricultores: Pasé la mayor parte del día aquí y además hay mucho que ver y hacer. Este mercado es moderno pero con un toque country. Tantas cosas sabrosas para comer y probar, lindas y pequeñas tiendas con todo tipo de arte relacionado con Dallas. Hay dos partes en el mercado, una con vendedores en el interior y la parte con vendedores en el exterior. En el mercado comí unos deliciosos burritos para el desayuno y una pizza con el pan muy suave. Para el desayuno, me senté adentro, observé el lugar, me puse al día con los correos electrónicos, leí un libro y me relajé. Después de esto, caminé por ahí, observé las pequeñas tiendas lindas, tomé una taza de café helado y me senté afuera disfrutando del aire fresco y observando lo bonitos que se veían los edificios del centro. Fue un día tan hermoso, había tanta gente disfrutando del clima, paseando a sus perros, tomando un café con amigos o simplemente haciendo lo que yo estaba haciendo. Como no era tan frío, no quería irme. Lo cual no hice porque almorcé aquí. Una vez que llegó la hora del almuerzo, regresé y fui a pedir mi pizza y compré una cachucha súper linda con el bordado del estado de Texas. Lo amo tanto. Comí mi almuerzo en una sección diferente. Jajajaja es divertido ver a la gente, tube un par de risas. Una vez hecho esto, me levanté y decidí ir al mercado exterior y ver que avia (muchas miradas, no muchas compras) Tenían una gran variedad de productos orgánicos, salsas, bocadillos, obras de arte y joyas. Hay un poco de todo para todos en este mercado. Después de caminar, terminé mi día y fui a celebrar con mis dos personas favoritas.

Segundo Dia

Este día me quedé con mis dos gente favorita de Dallas y pasé un tiempo increíble. Realmente no había planeado nada para este día, además de subir a la torre de Dallas pero ya lo había hecho la primera vez que fui a Texas, así que en mi ubber en camino a la torre comencé a buscar tours en Dallas y encontré uno que todos recomendaron tomar. Un poco nerviosa por hacer esto sola, pero me arme de balor y me fui al punto de encuentro. Fue en una cafetería (tienen que probar el batido de mango es muy rico) que era genial para esperar y relajarse.

Tour: había leído un poco de los lugares que te llevan a visitar, había ido a algunos y otros que queria ver. Este tour está lleno de tantos lugares fantasticos! Era un poco de todo, Lleno de la historia de la ciudad, sus barrios hasta la arquitectura. Hay tanto que cabe en un día, que hace que valga la pena su dinero. Todo, desde la asombrosa Pioneer Plaza hasta la pensión donde se alojaba Lee Harvey Oswald. Nuestro guía, John, estaba muy bien informado y trató de conectarse con todos. Nos contó hecho impresionante sobre los lugares que pasamos y los que visitamos. Cuando alguna vez nos detuviamos en un lugar nos contaba la historia del lugar y nos dejaba explorar un poco. Fue muy útil y se ofreció a ayudarnos a tomar fotografías. Como estaba haciendo este tour sola siempre me preguntaba si quería una foto y era muy paciente. Obtuve mi foto digna de Instagram. John era super dulce. Hizo el tour super divertido. Una de las ventajas de este viaje es que es un recorrido para un grupo pequeño, por lo que realmente puedes disfrutar.

Lugares que Visitamos:

  • Reunion District
  • Pioneer Plaza
  • Art District (pasamos)
  • Highland park (pasamos)
  • Thanksgiving square
  • Mercado (tienen que probar NAMMI & Cool Haus nieveria)
  • Deep Ellum District
  • Torre- Reunion Tower
  • Ruta de Carabana de JFK
  • Casa de Alojamiento: Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Bishop Art District

Puedes ver casi toda la ciudad, incluso si es solo por dos días. Dallas siempre tendrá mi corazón y si alguna vez te encuentras en esta hermosa ciudad, definitivamente reserva con BEST DFW TOURS. Tienen el mejor guía turísta que literalmente los llevará a todos los lugares importantes de Dallas.

Taking weekend trips can be so good for you to restart your system and get a fresh start to the work week.
Tomar vaciones en fin de semana es super bueno para reiniciar tu sistema y empesar la semana relajante.

One day in Michoacan / Un dia en Michoacan

Ahh I finally get around to writing this blog.. starting the year with a travel blog and beautiful pictures. So I traveled to my parents home town in Mexico and since we are so close to the towns of Michoacán, my uncle and aunt took me on a trip to see two beautiful magical towns of Mexico. Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. This was all done in 24 hrs.. 1DAY!! If I can see these two towns in one day so can you, don’t create obstacles when traveling. The day has many hours if you plan it right and have fun!

Patzcuaro
I fell in love with this place at first sight.. it could be the colonial essence the building have or that every where I looked there was some type of red color wall ( favorite color: RED).

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Church Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud:
Since it was 1 day for two towns first thing we did is go into this beautifully preserved church. If you are traveling to Mexico you are bound to come in contact with a church. Believe it or not each of them have something different. The uniqueness of this one was that the Jesus statue was at the very top inside the church, it felt as if it were hugging you. Then once mass was over you see people lining up towards the back of the altar. It turns out they have a virgin where you can petition something you need help with or need and you can touch her and leave something that is yours, pinned to her veil. It was an amazing experience!

Outside Merchants:
I ALWAYS look through the little stores people have outside around the towns. Some places called them tianguis, like a little outside market. There are so many things you can buy. From hand made/ embroider clothing, herbs, food, ice cream, souvenirs, hand made toys, bags, accessories, house decorations, the list goes on and on. The items are so amazing and most of them are made by the locals, each piece is so unique. In Patzcuaro we went during a time where there were tons and tons of vendors. Besides buying accessories, I bought these sweet doughy pastries that were so delicious. Gorditas de nata: you have to have them when you go.

Streets:
Just going up and down the streets, looks like something coming out of a painting. All the red everywhere was my favorite! The charm from this town was magical. Like other towns in Mexico, I’ve visited, the well preserved buildings transports you to the olden days when it was built.

Janitzio Island
BOAT ride! If youre sea sick you better take your sea sick bracelet cause this ride will take a bit to get there.. but the pictures will be incredible. This has honestly been one of the best magical towns I have visited. You catch the boat on one of the wharfs from Patzcuaro that will take you to the island where the statue is at. While at the island a local vendor told us that the producers of the movie COCO went there to get inspiration. If you go during the Day of the Dead and see the cemetery it looks just like the movie. It felt great to be in a place that inspired such an amazing movie.

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Boat ride:
You buy your ticket at the booth and then they direct you to your boat. Around 20 if not more people get on. I know you start getting scared but they are really long boats so everyone was comfortable. On our boat there was a small trio playing for us, and ice cream man and a man with snacks that got on to sell. We all fit! If there’s anything I miss the most  about Mexico is all the delicious snacks they offer… The views on this little boat were amazing, you can see the island, so much greenery and mountains and lastly some men fishing charales (some type of fish). One of the men cane over to the boat and handed me the little fish.. they look so different and my first time touching a live fish. Yay! To new experiences. Once you start getting closer the monument looks so pretty.

Island:
PREPARE to climb stairs.. sooo many stairs, but the good part is that they are filled with local shops of beautiful colorful pieces. As soon as you jump off the boat there are stands after stands that sell micheladas, cocktails and beers. It really seems like everyone who passes by buys a michelada in some funky cool looking glass. I am not a fan of michelada so I did not part take in this. Like I said your trip up to the statue is filled with shops! While on this trip I bought a super cute purse I used on this blog post. All the stands were filled with amazing paintings of the island and the statue, there was an abundance of blues, reds and orange colors in the art work. Lots and lots of artisanal clothing  to choose from. The other amazing part of climbing all those stairs is you get to see amazing views of the mountains you left behind and the sky. Once you finally make it to them top, its like a little park. They have a little kids play ground, lots of snack vendor (fresh fruit, ice cream, etc.) and in the middle there are stair cases to go up to the statue. The statue is of a hero of Mexico’s independence. You can actually go inside the statue all the way to the top of the fist.. We started going up but it started getting narrow and narrow we got claustrophobic and went back down stairs. The insane view, the great amount of picture opp, the cultural dances going on, everything was such an amazing experience.

This was all done in one day!! You can visit two magical towns in Mexico if you just take the time to pencil them into your agenda. These magical towns are definitely a must see and discover. You cannot beat the colonial ambiance in Patzcuaro and the magical views from Janitzio.


 

Ahh, finalmente, escribir este blog … comenzando el año con un blog de viajes y hermosas fotos. Así que viajé al pueblo de donde son mis padres en México y como estamos muy cerca de los pueblos de Michoacán, mi tío y mi tía me llevaron de viaje a ver dos hermosos pueblos mágicos de México. Pátzcuaro y la isla de Janitzio. Todo esto fue hecho en 24 hrs .. 1DIA!! Si puedo ver estos dos pueblos en un día, usted también pueden, no hagas obstáculos cuando viajes. El día tiene muchas horas si lo planeas bien, te diviérteras!

Pátzcuaro
Me enamoré de este lugar a primera vista … podría ser la esencia colonial que tienen los locales o que por todas las partes que miraba, había algún tipo de pared de color rojo (color favorito: ROJO).

Iglesia Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud:
Ya que fue 1 día para ver dos ciudades, lo primero que hicimos fue ir a esta iglesia hermosamente conservada. Si viajas por México, te vas a encontrar, por los pueblos, lindas iglesias. Lo creas o no cada una de ellas tiene algo diferente. La diferencia de esta fue que el monumento de Jesús estaba en la parte superior dentro de la iglesia. Se sentía como si te estuviera abrazando. Luego, una vez terminada la misa, se ven personas que se forman hacia la parte posterior del altar. Resulta que tienen una virgen donde puedes hacer le peticiones, y puedes tocarla y dejar algo que es tuyo clavado en su velo. ¡Fue una experiencia increíble!

Venderores:
SIEMPRE reviso las pequeñas tiendas que las personas tienen afuera alrededor de los pueblitos. Algunos lugares los llamaban tianguis, son como un pequeño mercado exterior. Hay tantas cosas que puedes comprar. Desde ropa hecha a mano / bordadas, hierbas, alimentos, helados, recuerdos, juguetes hechos a mano, bolsas, accesorios, adornos para el hogar, la lista sigue y sigue. Los artículos son increíbles y la mayoría están hechos por los vendedores, cada pieza es única. En Patzcuaro fuimos durante un tiempo donde había muchisimos vendedores. Además de comprar accesorios, comprén estas deliciosas Gorditas de nata: tienen que probarlas cuando vayas.

Las calles:
Simplemente subiendo y bajando las calles, parece como algo pintado en un cuadro. ¡Todo ese rojo por todas partes era mi parte favorita! El encanto de esta ciudad era mágico. Como otras ciudades en México, que he visitado, los locales conservados te transportan a los viejos tiempos en que se construlleron.

Isla de Janitzio
¡Paseo en bote! Si el mar te enferma, es mejor que te lleves tu brazalete de mar porque este viaje tardará un poco en llegar … pero las fotos serán increíbles. Sinceramente, este ha sido uno de los mejores pueblos mágicos que he visitado. Tomas el bote en uno de los muelles de Pátzcuaro que te llevará a la isla donde se encuentra el monumento. En la isla, un vendedor local nos dijo que los productores de la película COCO fueron a buscar inspiración ayi. Si vas durante el Día de los Muertos y ves el cementerio, se parece a la película. Se sintió muy bien estar en un lugar que inspiró una película tan increíble.

Paseo en bote:
Ustedes compra su boleto en el muelle y luego lo dirigen a su barco. Alrededor de 20, si no más, personas suben. Sé que empiezas a asustarte, pero son barcos muy largos, así que todos estaban cómodos. En nuestro bote había un pequeño trío tocando, un hombre vendiendo helados y un hombre vendiendo dulces/fruta. Todos cupimos! Si hay algo que más extraño de México son los deliciosos cockteles de fruta … Las vistas en este pequeño bote fueron increíbles, se puede ver la isla, las montañas y, por último, algunos hombres que pescan charales (pescaditos). Uno de los hombres se acercó al bote y me entregó el pececito … se ven tan diferentes y la primera vez que toco un pez vivo. ¡Siii! a las nuevas experiencias. Una vez que te empiezas a acercar a la isla el monumento se ve muy bonito.

La Isla:
PREPARATE para subir escaleras. Hay tantas escaleras, pero lo bueno es que están llenas de tiendas locales con hermosas piezas coloridas, para distraerte de la larga subida. Tan pronto que sales del bote, hay puestos tras puestos que venden micheladas, cócteles y cervezas. Realmente parece que todos los que pasan por ahí compran una michelada en un vaso con una decoracion diferente y padre. No soy un fan de las michelada, así que no tomé parte en esto. ¡Como dije, tu viaje hasta el monumento está lleno de tiendas! Aquí compré un bolso super lindo que usé en esta publicación del blog. Todas las escaleras estaban llenas de pinturas de la isla y el monumento, había una gran cantidad de colores azules, rojos y naranjas en las obras de arte. Muchisima ropa artesanal por elegir. La otra parte sorprendente de subir todas esas escaleras es que puedes ver vistas increíbles de las montañas que dejaste atrás y del cielo. Cuando finalmente llegas a la cima, es como un pequeño parque. Tienen un área de juegos para niños pequeños, muchos vendedores de bocadillos (fruta fresca, helados, etc.) y en el centro hay escaleras para subir a el monumento. El monumento es de un héroe de la independencia de México. Puedes ir dentro de la estatua hasta llegar a la parte superior del puño. Comenzamos a subir, pero empezó a ser cada vez más estrecho, nos volvimos claustrofóbicos y nos regresamos. La vista espectacular, la gran cantidad de oportunidad de fotografías, los bailes culturales que se llevan a cabo, todo fue una experiencia increíble.

¡Todo esto se hizo en un día! Puedes visitar dos pueblos mágicos en México, si te tomas el tiempo de incluirlos en tu agenda. Estos pueblos magicos son sin duda una visita obligada y un descubrimiento hermoso. No le puedes ganar al ambiente colonial en Pátzcuaro y las vistas mágicas de Janitzio.

 

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Guadalajara Favorite Places. Lugares Favoritos en Guadalajara.

Hey Gals   /    Hola Chuladas

Guadalajara, Jalisco the land where the Mariachi was born and the tequila grows. The place is a combinations of historic charming building  and up and coming modern shops. Some of the antique mansions in this area had been refurbish to serve as boutiques, restaurants or coffee shops. Just let these white wash buildings transports you to the past.

Guadalajara, Jalisco la tierra donde nació el mariachi y el tequila. El lugar es una combinación de edificio histórico y tiendas modernas. Algunas de las antiguas mansiones en esta área han sido remodeladas para servir como boutiques, restaurantes o cafeterías. Solo deja que estos edificios blancos te transporten al pasado.

MUST SEE THINGS

Tequila who?!
Train ride to Hacienda Herradura –
Seriously how much tequila is too much tequila?!? On this train you wont even notice the amount of drinks/shots you take. Our entire train ride was filled with laughter, new friends, tequila and amazing views. Agave fields after agave fields and you finally get to your destination: Mazamitla. Such a grand, picturesque, vintage hacienda vibes. Walking though the hacienda you notice the roads are still made out of pebbles, the walls are a bright yellow and the original vintage décor is still there. While you are on the tour you get to look at how they harvest the agave and use the long machete to get to the part they need. One of the coolest thing I saw was, once they trim the agave leaves and get the heart out of the agave, they put it in the oven until it is cooked and it just taste soo good. Just like a really sweet candy. Getting to learn about the process and the different areas of the hacienda was one of the coolest thing. What other way could we end this tour but with a dinner at Hacienda Herradura which included lots of traditional dishes, drinks, entertainment from a mariachi band and folkloric dancers. By far one of the greatest experience ever and the best part was that you just hop on a train and it take you back from the Hacienda Herradura.

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Tequila quien?!
Viaje en tren a Hacienda Herradura –
En serio, ¿cuánto tequila es demasiado tequila? En este tren ni siquiera notarás la cantidad de bebidas y shots. Todo nuestro viaje en tren estuvo lleno de risas, nuevos amigos, tequila y vistas increíbles. Campos de Agave tras Campos de Agave y finalmente llegas a tu destino: Mazamitla. Ahi esta la hacienda pintoresca. Caminando por la hacienda, notan que las calles todavía están hechos de piedras, las paredes son de un amarillo brillante y la decoración original. Mientras estás en el recorrido, puedes ver cómo cosechan el agave y usan el machete largo para llegar a la parte que necesitan. Una de las cosas más geniales que vi fue ver como cortan las hojas de el agave y sacan la pita del agave. Despues de de que la sacan lo ponen en el horno hasta que esté cocido y tiene un sabor muy dulce. Al igual que un caramelo muy dulce. Aprender sobre el proceso y las diferentes áreas de la hacienda fue una de las mejores cosas. ¿De qué otra manera podríamos terminar este recorrido pero con una cena en Hacienda Herradura que incluyó muchos platos tradicionales, bebidas, entretenimiento de un mariachi y bailarines folklóricos? Fue una de las mejores experiencias y la mejor parte es que simplemente te subes a un tren y te lleva de regreso a Guadalajara.

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Visit Jardin Cuauhtemoc
Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento-
As soon as you walk up to the church you feel like it belong some where in Europe. One of my favorite things was the amazingly colorful glass windows. These windows were so tall and in front of them a wonderful ten circle chandelier hung. If you walked right under the pointy domes it was also filled with colorful glass. Looked like a kaleidoscope. As you start walking out of there and look at the doors, they are so grand and looked heavy with great details on them. There is just so much detail put into this grand church. Just outside this church there is a very nice fountain with an agave in the middle. Representing what this state is known for.

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Visita Jardin Cuahhtemoc
Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento-
Desde que vez la iglesia, sientes que pertenece a algún lugar de Europa. Una de mis cosas favoritas fueron las increíblemente coloridas ventanas de vidrio. Estas ventanas eran tan altas y frente a ellas colgaba un maravilloso candelabro de diez círculos. Si caminas justo debajo de las cúpulas puntiagudas, también estaba llena de coloridas ventanas. Parecía un caleidoscopio. Cuando empiesas a salir miras unas grandisimas puertas, son tan grandes y se ven pesadas con unos detalles espectaculares. Hay tantos detalles en esta gran iglesia. Justo afuera de esta iglesia hay una fuente muy bonita con un agave en el medio. Representando por lo que este estado es conocido.

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Explore the Four Plazas
I would say this is the heart of Guadalajara’s Hisctoric Center. Theres four plazas and the one thing they all have in common is the Cathedral is in the middle so no matter in which one you stand you can see it.

Explora las Cuatro Plazas
Yo diría que este es el corazón del Centro Hisctorico de Guadalajara. Hay cuatro plazas y lo único que tienen en común es que la Catedral está en el medio, así que no importa en qué posición te encuentre siempre la veras.

 

Plaza de la liberacion-
Is the one where the Cathedral de Guadalajara is mainly located. As soon as you walk up to the plaza those bright yellow and blue domes catch your eye. They are beautiful and bring such a unique design to it. As you are walking up this plaza the GUADALAJARA sign is located right there, with a unique twist that it has the citys’ name twice. Its believed because of the song “Guadalajara Guadaljara.” Make sure you take a picture with the sign.

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On the opposite side you can see Teatro Degollado, their theater. This theater had such spectacular details, their foyer is beautiful. If you look up to the ceiling you can see a beautiful design of colored glass window and a gorgeous chandelier and at the bottom some glossy marble floors. As soon as you step into the theater , it transports you back to  the old age. So beautifully vintage!

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Plaza de la liberación-
Es donde se ubica principalmente la Catedral de Guadalajara. Al  caminar hacia la plaza, esas brillantes cúpulas azules y amarillas te llaman la atención. Son hermosos y le aportan un diseño único. Mientras caminas por esta plaza, el letrero de GUADALAJARA se encuentra justo allí, con un toque único por que tiene el nombre de la ciudad dos veces. Se cree por la canción “Guadalajara Guadaljara”. Asegúrate de tomar una foto con las letras.

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En el lado opuesto se puede ver el Teatro Degollado. Este teatro tenía detalles tan espectaculares, su vestíbulo es hermoso. Si miras hacia el techo, puedes ver un hermoso diseño de una ventana de vidrio de colores y unhermosocandelabro y en el pisos un hermoso mármol brillante. Tan pronto entra al teatro, te transporta a la viejos tiempos. ¡Tan bellamente vintage!

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Rotonda de Los Jaliscienses Ilustres-
The unique part is that underneath the ring and columns rest the bodies of the distinguish men of Jalisco. Scary or Cool? You decide but its worth the visit.

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Rotonda de Los Jaliscienses Ilustres-
La parte única es que debajo del anillo y las columnas descansan los cuerpos de los hombres distinguidos de Jalisco. ¿Miedo o Cool? Tú decides pero vale la pena la visita.

 

Plaza Guadalajara-
I would say this is the main  plaza, right in front of the presidency building. This is the first plaza where I saw the Guadalajara seal. The story of how they got it is super cool.  This plaza was filled with locals, some men were getting a shoe shine, other were sitting around with their kids eating ice cream and some ladies sat and talked. This is what I like to think of when I think of Mexico. At this place you can also get a tour to go to tequila or other places and a carriage ride.

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Plaza Guadalajara-
Yo diría que esta es la plaza principal, justo en frente del edificio de la presidencia. Esta es la primera plaza donde vi el sello de Guadalajara. La historia de cómo lo consiguieron es super interesante. Esta plaza estaba llena de las personas de Guadalajara, algunos hombres le sacaban brillo a los zapatos, otros estaban sentados con sus hijos comiendo helado y algunas mujeres se sentaban y conversaban. Esto es lo que me gusta pensar cuando pienso en México. En este lugar también pueden comprar los recorridos para ir a tequila o otros lugares y el pase para pasear en carrosa.

 

Plaza de Armas-
Oh how I wish it was open because the gazebo was super pretty. It was surrounded with statues of female figure each holding a different instrument. It is said that each of the women around the gazebo was suppose to signify each of the four seasons. From this side you can get a different perspective of the church, it looked like an entirely new place. Maybe next time I go it wont be under construction

 

Plaza de Armas-
Oh, cómo me gustaría que estuviera abierta porque el quiosco es súper bonito. Estaba rodeado de estatuas de figuras femeninas, cada una con un instrumento diferente. Se dice que se suponía que cada una de las mujeres alrededor de la glorieta significaba cada una de las cuatro estaciones del año. Desde esta plaza se puede obtener una perspectiva diferente de la iglesia, parecía un lugar completamente nuevo. Quizás la próxima vez que vaya no esté en construcción.

 

Governor office-
This building is located in front of the Plaza de Armas, the best part was the mural Jose Clemente Orozco did. It is one of the most artistic murals I have seen and it tells such a great story. You can see the great amount of detail that went into the painting and the creativity he put into this. On the second floor of this building you can get a  great shot of the cathedrals’ domes.

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Oficina del gobernador
Este edificio está ubicado frente a la Plaza de Armas, la mejor parte fue el mural que hizo José Clemente Orozco. Es uno de los murales más artísticos que he visto y cuenta una gran historia. Puedes ver la gran cantidad de detalles que se incluyeron en la pintura y la creatividad que puso en esto. En el segundo piso de este edificio tiene una vista espectacular y puedes tomar una gran foto de las cúpulas de las catedrales.

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Plaza Tapatia-
This Plaza was filled with store after store and a long fountain in the middle, if you are lucky you can see the water “dance.” At the very end of the fountain the famous Hospicio Cabanas is located.  There is also great food and lots of local vendors with creative things.

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Plaza Tapatia-
Esta plaza estaba llena de tiendas tras tiendas y una larga fuente en el medio, si tienes suerte, puedes ver el “how” que hace el agua. Al final de la fuente se encuentra el famoso Hospicio Cabanas. También hay buena comida y muchos vendedores locales con cosas creativas.

 

Hospicio Cabanas-
This building is one of the oldest and it served the purpose of an orphanage. It is such a gorgeous building with so much charm. Walking through it, you start to realize how huge this place is. There was a mixture of indoor/outdoor living. The patios were huge! The real treasure in the building are the murals inside. One of my favorite one by Orozco is the one in the middle dome.. If you take a closer look when you visit, make sure to look up and see the faces, the paintings move.. Like nothing I have ever seen.  As a fan of the arts this is a must see!

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Hospicio Cabanas-
Este edificio es uno de los más antiguos y sirvió como un orfanato en su tiempo. Es un edificio precioso con mucho encanto. Caminando a través de él, comienzas a darte cuenta de que tan grande es este lugar. Los patios eran enormes! El verdadero tesoro en el edificio son los murales en el interior. Uno de mis favoritos de Orozco es el que está en la cúpula. Si miras más de cerca cuando visitas, asegúrate de mirar hacia arriba y ver las caras, las pinturas se mueven … Como nada que haya visto! Como gran fanática de las artes, esto es algo que debes de ver.

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San Juan de Dios-
One of the bigger markets in Mexico, there is a lot of shopping to do here. You can find anything from food, traditional clothing, western wear, toys etc. We didn’t even go through the entire market and we were exhausted. We did do some shopping damage because how could we not when they have everything here. When you come out of the market you have to try this ice cream some men in blue carts are selling. They are so good and cool looking.

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San Juan de Dios-
Uno de los mercados más grandes de México, puedes ir de compras todo el dia aqui. Puedes encontrar cualquier cosa: desde comida, ropa tradicional, juguetes, etc. Estabanos super cansadas al final y no aviamos pasado por to do los puestos. Le hicimos algunos daños a nuestra billereta en las compras, pero fue culpa de el mercado que tenia demasiadas cosas. Al salir del mercado, hay hombres con carritos azules que venden nieve y en verdad la tienes que probar. Son tan buenos y frescos.

 

Avenida chapultepec-
Is a street where you can find different types of restaurants and bars. Visit during dinner or for a good drink at night. The best time to see a little casual night life and be able to appreciate the different cuisines. If you go at night you can also find a small market of local vendors. Fits perfectly after you have a huge meal, just walk around and shop..

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Avenida chapultepec-
Es una calle donde se pueden encontrar diferentes tipos de restaurantes y bares. Visita durante la cena o para una buena copa por la noche. Es el mejor momento para ver un poco de la vida nocturna y poder apreciar los diferentes platillos. Si vas de noche, también puede encontrar un pequeño mercado de vendedores locales. Se la cituacion perfecta después de una gran comida, solo caminas y compras para bajar la comida.

 

Arcos vallarta-

This is one of the first monument Guadalajara got. Our hotel was right by this monument so we got to see them both in the morning and at night, my favorite was during the night. They lit up with the colors of the Mexico flag. So pretty.

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Arcos vallarta-
Este es uno de los primeros monumentos que obtuvo Guadalajara. Nuestro hotel estaba justo al lado de este monumento, así que pudimos verlos tanto por la mañana como por la noche, mi favorito era por la noche. Se iluminaron con los colores de la bandera de México. Tan bonito!

 

Tlaquepaque – such a colorful and magical town.

Tlaquepaque- Un pueblo pintoresco y magico!

 

Independencia Street-
This street was my favorite!! As soon as you step into this street there is so many galleries and shop, they all look so artistic and hip. The ambiance as you walk through this street is easy going, relax with a happy feeling from everyone there. I shopped so much… It was great and you can find so many artistic things! My favorite street! So many stores, art museum and restaurant. There are so many stores with product made locally ceramics, textiles, jewelry, art, books etc.

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Theres so many colors, on the buildings and the items being sold. Besides all the shopping items they also have amazing galleries like: Rodo Padilla. That gallery was so cute, adorable and creative!

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Calle Independencia
Esta calle era mi favorita !! Tan pronto como entras en esta calle hay tantas galerías y tiendas, todas se ven tan artísticas y coloniales. El ambiente mientras camina por esta calle es relajante con una sensación de felicidad por todas las personas de los negocios. Compre tanto!… ¡Fue increible y puedes encontrar tantas cosas unicas! Apesar de tiendas, tambien hay museo de arte y restaurantes. Hay tantas tiendas con productos hechos localmente de cerámica, textiles, joyería, arte, etc.

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Hay tantos colores, en los locales, casas y los artículos que se venden tambien brillan de color. Además de todos los artículos de compras, también tienen increíbles galerías como la de Rodo Padilla. ¡Esa galería era tan adorable y creativa!

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Visit Nuestros Dulces-
This store is the store with the worlds biggest collection of tequila. On the day I went they had 1,900 different bottles of tequila. That is a lot of tequila! They are also recognize by the Guinness World Record. They had so many bottle I couldn’t choose one. Definitely a must visit.

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Visita Nuestros Dulces-
Esta tienda es la tienda con la mayor colección de tequila del mundo. El día que fui tenían 1,900 botellas diferentes de tequila. ¡Eso es mucho tequila! También son reconocidos por el Récord Mundial Guinness. Tenían tantas botellas que no pude elegir una. Definitivamente una visita obligatoria. Oh si llegan aqui pidan probar el rompope que ellos hacen.

 

Plaza de Artesanias-
This is like a little shopping center. There is artisan stores with wonderful art and the very best part was the umbrella sky. I would be lying if I told you that this wasn’t the reason why I really wanted to visit this plaza!

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Plaza de Artesanias-
Esto es como un pequeño centro comercial. Hay tiendas artesanales con arte maravilloso y la mejor parte fue el cielo de paraguas. Mentiría si te dijera que esta no fue la razón por la que realmente quería visitar esta plaza.

 

This state is filled with a lot of beautiful art! I felt like every where I turned it was filled with something artistic or just the way the buildings look such a vintage feel. Everything was so picturesque. Amazed by how beautiful!

 

Este estado está lleno de un montón de arte bello! Siento que a todos los lugares a los que fuimos estaba lleno de algo artístico o simplemente de la forma en que se ven las casa un ambiente colonial. Todo era muy pintoresco. ¡Me quedo asombrada por lo bonito que es Jalisco!

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Have you visited Guadalajara?! Ya visitaste Gudalajara?!
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Valle de Guadalupe: A Year to Reflect on the Trip

Hey Gals,

A popular winecation.. About a year ago I discovered this little valley located in Baja California and as a fanatic of wine I HAD to go! I took a quick weekend trip to El Valle de Guadalupe with my mom and brother last year in August. You may ask yourself why I am barely writing about. Well I had just started my blog last year and was hesitant about what I wrote and since I got a “memory notification” on my snapchat I said why not. A year of reflecting on the experience and seeing how popular this little valley has become.

I feel like not a lot of people know about the wonders Baja has to offer besides Los Cabos, unless you live in the California/Arizona area then you know about this place already. Ok so I became aware of this little valley through some acquaintance who suggested I visit! Of we go on this journey. As you start driving into the area there is a big sign that reads “Welcome to Wine Route” and then you start to see small vineyards with cool hotel rooms coming out of the mountains. As you make your way into the town you start to see bigger wineries, restaurants, cute hotels and the tourist driving from vineyard to vineyard. We arrived to the valley late afternoon, so we checked into our hotel. It has a small vineyard and the rooms looked like little houses. It was such a great experience. Well our hotel was located in front of another hotel/restaurant combo.We decided to eat our dinner at this place restaurant called, FUEGO. They had a variety of wines and alcoholic beverages and the food was delicious. The ambiance was so tranquil and stress free. Knowing that we had to get up early the next day to make sure we had the time to visit the wineries we headed for bed after watching the big Canelo boxing match at the restaurant.

If you follow me on social media you will recall, that I had gone to Los Cabos for my birthday a year ago and while at the resort I had an amazing wine from L.A. Cetto. It was nice and cold, which brought out amazing flavors of watermelon and freshness. I was struck by this wine and the best part is that it was a wine made in the Valley of Guadalupe. When we decided to take a weekend trip to the valley, at the top of my list was this winnery! I was so ecstatic. We decided to visit L.A. Cetto last but we started our day at this place called La Escuelita, we had seen amazing insta pics and wanted to snap some good shots. People said we  could get coffee there early in the morning but that was a lie, they were not selling any of that, they did however let us walk around and take some pictures. It was cool to see what they had done with some unconventional materials. After this we decided it was time to go and start our tour at the most amazing Winery I had seen. It is called El Cielo. I cant stress enough how attentive, welcoming and professional the staff was. As soon as you drive into El Cielo it gives you the vibes of some big Hacienda. They had a coffee shop, restaurant, souvenir store, patio area, rides around the vineyard and if you go during August, they have barrels with grapes that you can step on. When we went they had many many many other things you could do but those were the one that stuck out to me. The people at the ticket stand make you aware that there are two different types of tastings you could do. The one with chocolate and the one without. Since they were inexpensive and we wanted to try all the wine, we decided to do both tastings. The first one was softer wines and the bottles wereastrological, something different than what we are used to seeing. The second tour with the chocolates, they actually give you a tour of their downstairs winery, where you can see the wine barrels and their process. Then they take you to a tasting area that is well decorated. So in this tasting, with each wine you got  a piece of chocolate that was paired to perfection. The wines here were more mature a bit bitter and some were dry. From this collection I only liked one, the others were too dry for me. The experience of going through this tour was amazing, if you visit this place don’t think twice and do both tours. If you only have time todo one winery visit, El Cielo is the best one and you could spend a whole day there when they have all those activities. After this winery we drove to L.A. Cetto. Our final destination. As soon as yo get there you can see how big this winnery is and the difference between El Cielo and L.A Cetto. At Cetto as soon as you get there, theres a ticket box and that one gives you three different options depending on the wine you like. We choose the one with the smoother options. Super inexpensive to take the tour and do the tasting afterwards too. This was a great experience to see how big their tanks for the wine were and how many barrels they had to stored their wine. This company is huge and even though it commercialized more wine, it still has its charm. They had a virgin Mary statue in the middle of their factories with green area and benches, towards the front they had an ice cream man next to some chairs and tables and an amazing view of the mountains and the vineyards, their souvenir stores had vines coming out from their walls with some of the brick exposing itself, it was very cute. Definitely a different vibe here but it was amazing to see two different types of wineries. The mom and pop one and the big corporation  one. El Cielo has more charm and it looks like they are more attentive when it come to service as oppose to L.A. Cetto. Don’t get me wrong it was beautiful too but the service lacked a bit. Their workers seemed in a huge hurry and when it came to us asking questions they were a little rude. I would still recommend to see both of them!

If you are traveling in the Baja peninsula you have to visit the amazing Valle de Guadalupe. It an unforgettable experience. If you have gone to the valley let me know below some of your wineries recommendations, who knows I might go soon enough and visit that area again. Anything for WINE.

Cheers Gals!


 

Hola Chicas,

Una winecation popular. ¡Hace aproximadamente un año descubrí este pequeño valle ubicado en Baja California y como una fanática del vino, TENÍA que ir! Tomé un rápido viaje de fin de semana a El Valle de Guadalupe con mi mamá y mi hermano el año pasado. Puede que se pregunten por qué apenas escribo sobre esto, pues comence mi blog el año pasado y dudaba sobre lo que “debería escribir” y pues hasta ahora, descubri mi amor por viajar tambien recibí una “notificación de memoria” en mi snapchat, y dije por qué no! Un año para reflexionar sobre la experiencia y ver que tan popular se ha vuelto este pequeño valle.

Siento que no mucha gente sabe acerca de las maravillas que Baja tiene para ofrecer además de Los Cabos, a menos que viva en el área de California / Arizona, ya lo saben. Me di cuenta de este pequeño valle y teníamos que ver lo que este valle tenía para ofrecer! Al entrar a la zona, hay una gran letrero que dice “Bienvenido Ruta del vino” y luego comienzan a ver pequeños viñedos con habitaciones de hotel que salen de las montañas. A medida que te diriges a la ciudad, comienzas a ver viñedos más grandes, restaurantes, lindos hoteles y el turista que conduce de viñedos a viñedo. Llegamos al valle en la tarde, así que nos registramos en nuestro hotel. El hotel tiene un pequeño viñedo y las habitaciones parecían casitas. Fue una gran experiencia. Bueno, nuestro hotel estaba ubicada frente a otro hotel / restaurante combo. Aquí es donde decidimos comer nuestra cena, se llamaba FUEGO. Tenían una variedad de vinos y bebidas alcohólicas y la comida era deliciosa. El ambiente era muy tranquilo y libre de estrés. Sabiendo que teníamos que levantarnos temprano al día siguiente para asegurarnos de que tubieramos tiempo de visitar otras bodegas, nos dirigimos a la cama después de quedarnos en este restaurante para la gran pelea de boxeo de el Canelo.

Si me sigues en las redes sociales, recordarás que fui a Los Cabos para mi cumpleaños y mientras estuve allí tuve un vino increíble de L.A. Cetto. Su sabor fue muy agradable, tenia sorprendentes sabores de sandía y frescura. Me llamó la atención y la mejor parte es que era un vino hecho en el Valle de Guadalupe. Cuando decidimos hacer el viaje al valle, ¡en mi lista estaba este viñedo! Estaba tan emocionada. Decidimos visitar L.A. Cetto por última vez, pero comenzamos nuestro día en este lugar llamado La Escuelita, habíamos visto fotos increíbles y queríamos tomar algunas buenas fotos. La gente decía que podíamos tomar café allí temprano en la mañana, pero eso era una mentira, no estaban vendiendo nada de eso, sin embargo, nos permitieron caminar y tomar algunas fotos. Fue genial ver lo que habían hecho con algunos materiales no convencionales. Después de esto decidimos que era hora de ir y comenzar nuestro recorrido en los viñedo más increíbles. Empesamos con uno que se llama El Cielo. Escribir sobre este lugar no le hace justicia a tan buen personale y el lugar bellisimos. Al entrar a El Cielo se parece a una gran hacienda. Tenían una cafetería, un restaurante, una tienda de recuerditos, una área de patio, paseos alrededor del viñedo y si vas durante agosto, tienen barriles con uvas que puedes pisar. Cuando fuimos tenían muchas muchas otras cosas que podrías hacer, pero esas fueron las que me llamaron la atención. La gente en el puesto de venta de boletos lo hace consciente de que hay dos tipos diferentes de degustaciones que pueden hacer. El que tiene chocolate y el que no tiene. Como eran baratos y queríamos probarlos todos, decidimos hacer ambas degustaciones. El primero era vinos más suaves y las botellas eran astrológicas, algo diferente de lo que estamos acostumbrados a ver. La segunda desgustacion eran con los chocolates, en realidad te dan un recorrido por la bodega de abajo, donde puedes ver los barriles de vino y su proceso. Luego te llevan a una degustación mas formal y elegante. Entonces, en esta degustación con cada vino, obtienes una pieza de chocolate que se empareja a la perfección con el vino. Los vinos aquí eran más maduros, un poco amargos y otros secos. De esta colección solo me gusto uno, las otras eran demasiado secas para mí. La experiencia de pasar por esta desgustacion fue increíble. Si visitas este lugar, no dudes en hacer el recorrido. Si solo tienes tiempo para hacer uno, El Cielo es el mejor y podrías pasar un día entero allí, si es temporada de las actividades. Después de esta desgustacion conducimos a L.A. Cetto. Nuestro destino final. Tan pronto llegas puedes ver qué tan grande es este viñedo y la diferencia entre El Cielo y L.A Cetto. Al llegar hay una taquilla y ahí te dan tres opciones diferentes, dependiendo del vino que te guste. Elegimos uno con las opciones más suaves. Súper económico para hacer el recorrido y hacer la degustación después también. Es genial ver qué tan grandes eran sus tanques para el vino y cuántos barriles tenían donde almacenaban su vino. Esta compañía es enorme y aunque comercializa más vino, todavía tiene su encanto. Tenían una estatua de la Virgen Maria en el medio de sus fábricas con una áreas verde y bancos, en la entrada tenían un paletero, tambien tenian una vista increíble de las montañas y un viñedos, sus tiendas de recuerdos tenían vides que salen de sus paredes con algunos de los ladrillos que se exponen, era muy lindo. Definitivamente un ambiente diferente aquí, pero fue increíble ver dos tipos viñedos. El Cielo tiene más encanto y parece que el personal es mas atento. No me malinterpretes, también era hermoso L.A Cetto, pero el servicio le faltaba un poco. Sus trabajadores parecían tener una gran prisa y al hacer preguntas eran un poco groseros. ¡Todavía recomendaría verlos a ambos!
Si viaja por la península de Baja California, debe visitar el increíble Valle de Guadalupe. Es una experiencia inolvidable. Si han ido al valle, háganme saber a continuación algunas de las recomendaciones de los viñedos. Hacemos cualquier cosa para visitar los VINOs.

¡Salud, chicas!

Valentino Boutique Hotel

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La Vaquita

El Cielo

L.A. Cetto

I am as Chic as Chic Hotel!

Hey Gals!

This picture perfect place has me wanting to move to Greece! Oh Greece you are so romantic and beautiful. When my friend and I first booked  our tickets the fist thing I researched was places the place to stay. I was so scared that we wouldn’t be able find a cute place, like the ones I would see on Instagram. Just like that my search for hotels started on Instagram. Pictures from previous hotel customers are the best, it really shows how the hotel looks. Most times the hotels websites have altered photos and you think your getting something but you get another. While on my search I came across the Chic Hotel. My next move was to go to their website and check them out. Their pictures were as dreamy as the ones from their customers. Then I was curious to see what hotel deals I could find. I started with the airlines because sometimes they offer specials since you bought plane tickets with them, Swiss airline offered on their page and lucky enough they had Chic hotel. Of course I had to look for the hotel rating and luckily it has a 4.5 rating on trip advisor, this made the decision so much easier.

Where did I stay:
Like I said my stay was at Chic Hotel in Santorini, Greece. The hotel is located in Firostefani, so close to the upbeat town of Fira. The location was so wonderful. It had amazing caldera and ocean views, plus the path to walk to Fira and Oia was  right above the hotel. It had so many good restaurants. Our stay was during the last week of July. Even thought they told us during this month there would be a lot of tourist we took a chance to see what Greece had to offer. This is also the reason why we thought there would be no hotels available, but so happy we found this one.

What happened at my stay:
My first impression of the hotel was during our email conversation. I wanted to see if they had transportation to and from the airport and if they had plug converters. Their email seemed so ecstatic and happy to respond to any of our questions. They were so helpful and nice. Once we got to Greece our plane to Santorini was delayed twice so I had to call them and change our arrival time. They were so nice and accommodating. We arrive at night time and even then the hotel look so cute! There office is right at the entrance and it was super quick to check in. Once it was morning and I got to see the hotel, it did not disappoint. They have a cute little refreshing cave pool, I knew I had to get some good shots in this pool.  After you were done taking a swim you could catch the sun in their sunbathing section. There were four lounging chairs in a little terrace. In addiction each room had their tables to sit and have breakfast at in the morning, which was my favorite part. Theres just something about eating breakfast with a view.  Now lets get to the part y ‘all been waiting.. The room!

Room Details:
The rooms I stayed in was so big and so pretty, I wanted to shrink it and put it in my luggage. There was definitely a cave vibe, cool cave vibe, when you walked in. As soon as you step in your eyes take you to the back of the room through a glass door. That’s how long it was. Then you see a circle bed.. YES A CIRCLE BED! I was so skeptical about it, in my head I think I’m taller than what I really am so I did not think would be able to fit lol but I did. The bed was so comfortable it made it hard to get up in the morning. Next in the room you see a very cute built in couch with throw pillows and a built in side table with some super modern light fixtures. To your right you see a long desk/table with stuff to make coffee and a TV above the table. Straight ahead you see the comfy circle bed and some type of side table design. Passing the bed theres a concrete wall with a glass door and two glass windows, you could see straight to the back of the bathroom. Once you go in through the door to your left you see a very modern vanity/sink area. The sink was my favorite part. It looked like a tall vase, felt like Santorini Royalty lol. To your right you have a good size jacuzzi which had blue lights that you could turn on and some bubbles. Then you walk to a little hall way and to your right you have a glass door again and tucked in to what looks like a cave is a huge shower/sauna duo. I’m telling you, Royalty treatment or what.. The shower has a little bench and two shower heads, its basically the dream shower! In front of the shower is a little toilet, very simple and modern. All the finishing touches were a mixture of Santorini charm and modern.

Room amenities:
So you already know this room is looking fabulous or atleast you are thinking it. Well the room came with a small area to hang your clothes witch wasn’t too bad. They have a safe for all your important paper, accessories or what ever you may take that needs safe keeping. They have a blow-dryer (halleluiah), tooth brush and paste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash (the good kind), bathrobe with slippers and a good stocked mini bar (not free). These amenities were great because that means I don’t have to carry my own blow-dryer and if I didn’t want to use my airplane tooth brush I could use theirs and not forget mine. Also not many hotels give you good shampoos but these were great I really enjoy a good shampoo and conditioner. Another amenity that came with the room was free breakfast.. OMG their little sausage links and nice buttery and soft croissant will have you dreaming about it for days. Make sure you eat breakfast!! For all the amenities, hospitality and views I think their prices were not bad at all.

Chic hotel and staff were amazing! I loving going to a hotel where they are going to help you, be friendly and make you feel like they genuinely want you to be there. When I go back to Santorini I would definitely book with them again! Their location was also a plus! If you haven’t already click on these links to read my Santorini Itinerary and learn more about my trip or here for my outfit details!

When in Santorini stay at this amazing Hotel!

Santorini Travel Itinirary

I told you guys I would be writing the wanderlust vacation I took to Greece. To be more specific SANTORINI, because who doesn’t want to live their  “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” moment. There’s so much I wanted to share with you guys about this amazing trip I had to break it up. I decided to do an Itinerary post because we did went to all these places on our own and every place there were buses and buses of tourist, I felt very proud of the great schedule I had done. It saved us money and we did it on our own time frame and stayed as long as we wanted. Well lets start my Santorini itinerary!

Day 1

Trip to Oia:
I had read online to walk the trail from Fira to Oia. With out further research my friend and I started to walk the trail to get there. As we started walking we saw so many picturesque places and scenery. It was just mouth dropping, with all the gorgeous views. At the start of the walk we found this amazing Gelato place, you need to go to it, and it has the best name ever “Confetti Dessert Boutique“. After the Gelato we had already been walking about 3 miles but the first 2 miles where the best, after that I got too tired to keep walking. We tried to get a taxi but since there is not many in the island we gave up after a while and went to get lunch. The restaurant was super cute, they served the biggest burgers and delicious pitas. We both got very juicy hamburgers. We had seen a lot of people on ATVs and buggies while we were walking so we decided to rent one for the next 48 hrs. This prevented us from waiting a long time for a taxi or even their public transit bus. It would have been a lot of waisted time. Once we rented the buggy my friend drove us to Oia… it had such amazing views a long the way and the cool breeze hit our face felt so good. Once we got to Oia we started to walk up their streets and it was filled with cute little restaurants and very cute shops. We started to locate the 3 very famous domes. Luckily we found them but it was filled with tourist trying to get their perfect picture!. We did wait and lingered to get the perfect shot. We continued walking and found a great place for Instagram worthy pictures, close to the end of Oia. It had the perfect views. Once we were ready to leave we got a fruit smoothie from a place called Yummy and Sunny ( it was so refreshing) and drove back to Firastefanie. We were beat from the sun we decided to get in the pool and relax. Got a quick glimpse of the sunset and it was just jaw dropping. If you want to take the walk like us even if it is not all the way to Oia I would suggest doing it early in the day so the sun doesn’t beam on you too hard. While in Oia try to stay until the late afternoon, just so you can get a good look of the little town. Once we left and went back to the hotel, we just chilled and as a late snack got a Chicken Pita from a little shop so close to our hotel called, Why Not Souvlaki, they have the best of the best pitas. I got the chicken on a stick pita and it was like heaven in a very soft pita! You need to try these, oh and their Blakava is so sweet. I was in love with this place.

Tip: On this day and after walking this long path to Oia I would 100% recommend to rent an ATV or Buggy to be able to get to all the parts of the island.

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Day 2

This day was filled with lots of places we wanted to discover!
Fist stop, Monastary Profitis Ilias:
Second day we made the trip to Prof. Ilias Monastary. This cute little monastary is one of the highest point of the island. While I researched places to visit some of the post said this place had amazing views and it did not disappoint. We were able to see the entire island from one tip to the next. It really gave us the real perspective of Santorini; thought there is much to do in the big touristy areas filled with business, those parts are small compared to the entire island. There’s still a lot of land that is left alone or is harvested. It was so refreshing to see that. As you make your way up the hill to the monastary you encounter a pebble path that leads to the top of the monastary. At the top you can walk to the edge and see amazing island views  and visit inside the little monastary. The monastary is a really nice light coral color building and as you make your way in, there’s a cute little sit in area, then you walk farther inside and there’s several wooden chairs along the wall. The detailing all around is so minimal, with gold and the mesmerizing colored glass. We headed up to the Monastary late morning, this was a perfect time for us because it wasn’t packed with tourist at this time. We wanted to do things that were right by each other so we did waist time and so next to the monastary stood there was a little town called Pyrgos, which is were we went next.

Tip: This is more the action of being courteous  than tip, plus I read on some reviews that women shoulders should not be exposed, which is why I used a small blanket to cover up. Other tourist wore very revealing clothes and to me it didn’t seem very respectful. (just my opinion)

Pyrgos:
Like I mentioned, we headed to this little town after the monastary since they were so close to each other. This town is known for keeping their culture alive and not being so touristy. For the most part Locals live here. The architecture was a little different than Fira or Oia. I had also read that the food here was very good and traditional. We had such a delicious lunch. Tasted their Tzatziki with bread and it was so delicious. For my lunch entree I had a risotto, that was so creamy and the chicken so juicy. Every time we would go eat out I would order water because I felt so hot but at this place I got an orange Fanta and I was thinking I would be getting the typical orange color soda but it was yellow!! The ironic part is that it tasted the same. (I was shook, lol) The Kantouni restaurant, was so cute family oriented. It reminded me of my mothers childhood stories. The owners were there to welcome the people and make sure everything was running good, it just felt like such a great family restaurant! Going right after the monastary was a great idea because we were hungry and wanted to sit for a bit from doing all that walking. After lunch we walked around for a bit, saw the architecture and little places that they had. It was a great break before we headed to the next destination.

Black Beach:
This beach was spectacular! The “sand” were little black pebbles all through out the beach area, BEWARE they were soo hot, I  literally felt like I had burned my feet when I stepped into them. There were also huge pebbles inside the water. It was cool but I was also scared, felt like if I stopped stepping on the pebbles there was nothing more beneath me. The views from here were stunning. Big tan mountain next to the water and a  strip of shops and restaurants, it reminded me of San Diego’s beaches. We sat down on the little huts the restaurants had, the only requirement was to spend 20 Euros with them. It was not bad since the pebbles were so hot I don’t think I could lay out on a towel on top of hot rocks. It was such a relaxing time! We laid out, swam, had some drinks and looked out to some amazing views! We arrived at the beach around 1pm and it was great. The sun was out and we were able to get our tan on  and there wasn’t too many people. I did notice that as we were leaving a lot more people were just getting there. This beach was 45 min from where we were staying but since we were at Pyrgos it didn’t take us long to get there. Also I had a Mythos Radler Lemon beer and O M G it was the best beer I have tasted.. So freakin’ refreshing!

Tip: Buy water shoes! The pebbles were so hot it did not feel good when you stepped on them and the rocks in the beach sometimes were pointy and they hurt plus if you visit other beaches in Santorini you will need them.

Night at Fira:
Yes we did get a little break from running around all day and went back to the hotel to relax and get ready for a night in Fira. I read and saw so many cute pictures of Fira and I just really wanted to see it. This cute little town was not far from our hotel and it is filled with restaurants to choose from. Which we did, we really didn’t know what to get so we started walking and this cute little Mexican restaurant caught our eyes. It was so cute we had to try the food and see how it tasted. Later we learned that this restaurant chef is from Mexico City. The food was delicious, atleast my chicken fajitas were.After we ate we decided to walk around Fira. It was the best town I have ever seen. There were blocks and blocks of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. We walked and saw locals walking around amoung us, tourist, and so many beautiful  jewelry shops with great selections! I cant get over how lit up the streets were with all the street and shops’ lights. When I researched Fira online there was a picture I had seen on the web of this street with bougainvillea flowers and the pictures looked beautiful. As we were walking we came across it. It  was just like the picture I had seen, I was ESTATIC! It was like a dream come true. I think I enjoyed walking around at night because, like I said the locals were out too and there were so many cultures walking and mingling. It was perfect.

Day 3:
Red Beach:
Third day and still not jetlag (well just a little but we didn’t let that stop us). Super excited to visit the red beach and see if it was really red like I had read. This beach is located in (look up location) The beach was 45 min away from us so driving there, again, was the best decision. We left late morning early afternoon. The sun was shinning bring just good enough to keep our tan going. As soon as we got there and parked, you see a small white and blue church super pretty and a path up a mountain. I was a little confused and then just thought maybe we have to go up and the beach will be right on the other side… No it was not. We climb up, around and down a not so safe path. It was a great experience and the views were exceptional. At the end it was a nice scenery, all that red on the mountains were to die for. Once you get down to the beach you will see that there is no sand, there is rocks!! AGAIN… Not a fan but it did look cool. Inside the water there is a lot more pointy rocks than at the black beach. This is where you water shoes come in handy again! We decided to sit in one of the umbrella chairs, you do have to pay 20 euros for a set but it is better than on the hot ground. The water felt so good and the views were Instagram worthy. Looking out to the red on the mountain path and the sailboats out on the water, just a dream come true.

Akrotoris:
After we were done at the red beach, we decided to go to this archeological site. It is on your way out of the red beach so why not just stop there. Plus its a great way to learned about how people use to live and how much work archeologist put in to find all these amazing things. We went mid-afternoon and there was not a lot of people which was great because it let us walk at our leisure and it wasn’t packed, so we didn’t feel like we wanted to leave right away. After this archeological site we saw how little villages were built back in the day. Every space of the village had signs explaining what they thought it was and what they had found in that area. It was amazing to see what each section was used for and what they had found buried in it. When you get towards the back of the museum there is, what the archeologist thought was a pantry, it was were they stored all their goods or extra things. Its astonishing to see the frame of that place and some of the “containers” where they stored things are still there. It was such a great experience. Reminded me of Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I would recommend this and a plus, the entrance fee wasn’t super expensive. I believe it was $12 for both of us. On this day it was pretty hot so we decided to go back to the hotel and get in the pool and chill before dinner. We ate at this amazing restaurant right on top of our hotel called, Onar. Sunset views are amazing here and food delicious.

Day 4:
Donkeys  and Cable car at Fira:
We woke up early to try and see the sunrise but sadly it was rising from the other side of the island and we didn’t want to walk around to see it.. Lol yes we were tired. Well we were awake and ready to go on this day. I had read about the donkey ride and how they take you down the stairs and then you can take the cable car up to Fira. So we did that exactly. My friend and I walked from Firostephani to Fira and again all the little places we saw along the way and the views were memorizing. Once we got there, we paid to ride a donkeys down the stairs. It was scary but a good experience. I know how to ride horses but riding a donkey going downwards was difficult. I felt like I was going to fall multiple times. Looking over those stairs to the water was such an inspiring view. After a few minutes we finally got to the bottom and walked around the port for a bit then paid to go on the cable ride up. Those views were amazing! The huge mountains with little white houses at the top. It was like no other view I have ever seen. There were different color soils and pebbles that build those mountains. Then we walked for a bit around the Fira stores and went back to the hotel. Guess what we did after this HOT, SMELLY ride. We got in that amazing little pool at the hotel. Water so refreshing and the views so calming. Unfortunately this was our last night there so we went to eat at this restaurant, that everyone seem to be enjoying. It was called Davinci and the pizza was delicious!

This ended out adventure in Santorini but let me tell you I left with lots of daydreams of going back, amazing memories and a belly filled with Chicken Pitas! I hope you enjoyed this “little” post and if you have any questions on this trip leave a comment below or email me! Also coming soon a full review of the hotel we stayed at and the outfits I wore! Stay tune.

Santorini I fell in love with you!! Greece I will be back to visit all your other places!

Sweet & Short Getaway.. Escapada Corta & Divertida

Hey Gals,

So I went on this amazing vacation, which I will be sharing soon, last weekend and now that I have been home my mom really wanted to do something. We ended up setting a mom and daughter date.. This was a super fun idea and it works if you are tired of the big city and just need to blow off some steam. We decided to go to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Depending where you are staying in the city it can take up any where from 20-40 min to get there. I don’t know why but we decided out of the bloom to go have some fun and hopefully make more money than what we were taking to the casino. This is a short Chicago get away and no planning necessary!

We had never been to this casino and it is nothing like the ones ive seen in Vegas, of Couse, but it did look nice. The entrance was like a little express way with a nice landscaping and cute light up signs. Once you go inside its your typical color pallet: all sorts of browns, reds and mustardy yellow. As you walk in you see all the slot machines and the different  play tables.. My mom and I don’t know how to play any card games so we decided to stick with the slot machines. They had a huge selection. They also had a pizza place, café, bars, restaurant and a buffet. Thought the pizza place look aesthetically pleasing and delicious, we headed to the buffet after some hours at the slots. This buffet was HUGE, they had Italian food, Latin food, American food, Chinese food, salad bar, desert bar and others. We definitely took our times so we got our moneys worth and a full stomach. My favorite from all the dishes they had was the Italian food. We left super full. Well after we had a cup of coffee and some cake we made out way back to the slots machine to see if our luck would change and we could win back what we had already lost… I did not make any of my money back but my mom had the luck and double her winnings. YAY for her. She wanted to keep going and test her luck but I made her stop. I didn’t want to see her loose again. LOL I am such a good daughter.

Overall the time in the casino was well spent. We bonded, laughed, talked and got mad at the machine together. It was a great evening with her. If you ever feel like you are in a rut and need something different I would definitely recommend the casino, as long as you know your limits and don’t go and spend all your money, it’s a fun way to let loose and have a good time. This was something sweet you can do in a short amount of time.


Hola Chicas,

El pasado fin de semana estaba de vacaciones en un lugar increible, que compartiré con ustedes pronto. Ahora que he estado en casa, mi madre realmente quería hacer algo, así que decidimos establecer una cita de mamá y hija. Esta fue una idea muy divertida y funciona si también está cansado de la gran ciudad y solo necesita desahogarse. Decidimos ir al Casino Horseshoe en Hammond, IN. Dependiendo de dónde te alojes en la ciudad, puede tomar de 20 a 40 minutos para llegar allí. No sé por qué, pero decidimos salir a divertirnos y, con suerte, ganar más dinero de lo que íbamos a llevar al casino.

Nunca habíamos visitado este casino y por supiesto que no tiene nada que ver con los de Las Vegas, pero se veía bien. La entrada era como una pequeña vía rápida con un bonito paisaje y bonitos letreros luminosos. Ese pequeño camino rápido te lleva al estacionamiento o al casino dependiendo de por cual camino vienes. Una vez que entras al casino los colores son típicos para un casino: todo tipo de marrones, rojos y amarillos. Cuando entras, vez todas las máquinas tragamonedas y las diferentes mesas que tiene para jugar. Mi madre y yo no sabemos cómo jugar ningún juego de cartas, así que decidimos seguir con las máquinas tragamonedas. Tenían una gran selección. También tienen una pizzería, café, barras, restaurante y buffet. Aunque el lugar de la pizza parecía estéticamente agradable y delicioso, nos dirigimos al buffet, después de algunas horas en las máquinas tragamonedas. Este buffet es enorme, tenían comida italiana, comida latina, comida americana, comida china, bar de ensaladas, bar de postres y otras cosas mas. Definitivamente nos tomamos nuestro tiempo para hacer rendir el dinero que gastamos (jajaja) y salir con el estómago lleno. Mifavorita comida de toda la que provamos era la comida italiana. Ya despues de terminar de comer y  de tomarnos una taza de café, volvimos a las máquinas tragamonedas para ver si nuestra suerte cambiaría y podríamos recuperar lo que ya habíamos perdido … Yo no corri con esa suerte pero mi madre tuvo la suerte y se doble su ganancias. Siii, por ella. Ella quería seguir y probar su suerte, pero yo la detuve. No quería verla perder todo otravez, (jajaja), puedes decir que soy una buena hija.

En general, el tiempo en el casino fue diviertido, nos reímos, hablamos y nos enojamos con la máquina juntas. Fue una gran noche con ella. Si alguna vez sientes que estás en una rutina y necesitas algo diferente, definitivamente te recomendaría ir al casino, siempre que conozcas tus límites y no gastes todo tu dinero, es una forma divertida y pasar un buen rato. Esto fue algo dulce que puedes hacer en un corto período de tiempo.

You don’t always have to plan something elaborate to have a good time
No siempre tienes que planear algo muy elaborado para tener un buen tiempo

love dlo

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Moon Palace Resort Review

Hey Gals,

Here come another hotel review and this time its for my trip to Jamaica!! I absolutely loved loved loved this trip and the Moon Palace Resort. One for the books!

Transportation

Getting transportation was pretty easy. The Moon Palace had their own transportation from the airport to the hotel. Once you booked your stay you had to email or call their transportation department and they would get everything together for you.  They asked me for the airline I was traveling in, the flight number and the time it got there. Later on they would email me a confirmation email with the information and the directions of what I needed to do when I got to the airport. Once you pass immigration you come to a hall where all vendors and hotel representatives are at. I went to the booth it told me and they just asked for my information, confirmed everything and then a really nice lady took me to the bus I needed to be at. Once I got on the bus the bus driver was super nice and he actually told me very interesting things of every town we passed by. He also told me about their culture. It was such a fascinating hour and a half drive to the resort. The scenery was gorgeous.

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(Street View from the Bus Ride)

Hotel

The resort we stayed at was called Moon Palace Resort. It is a 5 start hotel, one of the best ones in Jamaica. From the time I called their customer service center to my stay at the hotel the representatives were so nice to me and super friendly. Anyways, once I got dropped off at the hotel the bellman welcomed me with a flower, a wet towel and one of the ladies from inside brought me a super refreshing juice! As soon as you walk in you can see how luxurious this hotel is. Marble floors, amazing/ exotic fixtures, chairs (oh so comfy and modern), there were so many beautiful chandeliers and grand stair cases. On the first floor you can find the reception area, sitting area and it will help you get to any place you need: restaurant, pools and different rooms. The room I stayed in was a standard rooms, the decoration was simple but modern and went along with the hotel ambiance. We got the two queen beds and let me tell you the mattress was super comfortable, it was as if the bed was hugging you! I was so rested every day. The room was spacious and we had a nice view of the resort and the sunsets. Everything was amazing.

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(Reception area)

 

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(Room)

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(View from our room)

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(Grand stair case)

 

To Eat

So the resort had various options on where to eat. They had a buffett, “grill”, dessert stand, sushi bar, Italian, Jerk chicken stand, bar grill and a hibachi grill. We tried 5 restaurants. Tried the buffett  for breakfast and lunch, best decision ever. They had a variety of Jamaican and American food. The jerk chicken was delicious and I really appreciated the “make your own” mimosa station.

Quick tip: if you go to the buffet during breakfast, ask for a cup of the
Blue mountain coffee with a shot of their coffee rum liquor. The best!

My other favorite restaurant was the Grill, their hamburgers are super good and their jerk hot dog were huge and it had a great seasoning flavor. Lastly my ultime favorite ones was the Italian restaurant, I order their special; which was pasta with shrimp and a delicious tomato and vodka sauce. Before the main dish, they served us the most delicious parmesan cheese with a spicy oil, the best oil I’ve had. We also order tomato soup, which was a first for me and let me tell you I loved it! Now if you are a sweet tooth kind of person they have a pastry restaurant, they do the most amazing crepes I have had! (late night snack)

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(Buffett Dinning)

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(Grill Burger)

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(Soup @ the Italian Place)

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(Italian Place)

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(Dessert restaurant)

Drink o’clock

Besides getting drinks while we were taking the sun, my most favorite bar at this resort was the swim up bar by the buffet are. They had a great amount of seats and space. We went here the first day and it was amazing, we got a shot called penut butter jelly and though it might sound nasty it was the most delicious shot I’ve had. The next day we went there again and absolutely loved the bartenders. They were so fun and their drinks were phenomenal.  One of the best bartenders we encounter during our stay, he did a drink that looks and tasted amazing, I don’t know what its called but ( see the picture below) . The music at this bar is also amazing, a little Jamaican music for the soul.  After all we want to dive into the culture and not hear the same American music that we listen to every day.

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(Penut Butter Shot)

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Activities

These is definitely lots and lots of activities you could do inside Moon Palace. Besides the various pools and sitting areas to take the sun, they also have  a club, bar, surfing pool and various water activities. I really wanted to try the surfing pool or do paddle boarding but I got a horrible sun BURN like never before I just couldn’t even move! But I would definitely give it a try when I go back. Like I said I only went for three days so my mindset was basically relax and have a good time. Taking walks on the beach at night and just relaxing by it in the morning was amazing.

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(Beach Area)

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Overall my stay at Moon Palace, has been one of the most amazing stays I have experienced. The staff was so nice and welcoming, the amenities were top of the line and the overall ambiance felt amazing. I went from May 9 to May 12 and when I go back I think these days would be perfect, not a lot of people but enough to have a good time. I don’t know how the service when its peek vacation months but the services during these days were top of the line! Literally felt like royalty.

Thank you to the Moon Palace Resort Staff for making my first Jamaica experience phenomenal! I can’t wait to go back! I would 100% recommend this resort for anyone traveling to Jamaica!

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Experiencing/seeing new things is the best part of life Gals!
love dlo

 

Hello Wisconsin

Gals,

I hope every one of you had an amazing Thanksgiving with all your loved ones! I did. For Thanksgiving, we usually go to a family member’s house, or cook at our own. We mingle, eat and dance all night, but this time we did things a bit different. My Mami decided she really wanted to go to Wisconsin Dells; I second that change because I am always up for traveling! After researching our options, we decided that booking at The Wilderness Resort was the best one.

The Wilderness Resort:

  • It is a big resort, they have lots of different types of rooms. Our room had two beds and a pull-out couch. It was spacious enough for the 6 of us.
  • It had a little table with two chairs, a bench, a microwave, mini fridge, one full bathroom and a couch.
  • The resort has lots of activities like: Go karts, zip-lining, 2 indoor water parks, restaurants, Froyo, bars, an arcade, laser tag and many many more!
  • The decoration is so cute, it looks like a huge log cabin and the rooms go with that style.

Our day by day:

On Thursday once we checked into our room and settled in we went to their indoor pool. In this area they have a lazy river surrounding the little kids’ area and in a separate room they have a wave pool, a swim up bar and water slides. We started in the wave pool, it was sooo much fun, especially when the waves came on. Each time they turned them on it would be in different motions. It got me so tired from all the jumping around trying not to drown (lol). Then my parents and I did a little Swim-Up Bar action, drank some fruity drinks and once we were done we meet my siblings at the lazy river. This lazy river was the best way to end the pool time! Once in our room we all got ready to head to a Thanksgiving buffet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get reservations for the buffet at the hotel, but we found a really good one at a restaurant called Moose Jaw. The decorations in this restaurant were super nice, it looked like a luxurious log cabin plus they also brewed their own beer! The buffet was good, I definitely recommend it, and while you’re there try a flight of their beer (if you are 21). They are so rich in taste; my favorite one was called Relaxin’ Raspberry. It is so much better than the other flavored beers I have tasted, and you can really taste that berry flavor! I had to take a four-pack home with me. Later that night in the resort we decided to do some laser tag and your gal got first place. It was so much fun, but I did feel bad for getting the little kids out multiple of times… and this is how our first night ended.

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(Hotels’ Entrance)

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(Moose Jaw)

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(Swim-up Bar)

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(Laser Tag)

For the second day, we went to check out their “Downtown” area. We started at one of their sweater print shops; they have lots of these stores so first look around. There’s lots of cute little shops like: a cheese store, beef jerky shop(the best I’ve had), little souvenirs shops and unique spots to take pictures at. It was very quaint. On this day we ate at Famous Dave’s, if you haven’t had it you need to try it. Once at the resort we did the same pool routine as Thursday, we really liked how it had worked out the night before. The activity we did on this day was Go-karts. I have to say it was cool to do it once or twice but that’s pretty much it for me. The rest of the night we just stayed in the room, I had a glass of wine outside on our balcony and listened to the breeze. It was very relaxing!

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(Cool place for picture & it’s a cheese store)

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(Cool place for picture: Clock Tower)

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(Beef Jerky Store by clock tower)

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(Cool picture spot: literally on every side walk)

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(Go- Karts adventure)

Saturday was the day we left, but before we hit the road, we had to make one last stop. We visited The Secret Upside Down White House. I had heard about this but literally forgot about it till we saw it on our way to “downtown” Friday. It was super cool, there were some turns we took that scared us because we had forgotten that the things were on the ceiling (lol). Other than that, I recommend it, plus we had only paid $5 each! Once we were out from this attraction site we headed home, and this was how we ended our trip.

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(Upside Down White House)

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It’s great when we all cook and come together at someone’s home but being able to see different parts of this world is a great experience you can give any one! I hope my parents keep that wanderlust for next year!

Here’s my little guide you can use next year for Thanksgiving or any other time of the year!
Love DLo…

 

Hotel Catedral…

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Hotel Catedral

During our La Paz trip we stayed at one of the cutest hotels I’ve been to, Hotel Catedral. This hotel had great decoration. Some items were vintage like: the lamp in one of the common areas and the distress brick on the ceiling arches, which gave it a colonial look. There was also a modern touches like: the design of the restaurant chairs and reception decor. All the furnishings are so minimalist in design yet bright in color, they stood out against the white colored walls. Everything has such clean lines.

This hotel had great amenities: pool area with views, a sit in area next to the pool, a little bar, a restaurant, a patio with chairs to relax, and a printer area. As soon as you walk in the hotel there are two glass doors. On the right side you have the restaurant and on the left side the reception area. The reception area is so clean and modern. On the right side of the reception you can see an open work room. In this room they had a printer and work space for any one that needed it. The staff is super nice and they speak multiple languages. When we were there one of the receptionists spoke French, English and Spanish! Talk about being multilingual and meeting everyone’s necessities! The restaurant has big glass windows that let the morning sun shine through. They also have sitting available outside on the patio, for those who needed that morning mist. You see an all glass elevator in the middle of the courtyard area. In front of the elevator a little bar area, with a couple of stool chairs, a TV, and lots of liquor in the back. On your left side of the courtyard there’s some big white and beige comfy patio furniture. As you take the elevator up you can see all of their cute decorations and the people having a good time! We were staying on their highest floor, the 4th floor. This is where the pool was located. As soon as we were situated, I went straight to the pool area and they had amazing views! You could see the ocean, little houses, mountains and a top view of the Cathedral (church). There were also great sunsets. The hotel also had an underground parking garage where only guest can access it. The hotel includes free breakfast every day. Out of the 3 days we were there I had the pleasure of eating there twice. There serving is buffet style, all you can eat. They have something for everyone that includes; authentic Mexican cuisine, cereal bar, fruit, milk, coffee or the best fresh squeezed orange juice. The food was to die for!!!

The rooms design is so minimal but it feels airy and comfortable. The detailing in color and design stood out greatly. The bed has been one of the comfiest I have been in, and the pillows are oh so soft, and trust me I’m picky when it comes to pillows. The room had a nice view of the ocean. One of the best furniture of the room was a long desk. We literally would spread out all our accessories there to see what we were taking with us on that day.  The closet in the room was a great size. It had enough room to hang all our clothes and store our shoes, as well as a lock box, our first time using it. The bathroom was big and roomy. My favorite part of the bathroom was the shower, one of the bigger ones I’ve been in, and the shower head was amazing. The bathroom counter was big enough to have my make-up spread out, as well as Gio’s items. The cool part of this room was that in order for our light switch, AC and anything electrical to work you had to insert your room key into a little box by the door. It is such a good way to save electricity, I loved it!!

The location of this place is by far the best! You have right next door the Cathedral, which is beautiful. Right In front there is a jardín, which is filled with benches or area to walk in. You can walk a couple of streets down and you’re in the main Street of La Paz. You can walk to restaurants, night life or even start your walk along the Malecón. The street you’re in is also the taxi drop off and pick up area. If you don’t bring a car you are set! We walked to some of the restaurants and bars we went to and felt safe to do so!

At first I was skeptical about this hotel, I didn’t really know what to expect and I had read mix reviews about it, which definitely didn’t help!! I would give this hotel 5 star! Everything about it was great, from their decoration to their super friendly and helpful staff! I already can’t wait to go back to La Paz, and when we do, we will definitely book with Hotel Catedral!

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If you visit La Paz B.C I would recommend this hotel for you!
Love Dlo..