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Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Americans have been coming to Cuernavaca for decades, living in splendid seclusion behind high walls where the weather is just about perfect every day from December to February. It’s just 80 km (50 miles) from … Read entire article »

Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

There is a garden in Oaxaca City that both gardeners and non-gardeners seem to fall for.  It’s takes up most of the grounds of the Santo Domingo church and the beautifully restored Museum of Oaxacan … Read entire article »

Stirling Dickinson and the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende

Stirling Dickinson and the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende

People who travel beyond the beach resorts in Mexico probably know about San Miguel de Allende.  It’s in the center of the country, in the state of Guanajuato, 274 km from Mexico City and far … Read entire article »

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Quite a few Canadians own a summer cottage, usually a place by a lake that they open up on the long weekend in May and close down on Labour Day weekend in September. I’ve had … Read entire article »

The Maya people of the Yucatan

The Maya people of the Yucatan

When I visited Merida, the capital city of the State of Yucatan on the Yucatan Peninsula, I was struck by how many Maya lived there and how integrated into mainstream life they seemed to be, … Read entire article »

How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

Thinking about riding the buses in Mexico and don’t know the language? Here’s how an “older” female, travelling solo, with no Spanish, did it last month. I hadn’t planned to go there. In fact, I … Read entire article »

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

I first visited Isla Mujeres 10 years ago and really liked the place. It’s a small island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 10km north of Cancun. Isla (as the locals call it) and its better-known neighbour … Read entire article »

The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

Celestun is a fishing village 96 km southwest of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s known for its seafood restaurants and for the flamingos that go there during the fall and winter to … Read entire article »

Guanajuato: In the shadow of San Miguel?

Guanajuato: In the shadow of San Miguel?

If visitors to Mexico were asked to name the best known colonial silver city, it is likely they would choose San Miguel de Allende.  If asked to describe San Miguel, they probably would use words … Read entire article »

A family vacation on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

A family vacation on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

In February 2012, we went on vacation with our two children, ages 5 and 1 1/2, and their paternal grandparents to the Pacific coast of Mexico.  This is our third vacation with extended family, and … Read entire article »

A scooter on cobblestones in Bucerías, Mexico

A scooter on cobblestones in Bucerías, Mexico

Judith and Charlotte have travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. During the 1980s, Judith travelled for six months with her 14-year-old son and Charlotte took a year off work to travel … Read entire article »

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

When I reflect upon the various drivers who have transported me within countries as diverse as The Gambia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, I am struck by the contribution these men have made to my … Read entire article »

The amazing journey of the Monarch Butterflies

The amazing journey of the Monarch Butterflies

High in the mountains of northeastern Michoacán, the Mexican Federal Government has created a sanctuary for monarch butterflies. The 160-sq-km reserve is the winter home of an estimated 100 million butterflies which migrate there each … Read entire article »

Riding the buses to Mexico’s colonial cities

Riding the buses to Mexico’s colonial cities

Who would have thought that visiting Tlaquepaque, Guanajuato, Morelia and San Miguel de Allende–by bus—would be such an easy, inexpensive and pleasant experience? Early this winter, my husband and I spent two weeks enjoying Mexico’s beaches … Read entire article »

Puerto Vallarta, resort town on the Mexican Pacific

Puerto Vallarta, resort town on the Mexican Pacific

Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on the Mexican Pacific in the Bahia de Banderas. While it has been transformed from a quaint seaside resort to a world-famous resort city with huge luxury hotels, ‘real’ … Read entire article »

San Miguel de Allende, a great place to stay a while

San Miguel de Allende, a great place to stay a while

San Miguel de Allende is often described as a colonial gem and one that expats and annual visitors would like to keep secret. The town is gringo friendly and students of all ages go there … Read entire article »

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