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Bye Bye Mexico!

Hi to you all,

Well, today is our last beautiful, sunny, warm day in this Mexican paradise.  We had breakfast at the hotel for the first time today, while waiting for our taxi to the airport.  As we sat in the relaxed atmosphere I realized just how beautiful this place is.  Our table is open to the magnificent view of the bay and you feel the soft breeze from the water directly in front of us and from the slowly turning overhead fan.  There is classical music playing softly in the background.  The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is good.  I don’t want to go home!

The main doors to Villa Vera are large beautiful carved wooden doors.  They contain intricate carvings and are in very nice shape.

As we reflect on our week here in Zihuatanejo there are some positive thoughts that come to mind that you may find useful if you ever come to this part of Mexico:

  1. We think the Zihuatanejo area is more authentic than Ixtapa.  The downtown if full of small shops and the city has put roofs over many of the sidewalks so the shopping experience is much more comfortable;
  2. The resorts here are smaller than in Ixtapa.  A smaller resort offers a much more intimate experience.  You are far more likely to meet new friends and it is much quieter than the big resorts in Ixtapa with their poolside sound systems turned up to 3 decibels above the threshold of pain;
  3. Most of the resorts are located adjacent to Playa La Ropa.  While our resort was located across the bay from Playa La Ropa, it was quite isolated.  If you are not prepared to either taxi or walk down the mountain to town you will be fine.  It’s only a 15 minute walk but by the end of the week coming back becomes a bit of a chore particularly with a full belly of food;
  4. Food prices here (and in Ixtapa) run around half of what you will pay at home.  There are lots of restaurants to choose from and the food is excellent.  Don’t take the all-inclusive option.; and
  5. The beaches are excellent.  Both the downtown beach as well as Playa La Ropa are great beaches.  The downtown one tends to be a bit quieter and the water is less rough as it is protected somewhat from the ocean access to the bay.  This would be better for swimming, although Playa La Ropa tends to be busier with both tourists and locals.

You may remember from Shame on You Mexico and from Its Not What You Know But Who You Know, that we were supposed to have a solution to the materials stolen from Alicia by the airport security staff.  When we arrived at the airport, we asked for the person who was supposed to return the soda pop and toiletries taken from Alicia on 21 May.  Nobody seemed to know of the person.  We eventually found a security supervisor working for Continental who told us that the manager of the airport did not work on the weekend and was not the person we had the name of.  We explained what we were supposed to recover and she explained that she knew that there was no Apple Pop seizures in their inventory.  Well, you can’t believe everyone I guess!

The process of checking in at the Zihuatanejo airport involves a physical search of checked luggage before you get to the desk to get your boarding pass.  We were told that this process will disappear soon as they are soon to receive x-ray equipment for the luggage.  All passengers go through an inspection, it’s not just a spot check.  As we were having our luggage checked, the line up next to us, for an Aero Mexico flight was also being checked.  I watched as 4 cans of soda pop were removed from a protesting passenger’s checked luggage.  When we got to the desk the security supervisor we had talked with earlier was there so I asked her why the pop had been removed from the checked luggage.  Se indicated that there was a crush hazard if the luggage was stacked or handled badly.  I asked her why there was no sign warning travellers that soda pop would be removed from checked luggage before they entered the luggage check area.  People might want to sit down and drink it themselves and not donate it to airport security staff.  Also, you cannot take pop through the personal security screening and in your carry on so it would be better to remove the pop from checked luggage and give it back to the traveller.  They could decide how to dispose of it before they went through personal security.  Anyways, the response from the supervisor was a typical Mexican shrug.  It seems that, although pop in checked luggage provides no security hazard, in Mexico they seem to want to protect travelers from themselves.  As far as I am concerned, if I want to take the risk of having soda pop leak all over the inside of my luggage, I should be able to do so.

Well, this brings our trip and my postings to a close.  It has been lots of fun for me to share our trip with you through my ramblings and images.  This blog software works well, once you get used to it.  To date we have had 1,367 views, and I would consider that a success.  If anyone is interested in doing a blog, WordPress.Com gives you 3 GB of free space and the use of all their different templates and widgets.  All of this blog has only used up 36.8 MB including the 181 images uploaded to the site.  I would definitely use this process again.

Now, I have no way of knowing who the 1,367 people are, as I only get a hit count.  As such, I will produce one more posting with a short survey attached and ask you to give some feedback for future uses.  Also, if you would like to be advised of our next trip we do this for, please subscribe to this blog by providing your email address at the bottom of the right column of this posting.  I will send you an email before the next trip with instructions of how to reach the blog for that trip.

Thanks so much for your interest in our trip.  Remember, if you ever need someone to document your vacation, I’m available.  It will just cost you airfare, accommodation, and food.  Also, if anyone wants a higher resolution copy of any of the images in this blog, at a reasonable cost, shoot me an email at khowie@shaw.ca.  Tell me the image name (mouse over the image and the name will show) and what size you would be interested in.  I will get back to you with details.


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Welcome to Villa Vera at Puerto Mio

Hi folks,

Today we packed our stuff up and went for a last breakfast in Ixtapa.  We checked out of our now empty hotel and cabbed it to our second weeks accommodation in Zihuatanejo.  It took about 15 minutes.  We arrived too early to check in so we camped at the pool until our room was ready at about 2 PM.

Villa Vera is an RCI Gold Crown resort, which is supposed to mean the highest level of resort.  Villa Vera is not quite there, although it is very nice.  I’m sure that in its day, it was a grand place.  It is a 22 room older boutique hotel and this week only 5 rooms will be occupied.  It is built down the side of a cliff with amazing views of Zihuatanejo bay.  Our room is a studio with a balcony.  We look out over the bay, as you can see from our pictures.  About 10 paces down the hallway from our room is the dining room, which is open to the pool and view.  There are several terraced pool lounge chair levels below the dining room and the pool is at the bottom.  As I write this, I am sitting in the empty dining room looking out over the bay to the lights on the far side and Playa La Ropa.  The fountain on the wall, feeding into the pool, provides a pleasant background noise.  It’s great!

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This location is actually quit remote, compared with last weeks hotel but it has an elegant charm that just reeks of atmosphere.  We are told that there are no buses that come close to the resort and from the look of it, we are  a distance from the town site, where the restaurants and beach are located.

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We decide to head into town, using the directions provided by the Concierge here.  He says we should go down the stairs at the far end of the pool (about 40), turn left and walk down the road.  Keep left and go through a gate (this place is inside a gated community) and walk down the road to town.  It took us about 10 or 15 minutes, mostly down hill.  It will be harder to come home!  The roadway is narrow and made with concrete but they have put large sort of flat stones into the concrete, making for quite an irregular surface.  The stones are quite polished from the tires driving over them and it would be very slippery if the roadway was wet.  You have to be careful to avoid turning an ankle.

We had dinner on the beach and picked up a large bottle of water before heading back up the hill, arriving back at the resort just after 9 PM, so the pool is closed! I will have to refine my timing because a nice dip in the cool pool after the walk up the hill will be just perfect.