Sep 022015
 

I’ve often written about my fondness for the window seat on an airplane.  For me, it’s like unfolding a map and seeing it come to life.  From our normal vantage point on land, we don’t see that Italy is shaped like a boot.  But from 38,000 feet in the air, unique geographic features are readily identifiable.

On a recent flight from Bonaire to Houston, we took a route that followed uncharted territory for me (presumably to avoid a tropical storm brewing in the mid-northern Caribbean).  Here are some shots from my window seat.

The mountains of northern Venezuela

The mountains of northern Venezuela

Venezuelan mountains, just off the Caribbean coast

Venezuelan mountains, just off the Caribbean coast

The northern coast of Venezuela

The northern coast of Venezuela

The aqua-tinged Caribbean coast of Venezuela

The aqua-tinged Caribbean coast of Venezuela

And moving on to another Caribbean country…

Cozumel from the air

Cozumel from the air

Mexico's Riviera Maya from the air

Mexico’s Riviera Maya from the air

Another view of Mexico's Caribbean

Another view of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Leaving Riviera Maya

Leaving Riviera Maya

If you like my aerial shots, here are some others-

Cuban Reefs from the Air

The Glory of the Pilot

St. Thomas from the Air

An Aerial Tour of Fiji

Islands from 38,000 Feet – including shots from Australia & The Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, French Polynesia, and Dominican Republic

May 052012
 

My name is Meredith, and I’m addicted to Mexican Food.  And while I don’t really need an excuse to indulge in my favorite cuisine, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to celebrate all things Mexican.

For those unfamiliar with the holiday, it is observed every May 5th in the United States to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

Here are a few ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo celebration.

-Whip up a bowl of fresh guacamole, using my tried and true recipe.

-Indulge in a round (or two) of margaritas.  Try this recipe from Alton Brown of Food Network, for a traditional margarita.  Or, mix it up a little and try this ginger margarita from Guy Fieri of Food Network.

-Book a trip to Tulum, a laid-back jungle oasis just 90 minutes south of Cancun.

Tulum Beach

The “resorts” in Tulum are mainly beachfront cabanas (some quite rustic).  High maintenance types beware, many cabanas have little or no electricity.  We’ve stayed at Nueva Vida de Ramiro, and, while the older section is VERY rustic, it was a welcome respite.  The white sand and turquoise water create a stunning visual.

Next to Nueva Vida de Ramiro is La Zebra, another popular cabana resort.  La Zebra has a fantastic beachfront restaurant, with bartenders who happily hand-craft margaritas with freshly squeezed juices (try the ginger margarita, it may change your life).  For those looking for a little salsa (the dance, not the dip), La Zebra is famous for its Sunday night Salsa lessons and live music.

So, what are you doing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?