Quick weekend trip to New York

A couple of weeks ago I made a quick weekend trip to New York City. I had to go because…

A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market

Yes! My friend bought us tickets for Ricky Martin at the Madison Square Garden. It was an amazing concert! Ricky Martin does not disappoint. He’s a fantastic performer – charismatic and talented with incredible stage presence.

A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market

NYC is beautiful in the autumn. Just gorgeous!A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market
Of course, I cannot go to NYC without making a stop here.
A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market

A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market A quick autumn weekend trip to NYC to see Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden and shopping at Cosmetic Market

The cosmetic market is like an outlet shop. There are discontinued items, items that are sold gift-with-purchase, and some hard-to-find brands.

I may or may not have purchased a couple of new lipsticks. And by “a couple” I might mean “eight”.


What’s your favorite season?


Wendy

Labor Day Weekend in Mexico City

유씨came to visit me in Mexico City for Labor Day. I had to work that weekend, so it was a bit of a whirlwind trip.

Here are some of our activities:

We went to the Palacio de Iturbide for its special exhibit (they change regularly)quintonil, world's top 50 restaurants, mexico city, ballet folklorico, running on paseo de la reforma, palacio de iturbide, palacio de bellas artes

 

We saw the Ballet Folklórico at Palacio de Bellas Artes.  유씨 thought it was going to be cheesy, but later said it was one of the highlights of the weekend. (After seeing me, of course)
quintonil, world's top 50 restaurants, mexico city, ballet folklorico, running on paseo de la reforma, palacio de iturbide, palacio de bellas artesWe had seats in the second row. The second row!!

 

We went running on Paseo de la Reforma, my most favorite thing to do in Mexico City
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I was pretty impressed with 유씨. Running at this altitude in a polluted city after a flight isn’t easy, but I may or may not have been struggling to keep up with him.

We ate at Quintonil, one of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants. Three of the world’s top 50 restaurants are in Mexico City, but they’re booked alllll the time! I was lucky to get this reservation.
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We got a tasting menu, with 11 plates of small dishes. This is cactus ceviche and it was incredible.

When’s your next three-day weekend?

 


Wendy

Weekend trip to Taxco

I recently went on a weekend trip to the beautiful colonial town of Taxco, Guerrero.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco

Taxco’s terrain is…rugged. The bus trip from Mexico City is about 3 hours and twists and turns through the mountains. By the time we arrived at Taxco, I was no longer outraged by La Gaviota’s bribe…build the railroad!

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Taxco is known as a silver mining town, so there was a shopportunity or several.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I may or may not have indulged a bit. These bracelets were about ~$20 for all three.

My friend and I stayed at Los Arcos hotel. Built in 1572, it retained the colonial charm of the Spanish style. It was cheap too – about $60/night.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Here’s the hotel’s lobby/dining area. Breakfast (not included) was delicious. Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

There are a few activities in Taxco, but for some reason we decided to take the cable car from Barrio Los Arcos to Monte Taxco. The cost is ~$6 for this death-defying trip.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Can you see the fear etched on my face? No? It was only a 5-minute ride. We took a taxi back down!  Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I lived…and the next day we hailed a cab and Julio Cesar was our driver. But he wasn’t just a driver…oh no, he was a bona fide tour guide!

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

If you’re in Taxco, call him, he’s awesome.
Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

We asked to be driven to the statue of Jesus that overlooks the town. You probably know that Mexico is a rather religious country, and such displays of faith are abundant. I am always humbled and moved.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Up another twisty, curvy, foggy road is Las Pozas Azules. It wasn’t yet rainy season, so the swimming holes weren’t yet ready, but just look at these cascades! After months in completely urbanized Mexico City, this was -quite literally -a breath of fresh air.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I had helpful tour guides explain the rock formations, the history of the area, and other nearby natural attractions. They even held my hands for encouragement when I expressed trepidation about climbing up the rocks.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Taxco is now one of my favorite places in Mexico! I would love to return.

What’s your favorite place to visit?


Wendy

Mexico City Photos

I’m back in Mexico City and working pretty much nonstop, but here are a few photos I’ve taken recently:

 Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

Filming a TV commercial. Just like home.

Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

Smog! Also just like home.

Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

Patio of San Angel Inn, where I had Easter lunch with my coworkers. Beautiful setting and delicious food.

Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

Frieda Kahlo impersonator

Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

Pepper shampoo at Farmacia Paris (I wrote about the Farmacia here)

Frida Kahlo in drag Mexico City, Farmacia Paris, Paseo de la reforma, mexico city smog

The hotel housekeeper totally gets me

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Have a great Tuesday!


Wendy

Santa Barbara Weekend

Last month was my birthday! 유씨 surprised me with a road trip to Santa Barbara. It was the first visit for the both of us!

We stayed at the Four Seasons Biltmore, easily the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen. birthday weekend, Santa Barbara, California coast, Four Seasons Biltmore, pelican, sunshine, perfect weather, california mission style

I may or may not have Pinterested the heck out of California Mission Style after staying in this gorgeous room. birthday weekend, Santa Barbara, California coast, Four Seasons Biltmore, pelican, sunshine, perfect weather, california mission style

The weather was perfect. While the rest of the country was buried under snow, we Californios were experiencing this. birthday weekend, Santa Barbara, California coast, Four Seasons Biltmore, pelican, sunshine, perfect weather, california mission style

I made a new friend.birthday weekend, Santa Barbara, California coast, Four Seasons Biltmore, pelican, sunshine, perfect weather, california mission style

The hotel brought me this surprise. It was just as delicious as it looks!birthday weekend, Santa Barbara, California coast, Four Seasons Biltmore, pelican, sunshine, perfect weather, california mission style

Everything about this weekend was perfect – the weather, the food, the hotel, the company…Santa Barbara is officially my favorite place in the entire world now.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve visited?


Wendy