Sunday, February 28, 2010

Great Sleeps: Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, El Fuerte, Mexico

Don Rafael Almada--a wealthy and influential town mayor--spent 5 years and 100,000 gold pesos building this traditional colonial mansion in 1890. With wood trim made from 285 Canadian red pine beams and four layers of brick and adobe construction, it was once the largest and most beautiful in town. The iron work was brought in from Mazatlan. The colonial "Casa Vieja" section has attractive rooms with modern amenities and a lovely central courtyard, and it is claimed to be the original site of Zorro's (Don Diego de la Vega) house. The section's Zorro Suite is equipped with a whip, a mask, and a sword. Newer rooms face another spacious garden.

Hotel Posada del Hidalgo  54 rooms. Pool; hot tub. Restaurant.

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image c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Travel Videos: Frey House II, Palm Springs

Christopher P. Baker, author of “Palm Springs & Desert Resorts: A Complete Guide,” leads a video tour of the iconic Frey House II built in 1963 by eccentric Swiss architect Albert Frey.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sights to See: Angela Peralta Opera House, Mazatlan, Mexico

Named in honor of the famous Mexican opera singer known as “The Nightingale of Mexico,” who died in town of yellow fever before she could perform here, this circa-1860s European-style classical opera house is the oldest theater in Mazatlan. Its cost at construction was 80 pesos! Tours are available, and concerts are often scheduled. A collection of beautiful vintage black-and-white photographs is displayed, and a fashionable neighborhood filled with boutiques, cafes, and bars surrounds.
Angela Peralta Opera House On Carnaval St., in Machado Park, 982-4446;

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Travel Videos: No Frills Airline

This hilarious skit starring Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and Carol Burnett will make you scream, "On second thought, I think I WILL buy that upgrade."

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great Sleeps: Casa de Leyendas Bed & Breakfast, Mazatlan, Mexico

Located across the street from the Art Museum and just 200 feet from Olas Altas beach, this colorfully repurposed hacienda-style house has a colorful interior courtyard with fountain and hot tub. The live-in owners are American, and even if you don’t stay here you are welcome to stop in for a tour.

Casa de Leyendas Bed & Breakfast Venustiano Carranza #4, Centro Historico, 011-52-669-981-6180, in U.S. 602-445-6192; 2 stories; 6 rooms; $89-$125/2. Full breakfast. Hot tub. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. Free internet and phone calls to the U.S.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Misc.: find a potty wherever you are

This website helps you find a toilet wherever you are and wants you to post your own favorite public toilets as well.

While this site tells you all about toilets in Turkey:

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Things to Do: ARTWALK, Mazatlan, Mexico--part 2

If you are fortunate enough to be in Mazatlan on a first Friday, you can participate in Artwalk, .
(See my first blog post about this at: )

At other times, you can just wander the area’s streets, looking for open venues. Some that are usually open include:
Glen Rogers studio Baltazar Izaguirre #23, 176-5266; . Open most days. Artists Glen Rogers (American) and partner Trevor Bennett (Australian) live and work here. She specializes in paintings, prints, and public sculpture, and he in realistic acrylic paintings. Glen also teaches monotype workshops in her studio.
Casa Etnika Sixto Osuna #50, 136-0139; . M-Sat 9am-7pm. This enclave includes a small cafe where you can relax and refresh with a coffee drink and cookie. Several rooms purvey crafts, jewelry, and fine art--most made by the owner family and friends.
Loretta Shores-Gallacci studio Ninos Heroes #1406, Apt. 3, 982-3036. By appointment. Self-taught artist Loretta Shores-Gallacci, who specializes in realistic oil paintings and colored pencils, works and lives here. She also runs a sort of kitty orphanage on her roof. She says, “I beg, plead, advertise, and work on guilt to get them adopted.”
Nautilus Galeria Constitucion #77, 127-0221. Open daily 10am-2pm and 4 to 10pm. Blas Nayar has been painting since he was 8 years old and now specializes in colorful, fanciful, nature-based acrylics. In order to earn money so that he can continue painting, he fashions unique pieces of jewelry using wood, turquoise, and local seeds.
Dye Me to the Moon Fiber Art Studio Nicaragua #7, 981-0349, from U.S. 530-402-9648; , . By appointment. Fiber artist Mary Ruzich dyes and designs all of her fabric creations. She also teaches classes in quilting and dyeing.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Misc.: women-only pink taxis, Puebla, Mexico

Driven by women and available only to women passengers, these Pepto Bismol-pink taxis are designed to protect women from harassment.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Misc.: which is best? cash back or frequent-flyer miles?

Why you might be better off with a cash-back credit card than a frequent-flyer credit card:

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