The Sun rises over the Caribbean sea in Quintana Roo. This is the scene we would see each morning from our balcony if we rose early enough that is. In January the sunrise was around 6 A.M. which explains why I have so many more sunset pictures rather than sunrise pictures.
It is a shame because the color is so different in the morning than the evening.
One of the things I love about traveling in different parts of the world are the variety of street performers.In Prague they have pianos scattered around the city in public places with signs that say play me. In Paris we saw a string quartet. In Germany we saw organ grinders. In San Francisco we saw someone playing the Chapman stick.
Of course guitars, fiddles and singers are common everywhere. However In Puerto Morelos I saw a new one for the first time. We were leaving when we passed this man heading towards the sqaure. Kinda of sorry I didn’t stay around to heard him play.
About a half and hour south of the Cancún Airport is the town of Puerto Morelos The town has not exploded like Cancún and Playa Del Carmen. It is still a quaint fishing village with boats for hire, street performers and quaint restaurants. There are no huge resorts but many quaint upscale condominiums and tourist hotels along a beautiful beach .
In the center of town is a community Catholic church which reflects the close relationship the people have with the sea and the fishing profession. It is small, quaint and uniquely Mexican
Biot is a medieval village in the hills of Provence between Antibes and Nice. It is what you would expect of a Village in Provence. Narrow ancient streets, historic ruins and great little cafes and restaurants. What makes Biot unusual is the ancient glass works that have been there for centuries. You can visit the glass works and see today’s craftsmen blow glass works of art in the same way they have done for centuries. You can also spend as much money as you want in the shop. Of course even the town street map is made from ceramic glass.
I have lived most of my life in the Northeastern United States and yes Pittsburgh is part of the Northeast not the Midwest or Atlantic States. We did live in Texas for a while and I lived in Los Angeles for a year in 1967-1968 but other than that I am an eastern guy. If you live where we do and you want to escape to a rugged northern sea coast you go to Maine. But where do you go if you live in Chicago? There is no rugged seacoast right? Wrong, you go to Wisconsin.
Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin is in Door Couny two hours or so north of Milwaukee. If I dropped you there from a helicopter you would swear you were in Maine. There are some clues, there are not lobster signs everywhere and no smell of salt in the air but the people still talk funny and it is as rustic as you could want.
Orléans France is a sister city to New Orleans and while they have much in common they are fundamentally different. They both offer scenic beauty, architecture and are along important rivers. Both cities serve great food to their guests and have wide choices in dinning. New Orleans however is edgy, vibrant and sometimes a little vulgar. Orléans is almost bucolic in nature; they keep their edgy in Paris which is an hour away by train. This is a street in in Orléans adjacent to river Loire. You can buy a print and see others at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
The city of Orléans is about 90 kilometers south of Paris in the Loire River valley. It is a beautiful small city with friendly people, great architecture and wonderful restaurants offering all types of Cuisine. Renaissance Hotel Groslot serves as the Town Hall for this beautiful city and is situated behind the Sainte-Croix Cathedral. You can see other images form France and Europe on my commercial site by clicking here.