Beach Ride

The beaches near Tulum and shielded by a barrier reef. The Caribbean waves here are gentle and perfect for snorkeling,swimming, sand castles and when the tide is out, a beach bike ride, with a friend.

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Beach Ride

Tulum Panorama

Last year I published some images from Tulum. Tulum is the last Mayan city constructed before the Spanish invasion and conquest of Mexico. It was constructed on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in what is now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

The city was constructed along the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean and served as a port for other Mayan cities like Coba which was the de facto capital of the Mayan Empire. The ruins are fun to visit because afterwards you can swim in the mild Caribbean waters sheltered by a large reef providing gentle waves and pure white sand. It is not as large a site as Chicha Itsa but maybe more beautiful because of the sea.

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Tulum Panorama

At The Beach

I am having knee surgery next week. They will undoubtedly take my blood pressure. The way I relax for a blood pressure reading is to think of this place. It doesn’t matter to me where the beach is. I just think of this scene and listen to the waves.

This beach though is north of Tulum in Quintanna Roo on the Mayan Riviera.

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At The Beach

Mexican Beauty

Street performers in Mexico are a whole lot different than in the United States or other countries. Most wear exotic costumes and frequently have exotic pets like large snakes or or lizards with them. This group was seen performing outside the entrance to Tulum in Quintana Roo.

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Mexican Beauty

Kolner Rathaus (Cologne Town Hall)

For a city that was almost bombed out of existence, Cologne (Koln) has a historic sense of humor. The old city hall has been restored including the statue at its base of a man mooning the tax collector. The late Gothic style tower has an impressive 130 stone statues and the famous “Platzjabbeck”. This is a an ugly human male face that sticks its tongue out when the tower clock strikes the hour.

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Kolner Rathaus (Cologne Town Hall)

Catawba Island Ohio

When i was a child we spent a summer vacation on Catawba Island, We stayed in a rustic cabin along the lake. We took the Ferry to Put-in-Bay on Bass Island and visited the memorial to Admiral Perry celebrating his naval victories on Lake Erie during the war of 1812. It was a great childhood memory. This year we visited on my birthday and the area was still fantastic. I didn’t see any rustic cabins but instead exquisite waterfront homes.

We had a great birthday dinner at the 1812 Restaurant and visited the State Park and Marblehead Lighthouse. All in all it was a great trip and we plan to go back for a longer visit next year.

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Catawba Island Ohio

Catawba Island Ohio

Spring Pond

Catawba Island Ohio

Spring Pond

North of Sandusky Ohio lies Port Clinton and Catawba Island. The island is assessable by bridge and from the island you can take ferries to the other islands of Lake Erie like Bass Island. Bass Island has a port known as Put-In-Bay and is the site of where Admiral Perry fought famous battles during the War of 1812.

On the east end of Catawba island is Catawba Island State Park. There are many trails, beaches and boat launches and this lovely spring pond we found along a beach trail.

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Spring Pond