Monthly Archives: April 2014

Savannah, and Tybee Island Georgia, March 2014

We wanted to return to Daufuskie Island, S.C., located between Savannah and Hilton Head Island, so decided to drive down to Savannah to spend the night before catching the morning  ferry to Daufuskie. We arrived in Savannah in the late afternoon and checked into the East Bay Inn, which is located just across the street from the River Street shops.

Savannah East Bay Inn sign

Savannah East Bay Inn building side entranceWe had reserved a petite queen suite and it was quite comfortable and a corner room overlooking the street. Supposedly guests have had ghost encounters in this room, but we enjoyed a peaceful encounter-free evening. The hotel is perfectly located to walk easily around the historic downtown area. East Bay Inn queen petite 1

East Bay Inn queen petite 2

East Bay Inn queen petite 3

East Bay Inn queen petite 4I would definitely go back again for the value, comfort and location. They offer a continental breakfast in the basement and the receptionist and staff were friendly and helpful. They have complimentary wine in the bar in the early evening, and of course we took advantage of that before walking over to the river for a stroll.

Savannah Wally on riverfront

Savannah Riverfront shops

It’s fun to watch the boats go by on the Savannah RiverSavannah green boat

This is a shipping port, and it’s amazing to see the cargo ships churning past. Savannah cargo ship

We were getting hungry by this time and we love oysters. After walking the length of the River Street tourist area, we decided on Bernies Oyster House for our oyster fix. entrance

Bernies chalkboard

Bernies bar shot view  Bernies menusThis is a no-frills old -fashioned bar and hit the spot. We had great service and the oysters were large and tasty.  Bernies oysters & beer

Bernies, Wally & bar scene

After our snack we wandered back to the East Bay Inn to freshen up for the evening. We wandered around the shopping and restaurant district for a while and I spotted a familiar sight – Leopold’s Ice Cream!

Savannah horse & carriage

Savannah death truckLocated at 212 E. Broughton Street, Leopold’s has been a Savannah landmark since 1919.

Savannah Scad & LeopoldsThe evening we visited, people were lined up to the door waiting their turn to get their treats.

Leopold's crowd

Decisions, decisions… Leopold's menu bar back

Leopold's Wally deciding

Wally got the banana split and I couldn’t resist the hot fudge sundae. This was our dinner. Leopold's sundaes

Tired from the long drive and ready to dig into his split. Leopold's Wally & sundaes

We wandered around a bit more to walk off our indulgence then turned in for the night. The next morning we were up and out to explore towards Tybee Island. We were catching the mid-day Bloody Point Ferry to Daufuskie Island from the Savannah Bend Marina at Thunderbolt, located just outside of Savannah on the way to Tybee Island. We wanted to eat at the Crab Shack, however, they didn’t open in time for us to eat and catch the ferry. We did enjoy checking out their really cool decorating, gator pool and bird aviary. Shack sign entrance

Crab Shack big gator on bldg

Real little gators next to the pond

Crab Shack gator view

Crab Shack gators

Crab Shack lighthouse

Crab Shack hostess stand

  Their patio area is really cool – I love the old bushel baskets as outdoor lightsCrab Shack patio area

Crab Shack photo op, Wally

We drove over to the beach at Tybee Island and enjoyed a brisk walk down the beachTybee Island beach oats

Tybee Island, beach view

Tybee Island, Wally wavesThen it was time to catch our ferry to Daufuskie Island… Stay tuned for our week on Daufuskie…


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Lunch at El Camello Jr, Dinner at Piedra Escondida, Tulum, Mexico

We always head to El Camello Jr in Tulum town to pick up fresh seafood and dine on their tasty local dishes. They have a fresh seafood market on the left side, and the restaurant on the right and out front. Located just a little ways past the main Tulum pueblo strip on the left, I always look forward to our visit.

El Camello Jr front with diners

Squid with chili peppers el camello jr squid dinner

El Camello Jr. plates, verticalThey do the frying for the restaurant on the fish market side so it is hot and sticky. Wally always asks for the fish heads when we get fish (they usually keep or discard them), so he can make his delicious fish head soup.

El Camello Jr fish market

El Camello jr wall painting

 I love this neat mural on a side street in Tulum

Tulum wall mural

Another night we decided to try somewhere we had never eaten and chose Piedra Escondida on the Tulum Beach Road.

Piedra Escondida sign, nicheTheir gazpacho soup was pretty and tasty

Piedra Escondida gazpacho soupAnd the seafood paella and pasta dishes melted in your mouth

Piedra Escondida seafood paella

Piedra Escondida seafood dishI really like the pesto pasta with pine nuts too

Piedra Escondida pesto pasta

And chocolate gelato with a sprig of dill to round it out – yum! Piedra Escondida chocolate gelato

Piedra Escondida jazz sign

Piedra Escondio sign, night

That’s all for now!


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Soliman Bay, Mexico Pelicanos

One of the entertaining things to do while doing nothing on Soliman Bay is watching the brown pelicans.

Sunrise to sunset… they patrol the beach and rule the bay. This was sunrise from the top floor of Nah Lu’um Ka’an.

Soliman Bay Sunrise pelican patrol

Soliman Bay pelican Sunrise 1

Solima bay Sunrise pelican silhouetteThey soar along the beach in loose formation…

Soliman Bay pelican patrol

 Hang out and rest when full

Pelicans 3 floatersFishing for the little silver sardines that live along the shore by the thousands

Pelicans 3 deep blue

Pelicans 2 vertical

Pelicans hitting water

Pelicans 2 diving 2 flying

Pelican splash

Pelican plunging

Pelican landing

Pelican flying, waves in background

Pelican flying vertical Pelican diving

Pelican banking

Soliman Bay pelican on rock

I have to give Wally photo credit for capturing the great shots of them fishing. I was watching from my hammock.

Until next time…

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La Nave Italian Restaurant, Tulum, Mexico

We hadn’t tried La Nave in quite a few years, so thought we’d try them this time. They are right in the heart of Tulum on the right.

La Nave exterior

La Nave outdoor seats

La Nave fruit juice board

La Nave Jamie & painting

La Nave palapa top

La Nave menu I ordered the Limonada de menta, which was very refreshing

La Nave drinks

La Nave server waving hola

La Nave Wally & pizza

Pizza Pescadora for Wally and Margherita for me. Wasn’t quite the same as Italy, but good.

La Nave pizzas

La Nave pescatora pizza

La Nave painted table

La Nave interior mermaid

La Nave Bebidas drink board

La Nave sitting area

Now back to Nah Uxibal on Soliman Bay to relax and sleep off that pizza!

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Nah Uxibal, Soliman Bay, Mexico ~ February 2014

Two Weeks in Paradise…

Tropical view of heaven, Soliman Bay

Nah Uxibal front blue sky day

Nah Uxibal on Soliman Bay, Mexico is our favorite tropical destination, and we always try to escape the cold winter blahs in Tennessee during January or February. This winter was especially brutal. Wally had recovered enough from his knee replacement surgery in November to finish off his recuperation on Soliman Bay. We got online at when his doctor gave him his marching orders to see if there were any openings and got lucky.  Studio Ha was open the first week, and Nah Ka’an was open the second. Woo hoo! Ready for my hammock and warm breezes.

Uxibal red hammock, palm, big hori

Our time slot was the first two weeks of February, so we got to watch the Super Bowl in Mexico and a full-moon Valentine’s Day on the beach.

Uxibal sunset view sunspot

The grocery is always our first priority on arrival. The new Chedraui on the Tulum Beach Road is our favorite. However, do NOT, EVER, go on a Sunday after lunch time. That is when the locals do their shopping and the lines can be 10-15 people deep.

Chedraui produce

Once back at “home” we soak all our veggies, fruits and leafy things in the iodine soak and put them in the drainer to dry. This kills the bad stuff and hopefully keeps us from getting sick. I love all the bright veggie colors!

Nah Uxibal rinsed veggies

Now time to hang out at the beach… Ahhhh

Nah Uxibal palapa fringe, shadow

We always meet new friends at Nah Uxibal, and this time there were quite a few from British Columbia and the Northeast, also escaping the horrible winter, as well as California (not so cold).

Uxibal Debbie, Patty & CliffOf course, Mimi the beach dog always sniffs out the dog lovers and hangs out for pets and treats.

Nah Uxibal Andrea & MimiSo how to spend the time in paradise…

Soliman Bay floaters

Nah Uxibal beach paddleball, Mimi

Soliman Bay beach float lounger

We tore ourselves away from the beach at dusk to head up the road to Oscar & Lalo’s bar to watch the Super Bowl.

Oscar & Lalo sign, full lot

Oscar & Lalo bridge & entrance

Oscar & Lalos maya head temple

Oscar & Lalo iguana & WallyOur group from the bay had the bar to ourselves with two televisions, so had a great time. Appetizers and cold cervezas kept on coming. The game was a big disappointment for us, but we had fun.

Oscar & Lalos Super Bowl amigos

Back on Soliman Bay…  we couldn’t have picked a better two weeks! The weather was perfect…

Nah Uxibal Palm and Kayaks

Uxibal, Wally reading, Soliman

Caretaker Victoria and family…

Uxibal Victoria and babies 2014

Mimi ear up on chaise

Uxibal sunset palapa top, birdWe love the new house, Nah Lu’um Ka’an and stayed upstairs our second week

Nah Luum palm, kayaks, chaises, blue sky

Nah Lu'um Ka'an, Wally on chaise

Nah Lu'um Ka'an front yard & house, blue sky

Hammock heaven…

Nah Lu'um Ka'an double hammock heaven

Uxibal red hammock, feet & palm vert

Uxibal palm and kayaks

Wally kayaking in

Uxibal palapa, blue sky


Wally in hammock, Uxibal

Uxibal palapa top, sunset burning, palms

Uxibal palapa top sunset silhouette

Uxibal palapa top cloudy sunset

Uxibal palapa top bird centered sunset

Uxibal kayakers Mimi on chaise

Uxibal chaise, palm, water vert

Uxibal beach view to south, blue skiesA visit to Tulum Beach by Mezzanine to show our new friends at Nah Uxibal around…

Tulum Beach view

Tulum Beach Debbie & AndreaI always love the refeshing and rehydrating Coco Frios – chilled fresh coconuts full of juice. Add some rum and you have a divine cocktail.

Tulum Beach coco frios vendor

Tulum Beach Coco Frios guy

Back at Soliman Bay, I am cruising through Ann Vanderhoff’s second book on their Caribbean adventures.   Spice Necklace book


Soliman sunset, birds in clouds


Soliman stormy sunrise kayakers, Beryl & mom

Soliman stormy sunrise kayakers, Beryl & mom 2Tropical showers bring brilliant rainbows…

Soliman Bay palm, big rainbow

Soliman Bay double rainbow

Soliman Bay rainbow, Mimi, kayaks

Soliman rainbow, Wally & Mimi

Soliman rainbow, palm, bird

The weather is here…  Soliman palm view, pretty water big

Soliman kayakers and sailboat

Soliman coco pretty waters

Soliman Bay weiner crab hunting, full moon

Soliman Bay View, rainbow in cloudsOur pilgrimage down to the south end of the beach to Chamico’s for fresh ceviche

Soliman Bay view from south to north

Chamicos mixta cevicheI always love seeing what creative children find to do on the beach…

Soliman Bay sand pyramidMuch to Wally’s dismay, I packed two metal detectors to hunt for treasure…

Soliman Bay treasure hunterMy big find – a $10 peso (about a dollar) and tons of beer tops and a few lost toys and trinkets. Sadly, no gold and no jewelry, but I had fun!

Jamie's $10 peso

Soliman Bay sunset, pelicans, pastels

Soliman Bay Sunrise, black and orangeThis is why you ALWAYS shake out your shoes before putting them on. Unfortunately I hadn’t, but fortunately it didn’t have room to sting my foot before I yanked off my water booty. Scorpion – not deadly but very painful.

Soliman Bay scorpion on stick

Soliman Bay pelican patrol

Soliman Bay pelican on rock

Soliman Bay palms vert  Soliman Bay palm tops hori

Soliman Bay low tide waters

Soliman Bay kiteboarder

We always enjoy massages by our Italian friend Lucia, Soliman Bay’s masseuse. She does massages in the shade of the palms or in her massage palapa behind Nah Lu’um Ka’an. Check out her Facebook page and like it at: Massage by Lucia sign

Massage by Lucia, back view  Massage by Lucia side view

Soliman Bay kayaks and cocos

Soliman Bay heavenly clouds 2

Soliman Bay heavenly clouds 1

Lila, our guest resident artist from New York… plein air painting on the beachNah Uxibal Lila painting, back view

Nah Uxibal Lila painting side view

Nah Uxibal Lila contemplating

Soliman Bay dark, light & aqua

Soliman Bay bright sunset cloudsSkip with Javier and Victoria’s newest adorable grandbaby

Skip and bambino

Nah Uxibal fish rockOne afternoon we went to Maya Tulum Spa to have massages, and while we were waiting for our time, I glimpsed some activity at the beach. It was a swimsuit photo shoot, and what a gorgeous setting and girls! We later found out it was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot. These were taken with my cell phone, so not best quality – sorry guys! Here’s the link to check out Maya Tulum’s Spa,

Maya Tulum SI view

Maya Tulum SI photo shootThe mangroves between the highway and Soliman Bay are a stopover for many migrating birds.

Egrets in mangrovesHanging out with Casa Corazon friends

Corazon, Wally, Donna and friend

Corazon daschund lady

Wally, fly fishing couple

Soliman Bay full moon, pink silhouette

ghost crab

ghost crab going away

 Mimi and crab

Mimi digging, bay view

Wally face closeup

Wally and Mimi

Happy Valentine’s Day from Soliman Bay!

Valentines heart, Uxibal

Nah Uxibal heart & house hori, 8"

A touching Valentine’s Day gift from Javier and Victoria…

Roses and palms

Jamie and Wally, SolimanFull moon rising over Punta Soliman on Valentine’s Day…

Nah Uxibal, Soliman Bay full moon risingOur Nah Uxibal friends gathered for a group shot on the beach

Nah Uxibal Feb group picLos amigos…

Ana & Michael 2

Beryl & Leslie 1

B.C. sisters

Woodstock 4 best

Soliman Bay full moon over point, pastels

I’ll post some of our restaurant excursions in their own posts… until next time…

Hasta Luego!

Uxibal palapa hammock feet

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