Tulum Photo of the Day – Ginger – A passion for food and art

Posted August 23, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

ginger-restaurant- in tulum Mexico in the pueblo

Tulum's young, hip foodies LOVE Ginger. Ginger restaurant has a passion for delicious food and original, local art. The restaurant's sexy decor features bold red walls and original paintings and photography for sale, making this bistro an art gallery too. Chef Javier Ornelas is himself a food artist with creations like Fried Camembert with Apple Chutney, Pan-Seared Fish Filet with Roasted Pineapple Salsa, and Fresh Pasta with Shrimp Sautéed in Garlic and Chile. Check out more great Tulum...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Spanish Guitar – Passionate music

Posted August 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

spanish-guitar-music-in-playa-del-carmen-riviera-maya

No one can deny the passion heard in Spanish guitar playing. As part of Mexico's heritage, Spanish guitar can be enjoyed throughout the Yucatan. Live music is everywhere in Riviera Maya. Stroll down 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen day or night, check the entertainment schedule at Lol Ha in Akumal, beach bar hop in Tulum - you will surely find musicians sharing their passion for music. Find live music in the Riviera Maya. Photo by Scott Brown

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Maya Sculpture – Echo in stone.

Posted July 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Artist-on-the-coba-road

This sculptor located on the Coba road is creating Maya stone sculptures very much the way ancient Mayan artists did.  Many of these sculptures are replicas of actual statues and carvings found at excavated ruin sites. The distinct style of Maya art has influences from the Olmec and Aztec civilizations. Discover more art in the Riviera Maya.

Akumal Photo of the Day – Mexicart – Mexican Folk Art Stop

Posted July 19, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Mexicart-in-Akumal

Mexicart in Akumal is the stop for Mexican folk art from around the country. We love, love, love this store for all its bright colors. Who could pass up this store without at least taking a peek inside?  Mexicart also has a location in the Tulum Pueblo. Check out more shopping.

Yucatan Photo of the Day – Palacio de Gobierno, luxury past

Posted July 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Palacio-Gobierno-in-Merida

The Palacio de Gobierno is a fabulous mansion in Merida that houses a series of murals depicting the history of the Yucatan. This national heirloom was built in 1892 and showcases the architectural style of a bygone era. Merida experienced a boom of wealth at the end of the 19th Century due to the production of henequen. It was said that at that time Merida was home to more millionaires than any other city in the world.  Because of this, today the city of Merida displays a wealth of antique...

Yucatan photo of the day – hand-made ceremonial dresses

Posted March 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Sustainable Tourism

Traditional Yucatecan dress for parties, dancing and ceremonies

These young girls are dressed in the Yucatan ceremonial dresses called a Terno, which is a bit more elaborate than the daily dress called “huipil“worn by Yucatec woman on a day-to-day basis. The difference is the three layers the girls are wearing, the jubón is a short, fully embroidered, square-necked blouse worn over the huipil. The Huipil is made of silk and is the secondary layer that has a lace bottom, and thirdly the fustán which is a third and final layer acting as a lace...

Valladolid travel tips – Calle Frailes, the Friar’s Street

Posted March 11, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips,Sustainable Tourism

Calle Friales in Vallidolidid, Yucatan, the new artists street to watch

Valladolid is known for is Church in the main Zocalo, but Calle Frailes, the Friar's Street is one of the most beautiful streets we have seen in a while. This street is full of Spanish Architecture and is a short row of houses (now Shops) on both sides of the street. After careful restoration, the street is beautiful and soon to be the next artisans street for local artists. The owner of Coqui-Coqui in Tulum has a perfume shop on this street that leads to the Convent, and a tequila store is...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – sustainable furniture design

Posted March 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

sustainable furniture in Riviera Maya Villas and condos

Riviera Maya villas are full of sustainable furniture made from local woods, bamboo and metal that artists and workers have handmade. Unknown to many, the heart of the Riviera Maya is a DYI culture. With many hard woods, bamboo and natural materials to work with, local artists have been making and designing furniture for years. Who needs Dwell magazine when there are so many artists and crafts people who are naturally drawn to sustainable furniture design. This wood table is in one of the many...

Riviera Maya travel tip – cool sustainable art and jewelry

Posted February 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

Art found in the Riviera Maya from recycled material, sustainable art and local artists

One thing that we love about Mexico and the Riviera Maya is the vast selection of artists who love to create new art out of recycled materials. The other day we found this 'not for sale' chandelier in a local store that uses beer bottles and recycled metal in the creation of this super cool sustainable lamp. It is functional art that if we had the chance, would have bought it for the house! Local artists and their shops are located throughout the Riviera Maya, with some stores searching out...

Puerto Morelos travel tip – English books new and used

Posted February 22, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Vacation Tips

alma libre english books used and second hand in the Riviera maya

There is something about a great book and a beach that seems to go hand in hand. With ereaders becoming the go-to source for books, there are still a few of us that love to hold a book, flip the pages and smell the paper. Have not fear, English books and other languages can be found at the Alma Libre bookstore in Puerto Morelos. Trade, buy or browse books while in the Riviera Maya. Make use of their trade in policy if you want to share a great book or exchange it for another. There is no reason...

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