Author: phylonthego

RUA GARRETT, ONE OF LISBON’S FINEST SHOPPING STREETS.

RUA GARRETT, ONE OF LISBON’S FINEST SHOPPING STREETS.

Rua Garrett in Lisbon is among the loveliest shopping streets, with a diverse assortment of vendors and a provenance reaching back to the 1700s. Every city has at least one outstanding street of elegant shops. London’s Bond Street, Florence’s Via Tornabuoni, Paris’ Rue Saint Honore. In Lisbon, it is the Rua Garrett. This is an […]

A TUK-TUK TOUR  of LISBON.

A TUK-TUK TOUR of LISBON.

Statue of Pedro 1V,  Rossio Square Cobblestone design, Rossio Square A TUK-TUK TOUR of  LISBON — The Most Fun You Can Have on Three Wheels Lisbon is in the midst of a resurgence after years of dormancy that has attracted a rush of tourists, eager to be part of this hip and happening city. Laid […]

TULUM – THE MAGIC of TULUM.

THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN TULUM, MEXICO Tulum has a long and interesting history as suggested by the breathtaking nearby Mayan ruins, dating back to the 13th Century.  But skip ahead a few centuries from the Age of the Mayans and find yourself in the 1980s — more recent history. Backpackers came across this […]

THE MIRACLE OF NATURE AS SPRING COMES TO MARIN COUNTY.

THE MIRACLE OF NATURE AS SPRING COMES TO MARIN COUNTY.

This post is about finding an excuse to show some of the beautiful flowers that grow here in the spring. These were all flowers that were photographed growing on the side of the road, in shopping centers and gas stations and I never had to be invasive or get anyone’s permission to photograph. Nothing in […]

Emilia, Tulum Pueblo, on the Riviera Maya.

Emilia, Tulum Pueblo, on the Riviera Maya.

Pausing for a cup of coffee at Emilio, on Avenida Tulum, in the Riviera Maya. The Riviera Maya is anchored by Cancun in the North and Tulum in the south; the drive of seventy miles takes about one and half-hours. It is an easy drive along the well maintained Federal Highway 307, with a dense […]

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part II

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part II

PUERTO MORELOS,“The Jewel  of The Caribbean” Part 2. THE NEW GATED COMMUNITIES I made my accommodation reservation through Air BnB and wanted to be in the old town ……. I did not know I was headed to a new house in a new gated community! I had no idea this new community existed and did […]

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part III

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part III

PUERTO MORELOS,“The Jewel  of The Caribbean”. Part 3. THE PUEBLO One does not read about the Pueblo at Puerto Morelos in the guidebooks — it is totally overlooked. This is where local families live: it is Mexico undiluted with tourists.  Most people living here are employed locally: in construction, in the hospitality industry or as […]

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part I

Puerto Morelos, Mexico, Part I

PUERTO MORELOS,“The Jewel  of The Caribbean” Part  1. I am in love, Yes, I know you cannot wait to know who the object of my affection is — wait no longer.  It is not a person, it is a town called Puerto Morelos on the Riviera Maya.  A short twenty-minute drive heading south from Cancun […]

Giving Love a Chance.

On the wild, wild, web… Are real people writing this “stuff”?  Is it one big joke or are they serious? Everyone seems to be doing it. Well, not everyone, I hope. Although with the anonymity of the internet, many people are dabbling who probably should not be doing so. I am referring to online dating, […]