Category: South/Central America

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 […]

Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

I could not wait to visit Quito, having read about the Historic Old Town with its colorful restored buildings… … and beautiful, almost medieval churches. In doing my research, there was mention that petty crime was rampant, because of the number of foreign tourists visiting the neighborhood who were proving to be good revenue for […]

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

Could this be Paradise? The Tulum landscape is a jungle of dense tropical foliage, a blend of many greens: tangled hanging vines, twisted mangrove tree branches, more exotic palm trees than it is possible to imagine. All this verdure is juxtaposed against a blue sky that drops into the aquamarine ocean with rows of gentle […]

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

(Originally written 2013. Scroll to the end for the unexpected twist about an American presence in Panama that became rather infamous several years later…) Mention the word “ARCHITECTURE” in Panama City and the response is always in superlatives, like “ICONIC,” a word they love, or “it is the highest,” “the tallest,” “has the most rooms,” […]

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

History Cuenca is the third largest City in Ecuador, and the second to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other WHS site is the capitol city,  Quito. There is much rivalry as to which is the more beautiful. I will not take sides, except to say that Cuenca is known as the “Athens […]

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Note: This Blog Post was first written on September 24th, 2013.  The website Phylonthego.com was hacked and destroyed.  Fortunately one of my friends had saved the original blogs written at that time and the article was recently re-constructed. The momentum of the economy in Panama has slowed very little and the country continues to advance. […]

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta

The Backstory Going back in time to the tumultuous love affair of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960’s. Casa Kimberly built above the historic Old Town of Puerto Vallarta was the love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton after they had fallen in love and carried on a torrid love affair in […]