Monday, March 24, 2014

MEXICO: PUERTA VALLARTA

(You can read about the first part of our Mexico trip here, Part One and here, Part Two)

After three nights at Verana, we transferred to a sister property of theirs in the city - Hacienda San Angel.

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We decided it would be nice to mix things up and have a night someplace a little more bustling to help transition us back to real life, and this hotel was the perfect place to do just that.  It was covered in antiques, fountains, flowers and chandeliers.  So many of my favorite things.

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Afterlight
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Our room was the Angel's Dome.  Under normal circumstances, I would not be super excited about a room with an "angel" theme.  However, these were not normal circumstances.  The room was done so well, with just the right touches of cherub without overdoing it.  Never thought I would write that.

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From the hotel, we could see the city's cathedral and the ocean.

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John and I decided to walk around the Old Town a bit to see what there was to see.  As it turns out, it was pretty hot, and the city was pretty similar to other popular coastal Mexican cities.  We came back to our oasis of a hotel and spent time sprawling in the pool.

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As wonderful life would have it, Mary and Kristin were also staying at this hotel with us.  We all decided to do dinner together there and were so very pleased we did.  The view was gorgeous, and we were able to watch the sunset on the water.  A full and very talented Mariachi band performed, including serenading us at our table a couple of times.  It sounds like it would be awkward, but their singing was beautiful, so it was really enjoyable.

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We had our last breakfast with Mary and Kristin on our final morning there and were so sorry to say goodbye!

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Four of the nine Bichon Frise that live there wished us a fond farewell.

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All in all, it could not have been a better trip, and we are so very grateful.  We had uneventful travel back and even managed to score some Dr. Pepper "Light" at the airport, which I had never seen internationally before.

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(For anyone wondering, they did pat down my top bun as I went through airport security.)

Re-entry has not been too bad.  My blessed parents had quite a week with the asthma diagnosis for Violet and William's double ear infection/ruptured ear drum in the midst of normal crazy.  They were extremely thankful when we arrived home promptly on Friday evening.  My mom had a stomach bug in the middle of the week, and Wes totally stepped up to the plate - amazing!  There are seriously not enough thank yous in the world, because we could not have done it without them - thanks, Mom and Wes.  We love you both so much, and the kiddos are so fortunate to have you as their Nana and Papa.

1 comments:

Lindsey @ A Dollop of My Life said...

I'm dying that they patted down your bun. And also that there were 9 bichone dogs at your hotel. That would have been enough for me to turn around and bid them all a good night (and find a new hotel). LOL.