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Carnaval Time in Playa

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As we prepare to head home to greet the spring, the Mexicans are celebrating Mardi Gras and the central squares of every city, town and village have been spruced up; the bunting hung; and the bands are practising for the weekend’s Carnaval parades. But Carnaval isn’t the only happening in Mexico this week and in Chetumal we ran slap bang into the middle of the national band championships. We love a parade and it was great to watch the twenty or so marching bands doing their thing…
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…although it might have been better had hundreds of the musicians not been staying at our hotel!

We arrived in Campeche just in time for the crowning of the Carnaval Queen. It was a noisy boisterous affair with thousands crowding the fairground to support their favourite senoritas, so we skipped the event in favour of a stroll along the deserted promenade…
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...some sightseeing in the narrow streets of the old town…
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...and a visit to the castle...
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Merida was our next stop – the oldest colonial city in Mesoamerica. The shady central square is as pretty as a picture but the surrounding streets where the Carnaval has traditionally taken place are so narrow that the event has been moved out of town.

As Carnaval approached we moved on to the laid back town of Bacal in search of something snazzy to wear at the parade, and there is no better place in Mexico to find some fancy millinery. Handmade Panama hats are the thing in Bacal where the central square is home to three enormous concrete titfers (Non-Brits might need to Google that)…
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We went for a slighter lighter variety which we then wore to the Carnaval parade in the bustling resort of Playa del Carmen…
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But our fancy headgear had nothing on some of the costumes worn by the partiers…
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So now our lightning tour of the Yucatan is over and we are headed home to launch our new book, Slow Train to China – an inspirational travel guide for independent second-lifers.
Thank you dear blog reader for following our meanderings. We will be back in the fall when we again pack our bags and head to foreign climes, but now it is time to put up our feet and watch the world pass by on our little Canadian island for the summer.

Hasta luego from Mexico.

P.S. For details about Slow Train to China please visit our website at www.thefishkisser.com
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Posted by Hawkson 09:00 Archived in Mexico

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We all await your return. Hopefully snow has past and all those spring buds start pushing forward. Thank you once more for a delightful journey.

03.03.2014 by Sue Fitzwilson

Another delightful journey
THANKS for the ride.

Wishing you a safe trip home and see you on the 16th
xo /***

03.03.2014 by Gabriole

What a wonderful journey you've taken me on...I feel the warmth from here...hope to see you in April...love, Sharron

03.03.2014 by Sharron

Dont come too fast as there is still snow on the ground and we are recovering from a 2 1/2 days power outage on Gabriola. I have the bruises to look at on my knee after a fall (not in the snow but on the only piece of concrete just outside my front door). Jean

03.03.2014 by Jean McLaren

Greetings!
We met you at the Hotel Perigrino in Merida last week. Love your webpage. Being from Vancouver, WA, we are keen to figure out how to get to Cuba and do homestays like you guys did...someday!
Best! Jeannie and Bill

09.03.2014 by Jeannie Brust

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