Friday, December 23, 2011

After the Trip: What to do with all those Photos- Part II

As we previously mentioned, one of the best ways to put together your trip memories are through photobooks. There are a whole bunch of online retailers that provide this service. And while I could review them for you, somebody else has already done the dirty work:

The Great Photo Book Round-Up
and if you're lazy and want to see the conclusion, click here.



I can say from personal experience, we have a Kodak book which we love for its cover, and several Shutterfly book that we love for the inside and ease of use of making them. And all have some pretty great trip memories!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tiyulon Featured in Fodor's!

We are super excited to share that one of our tips regarding Delhi will be featured in the brand new Fodor's Essential India!



Check out the rest of our Indian adventures HERE and our India tips HERE!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bel Air Collection Nuevo Vallarta- Review

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We enjoyed staying at the Bel Air Collection Vallarta.
Highlights: the staff and comfy pool furniture.
Lowpoints: the food and non-balcony room.

You can read our full review on Tripadvisor: Solid beach hotel

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hasta Luego Vallarta

Our final day in Nuevo Vallarta, we managed to squeeze in one more walk and a few more hours at the pool in lounging style. It was a good break, and we were sad to have it end. On the ride back, we managed to make only one long stop in which we happened upon some amazing banana bread. [Take note "locals": it's on the cuota leaving Compostela at the Pemex station].

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outside our non-balcony (next to the riu palace...nostalgia)

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why doesn't he sleep like this at home???

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banana bread not to be missed

Monday, December 12, 2011

More Lounging Fun

Our third day began with the traditional early morning walk on the beach. We continued with some more lounging, a lot more swimming in the pool and finally some sand exploration with Little N. He was interested enough to eat it (surprise, surprise), and loved talking to the palapa. Overall, we couldn't be happier with how well he took naps by the pool, and spoke to the palm trees, and it was a wonderful and relaxing day!

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morning walk

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pool time

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checking out the ocean

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and the sand

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talking to the palapa

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it was a good day!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lounging in Nuevo Vallarta

Our second day was spent almost exclusively at the hotel pool. Little N got his first little dip, and while at first he seemed confused, it definitely seemed to grow on him. As the post title suggests, most of the day we were a-lounging.

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family nap time

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the view

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more lounging

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master lounger

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in the pool

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sunset on the beach

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sunset at the pool

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Flamingos Vallarta

Just before the main tourist season begins, we managed to sneak in one more beach vacation. This one was courtesy of a Groupon we bought to the Belair Collection just outside of Puerto Vallarta, on Flamingo beach. Apparently Little N loves vacation as much as we do, because he did not fuss for a single moment the whole time we were there.

We began our first day with the 4 hour drive to Vallarta. We managed to only make two stops, and made it in under 5 hours (stops included). The first day we did a little exploration of the resort, a walk on the beach, and clocked some poolside relaxation. It was the perfect start to our vacation.

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ready for the ride

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flamingos beach

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evening walk

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pool at sunset

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the lobby

Friday, December 2, 2011

Jalisco Cultural Festival

On another random day, we hit up the Centro, only to find yet another festival: the Jalisco Cultural Festival. To be honest, it was a bunch of amateur music and dance groups from around the state, and wasn't too exciting, but still impressive that a whole festival was set up for it. This time, we surpassed the main tourist attractions, to hit up Mariachi Square (where you can hire mariachis), and Mercado Libertad (San Juan de Dios). We strolled some of the pedestrian streets, and enjoyed the warm November sun.

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(monument to Pablo Neruda)


Mariachi Square:

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(totally random: adorable play ironing boards)

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Cultural Festival nuggets:

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And a few more Centro pictures:

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