Here are a few examples of some of the hazards of the island. This hole has been "discreetly" covered up so no one will know it's there.
This one hasn't been covered up, but I think someone must have mistaken it for a built-in trash can.
Between keeping your head down looking for holes, you'd better keep your eyes up as well looking for poles, ramps, etc.
I found these parking barriers quite creative
But this one had to be the best. They patched the sidewalk on Medina and I have to give credit to the guys who came up with this barrier. Two bicycle fenders (with reflectors!) attached to a wood crate. I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years.
A friend unexpectedly came to Isla while I was there and stayed at the Vistalmar. This was on the wall in the room. It was only about two inches high but I thought it was worth a picture. Kinda weird.
This was taken at the market by the loncherias. Kind of a fuzzy shot, but I had to include it because it's not something you see everyday...unless they have these at the market every day and then I guess you WOULD see it everyday if you bought food there all the time.
I know I've posted the construction work on the condos by Jax, but this "scaffolding" went up since then and I had to get a shot. I don't know anything about construction, but I'm assuming there's a method to their madness in designing these things. (But you're not going to see me up there.)
I also love some of the signs on Isla...they brought a smile to my face more than once. It would be like ME coming up with a sign in Spanish! Actually, I think they've done a better job than I would.
"Eddies on the move"...first thing that came to mind was some guy named Eddie making moves on women in the area.
This one was taken at the condo construction site across Medina from Justicia Social.I've always liked the birdcages.
So, now on to some food pics...with reviews.
The first two were taken at Justicia Social. This was my first time there...I've heard many good things about them. The first is garlic fish. It was good, but not the best I've had.
Just a regular egg breakfast at Cafe Cito...very good. That "jam" they had for your toast was absolutely wonderful!! I can't remember what it's made with, but it had coconut in it. They need to bottle the stuff and sell it! Besides that, I love the tables at this place.And these were crepes with asparagus and ham...wonderful! The sauce was really, really good. Kind of rich and filling for breakfast, but I'd recommend it any day.
One last llittle item about the Hotel Plaza Almendros. Since I extended my stay on Isla for five days, I had to find another hotel. I've heard about this place, but didn't know much about it. It's great. It's right on Hidalgo, but it's set back behind the lobby in a nice little courtyard with a pool. It's surprisingly quiet even though it's right downtown and the only thing I heard at night were the drums from the fire boy performance, which was no big deal...kind of made you feel like you were in a jungle somewhere!
The people who work there are VERY nice and accommodating and it's very reasonably priced at about $60 a night...with A/C, a safe, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. They also have a masseuse who comes by occasionally in the afternoons. I would definitely stay there again....and it's only two years old so everything's pretty new.
Lobby area towards the courtyard:
All the first floor units have a little patio area with two chairs and a table. They also have WIFI so I could do a lot of my blog work outside in this little oasis. Everyone else sits outside as well, so it's very conducive to meeting people and relaxing.