Thursday, March 31, 2016

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Man, I am having some major wanderlust and spring break vacation envy. Also, i'm ignoring the fact that it's like a year since i've blogged.

Even though i've got a mega trip coming up. 18 days in Austria, Germany, and Slovenia in the summer.

And even though we went to Cabo San Lucas this past September.

These photos are from last October, from the Riviera Nayarit, which is right outside of Puerta Vallarta.

I have come to the conclusion that two nice vacations a year are necessary, and that if one is adventurous and go go go (hello, Summer 2016) that the other one should be no planning, no forethought, one carry on suitcase beach vacation.
One expects fresh food on the beach, but does one expect pastries?? A little melted, but the people next to us were takers.

Fresh pineapple and beer, now that is beach living.

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Just a man, making his living selling sunglasses and hats to touristas.

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We stayed at a time share in Riviera Nayarit called Villa Del Palmar Flamingos. There was top notch entertainment, you would have thought you were on a cruise ship or something.
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View of the Sierra Madres from our hotel.

riviera nayarit, bay of banderas.
Now this is the life.
It was recommended that we go to Sayulita, about an hour away. Yes, it was green and lush, but i also found it touristy and crowded with young people. College age people, who are looking to party, and that is not me now, nor was it me in college.
Colorful streets of Sayulita.

old town puerto vallarta
Puerta Vallarta tour in town.
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Views from in the pools at Villa Del Palmar, Flamingos.
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Two tiered pool, and beyond that, the beach.
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In the pool, looking up at the accomodations. Just gorgeous. 
Mariachi band one night at the resort. So good.

Isn't this a cool planter? We took a tour of Puerta Vallarta that included a tequila distillery and lunch. That's where this log turned planter was.
The view of Los Arcos from the tequila distillery. Tequila itself ain't my cup of tea, however, tequila liqueur...well, that is something different. We left with a few bottles of delicious flavors, like chocolate, peanut butter, amaretto, and coffee, and advice to mix the chocolate and peanut butter for a Reese's Cup inspired shot. Well don't mind if i do!
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The tasting area.

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Those gorgeous views.
The tiny little shot glass tastings at Don Tadeo distillery. Highly recommended!

Have you ever been to Puerto Vallarta? Riviera Nayarit?

How bout Austria, Germany, or Slovenia, because i need tips and suggestions.We will be in Vienna for 3 nights, the Alps for a week with many a day trip (salt mines, ice caves, Hallstatt, Eagles Nest, Neuschwanstein Castle) Salzburg for two nights. I lined up a bicycle Sound of Music tour called Fraulein Maria!!  We bike to all the locations in the film, and i will most certainly recreate any scene i can think of and provide music. I wanted to go to a marionette show, but the show for the night is The Sound of Music. I thought that might be too much for the boyfriend. In Slovenia, we are going to Lake Bled and staying in Ljubljana for 2 nights. As i have an immense interest in the Holocaust we will be visiting Mauthausen on the way to an overnight in the Austrian wine region. Reislings galore, and other sweet whites, i can't wait! I can't wait to frolic in the Alps singing "The Hills are aliiiiiive!"

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Linda @ A La Carte said...

I was just noticing you on my blog sidebar and that you hadn't posted in FOREVER, so how fun to see a post today. I love your vacation posts. Looks like so much fun. I'm hoping that Ashleigh and I can plan a trip for next winter maybe to somewhere warm. I'll probably be going to Calif in Sept with my Mom to visit her brother and I will stay with Ashleigh. It will be fun if our health can hold out. I use to love equilateral but have not heard of tequila liquor? sounds yummy. Your next trip sounds amazing also.

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

Was thinking about you the other day and wondering if you've gone on any good trips. Well, of course you have! :) Awesome photos!

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Exciting trips! I only spent a day in Salzburg, but it was beautiful. Liqueurs are delicious. I recently found put that I like scotch liqueur despite my extreme disliking of whiskey.

ap said...

How fabulous that you get to travel so much! I'm loving these photos! Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Tequila liqueur sounds delicious!

Emma C said...

I love your sectioning of fun & adventure holidays - what a good idea!

Sarah said...

Sounds like you have great ideas when it comes to travel. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Loris Glassworks said...

I've spent many weeks in this area, I love Puerto Vallarta and the little fishing village of Bucerias north of PV. The resort you stayed at looks like a lot of fun, We'll have to check it out for our next trip. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
Lori in Atlanta

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Gorgeous pics! And sounds like you have an incredible trip coming up, can't wait to hear all about it :)
Green Fashionista

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Wow! Puerto Vallarta looks absolutely gorgeous and the resort you stayed at too! I've been dying to visit Mexico! Thank you for linking up with us and sharing your beautiful travel adventures.

Calypso In The Country said...

Wow! What a beautiful trip! My neighbors just went there a couple weeks ago and loved it! Another place I would love to visit!

Wendi@H2OBungalow said...

Enjoy your adventure! I enjoyed your phots, love the colorful personality of Mexico. Makes me ready for another vacation! XO - Wendi@H2OBungalow

Unknown said...

Ohh, I am too late with suggestions but Austria is pretty gorgeous.

You are so right, "now, this is life".

Amazing post, so many things to see and read about.

Unknown said...

Oh your upcoming trip sounds amazing, you must be so excited! Kirsten

Manu said...

Wow these pics are so lovely.
Thanks for sharing and for commenting my blog.

Unknown said...

Looks like this was an amazing vacation! I would love to see a live Mariachi band :) Not sure if you've already gone on your trip to Europe yet, but you are going to love Austria! Salzburg was by far my favourite (Sound of Music location!) - gorgeous. But visiting at least one holocaust museum is a must and Mauthausen is by far the most educational and remains almost nearly intact. I highly recommend it! Take care :)

Carly said...

It looks like an amazing trip! I agree, two vacations a year is the perfect balance of work and play. That's what my family and I try to do too. Can't wait to see pictures from your other trips
Carly from Dresses & Denim

Unknown said...

love Riviera Maya!

xo, Maddy

Andrea said...

Gorgeous photos! I've never been to Puerto Vallarta but would love to go one day!

Looking forward to seeing photos from your summer trip!

Andrea’s Wellness Notes

Ruth said...

Take me there! I've never been but it looks like a dream vacay! And vacationing in Europe sounds magical!

Carrie said...

I've never been here, but it looks beautiful! That is a good thought, to have one go-go vacation and one relaxing (beach!!) vacation a year. That pineapple looks SO good!


Unknown said...

I completely agree that 2 vacations a year are necessary! Rivera Maya is so gorgeous and relaxing. It looks like you guys had a great time. I can't wait to see pictures from your other trips!

Nicole to the Nines

Amy said...

looks awesome, hope you had so much fun!

Home "Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins"

101thingsilove/Johanna said...

Gorgeous pictures.

awhite said...

What a fun trip! Love these shots, babe!

Le Stylo Rouge

Mary K. said...

Who wants to blog when you can go traveling all over the world? Honestly, I don't understand when those travel bloggers find time to post. I'd be out and about exploring all day.

Bonnie said...

Wow, you are a big traveler. I'm a new follower since I love to travel too. However, I may not get to all the places you go so it is nice to follow others travels. When you have readers that enjoy reading about travels it is encouraging to get busy and post about your trips. I totally understand. We went to France two years ago and I never finished posting about that trip and I have wonderful pics to share. It is a lot of work.

Decor To Adore said...

B you always post the BEST vacation stories and images. I always end up pinning destination to my travel bucket list.
Have a wonderful week!

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What an amazing trip! Fabulous pictures.

Unknown said...

It looks like a wonderful trip! These pictures give me wanderlust too. I hope you and your SO have gotten to more traveling in the past few months

Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

Lorena said...

Thank you for your comment in my blog !
Hope you had a marvellous Christmas.

Kathrine Eldridge said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing trip! I have been to Puerto Vallarta and loved it. These pics are beautiful!

Kathrine Eldridge said...

This place looks amazing! I have been to Puerto Vallarta before and loved it. Great pics!