Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's Always Good to Have a Back-up Plan!

Just posting a funny photo today, as we are on vacation in beautiful La Paz, Mexico and wifi is spotty. We took this picture in Todos Santos, a lovely town about an hour away from La Paz (on the Baja peninsula). Todos Santos is combination charming old Mexican town and upscale ex-patriate community. We stayed overnight at the Hotel California, which isn't really the one in the song, but they like to go along with letting you think it is! It's right in the center of town and is beautifully appointed in rustic charm. Comfy beds with nice linens, Mexican tile, several gorgeous wall-encased outdoor "living rooms." I think if you had a room on the street it would be noisy, but we were in the back - due to a mix-up on their part, they gave us a better room at the lower rate! It had two balconies overlooking the pool and patios.

Oh, and we took the bus from La Paz to get there. Last year we hired a van to take us, and the guy gave us a great tour, but it was expensive ($200) and we felt like we would have liked more time to walk around the town on our own. So this year we took the bus ($34 round trip for both of us.) I was a little nervous about that, but it turns out the buses are reliable and quite nice - good, comfortable seats and we even had a movie! This weekend Todos Santos is hosting their version of the Sundance Film Festival, called the Festival de Cine, Todos Santos. Mexican hearthrob Diego Luna is hosting it (he was in Frida and Milk), presenting his film Abel, which took awards in Sundance and Cannes. If you go to Todos Santos, you can eat great food cheap at Miguel's, and we also had good margaritas, tortilla soup and nachos at Hotel California.

All in all a fun adventure!

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