Nice sunset view as we pass over London, England, on our way to Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Shkodra, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Hiking the Peaks of the Balkans, June 13-24!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Another great day in Mexico

Valle de Bravo is a popular weekend destination for people from nearby Mexico City and Toluca. It's surrounded by mountains and it's located on the shore of Lake Avandaro. A really beautiful spot and one that we love to return to.

We are staying at a marina on the other side of the lake, near the town of San Gaspar, 5 kms (3 miles) drive from central Valle de Bravo.

Here are a few photos of where we are parked up...

Not a bad view for the next ten days!

This green space is communal area for the marina.

We have our own shade palapa where we are parked.

The RV parking area is not ideal, and there are no services.

However, our friend Chago who owns the place has bent over backwards to make sure we are comfortable. He even supplied everyone with a piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting to use as a patio mat! And we have the use of toilets here, and water is available if we string a few hoses together. There is even a dump station, however it's not easily accessible. We can bucket dump grey water if we have to.

Great place for morning coffees.

Our neighbor, the cow.

Lago Avandaro is a popular sailing lake.


Hi everybody!

Looking back at the marina from the dock.

Quite a few of the group wanted to go into the small city of Valle de Bravo (pop 61,000) so Ruth and I ordered 3 taxis and ten of us headed into town.

It's always busy entering town because there is only one route in from where we are staying. But it seemed extra busy yesterday, and then I remembered that Sunday is market day in Valle de Bravo!

Happy New Year 2019.

Lots of people in the central plaza.

Busy day.

We wandered over to the crowded market and were walking through the eating area when one lady pulled me aside and showed me the food she had ready. It was getting close to lunch time and I felt hungry right away! But I explained we were a group of ten, and she said "no problem", and led me through to a seating area with a table for ten!

Sue had this bowl of shrimp soup. 
The shrimp were huge!

I had the pollo mole verde.
Chicken, with beans and rice.
Nice filling meal for 60 pesos ($3.05 USD, $4.15 CAD) 

Busy streets in Valle de Bravo.

Christmas dinner.

This robot dude was entertaining.

Beer can Christmas tree.

Then we all walked about 1 km (0.6 miles) to the big Soriana store where some people wanted to do some shopping. We're doing a big Christmas dinner tomorrow night, so they needed some supplies.

And then we hopped in taxis for the ride back to the marina.

The rest of the day was for relaxing, however I spent some time giving Sherman a sponge bath!

Around 6:00pm, Ruth and I were in the motorhome and she was preparing dinner. She had just finished saying that we need to make sure we spend some time with our friends Pepe and Maricruz who own a house here on Chago's property, when there was a knock on the door and it was Pepe and their 14 yo son Emilio inviting us over for a drink after dinner!

So that's what we did.

All of Pepe's family was there!
I was showing the guys some photos of when we were here in the past.

Lots of fun, and we enjoyed practicing our Spanish with everyone. Maricruz speaks very good English, so she helped out translating when necessary, but we did pretty well. And Pepe's sister and her husband lived in Vancouver for a while and their English is quite good too. And son Emilio is learning English.

The ladies.

What a great evening.

They're all invited to our big Christmas dinner tomorrow, so it's going to be a fiesta!

Another great day in Mexico. Sunny and 22C (72F), and 6C (43F) overnight.

If you've ever wanted to try one of those robotic vacuum cleaners, here is your chance!

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  1. That lake is prettier than Lake Chapala, I think? You are also headed there, correct? Looks like a busy, beautiful town. Your pics and post help prove to some of my friends that are skeptics that traveling in our neighbor country is often safer than in the U.S. !

    1. We actually don't find Lake Chapala very attractive. So yes, we think this lake is FAR prettier than Lake Chapala. Yes, we will be near Jocotopec in early March.

  2. It looks lovely there, I am sure tomorrow will be lots of fun! Merry Christmas to both of you and to all your fellow RVers travelling with you. Cheers!

    1. It is lovely here, one of many reason why we love to return here.

      Yes, today will be lots of fun. Merry Christmas to you and yours. :-)

  3. Is the night time temp. unusually low for the time of year?

    1. Nope, about average. We are at 5,900 ft so it's chilly at night at this time of year.

  4. Merry Christmas you guys, looks like a great place to plant some roots for a bit.

    1. Thank you Karyn! Yes, it is a wonderful place to spend almost two weeks, there is always lots to see and do here as well as just being able to relax over the holidays.


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