Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Holiday in Tulum

The town of Tulum . that's our favorite fruit stand.

cochinita pibil tacquitos near the bus station

rain shower at sea--see the rainbow! view from the cabaƱa!

Ladies cooking at the Dukes of Hazzard (not it's real name) taco stand.
Excellent al pastor here.
Dukes of Hazzard taquitos con carnitas---possibly the most delicious tacos of my life.La Tortuga-our bungalow-taken from our beach chair...

We had a very narrow miss in the Yucatan with Hurricane Dean. Worried terribly about the fate of all the wonderful people we met in Tulum and where they might go. As you can see, most of the bungalows are set right on the beach--there are no high rises in Tulum like in Cancun--hardly any places with electricity. The last I heard, some of the shelters near Chetumal and Tulum weren't strong enough for the people taking shelter in them. People live in small one or two story houses and buildings, some in concrete, some in palapas with palm thatched roofs.

Homes and businesses, our beautiful cabana included had to be completely abandoned or shut down and are getting pummeled by 160 mph winds. I wonder about their fate.

We spent such a great week, completely relaxing, taking dips and playing in the warm Carribbean waves and exploring the little town of Tulum. We ate amazing cochinita pibil and found some beautiful romantic beach restaurants. I was inspired by the colors of the sea and the sky and had some ideas for next summer's line---shades of turquoise,palm greens, sand and gunmetal silver...

Good thing for us I guess, that the airlines couldn't extend trip when we tried--our flight was delayed by 5 hours because of bad weather in Houston--didn't arrive home 'til the wee hours on Friday.
Now we're all watching to see what happens after the storm. My heart goes out to the people who live down there and braved it and a speedy recovery effort to all.


Elaine said...

That sounds and looks like a wonderful trip. So sad about the people!! I hope they are all ok! Your photos of the food are particularly great.

Deb said...

Thanks Elaine! It was a beautiful trip---like being in Paradise. Entire days to read and be lazy. Now it's back to work!