Puerto Vallarta

CUALE PARADISE

We were able to enjoy a new restaurant in Puerto Vallarta called Cuale Paradise. Thanks to a tip from my friend Wanda (whose parents have got to know the family who runs it over the years)  we bussed out to Paso Ancho and then walked underneath the bridge and voila - there it is.

Cuale is the name of the river that runs through Puerto Vallarta, and this restaurant is right on the river - in fact our table was on a little island.

 

Bridge to our table. 

Bridge to our table. 

Enjoying the typical starters - chips and pico de gallo. My drink is called Conga - a juice mixture. 

Enjoying the typical starters - chips and pico de gallo. My drink is called Conga - a juice mixture. 

Here is our waitress Laura. She has three daughters 11, 7 and 8 months. Her baby was with her at the restaurant. Laura's birthday was a day after we visited and Wanda's dad had just called her to congratulate her from Canada.

Here is our waitress Laura. She has three daughters 11, 7 and 8 months. Her baby was with her at the restaurant. Laura's birthday was a day after we visited and Wanda's dad had just called her to congratulate her from Canada.

Lili had red snapper. We all had some of it in fact - and it was very tasty.

Lili had red snapper. We all had some of it in fact - and it was very tasty.

And the chocolate cake was pretty impressive as well.

And the chocolate cake was pretty impressive as well.

And guess what? They have two large macaws in a cage at their parking lot. Lili was very happy to feed them some sunflower seeds that the owners thoughtfully leave by the cage.

And guess what? They have two large macaws in a cage at their parking lot. Lili was very happy to feed them some sunflower seeds that the owners thoughtfully leave by the cage.

And a nice family pic of the dinner! 

And a nice family pic of the dinner! 

BOTANICAL GARDEN

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This post is a bit out of sequence but no matter. We went to the Puerto Vallarta botanical gardens last week with Linda. It is maybe a twenty minute bus ride from where we are - inland past Boca de Tomatlan. 

The place is an old cattle ranch with a beautiful new restaurant and gift shop building with a view. Linda treated us to a nice lunch and I had an avocado salad - I can't get over how delicious the avocados are in Mexico.

 Trying my hand at food photography - my delicious avocado salad.

 Trying my hand at food photography - my delicious avocado salad.

Lili made a collage of some of the plants and flowers we saw. The orchids are amazing here and we also saw vanilla vines - Mexico and Madagascar are the two largest producers on vanilla.

Lili made a collage of some of the plants and flowers we saw. The orchids are amazing here and we also saw vanilla vines - Mexico and Madagascar are the two largest producers on vanilla.

Lili was given a hibiscus for her hair.

Lili was given a hibiscus for her hair.

There are hikes to the river below and we took 'the jungle route' - it was classified as Black Diamond and we were stumbling a bit along the way. But the river was worth the difficult hike - it was so lovely to swim in it. We spent probably the same amount of time in the river as we did in the gardens, if not more. It all made a great day.

 

On our hike. 

On our hike. 

Panorama of the river. Waterfall is on the very left. 

Panorama of the river. Waterfall is on the very left. 

Lying on the warm rock like a lizard. 

Lying on the warm rock like a lizard. 

FAMILY PICS - PUERTO VALLARTA

Ok I have received a request to post more family pictures. Like pictures that would show Dante or me as well. Or both of us with Lili. So I am happy to post these pictures fresh off the hard drive - from Puerto Vallarta Malecon today. It is Linda's last evening in Mexico and we went out for a nice sit down dinner. 

Getting ready to go out for Linda's last-night-in-Mexico dinner. You can see that both Lili and I have decided to accentuate our awesome tans with trendy and elegant pink lipstick.   (As an aside, my make-up department was rendered completely ineffective by the loss of my make-up bag somewhere on this trip. I think it was in Hong Kong but Dante thinks I left it in Vietnam. Who knows? Either way, the consequence was that I had no make up of any kind, at all, and that of course is a no go for any attractive, modern, globe trotting mother-daughter duo n'est-ce-pas? So, I invested a few baht into hot pink lipstick in Thailand and also picked up a mascara at the local Seven-11 in Khao Lak. And we were back on the tracks, so to say.)  For those who are wondering about our relatively solemn looks in this photo, you should know that Lili instructed me to look into the camera with a sullen 'femme fatale' air. She said she wanted this photo to be like 'real models'. Dante did not get the memo on time I think.

Getting ready to go out for Linda's last-night-in-Mexico dinner. You can see that both Lili and I have decided to accentuate our awesome tans with trendy and elegant pink lipstick.

(As an aside, my make-up department was rendered completely ineffective by the loss of my make-up bag somewhere on this trip. I think it was in Hong Kong but Dante thinks I left it in Vietnam. Who knows? Either way, the consequence was that I had no make up of any kind, at all, and that of course is a no go for any attractive, modern, globe trotting mother-daughter duo n'est-ce-pas? So, I invested a few baht into hot pink lipstick in Thailand and also picked up a mascara at the local Seven-11 in Khao Lak. And we were back on the tracks, so to say.)

For those who are wondering about our relatively solemn looks in this photo, you should know that Lili instructed me to look into the camera with a sullen 'femme fatale' air. She said she wanted this photo to be like 'real models'. Dante did not get the memo on time I think.

Here we are walking to dinner. Lili, Linda and Dante are just about to cross the Cuale river. 

Here we are walking to dinner. Lili, Linda and Dante are just about to cross the Cuale river. 

Posing on the Seawall about an hour before sunset.

Posing on the Seawall about an hour before sunset.

And here we are on the Malecon eating very very good Italian food. (Yes we have had Mexican food almost every day.) It was time for pasta, and dessert was off camera...

And here we are on the Malecon eating very very good Italian food. (Yes we have had Mexican food almost every day.) It was time for pasta, and dessert was off camera...