Another beautiful morning and our last day in Campeche. Today we decided to have breakfast at Luan’s restaurant on Calle 59 (the restaurant street). John had read about their waffles and pancakes (just what the doctor ordered before ending our visit).
They didn’t open until later in the morning so we had plenty of time to pack our luggage. Christian, at the front desk, agreed to store it for us until departure time (check-out is at 11:00 am). We had scheduled a 3 pm departure with ADO.
Luan’s tables were set in the street under umbrellas, offering some coverage from the sun. We both ordered the waffles with fruit. They came with blueberries, strawberries, dollop of sour cream and a pot of honey. We were both surprised by the large serving. It was a leisure breakfast with good, rich coffee.
The waffles were great, but in a humid climate, if you don’t eat them quickly, they tend to become less crispy.
Two American women sat at a table near us and a third lady from Germany joined at another near-by table. We aren’t shy, so the conversations flowed easily between tables. They were all headed to Merida, so we offered advice on what to see and where to dine during their visit.
Bidding them farewell, we stopped at another church full of artist and folk-art. Walking around town, viewing more of the architecture, we located a bench in the shade where we could people watch and allow the waffles to digest, then headed back to the hotel to check-out and deliver our luggage to Christian for storage until after a late lunch.
Christian had suggested a local restaurant called La Parroquia. It was only a block and a half from the hotel, so we wandered over. This place is open 24 hours and has a large menu to select from. We always enjoy experiencing restaurants where the locals like to eat, and this place was no exception – we were the only Anglos in the place.
John had a breaded chicken breast and I ordered the Tomal Colado (masa stuffed with shredded pork and red onions wrapped in a banana leaf, steamed, and served with a smoky tomato sauce)…I would not be hungry on the ride home. Both were accompanied with guacamole, chips and a basket of hot tortillas. Three bottles of mineral water and a 15% tip brought the total to a little more than $300 pesos. Sorry no photos – my camera was packed in the luggage.
We noticed this charming home on our walk to lunch. Note the architectural detailing.
We waddled back to the hotel and they called a taxi to take us to the bus station. Our timing was perfect. We were sitting in the two front seats with an unobstructed view of the highway and surrounding countryside. There was a short rain storm between Campeche and Merida, but it was not raining at home.
Checking our emails after unpacking, we noticed a note from the German lady. “We are here at Oliva’s. Come join us for dinner if you can. – Stephanie (the German one).” Actually, the American women were named Stephanie and Gloria…from Portland, OR and San Antonio, TX – long-time friends.
We quickly changed clothes and walked the two blocks to Oliva Kitchen. They were not there. Then we realized that they must be at Oliva Enoteca, and walked another three blocks, where we found them seated at a table for six. It was an enjoyable evening and the conversation flowed like a good vintage wine.
Stephanie from Germany has already left the Yucatan, but we are having one last dinner with Gloria and the other Stephanie on Sunday before they depart and head off in different directions.
Back in Merida, the new Christmas lights had been installed. The city went all out this year with amazing light displays all along Paseo de Montejo avenue for miles, and down calle 60 to the main plaza.
The Remate was transformed into a dazzling explosion of lights in Santa’s Village.
The large golden ornament of lights is also a walk-through tunnel, and round balls of light hang from the trees and rest on the ground like snowflakes.
The stands are busy with shoppers looking for that special Christmas gift, and there is a lot to select from.
The stage is set and ready for the entertainment to begin at 9:00 pm.
The people are arriving early to get a good seat in front of the stage with the huge Christmas tree behind them.
The final season’s performance of the Yucatan Symphony was Friday, and we have a “fiesta party” to attend this Saturday, so it looks like a busy weekend. Hope you have enjoyed following us on this little trip and if you get the chance, you should visit Campeche.
From The Merida Boys