La India Bonita – oldest restaurant in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Established in 1933

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La India Bonita – learn more here 

 

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Writers beware – danger lurks in Victoria

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Victoria, BC is a very dangerous city. We moved here a year ago and it’s a wonder I get any writing done. The view of the gorge from our living room and the mild weather lure me outside. The beautiful historic buildings in a downtown that’s always bustling with tourists and entertainment and food trucks—impossible to resist and we can get there by water taxi. Is there a better way to travel for a leisurely Saturday lunch and afternoon of fun?

Then there’s the list of attractions demanding to be explored: Craig Darroch Castle, Point Ellice House, Fort Rodd, Ross Bay Villa, Fisherman’s Wharf (with the lovely houseboats and an assortment of restaurants and seals to feed), Chinatown ( the second largest in North America  …

And the list of natural sights to be enjoyed: Beacon Hill Park, Ogden Point (where the cruise ships dock), Mount Tolmie offering a panoramic view of the city, Dallas Road following the ocean shore, the Butchart Gardens …

And the list of restaurants enticing us with their varied menus: Glo, Milestones, Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro, La Taquisa …

How to fit all of that in and still find time to write and market my books? Somehow, I manage and a new book will soon be ready for publication.

Meanwhile, the first novel of my Em and Yves Series, EMBATTLED is available free. And, the second can be yours free too when you subscribe to my newsletter. For more information go to

www.emandyves.com

 

 

 

How the Shaman came to live at our house

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A couple of months after we move to Comox, Heather arrives. No, she’s not the Shaman, she’s my friend. I’m thrilled that she could come for a visit and we trot about town, checking out the stores and the markets, the marina, and the beaches.

On her last evening with us, we take her out for dinner at one of the many great restaurants to be found in the area. Martine’s is just a few blocks from our place and known for fine dining. We settle at our table, Heather sitting across from us. I look up and behind her is the most amazing painting. It’s full of color and cave like paintings with outlines of horses and snakes and fish—and yes, the shadowy figure of a shaman or two or three. It’s a semi-abstract that draws us in. We know it’s the right piece for our new home.

We’ve fallen in love with it and, luckily for us, there is a tag with the artist’s name—Wesley Clark—and a phone number.

We call Mr. Clark, negotiate a price and after dinner, pay the restaurant owner for the painting and the food—easily making this the most expensive meal we’ve ever had.

The restaurateur has nothing to wrap the painting with so we lift it off the wall, and to the apparent astonishment of fellow diners, walk out the door.

We carry it home and a few minutes later it is hanging in its honored spot—a painting that we will love and admire for many many years. A painting that will be handed down to our granddaughter.

To see more of Wesley Clark’s work go to:   http://www.wesleyclarkfineart.com/

Adventures in Victoria #1

 

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It’s Saturday. What to do? What to do?

A question easily answered if you live in Victoria. You get to play tourist every weekend.

We live by the water close to downtown so the logical thing to do is to buy annual passes for the water taxi which stops just steps from our building.

Saturday, we hop on and 10 minutes later we’re stepping off at the Canoe Club stop. We walk through Chinatown, always an aromatic and colorful stroll, and one block further down we come to Victoria Public Market—the main floor of the old Hudson’s Bay building transformed into a delightful array of shops, restaurants, and farmer’s stalls.

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We sample cheeses, buy new dishtowels,

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chocolate and fruit from the farmer’s stalls, and savor a Mexican lunch of tacos and jamaica water, a drink we love, made from hibiscus flower petals, at La Cocina de Mama Oli.

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A quick water taxi ride and we’re home in plenty of time to enjoy another adventure in this beautiful city. Did I mention we love it here?