Best Value in Mexican Vacations

Planning a vacation? You should look into the Riviera Maya. Riviera Maya is located in Mexico about 25 miles south of Cancun on the Caribbean coastline. The average temperature is in the 75 degrees. It features a variety of resorts, outdoor activities and is home to the second longest barrier reef.

The most popular resorts in the Riviera Maya are the all-inclusive resorts. All-inclusive means it includes all of your meals, all beverages, gratuities and non-motorized water sports. If you are on your honeymoon, most resorts will offer an upgrade or champagne and strawberries on your arrival with your marriage certificate. Most of these resorts are also located right on the coast offering you a white sandy beach and amazing views from your room. The resorts also offer a variety of activates during the day and night including live entertainment, shows and a nightclub. If you are traveling if children most resorts also have children programs and entertainment. There are also resorts that cater to adults only. If an all-inclusive resort is not something you are looking for there are many resorts that do not offer it.

The outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya are endless. There are many different excursions you can take depending on what you like to do. You can go explore Mayan ruins, take a zip-line thru the jungle or snorkel in underwater caves with sea turtles. If you just want to relax, you can pull up a chair on one of the beaches or rent a boat or jet-ski and go enjoy the turquoise waters. The Riviera Maya also offers dolphin adventures; this allows you to meet with the dolphins, swim with them and have them give you a kiss on the check. You can also take a ferry over to Cozmel and explore the island for a day. There are also many golf courses located in the area. Whatever interest you may have, the Riviera is sure to have something for you.

The Riviera Maya is home to the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere. The reef is home to many varieties of fish, sea turtles, stingrays, dolphins and barracudas. You are allowed to drive and snorkel on the reef. The reef also offers rivers, lakes, ponds and cenotes for divers and snorkels to explore. If snorkel equipment is not included with your resort there are many spots to rent it from. There are many spots to snorkel along the reef so take your time and explore and find your perfect spot. If you wish, fishing is also permitted on the reef. The waters of the Riviera Maya offer something for everyone.

Whether planning a family vacation, trip with friends or a honeymoon, the Riviera Maya has something for everyone.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

On a recent trip to Australia I fell madly in love with the paintings of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pronounced Ung-warh-ay). I am not alone as Emily has been hailed as an artistic genius, her paintings acclaimed around the world as modern abstract masterpieces, her works compared to that of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko and her work “Big Yam Dreaming” hailed as one of the greatest paintings of the 20th century. Heady stuff, yet outside Australia she is hardly a household name.

She was an unlikely candidate to take the modern art world by storm. In fact Emily was an Australian Aboriginal woman who lived her life in a remote community, rather optimistically named “Utopia” in Australia’s central dessert, 240 km north west of Alice Springs, a harsh landscape of  mulga scrub and spinifex plants trying to survive on sandy flats of bright red desert earth with the occasional dry river bed lined with gum trees and paperbarks.

Emily spent her life in virtual isolation thousands of miles from the influences of the contemporary art world. She lived in poverty, had no formal education, spoke her native language Anmatyerre and didn’t even begin painting on canvas until 1989 at the age of 79 when her very first painting “Emu Woman”, wildly divergent in style from previous works by aboriginal artists, brought her to the attention of the art world.

In a rare interview, (translated by a relative) when asked what she painted, Emily replied “Whole lot, that’s all, whole lot. My dreaming, pencil yam, mountain devil lizard, grass seed, dingo, emu, small plant emu food, green bean and yam seed. That’s what I paint, whole damn lot.” 

Traditional Aboriginals are a deeply spiritual people and her answer refers to the complex, mythical legends that explain Creation, determine Aboriginal laws and beliefs and assign to each individual their own particular dreaming identity. As Emily paints exclusively about The Dreaming it is impossible to understand her work without understanding The Dreaming.

For Australian aboriginal people, the dreaming is the unseen parallel universe they believe exists alongside the one they are living. This dream world, or spiritual realm is continuous and eternal, both ‘everywhere’ and ‘everywhen’, the past, present and future. It is their life force and as such the Dreaming exerts powerful influences over the real world.

The actual time of creation is called the Dreamtime. Dreamtime legends, passed on through generations by singing, dancing, storytelling and painting tell how the earth, sky, plants animals, rivers and changing seasons were all created long ago by spirit ancestors. The dreaming legends explain natural phenomena, like how colors came to be, the introduction of language and the first use of fire. They provide explanations of why things are the way they are and give meaning to everyday life. But it is even deeper than that. Because they believe that the spiritual realm is both ‘everywhere’ and ‘everywhen’ physical objects can capture and contain the spiritual ‘essence’ that was present at the time of creation. If Emily paints a yam flower it is not just an image of a yam flower, nor is it ‘a’ yam flower, it is simply ‘yam flower’. When Emily said she painted ‘whole lot’, she meant just that – she painted Creation.

Peg Steley
http://tothemax.ca

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Oxo mum Linda Bellingham linked to Turkey property fraud

The star of the Oxo British TV commercials, Linda Bellingham, has been linked to the Royal Resorts, Paradise Bay property scam in Akbuk, Turkey.

Bellingham, who starred as the Oxo mum in the advertisements for twenty-three years, has been connected to the scam through her husband, Michael Pattemore.

Bellingham met Pattemore in Spain in 1997, after he served a two-year jail sentence for investment fraud.

Pattemore ran a real estate company in Calpe on the Costa Blanca in Spain along with the prime suspect in the Turkish scandal, New Zealander Lionel Andrews.

The Oxo mum has always dismissed her husband’s criminal past with comments such as: “He was a small pawn in a financial scam. Michael has done his stint and it should be left to rest.”

Police finally arrested Lionel Andrews this month in Alicante, Spain after a nationwide search.

Andrews allegedly sold apartments of for a non-existent Turkish Mediterranean resort in partnership with his brother Nigel and sister-in-law Margaret.

The search for Nigel Andrews and his British wife Margaret continues, after they disappeared from their Spanish office in June last year.

Interpol have reported that the outfit absconded with up to £1.2 million (US$ 2 million) of their investor’s money, which they took as deposits for non-existent properties on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

Allegedly, the group set up front companies in high-end venues, such as the Guadalpin Hotel in Marbella, before disappearing quickly without settling their bills.

Bellingham now stars in the popular UK daytime TV show ‘Loose Women’ and is set to be reunited with Oxo in a new series of TV commercials.

In the new, £10 million (US$ 16 million) advertising campaign for Premier Foods, Bellingham will appear as herself, offering recipe tips for using Oxo.

“Oxo and I have decided to get together again. I was very upset when it ended ten years ago. I am so associated with it and it has many fond memories and the time is right,” she commented.

Rebecca Smith
Ocean Villas Group

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