PerfectPhoto.CA: Blog https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog en-us (c) Rob vanNostrand info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:17:00 GMT Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:17:00 GMT https://www.perfectphoto.ca/img/s/v-12/u769817583-o83245865-50.jpg PerfectPhoto.CA: Blog https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog 80 120 Sailboat, Classic Widgeon 16 foot dinghy https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2021/2/sailboat  

20140625642014062564Noel, Nova Scotia
 

A classic 1980's Widgeon sailboat was a delightful beginner boat for me at my cottage in the Cobequid Bay (Bay of Fundy) of Nova Scotia, Canada.

My sailing was mostly in the Noel Bay area, sailing across to the "notch" point, or up along the coast to the Burntcoat Lighthouse museum.

The keel that folds up into a trunk is well suited to the 50 foot tide swings and mud flats at low tide.

 

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Jungle waterfalls beaches and botanical garden, con español https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/4/jungle-waterfalls-beaches-and-botanical-garden-with-spanish

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Following the coastline south of Puerto Vallarta, you can find a flourishing rural lifestyle, picturesque waterfalls as you head inland into the lush jungles.  Each of the coastal fishing communities seem to have beautiful sandy beaches.  About an hour away the Botanical Gardens provide an amazing collection of local plants and trees, centered around a well equipped visitor center with a great restaurant, museum and Tequila bar.

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RVN02160Click photo to see 88 more images.Mismaloya Beach, Rural jungle, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the movie Predator which was filmed on location at El Eden, which has a great waterfall and restaurant as well as zip line.

These photos were taken on the eve of our current Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, while in Mexico in early March 2020.

 

 

 

 

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Siguiendo la costa al sur de Puerto Vallarta, puedes encontrar un floreciente estilo de vida rural, pintorescas cascadas mientras te diriges tierra adentro a las exuberantes selvas. Cada una de las comunidades pesqueras costeras parece tener hermosas playas de arena. Aproximadamente a una hora de distancia, el Jardín Botánico ofrece una increíble colección de plantas y árboles locales, centrada en un centro de visitantes bien equipado con un gran restaurante, museo y bar de tequila.

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RVN02186(Haga clic para ver 88 fotos) Cascada de la selvaLush Jungle Park, El Eden, Rural jungle, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México; tirolinas, set de película Predator
Playa Mismaloya, selva rural, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
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Arnold Schwarzenegger protagonizó la película Predator, que se filmó en el lugar en El Eden, que tiene una gran cascada y un restaurante, así como una tirolina.

Estas fotos fueron tomadas en la víspera de nuestra actual pandemia del virus corona Covid-19, mientras que en México a principios de marzo de 2020.

(Esta traducción fue realizada por Google)

Places: Conchas Chinas, Mirador los arcos de Mismaloya, Mismaloya Beach town, Capomo Paradise, El Eden, Boca de Tomatlan, Chicos Paradise, Botanical Gardens

  Lugares:  Conchas Chinas, Mirador los arcos de Mismaloya, Mismaloya Beach town, Capomo Paradise, El Eden, Boca de Tomatlan, Chicos Paradise, Botanical Gardens

 

 

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) beach botanical garden Chicos Paradise drive El Eden exploring Jungle Mexico Mirador los arcos Playa Palmares Puerto Vallarta rural waterfall https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/4/jungle-waterfalls-beaches-and-botanical-garden-with-spanish Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:52:55 GMT
Gringo Gulch and Rio Cuale zone, Puerto Vallarta https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/4/gringo-gulch-and-rip-cuale-zone-puerto-vallarta We enjoyed seeing the famous BRIDGE over the street, between two Hollywood star's homes - Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, who were in the movie "Night of the Iguana",  One man... three women...  one night...  located in the area of Puerto Vallarta known as "Gringo Gulch".  The neighborhood has many up-scale homes which overlook the Cuale River that leads down to the Pacific Ocean.  There actually are a few rustic style local homes in the same upscale neighborhood. RVN02057Click photo to see 33 more images. The famous bridge across the streetThis famous bridge crosses the street between the two homes of Liz and Richard. Liz Taylor / Richard Burton, Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Night of the Iguana movie.

In the popular bohemian style Babel Restaurant, which overlooks the Rio Cuale, we enjoyed some regional folk music with our lunch.  The group Tajin had an interesting collection of musical instruments.  Harp, pan flute, box drum plus a VERY UNIQUE horse head bone set, with guitars and violin.

Our adventures this day started out at our AirBNB, when we watched the locals in bare feet, climb a coconut tree with rope in hand, to harvest the coconuts, by gently lowering them using the rope.

We had an opportunity to view a lovely home for rent, located in the romantic zone.  It had one very unique ingenious feature, whereby you could open the entry door from the top of the long flight of stairs, by simply pulling on a loop wire!

While stopping for a refreshing drink later in the afternoon, it was interesting to observe the "cigar smokers group" gathering in a large open area at the back of a nice jungle atmosphere restaurant.  The restaurant was even equipped with water mist sprayers, and a mermaid!   RVN02078Horse head bones instrumentHorse bones,Tajin band music, Babel restaurant, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Harp, pan flute, horse bones, violin, box drum

In order to bolster our Covid-19 defenses, we took a trip in our neighborhood to the BIG grocery store where we were able to purchase some Lysol disinfecting wipes!!  We ended up sharing this treasure with our fellow B&B friends when we left town.

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) Babel Restaurant Gringo Gulch Liz Taylor Mexico Music Puerto Vallarta Richard Burton Rio Cuale Tajin tourism travel https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/4/gringo-gulch-and-rip-cuale-zone-puerto-vallarta Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:55:11 GMT
Fine dining on rooftop at sunset in Puerto Vallarta https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/fine-dining-on-rooftop-at-sunset-in-puerto-vallarta Layla's Restaurant, which happened to be very close to where we were staying, turned out to be an excellent (6 out of 5 stars review) restaurant experience.  The rooftop patio is a great way to enjoy the sunset after a fun day exploring the romantic zone of Puerto Vallarta. Layla's server demonstrating his skills
 

They provided us with some excellent unique appetizers even though we didn't order them.  We were a bit lucky that we had a very good server to ourselves because our section had very few others.  The "skirt beef" was a new experience for me, but was very flavorful and tender the way they prepared it.  For dessert there was a very lemony creation, maybe a bit like baked ice cream.  For our finale, our server performed an awesome preparation of a "flaming coffee", sort of like Irish Coffee on steroids.
 

Exploring the "romantic zone" of Puerto Vallarta, we enjoyed some ice cream at Lix which we saw featured on the RVN01962man washing laundry in Cuale RiverWashing clothes in the Cuale river, Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
TV show "Mexico Life" or similar.  The owners were from the US, and wanted to change their lifestyle by moving to Mexico.  The Rio Cuale (River Cuale) 
has been a thread of life for the local Mexicans for many years.  Twenty years ago when i visited here, there were numerous "Laundry Services" that would wash your clothes in the river (with soap) and dry them on the rocks.  That practice is not common any more, but we happened to see a young, possibly homeless, man washing his clothes that were carried in his suit case.

The romantic zone is vibrant with various fresh food producers.  We visited a tortilla factory (La Gloria - a tortilleria), and found a fresh fish on ice place, then fresh fruit and vegetables stand.  The local art gallery was fun to see statues and painted art including some VERY large pieces, and some humorous ones.  We stopped to taste some fresh chocolate dipped coffee beans next door - yummy. RVN01973Fresh fish on iceFresh fish, Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

We were slightly confused when we could not follow our map, because the 2nd bridge that crosses the Rio Cuale had been washed away in the last rainy season.

I wanted to find the hotel that I had stayed in 20 years ago, when I traveled to PV with my teen aged son.  The Las Palmas has changed quite a bit, like everything else in PV since then, but still had many recognizable features still in place.

Gallery of 30 photos. (Use slide show option for full screen view)
 

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) fine dining fresh fish Layla's restaurant Mexico Puerto Vallarta Rio Cuale River Cuale Romantic zone tortilla factory https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/fine-dining-on-rooftop-at-sunset-in-puerto-vallarta Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:12:33 GMT
Sayulita Surf Town day trip, out of Puerto Vallarta https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/sayulita-surf-town-day-trip-out-of-pv Sayulita is a small surfer's haven on a beautiful HOT white sand beach.  Its about an hour's drive north of Puerto Vallarta.  We took the regular "local" bus, which was generally full, as numerous people got on and off along the way.  It has a regular 30 minute schedule and is inexpensive.  The trip goes through the mountainous areas with lots of twists and turns along the way (plus a lot of bumps).  The small town is mainly a one way loop, which is full of life, supporting the surfer population.  It's pretty easy to get around town by walking, but if you live in the nice villas in the nearby hills you probably use a "golf cart".  We rented an ELECTRIC AWD type golf cart, which had lots of range and power to get up the many neighborhood hills that we explored.

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RVN01916Surfer beach, from restaurant perspectiveThe beach has beginner and expert sections. Don pedros restaurant, Sayulita Nayarit, Mexico. Near Puerto Vallarta (PV).

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VIP Sailing Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, Mexico https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/vip-sailing-tour-in-puerto-vallarta-banderas-bay-mexico Very enjoyable day sailing with Ada Sailing Tours in Puerto Vallarta.  Their VIP tour limits the number of people on board to make it a more intimate experience.  They also kept us well fed with numerous excellent "Hors d'oeuvres", and drinks.  The delicious lunch meal was white table cloth style dining on board a fine ship.  Before departing there were numerous Iguanas of various colours and sizes wandering freely in the sun and in the trees.  We were lucky that the mother whales were busy teaching their young how to dive and gather food.  We stopped for a swim in front of white sand beach resort near the mouth of the Bay.  It was fun to see the Malecon and shoreline strip from the ocean perspective, enjoying a great view of Puerto Vallarta spreading into the mountainous jungles, and icons including the Crowned Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe), the viewing tower at the top side of town (Mirador), plus a sail past a resort I stayed at 20 years ago with my teen aged son.

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RVN01615Sailing out of the Bay.Day sailing, Ada Sailing, Brewer 78 Ketch, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MexicoPuerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

 

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2020 https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/puerto-vallarta-mexico-2020 Insights into the vibrant Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico, taken in March 2020, just prior to the Covid19 Corona virus outbreak.

  • Encompassing the Malecon tourist strip
  • Traditional Mexican back streets
  • Nearby Jungle area including the Botanical Gardens and film set site for Predator
  • Sailing and Whale watching
  • Side trip to surfer town Sayulita, Nayarit

Overview Gallery (27 photos)

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RVN01251Click image for 27 more photos.Colourful Mexican celebration banner flags. Hotel Posada de Roger, Romantic zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, spring 2020

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) Mexico Puerto tourism travel Vallarta https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/3/puerto-vallarta-mexico-2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:32:56 GMT
American Chestnut trees in NS https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/2/american-chestnut-trees-in-nova-scotia-endangered-species Although the "American Chestnut" tree is an endangered species because of a blight that kills the tree, there are a few survivors in Nova Scotia.  The biggest one in Canada (Circumference) is in Hants County and is known as the Ashdale tree.  The Uniacke House Museum which is run by the province of Nova Scotia has a very tall one on the Hot House Loop trial, with good signage to help you find it.  There is also one in the City of Halifax Public Gardens.  Click on the image to see the gallery.

RVN00996webRVN00996webAshdale famous, American Chestnut Tree, An Endangered Species, Nova Scotia, Canada; Castanea dentata; 1905 oldest Canadian tree

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) American Chestnut Ashdale tree https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2020/2/american-chestnut-trees-in-nova-scotia-endangered-species Mon, 24 Feb 2020 01:04:45 GMT
Mount Teide, Canary Islands https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2019/10/mount-teide-canary-islands Climbing Mount Teide (12,000 feet high) involves travel by auto, cable car and hiking by foot.  All manner of vehicle seems to enjoy the National Park (bicycles, motor cycles, dune buggy's).  The final ascent to the top most summit requires a special permit, purchased months in advance.

The lava flow and volcanic rubble create fascinating abstract photos through the well maintained Spanish trail system.

The green pine tree forests are rare in Tenerife, until you climb up into the mountain area away from the beach resorts.

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IMG_8050wMount Teide road tripDriving through the volcanic rubble in the caldera of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Spain

 

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) canary islands el teide mount teide spain teide tenerife tourism https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2019/10/mount-teide-canary-islands Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:05:34 GMT
Canary Islands, Spain - Main island of Tenerife https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2019/9/canary-islands Recently returned from our wonderful first visit to The Canary Islands.  This group of 7 islands are actually part of Spain, and located off the coast of Africa, near Morocco.  Its about the size of PEI in Canada.

  • Beaches: Golden Sahara desert sand and black volcanic sand

  • Clean modern / classic buildings plus old Spanish

  • Staircase style Architecture

  • Mini Las Vegas if you want it

  • Many natural attractions, and other attractions

  • Small cars and narrow streets - plus major highways

  • Underground building construction

  • 12,000 foot mountain climb

 

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30 photo SUMMARY:
IMG_8460wIMG_8460wPlaya de Las Teresitas, Tenerife. Golden Sand beach IMPORTED from the Sahara Desert, nearby!

The touristy part of the island is the south, which is very hot, with dry savannah / bad lands like African safari:

IMG_7561wIMG_7561wStaircase architecture, Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

The Northern part of the island is greener:

IMG_8191wIMG_8191wSteep downhill mountain switchbacks, enroute to Garachico, North shore, Tenerife Island, Canary Islands, Spain 2019

Rural roads through base of mountain:

IMG_7693wIMG_7693wStone arch bridge, Barren mountain desert, Rural drive, South side, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; 2019

Mt. Teide National park, takes you to 12,000 feet by cable car:

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Pico del Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain 2019

 

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) Canary Islands Spain travel vacation https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2019/9/canary-islands Sun, 22 Sep 2019 22:51:57 GMT
New Logo https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2012/12/new-logo My son Andrew thought I needed a new logo to go with the new site, so he crafted a nice new logo which is now in place here. (Red maple leaf, with eye in camera lens - Top left hand corner).  Thanks Andrew!  :-)

 

 

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Now live as PerfectPhoto.CA https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2012/11/perfectphotoCA I have decided to continue using the ZenFolio.com web site tools and hosting, and subsequently have now attached it to my normal web site: www.PerfectPhoto.CA

I hope all continues to run smoothy.

You may notice a few "broken links" from google searches, that are trying to find the old page.

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Hawaii https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2012/11/hawaii2 I have just returned from a 7 day Cruise Ship tour of Hawaii, which covered four islands.  My sample photos for this new web site are focussing on that trip.

 

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info@perfectphoto.ca (PerfectPhoto.CA) Hawaii https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2012/11/hawaii2 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 02:09:46 GMT
New Web Site https://www.perfectphoto.ca/blog/2012/11/hawaii I am considering moving to this new web site provider, and would appreciate any comments about presentation and layout to assist me in my evaluation over the next two weeks.

Thanks, Rob

 

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