Tropical Storm Franklin posted by on August 7, 2017

max_web_trop_atl7_storm_info_1280x720Here is the latest info from the Weather Channel regarding Tropical Storm Franklin……..as of 11:03 AM Monday Aug.7, 2017

 

A hurricane watch has been issued by the government of Mexico for a portion of the Yucatan Peninsula fom Chetumal to Punta Allen. This does not include Cancún or Cozumel. This means hurricane conditions are possible in these areas.

Tropical storm warnings extend over most of the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancún and Cozumel, and as far south as Belize City. A tropical storm warning means that winds in excess of 40 mph are expected and that preparations for the storm should be rushed to completion.

Casa del Sol for sale posted by on May 8, 2017

Leave a message if you may be interested, thanks…….Tom & Suzie

Some details:

Located in the “Centro Area” near all the best restaurants, shopping malls public transportation, and most of all very near the best beaches in the world.

Impeccably maintained

2 -adjacent lots each 250 sq’ meters

2 -buildings, the casa/home proper and a casita/pool house = 334 sq. meters

6 -full baths

3 -bedrooms all w/on suite bath rooms

1 -maids room w/on suite bath room

1 -casita w/ on suite bath room

8 -mini split a/c units,and ceiling fans throughout

3 -large dia. satellite dishes

Modern American style kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless appliances, walk-in pantry, laundry room, outdoor sink and tank-less hot water system

Full house pressure water system with water softener and filters

Aluminum framed hurricane windows and shutters on second floor, new windows with decorative security bars on first floor

Completely walled in property with 5 strands of electrical security fencing, and burglar alarm system (monitored)

2- 900 liter rooftop tenaca’s  9000 liter water cistern under kitchen floor

Sunken living room and entrance hall with guest bathroom

Genuine bespoke stained glass windows 2nd floor

Beautiful extra large 16′ x 30′ x 4.5’dp. mosaic tile swimming pool with heater

“Chinese sod” and over 250 tropical plants featuring a well and auto sprinkling system

3 patios and much much more

Could easily be used as a B&B money maker

impeccably maintained.   $355,000 USD.

Feramin Antonio Mundaca de Marechega posted by on March 30, 2017

We visited the Mundaca ruins recently. They now have built a huge palapa style structure at the entrance. ( Sorry no photo of it).  We were showing some Isla Virgins around and stopped there on our golf cart excursion. I found it to be an interesting place. They have a small museum on the grounds with some old pictures of Isla that gave us an idea of what Isla looked like long ago. When I had time I did a little research about the pirate and this is what I found out about him:

The self proclaimed pirate Mundaca was born in 1825 in the village of Bermeo of Santa Maria, Spain. His full name was Feramin Antonio Mundaca de Marechega. During his adolescence he shipped off to seek adventure on the high seas. He eventually became a slave trader in the Caribbean, selling Mayan slaves to Cuban plantation owners. His voyages as a slaver brought him to Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women)  many times. His practice of selling Myan’s into slavery did not endear him to the locals. The island got it’s name because it is where many pirates would often leave their women for safekeeping while they were at sea. In 1858 the British Royal Navy started to crack down on pirate slavers. So Mundaca now very wealthy, sailed back to Isla Mujeres to stay. He bought 40% of the island and built an estate with a hacienda in the middle of it. He named it “Vista Alegre” (Happy View.)
While building his hacienda and estate , he fell in love with a young Mayan girl the first time he laid his eyes on her. Her name was Martiniana Gomez Pantoja.(born in 1862) She had green eyes like the surf and bronze skin . He built her a beautiful garden with great stone arches where he carved her name, La Triguena, (The Brunette) above the apex. Between the arches he constructed a garden sundial, eight raised garden sections around a well in the shape of an octagon. When La Triguna shunned his advances and wed a local man her own age, Mundaca went insane. (Mundaca was 37 years her senior.) He whiled away his days planting flowers in his garden and wandering the beaches, stuffing stones in his pockets, which he tossed into his well filling it. His discontent grew with the knowledge he could never have the woman he loved. He carved himself a gravestone upon which he chiseled a Jolly Roger, and then built himself a granite tomb in the cemetery. He wallowed the days in sorrow as La Triguena continued to ignore him while she built a family. He left the island in 1880 and died later the same year in Merida of the plague. (He was 55 at the time of his death.) His estate and grave growing old together, without him.


The inscription on his empty grave reads,

“Lo que tu eres, yo fui
lo que lo soy, luego seras”
(“As you are, I was – as I am, you will be”)

The original entrance to the Mundaca Estate:

Entryway

Entryway

The garden pond and viewing benches:

The estate garden pond

The garden arch, and well filled with stones

Archway, well filled with stones, & garden

The Hacienda ruin:

Hacienda ruin

Small museum containing pictures of Isla  & items relating to Mundaca:

Mundaca Estate muesem

Plaque on museum wall:

Plaque

Before & after pictures of Isla inside the museum:

Old Isla

View of Mundaca’s Estate from the museum rooftop:

Mundaca museum rooftop view

‘gator pond:

Gator pond

Mundaca’s empty tomb in the cemetery near Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres:

mundaca-tomb in Isla cemetary

Mundaca’s Jolly Roger:

Mundaca' s Jolly Roger

Current inhabitants of the Estate:

Inhabitant of the pig pen to the left of the pondOink Oink

This was an interesting place to visit. The Estate is huge and there are many walking trails to explore. A large bathroom facility was available. The estate was clean and a fun place to take pictures and learn about the Legend of Mundaca the Pirate. Tip:……..bring mosquito repellent!