Photographic Adventures in Paradise
We were invited to a birthday party given by Barry Ivan White at his home for his friend and fellow entertainer Betty Melendez last week. It was Betty’s 88th birthday. She is a Mexican movie star and long time songstress that still entertains both in Cancun and Las Vegas. She spends about 6 months in each of these cities. The following is a film clip from a movie she starred in 1962 at age 33.
The following are some of the pictures from the party.
This special day was filled with a dish to pass from each of the guests, cake, ice cream, singing by Barry, Betty, Cynthia Morningstar Davis, and others. Guests present were from 6 different countries. The conversation was vigorous and the commaradere wonderful. The guest of honor enjoyed her special day immensely. Cancun is a very special place where this kind of gathering is common among friends that live here. Come and enjoy the fun.
Leave a message if you may be interested, thanks…….Tom & Suzie
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.
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.
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:
The garden pond and viewing benches:
The garden arch, and well filled with stones
The Hacienda ruin:
Small museum containing pictures of Isla & items relating to Mundaca:
Plaque on museum wall:
Before & after pictures of Isla inside the museum:
View of Mundaca’s Estate from the museum rooftop:
Mundaca’s empty tomb in the cemetery near Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres:
Mundaca’s Jolly Roger:
Current inhabitants of the Estate:
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!