Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Getting ready to go away this weekend I started feeling like it is really really summer time. I took these photos last year when I visited my dad in Baja and we drove to La Paz and he showed me this secret beach. It was paradise. It was summer.

And here are some songs that have been on repeat over here:
The Union Line
The Deadly Syndrome
First Aid Kit
Francois Virot

Happy summer days.

the little town of todos santos

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Before life takes over and I forget that I ever went to Mexico, I wanted to share more from the trip! In case you missed it, here’s the house I stayed in.

Todos Santos is basically a dusty little town right on the pacific in baja california. You can’t swim in the water in most places because the rip tide and current will take you right out to sea (though it’s got great surfing in hidden little spots).

Part of the town sits lower and has rich soil, little streams and tons of palm trees. The rest is very very dry.

Love the bougainvillea everywhere.

And the old walls.

There is a cluster of little stores, one of them sells this great geranium scented soap. It’s next to the english language book store where I got this little camel (made by women to help fund the zapatistas on the mainland).

The popsicles were so pretty.

A little ways up the road out of town is a nursery where they hand you scissors and you can cut your own bouquet of flowers.

The modern little hotelito stands in direct contrast to the old todos santos inn. A little away from town, up higher with a breeze, it’s a streamlined colorful spot with a great pool and really good food. That’s the owner Jenny coming through the the bougainvillea. She hosts themed evenings in the restaurant. We went for sushi night and it was honestly some of the best sushi I’ve ever had.

Check out my other posts on todos santos here, here and here.

the old todos santos inn

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A highlight of the trip to baja was getting drinks and dinner at the todos santos inn. One of the oldest buildings in todos santos (built by a sugar baron in the 1800′s), the hacienda in the center of town has been totally restored as a historic inn and stands as an incredible contrast to my dad’s house.

I fell in love with the high beamed ceilings, colonial style brick, tile floors, spanish fixtures and, of course, the crumbling mural in the entry. The food was so so but the margaritas at sunset in the bar were perfect!

Update: A bonus picture that Marie sent me of me taking pictures (and the picture I was taking):

the house

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

My dad has been talking about this ‘simple little house’ he’s been building in Mexico for a while. So when I went down I was pretty shocked to find such a grand house. Sure, it only has two bedrooms, but it’s huge in terms of its scale. Lots of indoor/outdoor space, high ceilings, screened in porches, lots of land (that he’s planting an orchard on), a donkey (that we named velasquez), chickens and puppies (pablo and picasso) and loads of promise. The house isn’t finished and there were things like no hot water that can be improved, and there is still furniture to buy, etc.. But I was impressed. Good work, dad and HervĂ©*.

*gross oversight on my part. I forgot to tell you that my dad worked with LA based architect (and fellow frenchman) Hervé Daridan!

The kitchen is indoor outdoor and part of the main space (it can be closed up now while there aren’t regular walls up for security, that will change). It’s where we spent most of our time.

The house is in a low lying ‘oasis’ area of todos santos so dad built the house higher up in case of a flood. Without any landscaping, it kind of looks like a boat which is perfect because my dad is a sailor.

The view from the front of the house. For now the neighbor (who is a farmer) will be planting a crop of corn. But in the future there will be olive trees and maybe even a pool.

The light in the kitchen was my favorite.

A picture my dad snapped of me at the end of the day.

I abstained from filling in loads of captions for the pictures, but if you have questions or want to know more about anything, just leave a comment and I’ll answer it all!.