Friday, September 24, 2010

Palapa Update

It looks like I am going to have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool you guys again. Almost everyone of you guessed correctly for yesterday's quiz. The answer: they are all things I have seen being used instead of real protective helmets on motor scooters. Good going, Guys and Gals!

Today we are going to take a quick trip back to the Hotel Maria del Mar. Remember a few weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a palapa over what used to be an outside restaurant and bar? Well, look at it now.

This thing is huge! I really was not expecting something so grandiose. But, there seems to be a trend right now on the island to build these huge palapas. I think the trend was started by the restaurant Brisas Grill. I could name you four of these things right off the top of my head.

As you can see here, it has been extended out and will, indeed, cover the old swing bar. They did not tear it down as a waiter reported to me they were going to do.

This picture gives you some idea of the scope of this thing. I hope.

But not to fear. Should you still require or desire a more intimate palapa setting, one of the original three swing bars still remains untouched. For those of you unfamiliar with the phenomenon known as a swing bar, I think this picture adequately explains it.

Truth be told, I like this new addition to the North Beach.


Calypso said...

I missed the contest ;-( I wear a helmet beyond Xico - within the 1/2 mile wide and mile and 1/2 long I run head naked.Small risk as one can seldom reach 20 mph in town - and you?

Anonymous said...

hi wayne,

i love that they kept the trees and just included them. it does look grandiose as you said-i agree it's a good addition.

thanks for the definition of swing bar-i had no clue.

how is jeff doing? God willing he is doing better with his treatments.

have a great weekend!


Life's a Beach! said...

That really looks nice! And hopefully, if (they) build it, people will come! In droves!

Jane said...

Nicely tropical. I like the looks of it too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice photos and for keeping us up to date with life on Isla.
You are lucky to live in such a wonderful place.
I always look forward to your next posting!

Islagringo said...

Calypso: I long for the days of going helmutless but, alas, there has been a helmut law on Isla for quite a few years now. Of course, that does not mean it must be an approved safety helmut. Just something that looks hard on your hat. No more baseball caps allowed. The only people exempt from it are small children, riding 2 or 3 at a time with their parents on the same scooter. Go figure.

Linda Dorton said...

The palapas look great...but I am concerned about that tree inside. Are they going to just keep cutting off the top, ya think?

Steve Cotton said...

And thank you for the pictorial definition of a swing bar. I had something quite different in mind.

1st Mate said...

This gives a whole new meaning to the term, "a swinging bar."

Jackie said...

There seems to be something kinky on Steve's mind lately.LOL!

Linda said...

We love Buho's! Looks very nice!!!