This time, instead of the regular Joy interviewing Joy on her time spent in Mexico, El Blog de Joy will celebrate dos anos en Mexico with a photo essay taken by visitors to la casa de Joy y Brendan.
We love visitors — and nothing is more fun than seeing their trip photos!
First, my Minnesota in-laws, Bob and Martie, who were our first visitors way back in March of ’08:
Martie and Bob, from the Condesa DF Hotel rooftop bar here in my neighborhood.
My favorite photo from their trip. We spotted her at the Carnaval Parade in Xochimilco.
Then my parents and best friend Dora came, and while not touring Mexico City, we were hanging out — literally — over the Pacific Ocean in Acapulco:
The sunset was just a teeny weensy dramatic from the Los Flamingos hotel clifftop view.
My parents are museum buffs, so the fantastic Mexico City anthropology museum made their day.
My favorite thing about Acapulco was how it felt like you were floating above the ocean. (Fave photo by my Mom.)
Next to visit was my in-laws again, who brought along D.C. friends Laurie and Mark:
Laurie and Mark, on my right. We thoroughly enjoyed the food at Las Placeras in Malinalco, where we rented a house, played dominoes, drank tequila, swung from the hammock and in general had a fabulous time.
I love this photo by my father-in-law, Bob, because it shows Martie eating ice cream while drooling over the incredible fresh fruit.
Next was a quick one-night visit from Madeleine and Jason, who road tripped across Mexico.
New Yorkers, I've come to realize, don't bat an eye in Mexico City. They fit right in and enjoy the craziness just like the Chilangos. We took them out for some mezcal.
Then a few weeks ago Queens guru Connie, and her man, Hugh, visited us for a week. What a blast!
I took Connie to El Morral in Coyoacan to try my favorite food of all time, chiles en nogada. And she took a picture of me, reveling in my gluttony.
Connie, me and Brendan at our favorite restaurant in the city, La Embajada Jarocha. They serve Veracruz seafood, topped with live dancing/music. (A tropical haven in the crazy city.)
Connie and Hugh are both avid photoghapers, and who can resist taking photos of children this adorable? (Photo by Connie.)
Connie snapped this fantastic photo of Hugh while waiting for the subway to arrive. He's offering some slices of mandarin orange.
And, just a few days after Connie and Hugh se fueron, another darling New Yorker, Chrissy, arrived:
Yep, Charlie made a new amiga! We went back to the house in Malinalco.
Chrissy’s photo were pretty amazing, and I haven’t yet blogged about them before, so let’s take a look!
What we often eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner -- tacos!
What I WISH I could have for breakfast every day -- a bunch of Mexican pastries right out of the oven!
A beautiful smiling vendor at the Mercado La Cuidadela
A quiet street in Malinalco, Mexico.
The weeks following the rainy season are the most beautiful in Mexico. This is on a tiny highway en el estado de Mexico.
My new favorite photo of me!
These crosses are placed on the front entrances to all the homes in Malinalco during their annual festival in September. The flower-cross dries beautifully, no?
Then, just last week, came my Uncle Steven and Aunt Martha from Houston:
Steven and Martha. We went to Malinalco (again!), and ate (again!) at beautiful Las Placeras.
I have an upcoming post dedicated just to Martha's great photos, but this gives you an idea. At the mercado de Xochimilco.