Sport bar, Las Helodias.

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In a residential district, Los Olivos in Playa del Carmen, avenida 115, there is a group of restaurants and bars that are worth the visit.

Its mainly there for those who are leaving around and that makes it a very cool and pleasant place where to be.

Happy hours and normal prices that are really reasonable, you will not empty your wallet.

This sport bar “Las Helodias” offers you outdoor seatings, indoor and seconf floor seatings as well.

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You can enjoy your favorite sport while enjoying your drinks are some food.

Maxi Mojito and Margaritas are awesome.

Tacos de Arrachera {beef} and schrimp tacos made our evening dinner.

Its a young place and noisy but that changes sometimes.

They accept credit cards.

La Paste cafe.

17190618_10212239408929875_5683397581493441848_nOut of the tourists and on the side of the highway, next to the mall Centro Maya. This is a casual place where its nice to go for lunch.

Out of work, you do not fancy the very busy places or your usual place to eat.

With a terrasse next to the parking lot, it is still nice to enjoy some nice food in the shade of your umbrella.

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The staff welcome you very nicelly. The furniture outdoor is very pleasant and spacious for a cafe.

The menu is really offering you a nice range of casual food and surprise, my favorite Mexican wine is on their list.

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I had a beautiful Crepe stuffed with chicken, tomatoes, cilantro and a tiny bit spicy Chipotle sauce, delicious.

The Guarache de Cecina was great as well.

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The pastries are awesome, you must try the “Double Chocolat” and if like me you are a chocolate lover, you will be amazed. Lemon tart or strawberry cake like all the others they offer you, are really delicious.

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Do not miss their Macarons.

They even have their “Pasteleria” next door in case you want to bring some home …

They do have some other places in Cancun as well.

Nothing to be crazy about, but a nice place for a change.

Hospices de Beaune.

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A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines, sold at auction on the third Sunday in November.

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Life in a French Chateau.

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In my career, I had the chance to work for a family who owned a Château in the Loire vallee in France. This property is huge and five persons were there working all year long. Three of us who travel from the US to manage and help in summer as the owners invited some guests.

We would be there in June, July and September. Of course we did a few trips during the year as our base was in Philadelphia.

On site, we had an organic garden with not less than 30 different kings of tomatoes from white to black ones. A barne for 8 horses with a fantastic ring. Their son was at the time a horse rider specialised in jumping. We had around thirty hens, chicken, guenea hens, quails and so on. None of the animals were for cooking but just for fun as some of them  were rare, and of course for fresh eggs.

Horses were oftenly hosted, of course extremely nice champions.

The whole property is 74 hectares and the main part are woods where in the season we could find mushrooms and one year we got over 150 kilos of Portobellos.

We had to prepare a lot of flowers arrangements in this home and had a flower garden were all sorts were available. Of course regarding the season…

All the cooking was home made, pastries and sweets as well. Only the bread was not, but extremely good bakeries are in the village next to this place.

During our stay, some Nobles, ex President and lots of family and friends were welcome. Dinner was a bit sofisticated and lunch was not so casual.

As the owners were American, we use to celebrate the 4th of July with a big party for them and the whole staff. After the dinner, some nice fireworks at the ring {to avoid a bad surprise}…

Tables for the owners, were always nicely organised and realy rich, Superb Fine China, some antics, cristal glasses and siver plated cutlery. Linen was very precious and I had so much various kind that changing tables setting everydays was easy.

It was a long and hard day everytime we stayed at the Château, but we had a lot of fun and very often when we had no guests, my boss would take us out to the restaurants around.

I must say that with twelve bedrooms , three salons and two dinning room plus a tv room we did have some work to do !

I had a two bedrooms appartement in the attic and three homes for staff were available for the permanent employees.

It is not possible to visit this superb Château as it is a private home.

Royal Palace of Amboise.

Beginning with François I’s reign, while the court generally stayed at Fontainebleau and the Louvre, the sovereign still appreciated Amboise, up to Henri II. The monarch’s stays were more rare from Henri III’s reign. The Court left the Touraine region definitively for Ile-de-France under Henri IV. From that time onwards, the Château d’Amboise was only a simple staging post for the Bourbon Kings.

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