Exploring Mayan Ruins | Tulum, Mexico

28 November 2016

From Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta Mexico has always been the go to vacation spot for my family and I. However, there is one thing I've been dying to cross off my travel bucket list for years: a trip to Mayan ruins. 

As we zoomed past Playa del Carmen in our tour van I realized it was silly to categorize all Mayan ruins together. Our guide explained how Chichen Itza and Tulum are as different as New York City and Miami. The vastness of the Mayan world can be seen in the differences of architecture and build. Not two ruins are the same. With that in mind, I was excited to get my first taste of the Mayan world as we took the short tram ride to the base of the ruins. 

There are several things to keep in mind when visiting Mayan ruins. The most important, according to our guide, is knowing when the ruins were built. Tulum is a Mayan Post-Classic city and is considered fairly young compared to other ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. The city of Tulum was a thriving port city between the 13th and 15th century. It is the only Mayan city built directly on a coast and because of that, it is one of the most stunning. 

The second most important thing to remember when visiting Mayan ruins is the belief in the circle of life. People are born, they fall in love, and then they die. Our guide explained that we start our journey in the dark, and then spend our life in the light only to return to the darkness again at the time of death. While I didn't follow everything our guide was saying, his explanation of the Mayan beliefs helped us really understand the buildings and symbols around us. 

Tulum is open every day of the week from 8:00am to 5pm. We went with a guide booked through our hotel, however if you want to stay and also visit the beach below you may want to go on your own. The ruins themselves are not too expansive and can be explored within an hour or two, but make sure to not rush yourself. There is so much to see and do!


The Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

21 November 2016

Hello lovely blogging world! In case you missed it, I took a little break. I couldn't force myself to write blog posts despite the fact that I had been on SO many trips! I had all these pictures and nothing to say. Well, after a much needed break from the online world I'm back and super excited to share with you my latest adventures! I believe we left off in Seattle.

Seattle is known for many things. Coffee, Grey's Anatomy, and rainy days to name a few. But the most iconic building in the Seattle skyline has always been the Space Needle, which is why Elle and I decided to make the journey up! 

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair held in Seattle. Described as the "Eiffel Tower of the future", the structure stands at 605 feet tall and can withstand hurricane force winds. At the time of our visit in September 58 million people had visited the observation deck. You can take the 41 second elevator ride up, or if you are brave enough you can climb the 848 steps to the top.

While the Space Needle may be one of the most iconic images of Seattle, what lies in its shadow can only be described as a hidden treasure. The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum was a destination that was described to us by many people as a "do not miss". Not really knowing what to expect, we bought our tickets and ventured into a wonderland type masterpiece. Washington native Dale Chihuly's comprehensive exhibit is on a scale I had never seen before. His talent is mesmerizing and wonderful, as seen in the pictures below. 

You can purchase joint tickets for the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. A visit to Seattle isn't complete without a trip to the Space Needle, so why not throw in a few extra dollars and enjoy Chihuly's magical work as well? Not convinced yet? I also vlogged our trip! 

What are some of your favorite iconic buildings around the world?