Zip Lining Cancun Mexico at Selvatica Cancun Adventure

Red Velvet Voyage is a personal travel blog site where I share my random experiences. This is me Zip-Lining in Cancun

I got to experience Zip Lining Cancun Mexico at Selvatica Cancun Adventure during a group vacation in March 2013.  I could only rally up two other friends to join me because the others from the group had either already been Zip-Lining or had no desire to fly above the trees in the jungle like monkeys on cables.  The part that keeps us laughing today is that My girlfriend who I coerced to join last minute was dressed for a day at the pool, not for outdoor adventure.  She went Zip Lining in Wedge Heels!  Rock-On Amiga – My Fashionista Adventurista!!! A great day trip into the Mexican Jungle, I was most impressed swimming in the Cenote and being entertained by the Fabulous Crew at Selvatica Cancun.

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Nikki Beach St Tropez France

Nikki Beach St Tropez France

Nikki Beach St Tropez France is where the serious party crowd goes to see and be seen!  They organize special Themed events like “White Parties” or “Gangster Parties,” really vibrant beach occasions.  We went for lunch on a Tuesday in May, to find it pretty much vacant and empty, likely too early in the season.  The property at Nikki Beach St Tropez France is very large with dining tables for dining and plenty of sunning lounge areas.  However, it seems as though it’s missing a crucial part of its name, The Beach.  We renamed it “Nikki-almost-at-the-Beach” because it really has no beach access at all.  There is another smaller beach club just in front of it that owns Nikki’s beach.  It’s actually just a pool club, but party happening & no one seemed to miss the beach, or the sobriety.

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Wedding in Romania Bucharest Photo Essay

Wedding in Romania Bucharest Romania young Boy selling roses downtown

I was invited to a Wedding in Romania in 2013… This destination-wedding took place in the bride’s home-town of Bucharest, Romania.  Being able to experience Romania on this cultural level was priceless. We were honored to share this truly romantic special day with our very dear friends.   Weddings expose the richest cultures and customs of a society combining the ancient past with the modern present.

 

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding - bride and groom

Bucharest, Romania Wedding – bride and groom see each other for the first time on the wedding day.

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church

Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church. Bride & Groom & Wedding Party

Wedding in Romania Bucharest Romania, Interior View of Historic Restaurant, Caru Cu Bere

Bucharest Romania, Interior View of Historic Restaurant, Caru Cu Bere. The wedding’s rehearsal dinner was served in this fantasticly historic and delicious restaurant.

Wedding in Romania caru cu bere pork knuckle

The rehearsal dinner took place in the historic famous beer hall restaurant called, Caru Cu Bere. Their specialty is this most delicious pork knuckle served with many sides.

Wedding in Romania Bucharest, Romania Wedding in a historic Church. Bride & Groom First Dance

Bucharest, Romania Wedding Reception. Bride & Groom First Dance with Bubbles and Love.

Wedding in Romania romanian group dance in a circle

Wedding in Romania A view of the wedding group in an active Romanian Traditional Dance. The music accelerates and the dancers run faster in the circle. Its exhilarating and absolutely fun!!!

Il Palio dei Micci or The Donkey Derby

Il Palio dei Micci Donkey Derby

Have you any idea what is Il Palio dei Micci or The Donkey Derby ?  Finally after three years of attempting to witness this Palio dei Micci, or as I call it… the Donkey Derby, I now fully comprehend this Fantastic Event!  I have been every year only to have it rained out due to it presiding  outdoors.  Its an annual competition/festival event that takes place in Querceta, Italy.  This year was the 59th year of participation. Eight different teams, each with their own color symbolism, compete to win in four categories: The Donkey race, the Performance, the Drummers, and the Parade/Fashion Show.

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Il Palio dei Micci – The Donkey Race

Il Palio dei Micci is a famous festival near the beach in Tuscany, near Forte dei Marmi & Viareggio Italia.  It’s an annual Medieval Festival that incorporates all of the different neighborhoods, le contrade, to compete against one another.

http://www.dovealucca.it/da-vedere/curiosita-folcloristiche/252-il-palio-dei-micci-di-querceta

One of my very good friends is in charge of her team’s very elaborate & costly costumes that they annually recreate.   Last year she won first place for costume design!  Years ago she walked in the Parade as the Queen… Her husband once as the King…  as her children also participate in the event.  It involves almost every member of the Versilia Italia Community.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Versilia

The neighborhoods take this event very seriously, with everyone donating their time and money to be the best Contrada!  Members of the community start to prepare for the following year almost immediately after the event is over.   They have sagras throughout the year to raise money for the elaborate costumes and the unique parade platforms.  I heard that they even inject the donkey with a shot of cocaine before the race starts to make their donkey go the fastest.  IDK, never seen that before. It’s a year of hard work for one day competing to be the best!

I have been to the event two years in a row & have never seen the Palio or the Parade, la Sfilata.  In the event of rain, the event is postponed to the following weekend.  It has rained EVERY time I have driven to the coast to attend.  Today we are driving to Forte Dei Marmi to attend the Palio tomorrow and there is a 40% chance of rain.  Please Mother Nature, smettere di piovere! Please don’t rain tomorrow!