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Weddings in Paradise

by Peter Wells Scott

Everyone thinks of Puerto Vallarta as a perfect vacation spot, and as encompassing all the ingredients for the idyllic honeymoon, but more and more folks are looking to Vallarta as a place to get married. The weather, the ocean breezes, the friendliness of the people, the accessability by air, and the general economies are all attractions.

From south to north around the bay, there are untold enclaves and coves that have proven to be "the perfect spot" for many that have tied the knot.

Not wanting to steal anyone's thunder, we nevertheless offer seven suggestions that have met the needs of many.

1. Le Kliff in Boca de Tomatlan. Described as the "largest restaurant palapa" in Latin America, Le Kliff has been a perrenial favorite for diners seeking out of the way elegance. Waves crashing against the rocks below add to the ambience. Receptions can be held right on location. Can easily handle up to 200 people.

2. Moving north up the coast, Villas Mar a Lago has 6 comfortable villas with enticing names. Boca Raton, Desiree, Copa Cabana, Capri, Monaco and Don Juan. The wedding party can be housed right in the villas. Again, the ceremony can be performed followed by a reception. Norma Molinar has an excellent chef, and also makes available wedding consultations.

3. Lindomar is a time share resort that is cradled between a series of rocks The waves lap against the rocks and makes for a very romantic setting. There are many strategic locations for the ceremony, and dining for up to 100 persons is no problem.

4. Moving to the marina area, several leading hotels have extensive grounds and capacity to accomodate up to 200 guests. Four in particular are noteworthy. Westin Regina, Marriott Magna, Velas Vallarta have all been favorites. Next to Velas, Bay View Grand has a bodega right on the beach which offers a very romantic setting. Receptions can be held at one of the previously mentioned hotels.

5. In Nuevo Vallarta, Paradise Village, Marival, and the new Rio hotel all can accommodate up to 200 people.

6. The Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita is where many folks flying in on their Lear Jets end up. It offers every exquisite extra for the most discerning.

7. Sayulita, like Lindomar, has beach settings that are unique. Don Pedro's Restaurant sits on the beach, and surfers ply their trade nearby.Puerto Vallarta is a leading destination for vacationers, honeymooners, and, yes, for those choosing a site to exchange wedding vows.

When fact merges with fiction

by Peter Wells Scott

The road from San Sebastian to La Bufa is treacherous, taking 45 minutes but seeming like 4 hours, or 4 days depending on your penchant for risk. The views looking down on the shoreline of Puerto Vallarta make every inch of the ordeal well worth whatever personal price is paid. Or so they say. But what happens if it is cloudy and you are stuck in the middle of them? Then you can't see 4 feet in front of you. So let it be with Cesar.

It is true that Mr. Luster was in Puerto Vallarta. For 5 months he had been on the lam after jumping bail in his trial in Los Angeles for rape and other sundries. In absentia, the jury gave him 124 years. CBS, CNN and others were quoted as saying that Mr. Luster had escaped to Mexico, then began to redefine Mexico to mean Guadalajara, and after three days the lens focused on Puerto Vallarta.

Sometime early in the morning of last Tuesday, he left his 34 dollar a night room at Los Angeles Motel to replenish his energies at a nearby taco stand. It was there that he was confronted by the "Dog." The latter is a bounty hunter, who skirmished briefly with the runaway. The fact is that taking the law into your own hands, call it citizen's arrest, is also a crime under Mexican law. Here it is called kidnapping. So, local papers including El Sol, Meridiano and others next feature pictures of Mr. Luster, Dog and his loyals taken from a local downtown prison. Legend, or is it fact, has it that there are 7 people lodged in Mexican prisons on charges of unlawful kidnapping.

Meanwhile, FBI folks from the U.S. are sent down to Puerto Vallarta to reunite Mr. Luster with his stateside obligations. He is whisked off to a Federal jail in central California. He precariously holds on to his proclaimed innocence, saying that whatever sexual acts that were committed were consensual. Speculation has it the the fugitive also visited the Los Angeles Motel last year. Left behind were 15 pages of notes outlining his activities, and yes, his victims were inebriated, and that he was a player, alleging, "no harm no foul."

Meanwhile Dog is out of jail after posting bail and under his own personal recognizance. He says that his reward is sufficient if limited to redressing the plight of Luster's victims. But one would doubt that. In fact, it was the Mexican police that turned the assailant over to U.S. authorities. Speculation as to any award had dwindled from one million dollars to a possible ten thousand dollars. Left behind in the motel was a list of "Paybacks" and a list of Spanish pickup lines. Also was a list of names that might contribute money to accommodate Luster's new found lifestyle. He was also reviewing resort property north of Vallarta.

Luster's stateside attorney is claiming that the trial was unjust. The trip to Vallarta has certainly faned the fires of curiosity, and whether a new legend has been framed remains to be seen. Winston Churchill has said to say something about him, be it good or bad. Certainly something has been said about Puerto Vallarta. We will have to await the clouds to clear before we can tell whether it is good or bad. Undoubtedly the beaches and byways have received exposure that money couldn't buy.

Weddings in Paradise

Everyone thinks of Puerto Vallarta as a perfect vacation spot, and as encompassing all the ingredients for the idyllic honeymoon, but more and more folks are looking to Vallarta as a place to get married. The weather, the ocean breezes, the friendliness of the people, the accessability by air, and the general economies are all attractions.

From south to north around the bay, there are untold enclaves and coves that have proven to be "the perfect spot" for many that have tied the knot.

Not wanting to steal anyone's thunder, we nevertheless offer seven suggestions that have met the needs of many.

1. Le Kliff in Boca de Tomatlan. Described as the "largest restaurant palapa" in Latin America, Le Kliff has been a perrenial favorite for diners seeking out of the way elegance. Waves crashing against the rocks below add to the ambience. Receptions can be held right on location. Can easily handle up to 200 people.

2. Moving north up the coast, Villas Mar a Lago has 6 comfortable villas with enticing names. Boca Raton, Desiree, Copa Cabana, Capri, Monaco and Don Juan. The wedding party can be housed right in the villas. Again, the ceremony can be performed followed by a reception. Norma Molinar has an excellent chef, and also makes available wedding consultations.

3. Lindomar is a time share resort that is cradled between a series of rocks The waves lap against the rocks and makes for a very romantic setting. There are many strategic locations for the ceremony, and dining for up to 100 persons is no problem.

4. Moving to the marina area, several leading hotels have extensive grounds and capacity to accomodate up to 200 guests. Four in particular are noteworthy. Westin Regina, Marriott Magna, Velas Vallarta have all been favorites. Next to Velas, Bay View Grand has a bodega right on the beach which offers a very romantic setting. Receptions can be held at one of the previously mentioned hotels.

5. In Nuevo Vallarta, Paradise Village, Marival, and the new Rio hotel all can accommodate up to 200 people.

6. The Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita is where many folks flying in on their Lear Jets end up. It offers every exquisite extra for the most discerning.

7. Sayulita, like Lindomar, has beach settings that are unique. Don Pedro's Restaurant sits on the beach, and surfers ply their trade nearby.Puerto Vallarta is a leading destination for vacationers, honeymooners, and, yes, for those choosing a site to exchange wedding vows.

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Thousands of residents and visitors gathered along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the happiness and solemnity of the Mexican revolutionary parade. Civil and military authorities, and various local institutions and groups participated in this celebration.

Along with Puerto Vallarta's Mayor, Salvador Gonzalez Resendiz, and his wife Jennifer Serur, thousands of residents and visitors together with civilian and military authorities, gathered for the traditional revolutionary parade on Sunday.

Thousands of locals and visitors gathered along the Malecon to enjoy the joy and the participation of each of the contingent offering rhythmic and sports demonstrations, which filled with energy and color this event.

101 Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution in Puerto Vallarta

Great enthusiasm and great respect was shown for the national symbols by the more than 3,000 participants that formed part of this historic commemoration, making it one big party. The parade started off at 9 am. on Ignacio L. Vallarta Street, continuing past the City Hall, here both the authorities and the general public recognized the efforts of the various participants.

Subsequently, the contingent continued on Paseo Díaz Ordaz, where thousands of Vallartans had all congregated to celebrate the 101th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, which culminated in Morelos street.

All the newly renovated streets near the Malecon were filled with entire families and tourists who watched the beautiful parade that lasted 3 hours and included the presence of members of the Military Zone, Naval Zone, Traffic and Municipal Police, Fire department, Civil Protection, Municipal Hall Band, the Kids Club 'Mundo Mágico', sports associations, the Institute for Youth, as well as primary, secondary, high school and college educational institutions, as well as Institute of Homeopathy, the Mexican Environmental Army, the Vallartan Motorcycle group and the Charro Association.

In Puerto Vallarta and around the country, this parade filled with marching band, music and dances, colors, energy and much more, takes place year after year, to commemorate this important and proud date for all Mexicans, with a parade filled with sujects and themes related to the Revolution.

This date without a doubt will always be in the minds and hearts of all Mexicans and of course in Puerto Vallarta a city that believes in the revolution of ideas that undoubtedly have helped and will continue to transform the city into a better one, day by day and into the future.

For reference, the Mexican Revolution of 1910 was an armed uprising of Francisco I. Madero against a longtime ruling autocratic government led by Porfirio Díaz. The Mexican Revolution was backed by a series of socialist and liberal movements. It is without a doubt the most important socio-political event in Mexico during the 20th Century. As a result of this struggle the leaders of the Mexican revolution wrote the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

The Revolution is considered to have lasted until 1920. The revolution also created the Partido Revolucionario Nacional, later renamed Partido Revolucionario Insitucional or PRI, that ruled the country, under various presidents, until the 2000 general elections in Mexico.

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