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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Puerto Vallarta Hosts Movie Premiere

On April 14, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board hosted the premiere of the movie Sundown with its celebrity cast and celebrated director Fernando Lebrija. Sundown is the latest motion picture to be entirely shot in Puerto Vallarta, adding to some 30 US film productions that have taken place there.

Scheduled to open in the US and Canada on May 14, Sundown is one of two films premiering this year that were partly funded by the State of Jalisco’s new filming commission (COFIEJ) and it was almost completely shot in Puerto Vallarta. The other film, the Sundance Festival favorite Mr. Pig, was directed by Diego Luna and starred Maya Rudolph and Danny Glover. With the establishment of COFIEJ, more national and international films are expected to be filmed in Puerto Vallarta in the upcoming years.

Wine & Food Festival Promises Gastronomic Fireworks

Food and wine lovers from across the globe are licking their lips in anticipation of the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival. Slated for April 27–May 1 and among the largest culinary festivals in the Caribbean, the tasteful event presents an impressive roster of locations for sampling a virtual smorgasbord of dishes created by celebrity chefs.

The 2016 edition will shine the spotlight on the flavors of Spain and Mexico while paying homage to Chef Alejandro Ruiz, ambassador of Oaxacan cuisine, and Chef Albert Adria, who is lauded as one of the top pastry chefs in the world.

In tribute to the stellar culinary pair, the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will host two separate tribute dinners—one at Aqua Live Cancun and the other at Secrets The Vine Resort & Spa. The five-course affairs will find these renowned chefs joined by culinary colleagues and friends to celebrate the impact each has made on the world of gastronomy.

Chefs will also guide festival conference sessions and cooking classes at Anahuac Cancun University. Those attending can also enjoy a Star Chefs Dinner featuring 20 of Mexico’s top chefs and specialized tasting workshops that shed light on the universe of spirited and delicate drinks. The highly anticipated Gourmet Tasting Village will serve up an all-inclusive journey of gourmet food, liquor, wine, and live music.

International News

April in Paris

As President Obama has said, more Americans will be killed in a bathtub accident (464) this year than have ever been killed by terrorists in Europe.

“The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives,” Obama said about the Brussels terrorism attacks. He was traveling in Cuba when the attacks in Brussels happened. The symbolism of Obama addressing the world from such a historically loaded backdrop as Cuba should not be lost on us; this is a time to be boldly taking down barriers, not putting up walls.

Travelers should not curtail their plans to go to Europe. The continent needs us now, more than ever. Their tourism industry has taken an immediate hit. Since the bombings in Brussels, hotel occupancy has dropped to 67 percent in Paris, and 58 percent in London.

April in Paris is wonderful. Sounds like a great time to travel to me. Empty hotels mean no crowds. You can get reservations at the best restaurants and travel prices are dirt cheap.


Experience The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an open-air show of spectacular military marching bands in colorful uniforms as well as special entertainment from all around the globe. This world-famous event takes place from August 5 to 27 on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

On all CIE  Tours’  vacations that visit Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates, prime tickets to this event are included. So whether you join a Scottish tour, a British itinerary or a Scottish/Irish combination, you’ll be part of this wonderful evening on all 32 coach tours that include an Edinburgh hotel stay during the Tattoo season.

Choose an itinerary from 5 to 24 days in length. Whichever one you pick, you’ll have a great vacation, and the Tattoo performance is sure to be one of your most cherished memories. Five-day tours start from US$1275 per person.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for more than 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in personalized cruises and tours. She designs trips that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics: cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email Her office hours are Mon–Fri, 11am–4pm, Office 1A, Rancho Los Labradores, Car. D. Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.

Sources: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, Cook Travel, CIE Tours, Crystal Cruises.


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