Ensenada, Mexico

Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
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Trip End May 20, 2010


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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Monday, April 19, 2010

Just south of where the Guadalupe Valley opens to the Pacific lies Ensenada, a name that forever sticks in my mind because it was a port "The Love Boat" always seemed to dock in. Ensenada is beautifully situated along the Bahia de Todos Santos and surrounded by mountains, but the town itself is somewhat disappointing and drab for such an important Love Boat destination.  The commercial strip near the waterfront is full of strip clubs, restaurants, beer joints, and pharmacies selling all those drugs (heavy emphasis on Viagra and Cialis) you need a prescription for in the U.S. but are over-the-counter in Mexico, everything a ship full of gringos could desire as they run amok in a Mexican town.  But on my April Monday morning in Ensenada there were sadly no cruise ships in port, so I didn't get to see "Your Cruise Director" Julie McCoy and her entourage.

To me the most interesting sight in Ensenada is the Mercado de Mariscos along the waterfront, which does a brisk business in seafood of the finned kind as well as mollucs and crustaceans.  The weird shelled things like sea snails and abalones are the real stars, but I also couldn't pass up a chunk of delicious smoked marlin.  And where they sell fresh seafood wholesale, restaurants and stands that sell it in consumable form can't be far away.  So Ensenada was my first opportunity to sample some of Baja's famous seafood delicacies - tostadas with tuna ceviche, marlin tacos, shrimp tacos, Baja-style seafood "cocktails", and Caldo de Pescado.  Yum!

Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
Yes LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! It's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! (hey-ah!)

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
It's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! It's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! It's
LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!
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