sometimes paradise is sheer perfection…

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

I mean seriously I can’t make this stuff up.!! This picture taken yesterday in Playa is sheer perfection.!! An ocean view complete with a spectacular rainbow (arco iris) from one of the tables at Zenzi Beach Bar (a personal favorite I might add).!

Due to all the storm activity in the Caribbean, the sky is always a beautiful mix of azure blue, clouds, and rainbows. That’s the upside. The downside is Hurricane Matthew was in the neighborhood and is heading north. Wishing everyone in the hurricane’s path Godspeed.

sometimes paradise is a rainbow wedding day…

courtesy of facebook.com/nalleychow

courtesy of facebook.com/nalleychow

Awwww….I have no words…. Just gorgeous….

sometimes paradise is a doble arco iris…

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense Foto: Christian Ventura

“Lluvia y doble arco iris, así iniciamos el día hoy.! Rain and a double rainbow, so we started the day today.!” – Soy Playense.

This was the magical scene in Playa del Carmen yesterday.!! Not one but TWO rainbows 🙂

courtesy of P.S.

courtesy of P.S.

sometimes paradise is a rainbow…

patty rainblow

My lovely friend P., the photographer, took this awesome shot of a rainbow this morning in Playa del Carmen.!! Or arco iris as they are called in Spanish.!

Rainbows are ever present in Playa del Carmen because it rains so much, especially this time of year. Therefore, during the rainy season, we are constantly being rewarded with beautiful rainbow sightings.! Enjoy 🙂

time-outs and rainbows…

rainbow march

Chicago gets snow and Playa gets rainbows. Well at least one rainbow or arco iris. Isn’t it beautiful.?!! Courtesy of my lovely friend P., the photographer.

Who, by the way, also posted the meme you see below on my FB page the other day. With the following caption – “Rose you need it too! lol” Hmmmmm…. I’m thinking she might be right 😀

courtesy of rumtherapy.com

courtesy of rumtherapy.com

looking for my pot of gold….

courtesy of my friend P.

courtesy of my friend P.

at the end of a rainbow.!! It rained last week in Playa Del Carmen even though it is technically not rainy season there. But as is the case after almost every storm in playa, a rainbow or arco iris magically appeared.

I immensely enjoyed seeing the rainbows after a storm when I lived in playa. They were beautiful – the colors, the size, the majesty. I don’t see as many rainbows in Chicago, even though it does rain here frequently in fall and spring. Something about the atmospheric conditions in Playa del Carmen bring on a bounty of rainbows.

My friend P. was kind enough to take this photo of the rainbow on Monday. I thought during this winter spell, we could all enjoy the beauty and promise of a rainbow 🙂

somewhere over the rainbow…

rainbow at mamita's beach club

rainbow at mamita’s beach club

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true…”

So goes the Judy Garland song…. And lately I have been humming that song more and more. I’m sure it has something to do with the frigid Chicago temperatures. They make me blue. They make me cold. They make me dream of warmer climes. Of course, they make me think of Mexico….

cozumel at the end of the rainbow

cozumel at the end of the rainbow

Seeing a rainbow has always been a wonderful treat for me.! At once, a beautiful omen and an amazing phenomenon.! Living in Chicago, I saw a handful growing up. However, living in Playa del Carmen, I saw triple, no quadruple, that amount.!! In Spanish, a rainbow is called arcoiris. The ones at dawn are called arcoiris al amanecer.

I would see rainbows on my drive to work. I would see them at the beach. Living in an area of the world where there is so much moisture in the air, granted me a rainbow reverie sometimes almost weekly.! At times, I would wonder did I deserve such visual eye candy on a consistent basis.!?! Eventually, I decided I did deserve it 🙂

rainbow over the caribbean

rainbow over the caribbean

the other half

the other half

According to wikipedia, “a rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.”

This explains the omnipresence of rainbows in the Riviera Maya. If it’s not raining, the sun is shining brightly. What a wonderful place to find yourself so thoroughly entrenched with beauty and gorgeous apparitions.! I was very blessed to see so many rainbows during my time in Mexico. They never failed to make me smile.! And hope.! And think magical thoughts.!

amanecer arcoiris

arcoiris al amanecer

dawn rainbow

rainbow at dawn

As you know this past month, I have been thinking of sunsets in order to survive the unseemly cold in Chicago. brrrr….. However, I have also been thinking about rainbows. Really anything and everything that has nothing to do with the cold.!! It’s all I have to hold onto until more sublime temperatures find their way to Chicago. Until then, I am going to stare at these photos and listen to Judy.