Susanna’s Clips

Sunrise, Laguna Bacalar - near archaeological zone  © Susanna Starr

Sunrise, Laguna Bacalar © Susanna Starr


Here are links to some of my clips. These clips are being added to continually–please check back.

–  susanna


Here’s another good list of clips at IFWTWA.


The Mystery of the Maya
by Susanna Starr
In the nineteen seventies, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico was just becoming accessible to the foreign traveler. Roads from Mexico City led to the Spanish colonial city of Merida, once known as Mayab, a major center of the Maya.


A Farm to Fork Revival: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

John Lamkin and Susanna Starr

Farm land has been disappearing rapidly in Albuquerque’s North Valley in the last few years. New high-end residential development is taking its place. Matt Rembe and family, owners of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, are doing something about it…

Mis Recuerdos, My Memories, of Oaxaca

Susanna Starr

It’s been more than 35 years that I’ve been living and working in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico and in the small outlying villages. Most of my work with the weavers, both buying and designing pieces that will be sold in my New Mexico gallery, is done in a small Zapotec weaving village outside of Oaxaca.

Riviera Maya – North America’s “New Riviera”

Susanna Starr

The designation “Riviera Maya” is a fairly recent one. For many years, even after the advent and development of Cancun, then Playa del Carmen and finally Tulum, this magnificent stretch of beach along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, was little explored.



by Susanna Starr When I was in elementary school, I used to walk home every day to prepare my own lunch. My teacher, who lived nearby, also walked home for her noon repast. One day, I excitedly asked her if she had heard anything about the aliens who had landed in the Arizona desert. She looked …

My Mother, Who Had No Age

by Susanna Starr We celebrated my mother’s birthday on Feb. 8th, but never really knew how old she was. She said that she was born in 1900 because it not only made her two years younger than my father, but was easy for her to calculate her age. In 1968, when my mother died, we did some of  …

Traveling Back Through Time in Taos

by Susanna Starr Although Starr Interiors, the gallery that I’ve had for decades, has been housed in what was once the home of one of the founding artists of Taos, New Mexico, E.I. Couse, only recently have I gotten entranced with the history of the building. I’ve known about it, …

Driving Myself Crazy Searching for the Ecological Solution

by Susanna Starr Since speaking on the cell phone is prohibited when you’re driving in Santa Fe, I pulled over to answer mine, which rang just before approaching Beaver Toyota. So, it was the most logical thing to drive into the parking lot of a large car dealership. After getting off …

Leaving It All Behind

by Susanna Starr To the outside world we had a beautiful life. There we were, living happily with our children in our lovely suburban home. We had interesting friends. What would possess us to leave it all and hit the road? But that’s what we did, launching ourselves into points unknown …

My Day as a Pilgrim

by Susanna Starr It started out with a scant breakfast (have you ever tried a one egg omelet?) and miles of walking around the city streets of Quito in Ecuador wearing wedged sandals instead of sneakers. Wedged sandals are not the shoes of choice when traveling. My feet, already aching, were real …


Revisiting Victoria House, a luxury vacation resort on Belize’s Ambergris Caye

Every once in a while you happen upon a vacation destination that will fill your expectations and then go beyond them. While many resorts have wonderful facilities, including fine restaurants and access to many varied activities, ultimately it’s…

Island in the sun

Just an hour and a half boat ride from a piece of paradise on Laguna Bacalar, in the southernmost part of the Yucatan Peninsula took us to another slice of paradise. Not only was there the Bahia de Chetumal (Bay…

Mansion Alcazar Boutique Hotel, elegance in Cuenca, Ecuador

Text and Slideshow by Susanna StarrRather than try to see as much of Ecuador as we could, we opted for a long term stay in Cuenca, a city that was a good deal smaller than the capital city of Quito…

International Food Wine and Travel Writers Assn. presents two excellence awards

International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) presented two excellence awards in Mexico’s Riviera Mayaby Susanna StarrJanuary 4, 2012 – Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico – In an intimate ceremony at John Gray’s Kitchen restaurant, John Lamkin…

A magic village on a magic lake, Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico

For the somewhat adventurous traveler, looking for an alternative to the glitz and glitter of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera area of the Caribbean, the village of Bacalar located on the shore of the pristine waters of  Laguna Bacalar…

Los Poblanos: A country inn and gourmet organic food getaway near Albuquerque

For those who think of Taos or Santa Fe when they’re contemplating an eco-conscious and laid back vacation in northern New Mexico, where dreams of locally grown, gourmet organic food is par for the course, think again…

The Turtle Dance of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

The temperature reading on the bank clock, as we passed by on our way north to the Taos Pueblo, registered 6 degrees. We were on our way to the Turtle Dance held every New Year’s Day to celebrate…

The soul of the marketplace – Pochote Market, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico

Going to any town in Mexico you will somehow find yourself at an outdoor market. Large cities have permanent markets with stalls set up for vendors who rent the spaces on a regular basis. But there are always street or…