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Dec 7, 2017 - Foodies!

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico Today was a celebration of food. There has certainly not been a lack of food here at the resort and all of it beautifully presented, but today we branched out a little. We attended a demonstration of seafood paella making. It includes 3 types of peppers, lots of spices, shrimp, octopus, mussels and whatever else the chef wants to include. Since the class was held on the beach, there was an extra element of fun. Then we ventured into Playa del Carmen for a food/history tour. It lasted over 4 hours and...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Another day in Paradise!

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico We have not yet managed to fully utilize all of the facilities and activities offered but we are trying to do so before we venture off property again. On an early morning stroll we walked right up to deer and agouti, almost stepped on a couple of iguana, and searched fruitlessly for the boa constrictor our shuttle driver Victor swears is there. We were amused by the vigorous water aerobics class which started out with 2 men and 20 women and was weaned down to 13 women. The 2 men were the first to drop...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Best laid plans

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico We had expected to be on a 13-hour tour today. It had been scheduled well in advance for Monday. The tour operator changed it to Tuesday. Then at 10 pm Monday night he called to say he was sick so we postponed to Friday. Oh, well. We simply improvised and spent the day at 146-acre Xplor Adventure Park. The place is fascinating. Lots of it is underground in a huge network of caves complete with stalactites and stalagmites. We have no idea how many miles we walked underground to move from one activity to...

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Dec 4, 2017 - The great hunters

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico We are gearing up for a full day of adventure tomorrow so we continued to marshal our energy by exploring and enjoying the benefits of our resort today. It sure is tough trying to decide whether to swim in the pool, plunge into the ocean or just snooze in the beach cabana! Actually, we have been on a quest to find all the resident wildlife. Our shuttle driver, Victor, assures us there are lots and lots of boa constrictors - as yet unconfirmed. He had also been adamant that there are monkeys in the...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Xcaret

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico We have several activities lined up for the week but today was all about exploring Xcaret. The resort is quite extensive and, with all the lush foliage, it is pretty easy to get lost. We did. Much to Jim's delight, there is wildlife on the property. The iguana really blend in with the background despite the fact that, snout to tail, their length can reach 72". We have not seen any quite that large yet but, since they hide so well, we could have walked right past them. The coatimundi or coati are not...

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Dec 2, 2017 - International travelers

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico We have travelled extensively in the United States, having been to all the states a couple of times and many states numerous times. Our journeys outside of the US have been limited in comparison. We have now expanded our itinerary. We will be spending a week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico - between Cancun and Cozumel. "We" are Sandi's sister Barb, her husband Jim, Sandi's brother Terry, his friend Cindy and, of course, Jim and Sandi. The resort, arranged by Terry, is absolutely stunning, although we were...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Tulum, Mexico

We went to see our first Mayan ruins in Tulum. It was a lovely location, right on the coast above some brilliant beaches. It was a quite important trade route for the Mayans. Lots of iguanas. The ruins were quite small though and full of American bus tours. Had some excellent Mexican food, the best being a very busy street stall called Taquerias Honorio. And margaritas!

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May 12, 2017 - All at Sea and Farewells

I was again at the devotions this morning. When I returned to the room Christine was taking advantage of the first morning that she was free to sleep in. She arose ad got ready and we went down for breakfast. When we returned to our room, I did most of my packing then went to the disembarkation lecture while Christine packed. I returned and Christine finished her packing while I checked our emails. That is about all the WiFi is good for here, despite claims of speed. We went up and had lunch and went straight to the last session we had...

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May 11, 2017 - Cozumel

As usual, I was up early and at the devotional. It was shorter than usual and I went back to the room and we went up for breakfast. We went back and got our things together for the day and went off the ship. Our guide was waiting for us. Two quite elderly ladies were advised to head off closer to the bus, so we went with them. We sat for a while before the guide came with the rest of the group. Once on the bus, we headed down a long straight road to a chocolate factory where we saw a number of things, including a demonstration of how...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Relaxing on Cozumel

Tulum to Cozumel What a luxury - to be able to sleep in for a second night in a row! Or it would have been if we had actually slept. For some reason neither Maree nor I was able to sleep soundly last night. Perhaps it was the spicy vegetables that we ate for dinner. After a leisurely breakfast we took a walk to a nearby Cenote that Freya had told us about the day before. It wasn't far to walk and it was quite lovely. Unlike the others we had seen, this Cenote was fully exposed and surrounded by jungle. The water was crystal clear with lots...

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Apr 9, 2017 - Around and about in Tulum

I thought that we might get a sleep in this morning but no, up at 6:30 for breakfast at 7:00 and departure at 7:30. As it turned out this was a great idea! We drove, in cycling kit, to Tulum Archaeological site where a local guide once again told us of the history of the Mayan city. This one was a little different because it was a port city responsible for maritime trade with the Olmecs and Aztecs. There was an outer wall entered through a typical trapezoidal arch which housed about 60 noble families in elaborate limestone houses. Inside...

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Apr 9, 2017 - Valladolid to Tulum via Coba

Another early start, just after 7am, meant that we could not get breakfast at the hotel in Valladolid. Instead they gave us a pre-prepared sandwich, a green apple, a paper cup of orange juice and a cup of coffee. On the road under an overcast sky we cycled along a section of real bicycle track for a number of kilometres until we reached the city limits. Back on the road we made good time as there was no wind to speak of. After about 30 km we arrived at a town where there were to be some toilets for us to use. Unfortunately no one could find...

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