Blogs from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America - page 4

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Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean "I'll miss you till we meet again". We were sad to say good-bye to grandma and grandpa who left for home (Crossfield Alberta) today. I hate good-byes, so I say, "till we meet again". The kids are going to miss you both, but we've established a good yearly (or bi-yearly) ritual of getting together. This has been a wonderful summer vacation, and ending it at Porto Playa Condo Hotels is an added bonus. I LOVE Luna, but after a while being oceanfront, you can appreciate a break from the constant stream of sounds, noises, and crowds. This condo is set back a block from the ocean, but in the heart of Playa but you'd never know there was a bustling happening outside ... read more
Pool pics
The gang
Day bed


A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to your recipe. Food glorious food,oh how I love thee. I knew we'd be best friends when I met you ;) And food & I have been friends a long time now; like good friends I get it and it gets me! I am forever on a quest about food; how many different soups I can make, how many ways there are to stuff a pork tenderloin or chicken & am always checking out new recipes. And it's sheer joy for me to experiment with herbs & spices as well. The world is my oyster and watch out oyster - I'll eat you too! I will cook anything for our guests, and quite often I'm almost too full to eat my dinner if it's ... read more
Smoked bbq pork
Homemade 'slaw & potato salad
John & me


"Remember happiness is a way of travel, not a destination". Well after a u-haul effort to get us to our new condo (as Ray coined it), we're here and settled in for our last few days before returning home. This place is just a fantastic peaceful haven as previously mentioned of tropical sounds and nature with the nicest luxurious accommodations. We all had a great swim in the pool which was so refreshing after the packing up and moving, followed up with a stay in the Jacuzzi & then drinks on the terrace. It's so tranquil here; it's very private and we just walk out our sliding door to the pools and Jacuzzi. We had a lovely dinner at Wicky's with the ocean waves rolling in, the trees wrapped in lights and the sound of music ... read more
Waterfalls over pool day bed
Grounds of condo
Girls at small pool


"Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still. ~ We made a really good decision to head back to Isla Mujeres yesterday and Ray & Pat joined us. It was threatening rain at 8 am but by the time we hopped on the ferry it was steaming hot. We all sat up on the deck top, and enjoyed our quick trip across to the island. From there we got two golf carts; one bigger than the other with four seats facing forward. I can't say these carts were as good as the ones we had the first day; they didn't have the pick up and go we wanted but they in the ... read more
Under the pool waterfalls
Zama beach club
Zama beach club pools


Good morning amigos :) Two more videos of our day trip to the island. One video is a bit shaky been taken on a golf cart and it's Ava & I on the back wearing beach cover ups cause it was so hot. It will just give you an idea of the fun we had. Going back tomorrow and hoping to spend the night at a casa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOHArlnXqVw The other is of baby turtles that are SO cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxIhYX7MLE Will be chattin' soon. Off to a Sport Chek store that sells Nike & Adidas clothing, hats etc and they've got a 50% off sale!... read more

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"Sun is shining, weather is sweet. Makes you wanna move your dancing feet". I think if I pasted in the same blog each day that it's fun, hot, soft sand, pool, and ocean, great food, music and company, you'd might never notice the difference. I feel I'm boring you with some of the days as if we're on repeat! After the island tour, we were beat from the feet up. I was so tired from cruising the island that I think I thanked the microwave for heating up Ava's hot chocolate! Thursday was relaxing with Al having another dive where he saw a lot of marine life. In particular, huge crabs, lobsters & moray eel, and a large stingray, barracuda and huge freakin' lion fish. Now if you have read anything about lion fish, they are ... read more
Lunch view
Ava doing water arobics
Beach loungers & day beds


Carpe Diem - Seize the Day ~ Well it's safe to say we "seized the day" yesterday by going to Isla Mujeres. We had thought we'd found paradise at Yal Ku lagoon and in Akumal but let me tell you, OMG, Isla Mujeres has it beat hands down. By far the best excursion yet. (I think you will really enjoy our pics and video!) This beautiful island combines the beauty of the Caribbean, the dense tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Mayan civilization. It stands out as one of Mexico´s natural treasures, a truly delightful paradise on earth. In addition to its beaches and the stunning natural architecture of its cliffs, Isla Mujeres has archaeological sites and marine parks with incredible natural reefs. It was literally like we had entered a magic land where ... read more
Hammock fun!
Ava & flapping turtle
sea horses


Here are some videos of our specky-tacular day at Isla Mujeres at the turtle farm. I hope they load OK for you...sometimes youtube & vimeo can be slow. Retry if you don't connect. Will send them in batches. Thanks for the comments on the blogs; hope you're doing great. We're off on another excursion tomorrow. I think back to Isla Mujeres to maybe overnight there...who knows :) https://vimeo.com/70131651 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYjZj9k9Ofw... read more


Patience ( noun) The most important ingredient for dating, marriage and children. (See also "tranquilizers") Well it's Miércoles (Weds) and we've herding everyone to get their bathing suits and sunblock on, and our backpacks filled for our trip to Isla Mujeres today. Our van will be here at 9:30 am so it's hustle time. We're really looking forward to a day on the island. There's lots to do and see, including a turtle farm, snorkeling, an underwater sculpture park, beaches, marine life, beach side cafes etc. We'll rent golf carts while we're there to see the entire island. But in the meantime I'm asking, "Rory do you have a towel"? "Ava do you have your bathing suit on"? "Al do you have money"? "Lara have you eaten"...Ahhh motherhood and all its glory. It's an operation getting ... read more
Pool day!
Girls at Coco Bonco
Las Vegas style nightclub


One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. ~ Now where did I leave off? I think Sunday night when we enjoyed another rab-tab fabulous dinner out at Calle Ocho. We enjoyed garlic shrimp, Rib eye steak, and grilled herbed chicken. The chicken was crispy on the outside, very well-seasoned (from someone who thinks they do a good job on seasoning) and with some crispy potatoes and salad. We enjoyed an acoustic guitar player and he played sax too and I LOVE the sax! His mother was a famous singer in Mexico but I did not get his or his mother's name. I will do so next Sunday night. We enjoyed a free round of margaritas and mojitos on ... read more
gang all together
Go Ava Go!
Sally & Rory jet ski




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