Sal Foran


Sal Foran

Life is too short to be serious all the time. So if you can't laugh at yourself, call me...I'll laugh at you. (wink wink)

Funny how life works out. What started out as a way to keep a journal of our family trips on TravelBlog.Org, surprisingly led me to be hired to write "tongue-in-cheek" travel blogs for a luxury vacation rental company in the Riviera Maya MX. And because of this wonderful job, led me to contributing blogs to the Work & Family Foundation Canada. And (ahem), as of March 2015, I am now the Ottawa blogger/correspondent for a nationwide company, giving folks insight into everything Ottawa!

I love a good quote, and love to share historical information on the area in which we are traveling, and I try & do it all with a sense of humor, insight, and passion for those taking the time to come along with me on my trips. Trust me, we've had our share of "Griswold" family vacations, where something unforeseen happens, nothing tragic - but with enough annoyances which in the end makes for a a lively story (which we look back on fondly and laugh about). And I love to tell a good story (it's the Irish in me).

And most of all, we are proud to take our Canadian pride with us where ever we go! FYI The "Playagal" moniker comes from my love of "Playa del Carmen", MX.
Sal Gal / Playagal

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 23rd 2015

Greetings family & friends. Just when you thought it was safe to go back online, here I am! So we've had enough time now to shake the sand out of our suitcases, put away our flip flops and WAH, wash loads of laundry AND put it all away. Although "someone" had to whine about the whole life isn't fair nonsense i.e. "Isn't it bad enough that we have to come back to the freezing cold but we're expected to do laundry AND put it away"? And if you thought that was the kids complaining, you were wrong. It was me... Double WAH. And yes I would like some cheese with my WHINE (make it an aged cheddar!) While having to come back to reality is an adjustment, returning home to almost "record-breaking, freeze the ... read more
Hard day's work
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 6th 2015

"Don't worry about a thing, Cause every little thing gonna be all right. Singin' "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"(Bob Marley) Ahhh, tropical vacation withdrawal. Many of you know the stages of it. You walk onto the plane in your sandals from your tropical vacation 'cause it's still 85F in paradise even though you know you're heading home to the frozen tundra, but you are not going without a fight. Then reality hits, you walk off the plane in your woolen socks and parka and are nearly blinded by this white thing outside called "snow". You shiver incessantly in the cab ride home convinced you are fully Mexican after almost 2 weeks away, and you swear you can't remember it being this cold before? Then you slip slide up ... read more
Another ship further out
Buddah & Mom
The pier

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 4th 2015

"The problem is not about the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?" (Captain Jack Sparrow) Hola from the sunny shores of Playa...(OK I'd be lying, not so sunny on Weds morning. We had a lot of rain this morning, but hey in 11 days this was the first day of rain). So nananana! We enjoyed the most beautiful night on Tues. night after a day of just putzing around. Martha had made an early spaghetti dinner for the kids which hit the right spot for them. It was warm so a walk was in order. Al & I felt like getting out, so we went back to this newly opened French/Mexican cafe that we have now declared THE best rotisserie chicken in Playa. It's owned by Fabio, a ... read more
Al ready to dive
Mom & daughter drinks :)
Rotisserie chicken

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 3rd 2015

'Time is precious, waste it wisely". ~ Well we are making good use of our time by wasting it! All is fine here. I'm recovering from my zip line adventure just fine, better than expected. In fact Sat. night I was surprised at how spry I felt given the injury. The beneficial healing effects of ice. Sunday morning though both my back and left leg were sore too. You know it's kinda weird, I feel as if I hit a tree!? Oh yeah right, I DID hit a tree. Stupid zip lining idea... All in all I'm fine, the bruising is minimal, and I've been getting around Playa like I normally do. Mom has still been dealing with the aches and pain of a flu. I try to fuss over her but she keeps claiming "this ... read more
Sunny skies all around
Mom watching the girls swim
Oh pool to ourselves :)

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 31st 2015

"If you think adventure is dangerous - try routine, it's lethal" ~ So we booked our extreme canopy zipline tour and we were off on our adventure by 7:30 Sat am. We met the van and they were right on time. There were 6 people in the van already, and then they picked up 2 more people. (PS these pics are professionally taken by the tour operator and they are SO cool. Don't let the images fool you, we darn near were high enough to grab the tale end of a plane). Bear with me as I back up the story a bit. My brother Bill as many of you know was booked to go to the Blue Esmerelda Resort in Playa del Carmen 5 days after he died. I have to admit, every time I ... read more
With the parrots
Ava ziplining upside down
Wow Lara :)

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 30th 2015

Hello world, there's a song that we're singin', Come on and get happy. A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be bringing, We'll make you happy!" Yep if you guessed the Partridge Family "Come on Get Happy" song, you just won yourself 50 pesos. Now you just have to make your way to Playa to collect it. How is everyone? Did Ottawa get a snowfall? We got hmm, around 20-25 cms of NOTHING. Heh heh heh. (Isn't it great I can amuse myself?) I almost hesitate to write because I really don't have any great adventure to tell. Al would if he started to tell you about his diving expeditions! Wow... It's 7:00 am and I'm sitting here on my cozy balcony sipping my coffee all by my lonesome watching the beach slowly come alive. The ... read more
The beach this morning
La Familia

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 28th 2015

"People say you can't live without love, but I think oxygen is more important." ~ Good Wednesday (MiƩrcoles) morning. Another sunny day at the outpost. A few fluffy clouds in the sky, and the birds are singing and the palm trees are gently waving. It's been cool in the morning, but it manages to warm up to 25 and then off goes the sweatshirt. We're heading out shortly for our first breakfast on the beach and to see one of our favorite waiters, Juan. They make a wonderful breakfast & a very bubbly Champagne & OJ (happy dance). So here's a bit of a geography lesson. The Riviera Maya is considered the jewel of Mexico, and occupies 70 miles of beautiful coastline, adorned by white sand beaches and turquoise waters unique to the Caribbean Sea. From ... read more
Beach club in Puerto Morelos
What a sunny day
Our view

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 26th 2015

"May your joy be as deep as the ocean, your sorrow as light as its foam". ~ Buenas Dias all from the sunny shores of Playa. Nothing like waking to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. It was perfect to leave our windows open all night which was SO soothing. I opened my eyes and saw a sliver of tangerine gleaming through the curtains. What a fabulous sight. I quietly got up and peaked out the window and the sun was rising about 6:30 am. Then well I hopped back into bed for another few zzzzzz's. Our king bed is so comfy; feels like a brand new pillow-top mattress and fluffy pillows. This is a beautifully decorated condo, and every amenity you can think of we have. Big screen TV, DVD/CD, iPod player ... read more
Mom scootin' around
At the mall
Posing duo

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 25th 2015

"Blue skies, smilin' at me, nothing but blue skies do I see..." (Ella Fitzgerald) For those of you wondering, we arrived safe & sound in Playa today after taking a 5:45 am flight & arriving nice & early at 9:33 this morning. Walking out of the airport to beautiful weather; 25C & that's without the humma-ditty. (I can hear you all grumbling right now at the mere mention of warm sunny weather). It was gusting snow & bitter when we left the house at 3:30 am. It's hard to believe you leave -20 degree weather and a little over 4 hours later the warm sun envelops you in its glorious arms. It's wonderful to be back to our old stomping grounds, being met by our wonderful driver Jaime. It is also wonderful to have mom join ... read more
Mom ready to part-tay!
Private balcony
Beautiful views

I feel like I should be wailing the old Hank Williams tune, "It's All But Over For the Crying"... Coming home is never easy; even when you miss home. It was a fabulous trip overall & perhaps one of our best trips ever. This little blog of mine has offered me a chance to chronicle our trips, share adventures and in the future allow our kids the opportunity to read all we did over the years travel-wise to Mexico and other destinations including Disney World last year (see other trips if you wish to read!). OUR LAST FEW DAYS IN PARADISE Thursday was a great day; lunch at the end of town, and a long walk along the beach. We gals enjoyed our last dinner out being serenaded by a mariachi group, and I surprised Sue ... read more
Martha & Linda

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