Page 2 of Playagal Travel Blog Posts

(Lyrics to Cat's in the Cradle) My son turned ten just the other day, He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play, Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok", And he walked away but his smile never dimmed, And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah Today is my birthday (cumpleaños), and I am feeling pretty darn blessed to be sitting by the ocean with my family enjoying the sounds of the waves roll in. Yet at the same time, not feeling as good as I should due to the flu that came on last night. Read on at your risk to hear how this all ends. Lord have mercy. Saturday - Sábado So let's go ... read more
Birthday mimosa by the ocean...
Tulum beaches
Lovely Thai restaurant

"On behalf of all Canadians, SORRY world for being so awesome all of the time". ;) Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians. I have our flags hanging off our condo balcony. So if they didn't know how awesome we were before, they will once they see our maple leaf blowing in the wind. Mexican folks love us Canadians and hellllooo? What's not to love...:) I wish I could make up a big batch of poutine (Canada's national ooey gooey dish!) for the world to eat. I swear that would be enough to bring world peace once they all took a bite and oohed and awwed over it. Food is not only nourishment of the belly, it's nourishment of the soul and mind. July 1st is not only Canada day, it's my dad's birthday. Happy birthday ... read more
My family :)
Bar swings

"If life is like a rat race, I choose to be the cat". ~ Whoopi-ty-aye-oh, Rockin' to and fro, back in the saddle again. Our second home beckoned and we gleefully answered the call and arrived back in Playa yesterday. I know I mention this all the time, but it really is like old home week coming back here; always welcomed and greeted with big hugs from the condo staff and the many other people we've gotten to know here. They are always so happy to see us (Who wouldn't be happy to see us right? :) I was here in April for a bit of work, and brought along my sister Cindy and friends Martha & Linda. While here I also wanted to work on a personal writing project I have on the go which ... read more
Ava's morning swim
Spectacular rooftop

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras February 8th 2016

"A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you..." ~" Well that old saying about 'making hay while the sun shines' applied to us on the last few days of our trip. Friday was overcast so we did the tour of the CEDAM, the nautical museum. Outside the museum there's a big cannon and a giant diving bell welcoming you to the museum. While the museum is small, it offers free admission and packs a good punch of information on the region's ship wrecks. The museum's floor is designed with fine sand over wooden slats which I think is intended to bring you back in time, making you feel perhaps you're on an old steamer ship. The museum does a great job of showcasing artifacts, memorabilia, maps, and the ... read more
Whatta view
Pretty nice lounger view

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras February 4th 2016

"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."~ This trip we've really had a chance to stop and smell the roses. Or in this case a chance to stop and stare at the bodacious African red tulip tree which let me tell you is in a category all of its own. Rich bold red color and large scooped-shape blossoms, which makes you stop in your tracks and admire its beauty. There's no doubt that when traveling with kids/family, you are much more inclined to be distracted and caught up with their well-being and needs. But this trip we've been free as the breeze to do as we please. Which is explore, and take the time to sight-see extensively at a leisurely pace. No trying to please everyone over day trips, and then being mule-packs to get from ... read more
Beautiful setting for a drink
Can you spot the butterfly?
Cliff top dining

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras February 1st 2016

"Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things" ~ Al's out taking photos so I had some quiet time on the patio to send off a little blog. Continuing to wake to beautiful weather every morning - no rain except one downpour one night last week. And we've been having much hotter weather too. It's a highlight each morning to eagerly see if that old iguana will come out onto the lawn and lift his head to the sun, then slowly but surely make his way up on the big rock. That poor old guy has had it tough. We were told he was found near death some time ago. Nobody knows what happened to him, but they discovered he'd suffered a broken leg, and when you see him move, you do see ... read more
Puffer neck
Look at this giraffe neck
Strutting his stuff

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras January 31st 2016

"Let's find a beautiful place to get lost"... ~ I sort of feel like I've been blind-folded, then spun around, and then put before my computer to write a blog & try and remember what we did and when. Sitting outside on the terrace on Domingo (Sunday) having a coffee, and watching the sunrise at 7:30 a.m. almost on the dot. A little sliver of apricot was hiding behind a cloud, and it was over quick. When the cloud moved there was the sun's round face in all her glory smiling at me. I'm trying to type up the blog in some timeline, so between pictures and pretending that I'm having a chat with mom on the phone (which makes it easier to put it in some format) I hope it all comes together. (My Mom ... read more
2nd Marina
Ana & Jose Cafe Tulum
Beach walking

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras January 28th 2016

"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it"... ~ WEDS/THURSDAY Hola amigos! Up early, sitting outside with the warm breeze on my face typing till my heart's content. (I'm a bit behind time-wise in my blogs). The ocean is calmer today than the past few days. Wednesday the waves were so rough it looked like there was six feet of snow coming at me. What an illusion to have given I'm in a tropical land. (Sorry for you blokes back in Ottawa getting the real stuff!) We've also been spellbound by a little hummingbird who likes to feed off the nectar of flowering aloe vera plant on our patio. (Please see the pictures Al took to the right). It's not easy to capture a picture of a humming bird due to their speed, but ... read more
Look at those wings
beautiful :)
Lots of birds

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras January 26th 2016

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear". Ssshh...what is that sound? I can barely identify it because I don't hear it very often. It's the sound of silence...Ahhhhh. The sigh heard around the world. Most of you can relate to waking up on vacation on the first day, in a new place & having no darn idea where the heck you are! (And I'm not referring to the dance with a bottle of Tequila the night before when you were young & foolish & waking up in a ditch...) I'm talking that first morning on holidays when you wake up in unfamiliar surroundings and have to give your head a shake and adjust your eyes to realize, oh we're in Mexico! When I woke yesterday morning it was to the very distinctive sound of ... read more
Sal's office
Our lovely view
Zipping around

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Puerto Aventuras January 24th 2016

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us". ~ I love a good quote, but whoever coined the above phrase never had kids or a crappy job because who the heck would they be fooling?! Of COURSE we travel to escape life! And quite often we travel to escape freezing cold temperatures like we've had at home. It's been so cold that irritated drivers aren't giving each other the finger, they're giving the mitten. (Smile) TWO FOR TEQUILA Happy to report Allan & I have escaped on a couple-only getaway. Insert loud trumpet sound here! In our 19 years together, we've only had one trip alone, and that was back in 2014 to Isla Mujeres and I hadn't had that much fun since I got kicked out of religion class :) ... read more

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