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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun August 8th 2019

Le 8 août 2019, Lorsque l'on choisit de prendre ses vacances au Mexique, c'est souvent parce qu'on veut profiter un peu, ou beaucoup, des jolies plages de la région. Cependant, avec les sargasses présentes cette année, ce n'est pas gagné d'avance. Heureusement, il y a les réseaux sociaux pour nous tenir informés en temps et en heure de l'évolution du phénomène. Parce que les sargasses, ce n'est jamais une certitude. Ça dépend du vent, des marées, des arrivages d'algues, de la situation géographique, de l'orientation de la plage, alouette. Bref, un coup de dés. Une journée, l'eau peut être claire et limpide et le lendemain, avoir l'air d'une soupe brunâtre malodorante... On consulte donc les zinternet qui nous disent qu'aujourd'hui, à Cancun, tout est beau. Et comme c'est à peine à 30 minutes de voiture, c'est ... read more
Le bronzage, ça se travaille
Adieu, vilaines sargasses
Playa Delfines

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 15th 2018

We will be flying home this evening. Our first job is to visit the supermarket for some plane munchies...they never give you enough to eat on those long hauls - especially for someone like me that rarely manages to sleep! We also pick up some last minute presents. No one over the age of ten need get excited as we haven’t bought much. We are just about on the line with our 23kg allowance so there’s not much room for manoeuvre...other than sticking it in hand luggage which can easily cope with another 12 kilos! We just hate having to carry all that stuff around in airports, especially as we have to change planes in Paris. So now to pack our bags. Everything has gone in, with room to spare - we must have done something ... read more
Leaving Cancun
Arriving Paris
Paris Airport

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 13th 2018

Today is our last full day in Mexico. Ian’s ankle is still sore but better than yesterday. Thank goodness we had anti-inflammatory tablets with us and we wrapped the foot up in the cold towels yesterday. It’s clearly swollen but Ian says not nearly as painful as it was before. We have a slow start to the day as we want to see whether Ian should be resting up or not. Ian decides we will go out. I go to the supermarket for our breakfast croissants and some bits for a packed lunch and we will go to the ferry for the Isla de Mujeres. One last chance to see the MUSA. On the island we can rent a golf cart and go to a snorkelling beach where three of the MUSA statues are submerged at ... read more
Christmas lights
Christmas lights
Street lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 12th 2018

I’m very excited because today we are going scuba diving at MUSA. It’s an artificial reef which has been created between Cancun and Isla de Mujeres. Over 500 permanent life size statues from prominent artists have been sunk into the water at quite shallow depths. The idea is that an artificial reef has been created and novice divers can go there. This will help to conserve the natural reefs - ie the novices can kick the statues to bits instead of the coral. In fact, it’s of interest to all levels though, especially divers with an artistic bent, as it’s such a phenomenon. Begun in 2009, more statues are yet to be total there will be 1,200 once the project is finished. The website states that it’s a non profit making venture - it’s a ... read more
The invalid
Christmas lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 11th 2018

Today we take the public bus to the hotel area of Cancun. This is where all the beaches are and also where we can book up some scuba diving. It turns out to be very easy as the bus leaves from the main street just by our hotel. We manage to get the last two seats and settle in for a drive through rush hour traffic. We wanted to be at the scuba centre early before they go out diving for the day! Though there is quite a breeze and out to sea, some impressive white horses, so it’s not certain that diving won’t have been cancelled anyway! We arrive at the dive centre and book our dive at the ‘MUSA’ for tomorrow. It’s an underwater sculpture museum and an unusual dive that I didn’t want ... read more
This looks fun!
Finding the missing nail
Christmas lights

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun December 10th 2018

Today we are leaving Playa and taking our last Mexican bus journey. I can’t say I am not glad to be leaving although the restaurant here was the best yet! Playa is just not our cup of tea. We go for breakfast over at ‘La Junga’. We don’t need a menu - I’m having the vegetarian omelette and Ian is having fruit and yoghurt - I also don’t need to tell the waiter I don’t want beans...he knows! We make a quick Skype call as the internet has not been working for the last 24 hours at our place...very frustrating. Unfortunately for us the restaurant is packed this morning, so it has to be a very quick call! After breakfast we return to our room and spend the morning playing cards until our check out at ... read more
Big beds!
Performance in the square
Food Court

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun June 12th 2018

Spät aber doch, hier noch ein paar Notizen zu den wohl bekanntesten Touristendestinationen Mexikos: Cancún, Playa del Carmen und Isla de Mujeres. Vorab: In diesem Blogpost werde ich von ein paar sehr schönen hellgelben feinen Sandstränden an türkisblauem karibischem Meer berichten. Wer das gerade nicht ertragen kann, sollte vielleicht zum nächsten Kapitel springen und sich mit der Geschichte der Maya auseinandersetzen… CANCÚN In dieser bekanntesten Stadt der Yucatán-Halbinsel angekommen wurde ich gleich einmal belehrt, dass es neben dem Begriff Yucatán, den wir gemeinhin als Oberbegriff für die Halbinsel kennen, auch den Bundesstaat Yucatán gibt. Cancún allerdings liegt im Bundesstaat Quintana Roo, wodurch sie sich mit “Yucatán” nicht wirklich identifizieren, das ist eher der touristische Oberbegriff. Also Obacht. Ich wusste, dass Cancún sehr tourist... read more
Cancún: Meine Wohngegend
Cancún: Playa Delfines
Playa del Carmen - Eiscaffé am Strand

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 30th 2018

The first great experience of this three-month journey occurred the day before the journey itself. I saw a message on my phone as I ate my weetbix and honey confirming that our Melbourne to LA flight had been upgraded to business class. This was to be my first experience of such luxury and I lapped it all up. Leanne had only ever done this once before when flying to the USA for work so it was special for her too. If you haven’t had the experience before, let me tell you about it. The first thing I noticed was the space between my seat and the next. Not just leg room; no one’s legs could reach the seat in front of them. You can really spread out and you have an overhead compartment all to yourself. ... read more
Day One
The awesome pool
Spooky full moon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 13th 2017

As usual, I like to wrap up my trips with a run down of my favorite places, foods, people, etc. I'll also talk about my trip back home, since I didn't spend any time doing that in the immediate aftermath of the trip. It's been a few weeks since I went on the trip, so I feel it's a good time to reflect. My taxi for the airport in Cancun was a repeat performance by my favorite cabbie - the one who had taken me to the El Rey ruins on my first day in town. I was as surprised to see her and she was to see me. But there was another guy in the cab, in the front seat. And as usual, she was on the phone for most of the trip to the ... read more
I took a lot of steps on this trip
My exit papers from Mexico

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 10th 2017

Today was a weird day. I took my first domestic Mexican flight from Villahermosa to Cancun. It was very efficient, but no frills. I was fine with that. I only paid $40 for the flight, but it included a checked bag (which is something unheard of in the USA for domestic, or for budget airlines in Europe) and apparently premium seating. They had me in the exit row across the wing, but it had more leg room, so I was fine with that. It was a smooth flight that landed about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. The airport at Villahermosa was small, but it had all the things you'd expect: friendly ticket counters, a few fast food places, the usual convenience stores, and even a boutique once you get through security. And security was so efficient. ... read more
Volaris in Villahermosa - not a bad option
One of the Maya sites around Cancun
The ruins of El Rey when you first enter the site

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