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Published: January 15th 2011
Our first official full day in Playa!
Up early to stroll the miles and miles of white sandy beach. Playa is considered having the best beaches in the world, and oh the beautiful blue/turquoise color of the Caribbean is so beautiful & almost hard to describe if you haven't seen it.
It was considered a cool day by Playa standards but for us lily-skinned snowbirds it felt warm enough. The girls played in the ocean, while mom (Sal) enjoyed her first ever margarita at 11 am...like they say, it's noon somewhere in the world!! What I love about Playa is everything is built around 5th avenue (the town) and the ocena with one beautiful restaurant/bar after another, with lounge chairs, beds, lounge beds, great music etc. I LOVE the Mayan people who are so great.. Each bar/restaurant has great service, and I didn't even have to get up from the beach to have Gabino bring me my marg right to the shore while I watched the kids play!!!
Then we strolled into town, one street after another with tourists, shops, dining, you name it. Mom, Marth and Pat had what they would describe as their 'BEST' massage ever.
drinks served beach style
$30 CDN for one hour....Marth enjoyed her massage from Marcus SO much that I believe she was waiting for him after work...😱 She woke with a big smile this morning...hmmm, I think I will be seeing old Marcus tomorrow (wink wink)...oops, love you Al!!!
We met for lunch at Media Luna after the maitre d? offered me a free drink. "Free drink" I said? What about free drinks for everyone? OK the host said, & so I walked from to our condo & brought back the gang. We enjoyed the BEST shrimp ceviche (to die for), chicken fajitas with rice, guacamole and freshly made tortillas, nachos with beans, chilies and beef. And yes I know you are surprised; the biggest baddest margarita that I was longing for!! Two lads came and sang some great music for us for 50 pesos (around $3.50 Cdn). We met a great couple from New Yawk, and I swear many business deals can be made over one big margarita! I gave them info on our condo, and also passed along my contact here, Tonya Sarina who has been fabulous to deal with & they were quite interested in her properties as they are staying
at a resort with 2300 rooms..Way too big for their liking.Funny enough Jeff is in real estate in New York & said he should hire me to do his travel! Yes sirreee Bob er...Jeff.
After lunch we strolled to our beach club and sat on the beach and met Rick from Chicago. He owns one of the top condos on the beach at El Taj, same developer as our condo. Grandma and the girls went with him to play a game called "lighter pickup"...yes lighter pick up. Adults have to bend over with one leg off the ground, no hands and pick up a lighter with their mouth. Could anything be a better sight than these adults who have been drinking in the sun all day? Now despite having a drink or two in me, NO I did not let the girls do that with their mouths? Icky...so I told them they could play if they used their own straw & of course they did amazing; especially Ava! It pays to be so close to the ground!
Mom and I sat cuddled under a palm tree enjoying the sights, and me listening to what I call are "golden
nuggets"... Golden nuggets mean little tidbits of information about her life I did not know. Mom doesn't realize what a great story teller she is. I suppose after living with Dad, one of THE greatest storyteller of all time, like the way he can remember everything from his childhood on and recite them with such humor and insight that you feel you are there with him, that she perhaps doesn't realize the gift of gab & insight she has. Mom loved every minute of the beach, & even didn't hear the pounding music they put on for the happy hour crowd. She was so relaxed & happy to be back in this paradise & that made my day... Pat (grandma) spent time with the girls at the ocean, and altogether it was as they say a 'banner' day.
We ate a great homemade dinner of honey/cilantro chicken with fresh garlic shrimp with a creamy tomato sauce with a side of pasta. Despite the glow we (Marth and I had) we didn't do too bad! We ate and watched Despicable Me... (I don't mean ME, I meant the movie!!)
All in all, what a great day spent with family...the
gravy on top was the sun, the fun, great food and the beach.
PS we ended the night about midnight with a walk to the pool and an hour in the hot tub with grandma (Pat, Sal, Lara & Marth!)
Hemos sido bendecidos con tanto (we are blessed with so much!)
Sal and amigos!
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