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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 20th 2013

Hi all, well we finally got back to AJUA Maya where we hosted our wedding here in Playa. AJUA MAYA has moved locations and we weren't sure what to expect, and despite it not being the same feel, we had a great night there, mostly in part to the wonderful staff, who are the same as we had the night of our wedding. What a great night, great food, lots of laughs, and overall probably one of the best restaurants in Playa. The staff are SO much fun, carrying drinks to the table on their heads, playing jokes on us... YES I said drinkS; more than one at a time. Don't try this at home folks! They make your Caesar salad at your table and it was fantastic. Their specialty is "flambee", and they do an ... read more
AJUA Maya dinner
AJUA
tableside flambe

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 19th 2013

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon". ~ Well good morning all! After moving to our new condo early on Friday a.m., Lara & I went for breakfast together & found a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by. This might be one of the most marvelous days we've had here yet. The wind is light and the waves are gently lapping at the shore. The ocean is particularly happy today; it's multi-colored with the sun playfully rippling off the waves. It's a perfect day to scuba dive which Al is doing. He's with Dave who certified Al in his scuba diving and who hails from BC. He is thrilled to be going cenote diving today out near Tulum, one of the most beautiful places in the Riviera Maya. So you ... read more
HELLO family
Ray & Pat (grandma & grandpa)
Hot steaming platter

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 19th 2013

Hi all, click on the link to see Victor and the staff flambee our coffee on the house last night. Three of them did this together with one of the guys on a chair! Amazing...what a night. They still make us happy we chose them as our wedding place. Password is Ajua https://vimeo.com/57751702... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 18th 2013

We've moved condos today and it's pretty spectacular. We are in the middle of the condo building and have probably the best view of the place. We have a rooftop terrace with a hanging day bed, loungers, BBQ, outdoor kitchen. The decor and the furniture is so cool & funky. Here's some pics, including our massage therapist who showed up today. I tell ya, Monica can work miracles with her hands. All for $20 Cdn plus tip for over an hour of heavenly massage. Lara by the way gave her permission for me to post the massage picture! I have a blog coming from our day yesterday! Stay tuned!! Sal See below for pics. Oh and you can click on them to make them bigger!... read more
roof top under palapa
hanging bed on rooftop
roof loungers

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 17th 2013

Here's the video Al shot of us swimming with the turtles yesterday. Note the long green fish who attach to the sea turtle's back feeding off the algae. The turtles pay NO attention to them, or us snorkelers for that matter. (PS not an easy thing to do; shoot video while trying to fight the current & stay afloat!) More pics of our day are attached. Click on follow link to watch Password is turtle (no capitals) https://vimeo.com/57613466... read more
Through the palm trees
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MMM strawberry smoothie

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 17th 2013

‘Zippity doo dah, zippity a, My oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way, Zippity doo dah, Zippity a!’ (Song of the South) Well Wednesday was a 'zippidy doo dah' day to take a trip to Akumal, approximately 30 minutes from Playa. Akumal means “place of the turtles”, and is also known for its beautiful beaches, serene location and quiet beauty. However, it's more known as being a safe haven for sea turtles year round because they are protected by a barrier reef where they can breed, and eat sea grasses and jelly fish in the shallow bay. The snorkeling is fantastic, seeing the reef and all the marine life that lives there. So there we were in Akumal taking in her wondrous beauty. We have been here before and thoroughly enjoyed ... read more
Akumal bay point
Palm over bay
Akumal beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 16th 2013

OK...you all back from grabbing a coffee & a piece of cake? So this is what a day pass costs for Xel-Ha Waterpark in Tulum. We paid $79CDN per adult, and half price for kids up to 12. (Kids under 4 are free or under "40 inches" is also free.) I will tell you this is the best money you will spend at a waterpark. This is what is included: all your meals and drinks, zip lining, rope crossing, cliff jumping, lazy river tubing, snorkeling gear, towels, lockers, bicycles, lifejackets, inner tubes, showers, changing areas, tropical paths, floating bridge and the "aforementioned" security bag. (And so much more but I am repeating myself). Swimming with the dolphins, snuba diving, and the spa are extra. The spa looks very peaceful and they apply Mayan techniques for relaxation. ... read more
Girls posing at Jungle Caribe
Jungle Caribe; nice pose Blaine
Rory at Jungle Caribe

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 15th 2013

OK, take a deep breath...I know it's going to be darn hard to believe, but we were all actually well enough to have an adventure on Monday! And our "adventure" wasn't teetering out of our sick beds to go for breakfast!! We were never really sick as a group all togther; it was more a case of one or two not feeling well at the same time making it difficult to take a day trip. (Speaking of breakfast, we did make it out to the cafe next door to enjoy some tasty pancakes, French toast, eggs, fruit & granola, fresh juice etc). It's always such a nice time of day to sit and just look out at the ocean and admire all that she is...powerful, strong, determined, beautiful, colorful, vibrant, life-giving, sustaining and willing to give ... read more
Snoozing dolphin
Entrance
Jungle Bus

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 14th 2013

Let me start by saying we're all feeling better! YAY. More to come on our adventure to a big amazing waterpark yesterday. Attached is a hilarious video (in our opinion) of Greg and two local musicians we hired to play us a few songs at dinner last week. They were really good, and the songs they played were very touching but let's just say, Greg was a bit more into the nacho chips than the music! It became funnier when his dad asked him to move out of the way so he could film the musicians. So Greg crouched down but managed to still eat & drink! PS see the look on Greg's face at the very end when I suggested we should "get another song"...! (Greg can do a straight face like nobody's business.) For ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 13th 2013

Buenas noches guys! It's absolutely glorious today, tres caliente (hot) (I should have that phrase on repeat how hot and beautiful it is!). I think we could skip the stove & fry our eggs on the sidewalk. So after being beat from the feet up from the last few days, I slept all the way through the night. But guess who woke feeling sick? If you guessed "me", pass go and collect $200 . I took one of the anti-nausea pills & felt better in a bit. I decided lying in bed was not going to fix anything, so I went up to the loungers on the roof and I lasted five minutes due to the strong sun. Moving under the shade is now ideal, and the view over the ocean is specky-tacular!! Yesterday Blaine, Greg, ... read more
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