Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico Today was a celebration of food. There has certainly not been a lack of food here at the resort and all of it beautifully presented, but today we branched out a little. We attended a demonstration of seafood paella making. It includes 3 types of peppers, lots of spices, shrimp, octopus, mussels and whatever else the chef wants to include. Since the class was held on the beach, there was an extra element of fun. Then we ventured into Playa del Carmen for a food/history tour. It lasted over 4 hours and was very thorough. We were to meet our guide Francisco at City Hall. This proved to be a bit challenging as the Army and Air Force were celebrating their 100th birthday and had closed down the street for a big festival. We checked out all the displays and watched a demonstration of some extremely well-trained military dogs before finding our tour. Jim had hurt his feet and was not up to extensive walking so there were only 5 of us. We went to 7 different restaurants and had way, way, way too much food and drink. For the most part, these restaurants were very small mom-and-pop type places with real Mexican food - none of that Tex-Mex stuff. Francisco told us a lot about the history of the area and the people. Although he had pre-ordered food for us, he also went over the menus with us, giving us an explanation of the names of the items and told us of the preparation process. We covered a lot of territory, both geographically and in variety of food. We tasted a lot of things, 99.9% of which we would never have ordered on our own.