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Aug 22, 2018 - Nostalgic Paamul and Akumal

LindaRose lived beachside in Paamul when she drove to Mexico for the first time in 1992. She and her husband Brian stayed in the park in their RV. Now there's a restaurant and hotel on the property in addition to RV sites. We enjoyed swimming in the Caribbean here with no sign of the Sargasso seaweed which is plaguing much of the Riviera Maya coast. Akumal, on the other hand, has become a tourist complex. This is where I swam with the dolphins years ago. On the way home we stopped at Wichoo's in Playa del Carmen. The Best Cheap Eats in...

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Aug 22, 2018 - Cozumel and Tall Ships

We took the ferry to Cozumel this morning because the Tall Ships were in port. Mexcio, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Brazil were represented and we went aboard each ship. Afterwards we shopped at the artisans' market and had fish tacos at La Mission. We also visited a couple of bars and met other tourists. Dick's Dive 5th Avenue Norte, No. 50 dicksdive.com Free tacos on Sundays Wet Wendy's Margarita House 5th Avenue Norte, No. 53 www.wetwendys.com La Mission Avenida Rafael Melgar www.lamissioncozumel.com

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Aug 21, 2018 - Shrimp Cocktail On The Beach

LindaRose took me to La Tarraya Club Nautico for $2.50 shrimp cocktails and margaritas at the same price. Dos Equis beer was $1.25. You don't find low prices like this at most places in Playa del Carmen. This is the place to lunch in the sand. Trip Advisor review: La Tarraya is as about old as it gets in Playa Del Carmen. This restaurant has been a beachfront place since 1968. The old wooden interior has a certain charm to it. The one thing that is not old is the view with palm trees on the Caribbean. This is one of the few restaurants...

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Aug 20, 2018 - Day One Playa del Carmen

Getting to know Palmas 2, the condos where we are caring for the gatos. We made a shopping trip to Walmart on the colectivo van. Fare is 5 pesos or 25 cents each. Temperatures are in the 90s which takes some getting used to so it was off to the condo swimming pool for the afternoon.

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Aug 19, 2018 - Visit to the Yucatan

I'm flying to Cancun today to meet LindaRose Richardson. We'll be taking care of friend Lisa Harrison's 3 cats in Playa del Carmen for the next two weeks. The opportunity seemed like a good time for a reunion if the heat of the Yucatan Peninsula doesn't do us in. We took the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen and walked the pedestrian tourist strip of 5th Avenue. Among all the shops, restaurants, and tour operators we found two places for our first margaritas: Pez Vela swing bar (oldest surviving restaurant on 5th Avenue for over 28 years) and...

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May 5, 2018 - Cancun

I get to Cancun at 7:00 pm take the airport bus to main station in downtown Cancun a short walk to my Hotel drop off my bags then out for some dinner back to the room calling it a night. Out for a walk and some breakfast I check out the downtown area a bit of lunch, and as this is my second time in Cancun didn't take a lot of pictures, so was a easy day. On the 5th was out for some breakfast a walk around then check out of hotel and head back to the airport by bus then a short taxi ride to my hotel near the airport. I need to be to the...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Cozumel, Mexico

After another day at sea, we disembarked in Cozumel to warm sunny weather. Since the primary part of the city is about 3 miles from the international piers, Sandy and I took a taxi, which we wound up sharing with 4 sisters who were on our ship. We had a great taxi driver who turned into a tour guide by offering to take us on a tour of the island, lasting some 4.5 hours. All of us agreed, and it turned out to be a very good decision. Antonio, our driver/guide, was a very pleasant fellow, who was quite knowledgeable with the history of the...

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Dec 9, 2017 - Saying goodbye

We had to say goodbye today to our all-inclusive resort. It will be tough to go back home where we have to cook our own meals and make our bed ourselves! We slowly meandered our way to the front of the resort, taking time to spot a monkey or two, lots of iguana and an agouti. Up front, we found our transportation for the hour-long drive to the airport. Our shuttle driver Victor, who had taken care of us all week, was there to see us off. Since our flights left at different times, we got Barb & Jim off and then wandered the airport. After...

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Dec 8, 2017 - Chichen Itza

Today we were finally able to do the trip originally scheduled for Monday, postponed to Tuesday and finally accomplished on Friday although again without Jim who was still on the disabled list. Chichén Itzá was a Mayan city from 525, when it was founded, to 1100 AD. Its name means "mouth of the well of the Itzá" in reference to the sacred cenote, entrance to the world of the gods. The city controlled the salt works and trading ports and was very powerful. The temple is the main building of the city. Its structure shows knowledge of the Maya...

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Dec 7, 2017 - Foodies!

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...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Another day in Paradise!

We have not yet managed to fully utilize all of the facilities and activities offered but we are trying to do so before we venture off property again. On an early morning stroll we walked right up to deer and agouti, almost stepped on a couple of iguana, and searched fruitlessly for the boa constrictor our shuttle driver Victor swears is there. We were amused by the vigorous water aerobics class which started out with 2 men and 20 women and was weaned down to 13 women. The 2 men were the first to drop out, much to the amusement of the male...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Best laid plans

We had expected to be on a 13-hour tour today. It had been scheduled well in advance for Monday. The tour operator changed it to Tuesday. Then at 10 pm Monday night he called to say he was sick so we postponed to Friday. Oh, well. We simply improvised and spent the day at 146-acre Xplor Adventure Park. The place is fascinating. Lots of it is underground in a huge network of caves complete with stalactites and stalagmites. We have no idea how many miles we walked underground to move from one activity to another but it seemed enormous. There...

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