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  • Day12

    All aboard!

    January 10, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We woke to quite a gale blowing and were not surprised nor sorry to find our snorkelling trip cancelled. We therefore lazed about for the morning enjoying the 'free' breakfast and coffee shop goodies. Finally had to check out and take the taxi to the cruise terminal. Had to wait 2 hours to board but we eventually embarked and found our cabin. The ship, Magellan, is old but very nice and will suit us fine for the next 11 days. It is mooed in Cozumel town which seems a busy friendly sort of place. We could have spent longer here and in that all inclusive hotel!Read more

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  • Day11

    Island life

    January 9, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We caught the 10am ferry over to Cozumel with a live band on board! Taxi to the swish hotel that turned out to be all inclusive! After a delicious fish taco lunch we sat on sun beds and read/ dozed before donning the new snorkel masks and going for a snork. We were immediately surrounded by a variety of fish and enjoyed it so much we booked for the snorkel trip in the morning.
    We ate in the Italian restaurant that evening and then slept soundly in our 2 bathroom suite!
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  • Day10

    A lazy day in the sun

    January 8, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Our 1st 'day off' of the trip! We sauntered round this busy resort and then spent a couple of hours on the beach swimming and reading.
    Jo had told us about a restaurant she and Phil had liked when they were here about 4 years ago so we tracked it down and had probably the best meal of the trip so far. Ceviche for staters then a fish stuffed pita and finally a plate of delicious tempura prawns. A bit pricey but well worth it!
    It's off to the island of Cosumel tomorrow on the ferry and after just one night there we will be boarding our cruise ship. Watch this space as they say.
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  • Day9

    Wheels away

    January 7, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our last day with wheels started with a swim in the Caribbean. Warm but very seaweedy! Then breakfast with a view. Our next stop was Tulum Mayan site which is a coastal site so much more open than the jungle one yesterday. It was odd (but very nice!) to stroll round ancient ruins in the company of bikini clad young ladies!
    We pushed on to Playa del Carman, checked in to our hotel and then returned the car. As we strolled back it started raining and forced us to seek shelter in a bar where Chris tried her first daiquiri. We ate out at a pizza place as it was just across the road.
    No photos of that interesting stuff - just the ruins!
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  • Day8

    Contrasts!

    January 6, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    First of all Happy Birthday Jo! We had good WiFi this morning so managed to speak and see her on her birthday. Isn't FaceTime wonderful!?
    We stayed in Valladolid for the morning visiting an incredible house owned by an elderly American couple who have been collecting Mexican artefacts for 60+ years! Tours are free but you are invited to put $5 each into the charity box and give the guide a small tip. A wonderful place called Casa de los Venados, well worth staying the morning for.
    We then headed East towards the coast but stopped at Coba which are Mayan ruins set deep in the jungle. The site is a bit chaotic but the main attraction is the highest Mayan pyramid in N. Mexico AND you can climb it! Which of course we did and several people clapped us when we got down! A bit embarrassing really!
    We were hot and sweaty after that so stopped at another cenote for a dip before hitting the coast. What a difference! Crowds of people in cars, on bikes or walking. A narrow beachfront road with cars parked wherever. It took us an hour to travel the 8ks to our hotel! But we are here in a really hip joint (well it's called the Hip Hotel) in a cabina just off the beach with loud music playing and a hammock on the balcony - as I say - what a contrast!
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  • Day7

    Villadolid, you pronounce it!

    January 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    An easy day today! After a leisurely breakfast we packed and headed out of town back in the direction on Chichen Itza. Driving here is so easy with very little traffic except in Merida and generally good roads. The only worry are topes, these are vicious little speed bumps that protect every town and village from vehicles doing more than 10 kph and if you miss one the results are quite dramatic!
    We stopped for coffee in C. I. and then found our hotel in Valladolid We wandered around the centre and then checked out the town's cenote. It looked very inviting so we grabbed our swimmers and forked out the 30 pesos (1.25€) for a dip.
    To Chris's delight we found a tea shop just on 4pm before taking a break back in our room.
    We treated ourselves to dinner in the hotel as they specialised in Yucatun cooking and then went out for a nightcap of hot Mayan chocolate!
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  • Day6

    Shades of Cyprus

    January 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today we headed due West to the Coast (gulf of Mexico). After a little bit of route finding difficulty ( Google sometimes gets it wrong!) we arrived in Celestun, a laid back resort famous for sea food and flamingos! Hence the Shades of Cyprus title to this footprint!
    We took the obligatory boat trip into the biosphere reserve and saw an amazing number of flamingos as well as many other birds. We were lucky to have a bit of a bird expert as our skipper as he spotted many tiny species that we would have missed without his help.
    Next to the beach area and lunch. Stuffed fillet of fish, delicious! Next a swim in the Gulf then back to Merida and our last evening in this vibrant city ( see Merida Madness!)
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