Marty and Greg enjoying the pool at El Dorado Royale
September 9 through 16 was a magical week spent in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The first 3 nights I stayed at THE ROYAL in Cancun in a Royal Oceanview Junior Suite. The view from the large private balcony that overlooked the Caribbean was magnificent. The first day was spent at the beach and pool area just to relax and do nothing. That evening, I had the opportunity to dine in their small, 1 seating, 16 person, specialty restaurant called Chef’s Plate. The second day was devoted to a spa day. Several hours in the spa with treatments and a healthy lunch was well deserved. Another day was for playing “tourist.” I took a bus tour to Chichen Itza for the first time in all the years I have been traveling to the area. The tour itself was nothing to write home about, but the ruins were exceptional. There was so much to see and so much history.
The second part of the stay, 4 nights, was spent at El Dorado Maroma in the Riviera Maya. It was such a warm and happy welcome from dear friends. Yes, I got a bit teary eyed. More relaxation was on the agenda for the next several days. Time was spent each day around the pool, on the beach and at the bar. I was waited on hand and foot. Long walks up and down the long beautiful beach were also relaxing moments.
September 15, my birthday, also happened to be Mexico’s official Independance Day. There was much celebration that day on many fronts. My biggest surprise was dinner. I was expecting to eat in one of the small restaurants, but instead, was lead to a private area, where dinner was served at sundown, over the water. The second time to get all teary eyed. A fantastic dinner, beautiful setting, extraordinary service and great company.
To have to leave to come back to reality was very difficult. I love the destination, but love the people more. Every time I travel to the Yucatan, I feel so welcome. I know that when I send people to resorts such as the ones I have stayed, they will be treated as kindly and warm as I have been.
Marty, Greg, and the staff at the El Dorado Maroma
Hello! So…I’m the luckiest girl in the world (just so you know). I got to go to DisneyWorld and DisneyLand in the same year. It was my first time at DisneyWorld…which I’m sure you know cause I blogged about it like there was no tomorrow!
But, this was not my first time to Disneyland. In fact, when I was a kid, we went at least once a year. It was magic.
Have I mentioned I love Disney? Magic.
Halloween Time at DisneyLand is just about my favorite time of year. (It comes second to St. Patrick’s Day) The Haunted Mansion becomes a playground for the “Nightmare Before Christmas” characters and THIS YEAR THEY CHANGED Space Mountain as well. I’m sorry to yell, but it was just about the coolest Space Mountain has ever been. It’s really a shame they will change it back in November.
The other spectacular thing about this trip was that I reunited (and it feels so good) with a bunch of my very best friends from college.
These are my ladies:
In line for Haunted Mansion!
I got there on Thursday (October 1)Â and we ate dinner at Downtown Disney. It was a simple pretzel dog, but I just wanted to be down there to get into the atmosphere and start feeling the MAGIC!
Did I mention I love Disney?
We wandered through the stores and blah blah blah…..
Friday was showtime! And…more of our group arrived as well. We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday wandering around the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure. I think we did Space Mountain at least three or four times.
I even sprained my ankle on Friday and spent the rest of the weekend limping around in glee. Nothing could stop me! Well…I did miss out on California Screamin’ cause of my ankle. But, Becca and I sat on a bench and enjoyed watching all the people wander around. It was the annual Gay Days celebration and the Utah Education Association was there as well. So! There was plenty of people watching to be had…
I actually didn’t see very many characters this year. But, the villains were out! That is another reason I like Halloween Time at Disneyland…The Evil Queen will be wandering around the park with Captain Hook…
My friend, Tiffani, got a great picture of Captain Hook. It really does look like he is talking to the Queen of Hearts about how useful his hook is…
Alice as everywhere! Probably because we are getting close to the new movie coming out. She was very polite.
I know that some people feel like there is more to do in DisneyWorld because it is bigger. But, I have to tell you…I have never been bored at DisneyLand. I have never felt like there wasn’t enough to do! There is something about that park, small it may be, that is full of the childlike joy and excitement that Disney is constantly bringing into our lives.
I want to go back…who’s with me?