Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Vacation maniac here...

My last post was about our cruise we took with the grands. Well, we planned a vacation get away months before the cruise was even mentioned, so we definitely feel like vacation maniacs over here since we just got back from an all inclusive on Wednesday.

Early last fall I mentioned to Paul that I would love to get away from the cold, snowy Ohio winter and venture somewhere warm just for a week or so. He agreed and we did get to fly away to Riviera Maya, Cancun. We stayed at the Valentin Maya Resort and I can't even begin to describe how relaxing and fun this past week has been~although I'll try.

When Jenn got wind of our upcoming plans, she called and asked if her and Dan could horn in. The 4 of us had a ball!

Now mind you, Paul is more of a tourist and wants to venture off sightseeing wherever we go. I can't believe that he actually enjoyed relaxing and is thinking of doing the same trip next year. We did go to Chichen Itza and see the Mayan Ruins. That was our touristy thing and it satisfied his sightseeing cravings.
Here's some pics from our fun, relaxing week.

Saying goodbye to the white stuff!
This is the way to start a vaca in the morning on the plane. Hey! There's coffee in there!

The resort was gorgeous! Lush greenery along with little paths leading to the restaurants, the beach or the pools.

Heading to the buffet



Dan and Jenn


Our Chichen Itza adventure:
When we left the resort it rained for the 2 hour drive. Then it cleared up for the rest of the day. It was a wonderful experience and our guide was amazing!




A little further away was the Cenote Well which is a sacred well where many of the human sacrifices were held. This is where they put body remains...ewww. It didn't smell but it sure looked rancid..


Another sacred well, ik Kil Cenote is a well where sacrifices were not allowed and swimming or diving is encouraged. We all wore our bathing suits but Dan was the only one that actually swam. We just didn't want to deal with wet suits and all the drying off, changing, etc. He loved it though!


That's Dan in the center looking to his left
A view from the bottom looking up
Dinners were amazing. We had choices of restaurants including a buffet, Italian, French, Mexican, and Japanese.
Paul's ready for his Mexican cuisine
The making of fajitas was really impressive.
Paul and I had sushi for the first time at the Japanese restaurant. It was VERY good.
The spinach ravioli with gorgonzola cheese in the Italian restaurant was TO DIE FOR!
The whole place and atmosphere was so relaxing. I felt as if I was on another planet tucked away from everyone and everything (although we had free wi-fi lol).

This is the lobby as we walked in the front entrance.
 We found some very unusual critters. They looked to us like Lemurs but we found out they're from the raccoon family.



They also had some beautiful birds..I wish I got some pictures other than this one..


The whole facility was gorgeous! Even the public bathrooms were a sight to see with pools and fountains inside!
Reminds me of a spa
Our room. To the right was the bathroom..all marble!
Here are some pics of the grounds..

Just on the other side is the pool. It has these little cabanas so you can sit away from the sun if you wish.

They have little cabanas on the beach too but I think you pay for those. 



This is pretty much what I did EVERYDAY. I brought too many clothes as we only got dressed for dinner LOL. 

So I saved the best for last (in my opinion on a level of fun). We met an amazing couple, Vivian and Dean from Chicago. Our last day and night we spent with them-mostly at the pool.

Vivian and I in the pool
It was Dean's birthday so they brought him a cake and sang Happy Birthday at the french restaurant.
One of the pools


So the last day we went pool bar swimming! Kind of like bar hopping but we swam from bar to bar. We met some more friends along the way and our last day was really, literally a blast!



We had a good size group.



Under the falls I go








So, you get the idea..that the pool was fun! And, right now we're under a winter storm warning and we're getting lots of snow so here's a bit of sunshine and warmth!

As always....

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