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Old 11-18-2011   #16 (permalink)
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Day 2

Woke up to gorgeous skies and a full night of sleep! First things first....Cuervo del Chango! Love this place and highly recommend it as a must eat place on any visit to Playa. We were early and walked the beach in front of Las Palapas....has anyone stayed here? It looks beautiful! Chicken Chilaques con Pollo and Nutella crepes! So delicious, and the green salsa with avocado is gastro-orgasmic! I ate the whole bowl. The food is so fresh and the staff is really nice! After we waddled back to Adventura, we changed and headed to Indigo Beach Club!
The club was great and KIKO was our fantastic waiter! We had a choice between Kool or Indigo but Kool is more for the younger crowd and Indigo seems more laid back, just our style!
After a day in the sun, we headed out to Carboncitos for happy hour and the most delicous 2 for 1 margs, pastor tacos and texmex nachos! I definately get a kick out of the names that the vendors make up for my husband, but Mr Whiskers was my favorite.
The evening wasn't complete til we stopped at Ah Cacao for a brownie, then home to the hotel to read. There is something to be said for staying in the middle of town and being so close to everything.
Sitting on the balcony, we had the hardest time trying to figure out the mystery and eyesore of La Reina Roja!!!! What is the story with this place! It became the "redlight district" for the rest of the week.






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Nice pictures!
Oh, and your Tasmanian devil is really cute. We have one of those...
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Day 3

Breakfast at La Vagabunda(sp?)! Of course we had chicken chilaques, I swear I could eat them everyday on vacation...Good thing we walk everywhere or else I would have to roll home. Decided to hop onto the collectivo and go down and check out the beach by Tulum, I think it is called El Paraiso? I absolutely love the ease of hopping on a collectivo and being able to go anywhere for so little money. When we arrived at the entrance to Tulum, we approached one of the kiosk's and asked for the right directions. The man told us it was 4 clicks and too far to walk....of course we walked...not bad at all and the weather was very mild so the sweating was at a minimum and we knew we could just hop in the water when we got there.
I was not prepared for the absolute beauty and pristine sand of this beach, HOLY COW! I guess this is why it is rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Now that we are home, I have heard that Ziggy's is down this way and nice too. Any recommendations for future day trips are most welcome!!! I also didn't realize that the Town of Tulum has great glass shops and other places to see, but there is always next time.
When we got there, we were charged 50 pesos to get in and 100 pesos for chairs. Money well spent, this was paradise, and the beer delivery was an added bonus as well as the guacamole and Salsa Casera! The burger was a little disappointing but who really cares with a view like that one!!!!
Walking on the beach north as we left was a must as it is basically empty and a great photo op!
We had been to Barbados on a previous trip and were a little saddened by the way americans are treated with barely concealed hostility....we aren't all loud mouth drunks!! This is one of the reasons why someone had suggested Playa or any part of Mexico to us, you really can't beat the open friendly hospitality that is present everywhere.
After the whole day at the beach we headed back up to Playa and a shower!
My husband laughs and pokes fun but one of the things I enjoy most is a trip to Mega, even though we didn't really need anything. There is something about poking around a grocery store in a another country and checking out local produce and of course BEER but the chiles, moles, and trying to piece together my broken spanglish is my twisted fetish. What I weirdo, I know!
I am a bartender at home and I made mojitos all summer for my guests but never had one until this trip. I am definately hooked! There is some serious love that goes into making this drink the right way and the bartender at Babes has got it down!!!
As we were walking home, we noticed some local artists along one of the side streets by where they are doing some construction off Fifth. The lights were being strung up but alot of the people had flashlights for you to check out their art. I noticed one woman who had some paintings done on simple poster board from walmart. As I went through a number of her prints I was completely blown away by her talent. Her name is Chistina Fer and she is amazing! I wanted to bring home some piece of art from this trip and I had found it. She was asking 65us for each or 2 for 100. Considering what she puts into these paintings/murals which a a mixture of ink, paint and charcoal...I figured that was a fair offer and I gave her a little more because I was so in love with her talent! She also invited us back to her studio anytime later in the week. If you get a chance to check out her work, please do, she captures the colors and ambiance of Playa and outlaying areas beautifully in her work.
On a high from such a relaxing day we settled into our room with some Victoria beer(new favorite)!













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I am so enjoying your report!!!

Wow...Christina's art is amazing! I will be sure to find her on my next trip!

Thanks for sharing your trip & lovely photos!

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that's really cool you gave the artist a little extra
i recently bought a sweet little painting on the street and the price was so low i gave some extra, too

the art has a lot of heart in it down here
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I had no idea Christina was such a good artist. I really want one of her paintings now. I love the one you have!
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Great report, feels like I'm there!
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You're doing great!! Loving the report
Thankyou Roni! I am loving your report as well. Next year, my husband and I will have to get over our shyness and meet some of you folks! It looks like our vacations may have crossed paths!
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