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Old 04-04-2013   #31 (permalink)
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You'll probably want to avoid Rm 634. It's the first room in the row, where the pool widens out at the end. It's also right next to the washroom as well as the main pathway leading to the Uxmal wing rooms, making it a very high traffic area. The patio has virtually no privacy at all.
Perfect, I will avoid (if I can).

Thanks for the tip!

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Day III, Part 2

Monday evening was our reservation at Il Pescatore, located across the street at the RPDC's sister resort, the Gran Porto Real. We hadn't eaten there since we stayed at the GPR with our kids back in 2010, but in the past we had often taken advantage of the privileges which The Royal's guests enjoy at the two sister resorts in Playa (the other being the 3* Real Playa del Carmen, on 5th Ave at Calle 34).

Since we are all big fans of Italian cuisine, a dinner at Il Pescatore was a must. Once again, even though we reserved our sitting the day before, the earliest available table was at 9:00 pm.

Before heading across the street, we stopped for a drink at the Tequileria:


Earlier in the morning, C noticed this sign on his way to the Coffee House:


And so made note of that location for later reference:


We then made our way across Constituyentes and claimed our table at Il Pescatore:


S being the food photographer in our group, managed a shot of her chicken penne:


C indulged in a generous plate of spaghetti bolognese, while my wife and I enjoyed the excellent (and very rich) lasagna.

While the wine list is somewhat scanty, the quality of food and level of service at Il Pescatore are both on par with The Royal's top restaurants and the dinner ranked as one of our favourite meals of the week.

Since we had overdone things the night before, we were all content to take a leisurely stroll north up 5th before we turned in early to save our energy for Tuesday.

Coming up: March 19, dinner at Chef's Plate, and the White Party
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Day IV, Part 1

March 19: the hottest day of our week. We spent much of the day poolside, close to the shade of our patio and our nice, cool, air-conditioned room:




Since S&C's balcony is one of the few without a hammock, we were more than happy for them to come and take advantage of ours:


After reviewing these shots, the ladies observed the "slenderising" qualities of my super wide-angle lens, and were pleased...:




Another lunch at Pelicano's was followed by some beach time. In the early afternoon, the ladies decided on a field trip to Wal-Mart. Along the way, they found this signage amusing:


Does this not look more like an awning from an ice-cream parlour?


At the time we checked in, we made our reservation for this, the beef fillet night at Chef's Plate, followed by the weekly White Party event on the main lawn area in front of the mariachi fountain.

After a brief stint of late-afternoon beach time, we headed back to our rooms to get cleaned up for dinner. The ladies once again demonstrated that they know how to dazzle:


Coming up: Dinner at Chef's Plate and the White Party.
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Love your report and pics so far! Can't wait for the rest. I REALLY miss the Royal. We were there 5-6 years ago when our kids were younger. Now we travel family style.
We'll make it back to RPDC some day...
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Love your report and pics so far! Can't wait for the rest. I REALLY miss the Royal. We were there 5-6 years ago when our kids were younger. Now we travel family style.
We'll make it back to RPDC some day...
Thanks! Writing about the trip helps to prolong that vacation feeling for a few more days & allows us to forget the fact that our next trip to the Royal won't be until June 2014
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Day IV, Part 2

We had reserved a 7:30 sitting at Chef's Plate for the Tuesday evening. Since we would be attending the White Party immediately afterwards, we dressed for that event before meeting up for dinner:










Once seated, the drinks, as usual, starting flowing freely:



While the rest of us diversified our drink choices a bit this evening, Señorita Mojito stuck to her namesake:


Carlos soon came along to elevate the proceedings to a more epicurean level:


The meal was a beef fillet preparation, preceeded by a bisque and shellfish antojito. The food, preparation and presentation were extraordinary while the service was, as usual, top notch. After slowly digesting our meal over after-dinner cocktails, we headed outside to enjoy the White Party:



Another round of mini-beer shooters just goes to prove that we never learn...






























Many thanks to the kind gentleman who not only offered to take this photo, but also suggested the pose which made this our favourite group shot of the trip:


After the White Party wound down and we finished our final drinks, we once more called it a night, but not before S immortalised the work of their evening turn-down maid:


Coming up: March 20
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Again, great pics! Too funny you took a pic of the Drugs & Deli sign, we snapped the same pic while we were on our HM in 2008.

The white party looks...interesting. It was on a Tuesday correct? I need to try to remember to bring white clothes, it looks like something we'd have a few drinks at.

What are you shooting with? I'm debating on taking my nicer DSLR, if i do, you're making me want to invest in whatever lens(es) you're using!
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Again, great pics! Too funny you took a pic of the Drugs & Deli sign, we snapped the same pic while we were on our HM in 2008.
Thanks! There's another pic of the Drugs & Deli sign coming up. My wife's take on it: "Would you like some prosciutto with your viagra?"

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The white party looks...interesting. It was on a Tuesday correct? I need to try to remember to bring white clothes, it looks like something we'd have a few drinks at.
Tuesday night currently, although sometimes these schedules switch around a bit (what was supposed to be Mexican night on Mar 21 turned into Caribbean night instead).

The lighted platform became a dance floor after the performers were finished.

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What are you shooting with? I'm debating on taking my nicer DSLR, if i do, you're making me want to invest in whatever lens(es) you're using!
I shoot a Sony Alpha 57 DSLR, with a Carl Zeiss 16-80 mm walkaroud lens for most of these shots. I used a 75-300 mm basic-quality lightweight telephoto for the parasailing shots coming up. A few shots were taken with my 11-18 mm super wide-angle, and finally, about ¼ of the shots in this report (including the Drugs & Deli sign!) were taken by S with her Canon compact point-&-shoot.

I generally shoot with a circular polarising filter when in sunlight, which accounts for some of the rich blue tones in many of the beach shots.

Glad you like them!

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I always take my DSLR. My dilemma is which lenses to take! I have some massive ones like my 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Telephoto zoom, but that guy's is a little cumbersome for everyday shots. Love my 50mm and can't seem to leave home without it.

I think I'll go with my 24-105 and my 50
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Despite owning my "nice" camera for years I'm still very much a newbie photographer. Sounds like I need to do some research & maybe get a new lens before August.

I think I said something similiar about the Drugs & Deli "Hey honey, care for a sandwich with your prozac?". It didn't help that when we were there the next lot over was just a patch of grass with all of these spray painted handicap parking spaces. Of course I snapped pictures of it all
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Despite owning my "nice" camera for years I'm still very much a newbie photographer. Sounds like I need to do some research & maybe get a new lens before August.

I think I said something similiar about the Drugs & Deli "Hey honey, care for a sandwich with your prozac?". It didn't help that when we were there the next lot over was just a patch of grass with all of these spray painted handicap parking spaces. Of course I snapped pictures of it all

I'm the same way MrsFresh. Have a ton of very expensive camera equipment but am in no way an expert. I do like to experiment and have so much fun with it.

We will have to make sure and share pics after our respective trips
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I always take my DSLR. My dilemma is which lenses to take! I have some massive ones like my 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Telephoto zoom, but that guy's is a little cumbersome for everyday shots. Love my 50mm and can't seem to leave home without it.

I think I'll go with my 24-105 and my 50
I don't think you'll find much use for your 100-400mm unless you're planning to shoot birds or wildlife. I only used my 75-300mm on one occasion.

Your 24-105mm should be perfect. If anything, I would consider adding a wide-angle for some awesome beach shots.
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Despite owning my "nice" camera for years I'm still very much a newbie photographer. Sounds like I need to do some research & maybe get a new lens before August.
If you've already got a half-decent walkaround lens (at least 24-75mm), you might want to save your money. Take a look at the shots above and see if you can tell which of them were taken with my high-end Carl Zeiss lens and which were taken with S's compact point & shoot.....

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I don't think you'll find much use for your 100-400mm unless you're planning to shoot birds or wildlife. I only used my 75-300mm on one occasion.

Your 24-105mm should be perfect. If anything, I would consider adding a wide-angle for some awesome beach shots.
Amen on the not taking the 100-400...I think I'll stick with the 24-105 and the 50

Super exicted...when we went in 2010, I didn't have that mega lens and did just fine.

We also have a waterproof point and shoot so I think we're good.

Next installment please! I'm dying here!
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Day V, Part 1

March 20 marked the midpoint of the week and was (again) a day of sun & mojitos, with an after-dinner excursion down 5th Ave in search of tequila...

S once again began her morning on her balcony. Here she is holding one of the only 10 or so non-mojito beverages she consumed during the week:


Later, we walked as far as Playa Coco, enjoying the morning sun:




S couldn't resist running into the surf, & the surf couldn't resist running into her:




Then it was back to the loungers and bring on the mojitos:




After another great lunch at Pelicano's, it was back to the beach for more sun and mojitos until it was time to make ourselves presentable for dinner at Asiana. On returning to our room, we noted that our maid, Reyna, had spoiled us with some great towel art:


Coming up next: dinner at Asiana and the 5th Avenue Tequila Quest.

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