Cancun, Mexico – Monday, July 20, 2009


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7-20-09 Welcome to Paradise sign

7-20-09 Welcome to Paradise sign

Friends:

My family and I arrived safely in Cancun, Mexico. We left New Orleans at 6:00am and arrived in Miami for our connecting flight (Don’t you hate those early morning flights?!). Unfortunately, we had a lengthy layover so we explored the airport a bit. I discovered something I had never seen before – service that wraps your suitcase in cellophane for an extra measure of security.

7-20-09 Miami Airport - wrapping suitcases in cellophane

7-20-09 Miami Airport - wrapping suitcases in cellophane

The floor of the Miami Airport in Concourse D is beautiful. It has art inspired by undersea life.

7-20-09 Eliana stands on the artsy floor of the Miami Airport

7-20-09 Eliana stands on the artsy floor of the Miami Airport

After a severe weather delay (it was raining coconuts & bananas) of an hour, we were off to Cancun!

7-20-09 Leaving Miami

7-20-09 Leaving Miami

We arrived in Cancun in the late afternoon.

7-20-09 Eliana rides the suitcases in the Cancun Airport

7-20-09 Eliana rides the suitcases in the Cancun Airport

Since we reserved and paid for transportation ahead of time, it was smooth sailing in an air conditioned shuttle to our hotel about 10 miles away. On the way, we drove through Punta Zona Hotelera, the hotel zone. We even passed Chocolate City! (Eat your heart out, Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans!) hahaha

7-20-09 Chocolate City

7-20-09 Chocolate City

We are staying at the Dreams Resort & Spa, an all-inclusive luxury resort on the tip of Cancun, surrounded on three sides by water. The hotel staff was so friendly and accommodating. The open air lobby is gorgeous.

7-20-09 Dreams Resort Lobby

7-20-09 Dreams Resort Lobby

Our room overlooks the hotel’s Dolphin Lagoon and the gorgeous Caribbean sea. (Bringing to mind the crooning of 80s pop star, Billy Ocean “Caribbean Queen… now we’re sharing the same dream…”). LOL

7-20-09 Amazing View from room balcony

7-20-09 Amazing View from room balcony

Here’s a picture of me with my gorgeous girls!

7-20-09 Eliana, Dianne & Soleil on balcony of room in Cancun

7-20-09 Eliana, Dianne & Soleil on balcony of room in Cancun

Our room is very pretty with marble floors, a banana tree bas relief and Carribean turquoise and white decor.

7-20-09 The bed with robe and slippers awaiting...

7-20-09 The bed with robe and slippers awaiting...

Even our bathroom is beautiful!

7-20-09 The bathroom in the deluxe dolphin lagoon room at Dreams Resort, Cancun

7-20-09 The bathroom in the deluxe dolphin lagoon room at Dreams Resort, Cancun

We decided to take a little nap to sleep off the travel weariness. When we woke up, it was already dark. We rushed to dinner and ate at Himitsu, a pan Asian restaurant on the grounds. The food was good. I did, however, cry at dinner. I ordered spicy tuna rolls and were they spicy! The waiter told me, “Oh we make them with Mexican habaneros. But it’s only the juice. No big deal.” Fortunately, the coconut ice cream and pink panther daiquiri (pina colada, grenadine & Malibu rum) helped immensely.

7-20-09 Dipping Toes in Caribbean Sea

7-20-09 Dipping Toes in Caribbean Sea

After dinner, I decided to walk along the beach. The family wanted to return to the room so I explored solo. I had to take my traditional toe dip in the sea (I do this at every beach I visit around the word). The water was warm. I can’t wait to swim tomorrow! I discovered some ancient Mayan ruins too…

7-20-09 Mayan Ruins sand castle, washed away by time and tide

7-20-09 Mayan Ruins sand castle, washed away by time and tide

Now it is time to dream at Dreams. Tomorrow (July 21) is Soleil’s 19th birthday and we have a full day planned, including beaching, shopping and a dinner show. It should be fun!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne