Our quick trip to the US and Mexico

Trip Start Jun 30, 2011
Trip End Aug 06, 2011

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Where I stayed
The Gould Residence.
Royal Hideaway, Playa del Carmen
Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto
Phil and Cynthia, Las Vega

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our trip to Cambodia was cancelled at the last minute, but we still wanted to spend time with the family so we had a short stay in San Diego to visit with Mary and Steve where we could go to theatre and go dancing then off to Mexico with Robyn, Jamie and Kevin.

We had decided to go to Mexico and our first stop was Cancun. It was a lovely hotel, but I can tell you it was exceptionally hot weather. We certainly had a lot of pools to choose from.



 We spent most of the time in and around the hotel going into town one day to go to the Aquarium.

We relaxed in the afternoons in our room.

We had made bookings in Tulum, but on further investigation it was decided not to go there. Jay went on line and as always found a resort in Playa del Carmen. Royal Hideaway, an all inclusive resort. Being the hottest time of year there were not many people there.

We arrived having booked for 4 days and on the spot decided to extend and cancel back in Cancun. It was certainly a luxury place. No children, and great restaurants. It was so good I did not get around to taking any photographs of the resort, only the pool. It was certainly a place for downtime.

Check out the website of this hotel to get a look at this amazing place. Check out Jay's review on Trip Advisor. Royal Hideaway Playa del Carmen, Mexico.


I had wanted to go to see the Mayan ruins. The others had seen the ones in Chichen Itza and did not want to go, so I went for a long, hot day out.

    The 91 steps on each side of El Castillo and 1 on the altar add up to 365 steps, the number of days in the year.   

The round structure of the observatory is a surprising and unusual shape in Mayan architecture. 



We saw the ruins, had lunch in Valladolid,

and stroll down through the
colonial town

to catch the bus back.  I enjoyed the day but I was very

   We stopped at a grotto on the way back or what is called a Cenote.

We did a day trip out to Cozumel as we had been told it was good snorkeling. Unfortunately there were not many fish or any coral. I think I have been spoilt. Ah well we did go together and that was what the trip was about.



We went on land for lunch before heading back on the boat and then the ferry home.


We all headed off to Tulum to see the first Mayan city discovered by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th Century and the only walled city known to exist on the seashore.




 Renowned for its mlillenary frescos and unique buildings.


This mysterious city was a major port-of-call on the Mayan maritime trade routes.


Kevin, Jamie and I left early one morning to go to Cancun to swim with the Whale Sharks and I mean swim. They are huge, and it is an amazing experience to be in the water next to them.

  Unfortunately the photographs taken by the tour group were not good. Trust me, it was a wonderful day and I would do it again.

What an amazing two weeks in Mexico. I would go back to Playa Del Carmen, and also visit other areas in Mexico. We headed back to San Diego then off to Palo Alto to visit more relatives.

Jon and Deb spent time with us go out for meals, taking us to look around Stamford.


I would recommend The Rodin Sculpture Garden to anyone. I spent a lot of time looking at all the sculptures.


Palo Alto is a university town. Jay and I enjoyed walking around and checking out the coffee shops. The streets were lit up night something I like.


The four days we were there went quickly.

                             Off to San Francisco and catching up with Robyn.


We took a quick trip to Las Vegas to visit friends, then back to San Diego before heading back to Australia.

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