Saturday, June 22, 2013

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 2013

We were so blessed this past week to take a vacation just Nick and I to Mexico.  We did pretty much nothing but relax and we truly enjoyed our time of doing nothing but soaking up the sun each day and enjoying one another's company.  We went to Grand Princess Riviera Resort in Playa Del Carmen.  It was a beautiful resort.  Well kept, but not sure we would ever return:).  Rooms were only half decent and the food was NOTHING to talk about.  Needless to say we didn't gain much weight at an all inclusive resort since we didn't find much to eat.  :)
 The entrance to the resort.  Big and beautiful looking!!
 One of the many, many pools!!  We spent EVERY evening here after we had spent ALL day at the beach.
 This was our view every day from 8:30am-4:30pm.  We sat in the same spot each day. It was reserved for what rooms we had so it wasn't hard to get a seat in the morning.  We always choose the end for sun reasons and because it was a great view of the ocean without a lot of people blocking our view.  It was also under a hut so we could get shade if we wanted it.

 Our room.  We asked for three different things with our room(like king bed, 3rd floor and ocean view) and we got none of it.   So we stuck our double beds together and it seemed to work out just fine.
 Random pictures of us on our way to dinner each night.  The resort was about a 10 minute walk from one end, near the beach (and where our room was), toward inland to the front of the resort(where all the nightly restaurants were).  We absolutely loved that walk back and forth but if you aren't someone who enjoys that then this place might not be for you, because it is a large resort with lots of walking!!!

 This was the beach food every day..  Chips and salsa everyday and then they would change out the main course each day.
 Two days we had Paella which is a rice and seafood dish.  We LOVED this and were glad to eat at the beach each day as that is where we found the best food.
 On Monday we knew the weather wasn't going to be nice and we didn't mind getting wet, so we chose to go into town and walk around.  Once we got to town though, the weather cleared off and we didn't ever need the umbrellas we brought.

 Another of the pools at night.  Breathtaking!!!
And these next four pictures are just because.....several nights we were just up for some fun and we would do goofy shots. 


 And last but not least as I have over 100 pictures....this is what we got to come home to!!  Oh man, I missed my kids like I had never before on a vacation.  The boys are wearing the shirts we bought them and Ellie is wearing the headband a lady at the beach made for her.
What a great vacation we had.  We couldn't have taken this vacation without the help of my parents, nick's parents and my aunt joan.  So a huge shout out to them and their hard efforts in keeping our kids the entire week.  We love you and are so grateful for you!!!