|After a week of sun and fun on the beaches of Mexico it was an adjustment to come home to the cold of middle Tennessee.We stayed at a newish all-inclusive resort on the Yucatan Peninsula called the Valentin Imperial Mya. We flew in and out of Cancun and the closest city (and where we shopped) was Play del Carmen).The Mayan architecture was amazing and Hubby and I spent lots of time admiring it. Our room was oceanfront so most mornings we were on our balcony (or in our hot tub or our all-glass shower) where we watched the sun climb cross the horizon. (Why isn’t it that easy to wake up at home???)
The newlyweds and the bride’s parents stayed in suites, which opened to a quiet branch of the pool. They could lie out on their terraces or take a few steps further and recline in chairs on a platform in the water.
The wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. There had been a threat of rain all day, but an hour or so before the ceremony, the clouds parted and the sun smiled on the festivities. The bride was beautiful in her gown and flip-flops. The groom and all of us parents were shoeless. How cool was that? An elegant dinner at the resort’s French restaurant followed for a gourmet ending to a picture-perfect day.
The happy couple and the rest of the wedding party flew home on Friday, the 23rd, but Hubby and I stayed until Monday the 26th. The resort did all they could to make it feel like Christmas with many Christmas trees, white lights everywhere, and a splendid lunch complete with ice carvings on Christmas day, but it just didn’t feel like the holidays to me. It’s difficult to get in the spirit while frolicking in a pool. Some guests brought small trees to the pool with them. I wish I’d thought of that.
We went to Christmas Eve mass in the lovely little chapel at the resort, and were surprised to find it was all Spanish. What did we expect? Italian? Just another example how spoiled we, as Americans, can be.
I’m glad we stayed a few extra days because it gave us a chance for some couple time. We took dance lessons, swam, snorkeled, played ping pong, danced under the stars, got a hot stone couples massage and went to a show. We also met some cool people including a mother-daughter from Michigan (or maybe Minnesota) who, after we met them for the first time, kept showing up wherever we were. Quite the coincidence for a resort that large. As we were waiting for our shuttle to take us to the plane to come home, we met another couple from Nashville. It really is a small world.
I finally figured out how to upload photos to the new version of WordPress so here are a few of my 500+ photos. (I’m still working on spacing.)
I hope you have a safe and happy new year’s weekend.