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A Day in Playa del Carmen Town
Date: Sun Jan 6 21:19:11 MST 2013, [ 20 photos ]
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December 26th: While we thought of how Boxing Day was back home in Canada -- of early morning line ups at favorite retail stores, of crowded malls and tired shoppers, we started our day early at the tennis courts and then off to downtown Playa del Carmen. The town is just few minutes by shuttle from the Grand Mayan Resort (US$5 each). We spent the entire afternoon by the famous 5th Avenue, shopping after an awesome lunch at the La Caprichosa, a short walk to the town plaza and then picked up some grocery items at the local WalMart before heading back to the resort.

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan Resort - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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We booked a tennis court for 2 hours in the morning every day for the rest of our stay at the resort - what a treat!

 Location: The Grand Mayan Resort - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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Mi amigo who looks after the courts sometimes gets to play with us if he is not too busy. He speaks no English and forces us to brush up on our already pocito Spanish. He is awesome! He supplies us with fresh set of towels, cold water, and occassionally even picks up the balls for us, etc. What a service!

 Location: The Grand Mayan Resort - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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At the La Caprichosa, downtown Playa del Carmen. We've been here before and we've been telling Alyssa how good and big their Seafood Platter is! So without hesitation, we ordered the Seafood Platter. The waiter asked us if we would make the platter for tres personas for the platter was intended for two -- but we decided not to. And, good thing we did!

 Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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Christmas in Playa del Carmen - MX
Date: Sun Jan 6 18:32:40 MST 2013, [ 24 photos ]
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It is our first Christmas away from a frosty winter, to a sunny Playa del Carmen, a cozy town about 30 minutes from Cancun, Mexico. I guess we will be dreaming of a White Christmas this time! But can't complain really, specially when we are meeting Alyssa who just finished schooling in Ecuador. We miss her so much that we won't miss this for anything else in the world.

This is also a trip we won't forget: Trekking Mexico, both on executive class is awesome! Compliments of upgrades accumulated while travelling a lot at work.

 Location(s): The Grand Mayan Resort & Spa - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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 Location: The Grand Mayan Resort & Spa - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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Christmas Eve Dinner at Tramonto

 Location: The Grand Mayan Resort & Spa - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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Christmas Dinner at The Gong

 Location: The Grand Mayan Resort & Spa - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
 Date Taken: Sun Jan 06 2013
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Sushi for starters! So good, so fresh! This is one of the many on Alyssa's list to have; she missed a lot while in Ecuador.

Tataki Con Aji Amarillo - seared tuna in manzana chilli sauce, yuzu, truffle oil, green apple, mint and sesame seed with wasabi

Lobster Roll - lobster tail, cucumber and avocado, coated with cream cheese and grated crispy potato, sliced habanero  chili pepper, tamarind, chives, and siracha sauce

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