No, thats not a typo. It really has taken me over a year to post my very first trip report. As I told my husband, this board and the people who frequent it have given us so much information (and enjoyment) over the last few years, I want to give something back by posting a trip report (or maybe a few -- Im optimistic!). So... here we go!
Our 2006 trip was a biggie -- our first real vacation since our twin girls were born, and we also had our four-year old son AND a 19 year-old exchange student/au pair with us! Things started out a little rough. To make a long story short, it involved a canceled California flight, a re-scheduled red-eye through Houston, and one very ill Mommy on the Houston/Cancun leg of our flight. :( Ugh. On the upside, I was so ill that security took pity on me, plopped me in a wheelchair, whizzed us right through the airport/security/immigration, and out to our waiting Cancun Valet van! Woo Hoo! No waiting in that huge line of tourists!
Amazingly, I started feeling better as soon as we got on the ferry. The heat, the water, the location, all combined to take away my ills. Our darling au pair, Maria, who had never traveled out of her small home town in the mountains of Ecuador before, was amazed by the gorgeous color of the water. Suddenly, we were pulling into the Isla dock. It felt like coming home...
We checked into our hotel, Suites Los Arcos. Here I am looking VERY tired after such a horrendous trip, but happy to have finally arrived.
My husband, Randy, was a bit worn out, too, but the kids were no worse for the wear! Isabella, Randy and Olivia:
Los Arcos was a good choice for us. We were trying to save a little money, so we opted to stay downtown rather than at Nautibeach (where we had stayed a couple of years earlier). We had adjoining rooms on the second floor in the back. The kitchenettes were key, especially with the kids. We (okay, I!) made breakfast almost every morning. Yummmm...
It was incredible to me that we actually found lactose-free ("deslactosada") milk on Isla! Although the Super didnt always have it... hit or miss. No biggie, I can drink juice. Another great thing about Los Arcos was its proximity to this little shop with my son Carls favorite Mexican souvenir -- the bobble-head animals:
And of course, one of our favorite things about Isla -- the food -- was never more than a short walk away. ;) One of our first meals on the island:
Maria fit right in with her dark hair and fluent Spanish. Isnt she beautiful? She became like a daughter to us during the year she lived with our family. Here we are again, at another restaurant with Hidalgo in the background:
The seafood platter at the same restaurant (sorry, forgot to write down the restaurant name).
Seafood platter was just okay - a bit overcooked - but Maria said her chicken was delicious. Still, no complaints from me, Im on vacation! On mothers day, we had breakfast at M&J Cazuela. Me and my girls in front of the restaurant:
Looking west down the hill toward the bay of Mujeres:
The top of the church on the Zocalo:
Ready to eat!
That was such a lovely day -- waking up on an island paradise... spending time with the man I love, our own three children and our "adopted" daughter Maria... it just reinforced what I already knew to be true: that I have so many wonderful gifts in my life, and each day is a new blessing. :)
More to come...