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#1......... A wedding and being downtown

By: lee (View Profile)
Date: 3/13/2008

We left home at the usual 4:30 am, bumping along the freeway, for a 7am flight out of Pittsburgh. Good weather; little chilly at 40 degrees. There are ten of us on this flight for a wedding on March 15. Everyone is in high humor tho' tired from lack of sleep. Flight only 20" late leaving PIT, crowds of people; long lines. Spring break is crazy busy everywhere.

Landed on time in Cancun, no lines at immigration, straight through to baggage. That took 45" waiting for all the bags as another charter landed right after our plane. Finally rounded everyone up and Best Day took us to the van. Waited at least a half hour before they loaded us and we headed for the ferry. Familiar and new sights all along the way. Ferry lines are long and not everyone made the first ferry. Our friends are waiting for us on the Isla side and there's hugs all around. I'm determined to have my first meal on the beach (preferably Picus) but hear that Jorge and his dad are operating Justicia Social and we have to give them a try. Good spot right on the water where the newbies are taking in all the noise, smells and sights.

Wonderful food and a great location for the newbies some of whom have never left the States. I had the Justicia Especial which is a filet of fish smothered in a creamy wine and mushroom sauce. Several people tried it and they had to order the same. Boy was that good! Sorry, inhaled the stuff before I even thought of a camera.

more of the group


After lunch we headed to the Super Express for provisions for 4 days at ChiChiCharlies. Our friends Jeff & Becky wanted to go to the beach so we stopped at Los Arcos for their things and then slepped our loot to ChiChi's.
ChiChi's room #8, pretty good size

The rate is $75 a day and for that you get a great view
Room #8 at ChiChi Charlies and a great view

You also get a clean room with AC and small fridge working. You get two clean towels. No face or hand towels. The coffee pot didn't work and I never got the promised toaster. I made do with my own "kitchen":

our 'kitchen' at ChiChi's

Found a little electric skillet that I used to heat water for the morning cuppa as well as make scrambled eggs and heat the breakfast breads. It was wonderful!
breakfast on the balcony

The outside could have been much nicer if Benito had kept trash picked up. They also told us that even tho' we were guests, we could not use the 'first row' chairs unless we wanted to pay $150p. We moved back a row! We usually sat on the main part of the ChiChi portion of the beach; right beside Sergios on Playa Sol. The water is really warm and very clear. We found a nice shady palm tree and spent the day. Our room was real close for more drinks and snacks.

our shady spot on the

A long day at the beach, hungry again, we shower and meet at Sergios for Sunset Services. Denny is relaxed!
Denny at Sergios for sunset

The sunset is worth the wait:

worth the wait!

We all disperse to meet again at Bamboos for dinner. Liz says that the Hurricane shrimp is really good and a bunch of us order that. It is very good ($175p) and with one beer ($25p) Sorry, again, no pictures. Denny couldn't care less about shrimp anything and he's been looking forward to the Bolognese at Angelo's. Jeff and Mary go with him and they all get the Bolognese. The strolling musicians are standing near our table at Bamboo and I finally realize that they're playing "Perfidia" a favorite song of mine that I request often at Faynes. I look over at Bamboos and Denny is waving wildly: he sent them! They do a great job on the song and my evening is complete.

We roam town for less than an hour and realize we're just too tired to keep moving. Back to the room and sleep, sleep, sleep.

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