Although Mexico had always been somewhere we had both wanted to visit, the decision to go to Cancun was made when Steve's nephew Craig announced that it was to be the setting for his marriage to his fiancée Elissa.
Moon Palace Resort
The Moon Palace, a resort the size of a town, is situated on a beach to the south of the main hotel area of Cancun. While not the sort of place we would normally choose to stay, it was immaculately kept and efficiently run, and the staff friendly.
Being all-inclusive, full breakfasts soon became the norm, and the cocktails (especially the Margueritas!) flowed. Refreshments were not limited to the fifteen restaurants we could choose from each night, as the extended Burgess family converged from Canada and the UK took advantage of the swim-up bars during the day, and of the Skybar and the nightclub at night.
The wedding took place on the Wednesday
afternoon on the resort's beach. The bridesmaids, groomsmen and other
guests gathered, followed by Craig and Elissa. A friend of her family
performed the ceremony.
Rain threatened the planned al fresco wedding breakfast, so it was moved inside one of the resort's function rooms.
Trip to Chichen-itza
Rather than take an organised trip to the
Mayan ruins of Chichen-itza (said to be one of the seven wonders of the
world), through our tour rep we organised our own coach and guide.
After a buffet lunch, we made a diversion on the way back to Cancun to a natural sink hole for a swim. Created by a network of underground rivers, they proved a refreshing place for a dip. While Phil used the ladder to get in, Steve jumped in from the high ledge. Thanks to Pete for some of the pictures.
Boat to the Isla Mujeres
Thanks also to Pete for one of the next
set of pictures but also to Steve's brother Mick, not only for some of these
photos but also for organising the day trip to the nearby island of Isla
Mujeres (or Isle of Women).
The bus took us to the ferry, and onto the island for a rainy lunch. Steve joined the snorkelling party, while Phil opted for the sun bed round the pool - once the sun had come out - before we headed back to the boat for a short hop to the island's only town. After an hour's exploring (and the purchase - after some haggling - of a hammock), we headed back to the boat and, literally(!), into the sunset.
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