Tulum | Papaya Playa Project

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While in Tulum Warren took a scuba diving course which took up five days so Orlaith and I had a fair amount of free time on our hands to explore the area on our own.

We decided that since we hadn't been to the beach in Tulum yet that's where we'd go for a couple of days. Our map showed the beach not being too far from the high street so we set off from home on foot. Two hours and approximately three and a half miles later we reached the beach, about to collapse from the heat with Orlaith in tears having finished about a litre of water on the journey. We went into the closest beach club we could find and ordered fresh juices and fresh water and collapsed on some cushions in the shade over looking the water.

Tulum | Markets & Textiles

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One thing I love about Tulum are the colourful market stalls. Yes, most of them are probably there because of the influx in tourists over the last few years, but they are so colourful and vibrant I couldn't help but feel drawn to them. Sometimes you can see through the back door in the stall and into their home, occasionally with an elderly family member resting on a bed or hammock inside, away from the Mexican heat. 

And another thing I love is, not always, but in some shops these items are hand made by the people selling them. There was a man who sat outside his hammock stall every day weaving hammocks with his hands. And I was chatting to another shop owner who was selling the most beautiful dream catchers laced with pretty stones. He opened a drawer and placed a huge dirty rock in my hand. It felt so light I was confused. He told me it was amber and pointed to the wonderful dream catcher I had been admiring with pieces of amber in it. Then he started pulling out more large stones, quartz, tigers eye and some others I didn't recognize. He made these wonderful things himself. It was really inspiring to meet these people who sell their crafts for a living.

Tulum | Gran Cenote

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While in Tulum we couldn't miss checking out some of the cenotes close by. Warren did a scuba diving course and saw a lot more cenotes than Orlaith and I but we visited some as a family and Orlaith and I also tagged along with his diving buddies for a day and visited some awesome cenotes with them.

Gran cenote we visited as a family and spent the entire day there. It was a lovely place to hang out and dip in and out of the water. It was shaded and cool, which in the Mexican heat feels like a blessing, and the fresh, crystal clear water was nice and chilly, the opposite of the warm salty ocean.

Cancun

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We only stayed in Cancun for three nights. It was never really on our priority list of places to visit. I don't believe there's much culture left in Cancun, that is unless you're a fan of 'hotel culture'. But what do I know, this was my first visit.

We had booked an apartment in town for our stay but as we were driving there our taxi driver informed us we had chosen an unsafe area and not to go out at night, and then once we arrive there was no hot water and only air conditioning in one of the bedrooms. We couldn't even sit in the living room it was SO hot!!

Wynwood

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Wynwood is my dream place. Wynwood is a part of Miami where the streets are covered, every corner and crevice, in art. Apparently it used to be a pretty bad area, and then the art started, and then the crowds came, and now it's the new trendy part of town. The power of art.

Miami

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So here we are in Miami. I've always wanted to visit Miami after my brother came back a few years ago raving about it. And because we're totally random we are staying in a vintage RV is someone back yard. It has the most beautiful lush tropical garden outside. We spend all our time out here and eat every meal outside. Our neighbour, and owner of our property, is a great guy and he takes us around the city and brings us fresh mangos just fallen from the tree.

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