Friday, April 23, 2010

Last Port: Costa Maya





Today, we will go to the last port of call of our last cruise, which was Costa Maya in Mexico.
But before we go there, let me share my pink contribution for Beverly's Pink Saturday. You may see more pretty pinks at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Have you ever seen this type of hydrangeas? I am so used to the more common kind that when I saw this at Lowe's last weekend, I had to get it. I love the color of the flower, pink and green, so springy. You see it here already planted in my secret garden.

It's time to go to Costa Maya now. Again, my stepdaughter and her dh went on an excursion, so we got to babysit Holden. The 2 older toddlers were left at Camp Carnival. We really do not mind babysitting because for one thing, the baby is really good and who wouldn't want to spend time with grandchildren? Another reason is because we have been to Costa Maya in the past so we have toured it. I really just wanted to shop. There are more pinks to share here. See the pink building? We were just in the port, which was full of shops.

Costa Maya is one of my favorite ports They have really made it so comfy for tourists to hang out on. They have a huge swimming pool by the restaurants and anyone can swim for free and they have a lot of hammocks, chaise and chairs where you can just relax and enjoy the sun and scenery.
Just look at that huge pool! It wraps around the restaurant in the center of the shopping center.

John took Holden there while I shopped.


Coconut trees!


We even got to watch Mexican dancers perform for free.







The cruise ships in the background.
That's me!

Beautiful water.
And this is my favorite for today. A Few of My Favorite Things is a meme hosted by Laurie of http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/ Check out some favorite beauties by going to her blog and her participants.
I bought the sterling silver necklace or choker below in Costa Maya. I saw it in a jewelry shop, really liked it but I did not like the price so I walked through all the jewel shops to look for something just like it, but could not find one. So, I went back, negotiated a price for the necklace and a pair of cuff links for John, and bought them for a price the seller and I were both happy with. I justified myself by thinking that we have not spent the amount that we decided to spend for shopping yet and this was the last port.
The necklace has a sterling silver Mayan medallion which could be a calendar or just ancient inscriptions (I forgot what the sales clerk said) surrounded by red and black corals. Alternating with the coral framed medallions are sterling silver rings.
Well Laurie, this was my favorite purchase from Costa Maya. Thank you for the opportunity for me to show it.


Thanks also to Beverly for hosting Pink Saturday.
I want to thank y'all for coming by and commenting.

22 comments:

Just Breathe said...

That port looks like a great place to hang out. Looked a little windy that day. Beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like a very relaxing vacation. What a pretty necklace.
Enjoy your weekend.
Glenda

PAT said...

Fabulous post, Christine. Loved all the photos.

The hydrangea is beautiful. We have two Endless Summer. I'd love to have one of the Lacecaps.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh what a beautiful place...somehow I'm not surprised that you were shopping while the "boys" went to the pool! I've missed you, I'm trying to get back to blogging.

Sue

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh what a beautiful place...somehow I'm not surprised that you were shopping while the "boys" went to the pool! I've missed you, I'm trying to get back to blogging.

Sue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The water looked so refreshing. Love it. The buildings are all so colorful and everything looks like it is such fun. You look fabulous. So glad you had fun. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

Fantastic photos as always! Christine your photos always inspire me to take better quality shots, it shows so pretty on your blog! You look beautiful too....

Blondie's Journal said...

Your hydrangea is gorgeous. I think I saw a similar one in BH&G (May) and forgot the name...lol! ;-D

Another pretty port. You guys get SO much sun!!! And so much fun! I adore the necklace. I do not have a lot of jewelry, but I love it. And I love unusual pieces. So pretty, Christine!!

Can you believe it will be one more month til we meet again. Yay!!

xoxo
Jane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, everything in this post is beautiful, from your hydrangea to the port, and then that drop dead gorgeous necklace. Thank you so much for linking this post with Favorite Things. laurie

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Gorgeous pictures....Had a few hours to blog hop tonight......so glad that I stopped here....Be sure and stop by and read about a miracle in our family....
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-think-god-smiled.html
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sweet european dreams said...

once again, beautiful photos! I'm just aching for a tropical vacation....soon!!!

Natasha said...

So many pretty pink things! I love your pretty flowers but how amazing is that pink building!?

Thank you Christine for sharing all of these great pictures from your trip. Can't wait to see where we go next week!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love those hydrangeas Christine and I am so jealous of that trip! It looks like it was just awesome~
The pinks are amazing!
Hugs, Cindy

susan said...

Christine-I could use a big dose of that kind of pink---the trip looks wonderful. Love the shoreline shots. Your necklace is very pretty--and half the fun is the price haggling :)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

You take great photos Christine. I feel like I could step into one of them and actually be there.. Beautiful~!
Sonny

Terry said...

Great photo of you Christine!!!! You always look so young. Really cute top you have on.

We usually take a cruise once a year but this year I was just not in the mood. In 2011 my sisters and I are all going on a cruise together....and we decided to let our husbands go with us.

Maggie said...

What a great place to hang out! And I've never seen so many pink buildings- how cool is that?

Happy Pink Saturday!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Sherry said...

What a beautiful place. Love your necklace. It looks dreamy there with the breeze and the palm trees blowing in the breeze.

kim said...

Christine, such a beautiful place. That water is amazing, Please,don't miss out on my giveaway.

Manuela@TPOH said...

So many pretty pink things! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower!

Manuela

Kathleen said...

Wow, that looks beautiful! Very pink! :)
Great necklace..I can imagine what else you bought! LOL

Traci said...

We went on a cruise in January & I LOVED Costa Maya's port. We'd planned an excursion but will definitely just hang out at the port next time!

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