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needed no prescription, as is typical of Mexican pharmacies.

For our second week, we packed up and transferred down the road to the Royal Sands, the newest of the Royal Resorts. Anyone who has ever stayed at a Royal resort knows imme- diately why they all have five star rat- ings. From the first person that greeted us with, “Welcome home!” to the last porter that bid us “hasta Ia vista,” our stay was wonderful. The Sands, has spacious, beautifully appointed apart- ments with lock-off units common to the newer Royals. The resort sur- rounds guests with clean lines and open spaces that engulf a huge pool which, when viewed from the lobby, appears as if it is one with the turquoise Carib- bean.

There are fine boutiques, enter- tainment, a full calendar of activities, and a great restaurant. One of our fa- vorites was the well-stocked grocery store that supplied all we needed to cook in our fully equipped kitchen. The staff at all the Royals takes care of its guests with great hospitality. For ex- ample, Sharlyne, the resort represen- tative who sold us our timeshare years ago, is like family. On each visit, we meet for lunch or breakfast, swap news, and learn of the Royal proper- ties.

Cancun is a bustling, exciting city with numerous things to do. The res- taurants, shopping, and cultural events are too numerous to mention. Further- more, the area offers enough excur-

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sions and diversions to fill sev- eral weeks. Having been to all the attractions in close prox- imity, we decided to venture farther afield and visit Merida, capitol of the Yucatan. As it happened, the four of us were the only people on the overnight trip. Leaving with our guide Gabriel in the morning, we arrived in Merida in the early afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we enjoyed the historic squares, shopping, and the great cathe- dral in the “White City.” Merida, not being on the usual tourist route, is truly a cultural experience.

Later in the afternoon, Gabriel picked us up and we headed south to the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal. En route, we stopped at a historic sisal hacienda and marveled at the Yucatan countryside. Uxmal is a wonderful Mayan city with pyramids, corbeled arches, and great plazas. Our trip in- cluded dinner in the park and an after- dark light show that depicted life in a Mayan city as buildings were illumi- nated.

The following day, we embarked on our return trip to Cancun. On the way, we stopped in a Mayan cemetery as well as the city of Izamal, which had been painted “Papal gold” for the recent visit of John Paul II. Izamal has one of the largest convents in the world, which is centuries old.

Our final stop was at the cenote, Ik Kil. A cenote is a circular pool formed when the limestone crust of the land collapses into the subterranean water. After eating a buffet lunch in a tropical paradise, we all descended stone steps into the cavern, winding under hanging gardens and dripping water to the edge of the cenote. The clear water (with a depth of 150 feet) was pure refreshment.

We had such a good time with our guide that he asked us if we would like to join his family on an upcoming trip to one of their favorite places, the is-

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land of Holbox. This was a social invi- tation between friends and he would take no pay. We readily accepted and soon we were traveling once again in rented Volkswagen convertibles. The route to the island was on good roads through wilderness, jungle, and isolated villages.

We hired a fishing boat which transported us through the straits to this sparsely inhabited, pristine island. Dolphins circled our boat, flocks of fla- mingos fed on shrimp, pelicans and albatross flocked, and fish roiled the waters. Our fisherman dived for conch, which he proceeded to clean and serve raw to his passengers. The island does have a small village with beach sand streets. We dined on pom- pano and lobster at a small restaurant and gathered shells on wild beaches. Truly, this was a most memorable ad- venture.

As our children are growing older, this may be the last vacation we spend all together. What a wonderful time to

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