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    Hi Forum,
    My husband is deeply interested in the old Dutch architecture of Aruba. Looking online there seems to be some very nice places to go. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn, so could someone please give us some directions to these places? Tips on how to get around would also be appreciated. Also, since we will be there over Easter weekend, what problems will we run into with stores/ buildings being closed? Thanks for your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda_2332 View Post
    Hi Forum,
    My husband is deeply interested in the old Dutch architecture of Aruba. Looking online there seems to be some very nice places to go. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn, so could someone please give us some directions to these places? Tips on how to get around would also be appreciated. Also, since we will be there over Easter weekend, what problems will we run into with stores/ buildings being closed? Thanks for your help!
    Linda
    Your best bet for a centralized view of traditional architecture is to head into Oranjestad and walk around. The majority of architecture in Noord (the north end of the island) is new build.

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    Are you renting a car? If so be aware of the paid parking spaces in Oranjestad.

    If not, there are cabs around and buses that regularly run into town.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I love architecture as well and talked a bit about it during Curt's Podcast interview. If you wanna listen in, here it is:

    One Happy Podcast Forum Member Interviews.

    If you have specific questions, I will gladly try to answer them.

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    Here is a great interactive map of Aruba. It gives you quite an idea about the island. Some of the hotels have changed names and owners but other than that, I think it's still a great map:

    http://www.insightcruises.com/pdf/Ar...active-Map.pdf

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    One of Aruba's treasures is the National Archaeological Museum. It's located in Oranjestad. There is the older, historical part, the former residence of the Ecury family with a most beautiful yard. And a newer part with lots of interesting items about Aruba's history, going back more than 5,000 years:

    http://www.namaruba.org/

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    "City Hall" ~ another of Aruba's Historical buildings. Another architectural treasure:

    http://www.dreamweddingsaruba.com/town_hall.htm

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    "Fort Zoutman" ~ another must-see! The Historical Museum is located there as well.

    The Bon Bini Festival is held at the fort every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Zoutman

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    One of my most favorite places to visit was the Numismatic Museum in Oranjestad.
    However, I believe it's closed until further notice. But here is some info anyway:

    http://www.visitaruba.com/experience...seum-of-aruba/

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    "The Old Protestant Church" is another gorgeous, historical monument. Next to it is another interesting building, if I remember correct, it's a school building.

    On that link is a number of very beautiful historical buildings. I have not been to all of them, just some:

    http://www.monumentenfondsaruba.com/...Q=&pageid=Mw==

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