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    Sounds like you're having a great week! I'm glad you tried 2 Fools and I agree that it is among the best meals we have had anywhere. I hope Paul and Fred are able to make a go of this as they are terrific guys. Keep posting!

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    I thimk I have failed to mention one very fine feature in the Tara Penthouses at Bucuti. They have a 7 by 10 TV in the bathroom vanity mirror. It's lower center and my wife loves it. I think they call it an electric mirror. My wife has put it on her Xmas wish list. She says it will save her time getting ready because she can watch the Today Show while she does her hair. They are not cheap from what I've read online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtucker1 View Post
    I'm red in spots all over now. I seem to be awful at getting every spot with sunscreen.
    I used to have the exact same problem I now start my day in Aruba by putting my sunscreen on BEFORE I even put my bathing suit on. Start at the top and work my way down. It has really worked! AND now they suggest you put sunscreen on 30 minutes before going into the sun anyway. Good luck!

    2 Fools and a Bull
    Paul insisted that we should go out back to the patio and get drunk so that we could not complain of the food.
    He sounds like a fool!!!

    Seriously thank you. That was probably one of the most thorough reviews and if I wanted to try it before, you have made me wish I could just hop a plane tonight for dinner.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    I wondered what adventure your up to today. Great reports, thanks for taking the time to write. Loving your reports, can't wait for our trip. You've got me thinking about adding 2 Fools to our dining choices. Enjoy and keep'em coming.

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    Thanks for sharing your reports! You are making me think I need to plan in a day of rum shopping.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Happy Anniversary!! Glad you are enjoying!

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    Love your trip reports! Keep them coming....

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    I went off the grid for the last 2 1/2 days of our trip. We were having too much fun and too much drink to do any serious postings.

    Thursday

    We were enjoyed another good breakfast at Bucuti this morning. The 10 foot walk to our beach hut was exhausting. We just enjoyed the beautiful, read a bit, and tried to drink the juices, sodas, beers, and rums that we had purchased before we left on Saturday. We spent all morning sunning and relaxing.

    Cuba's Cooking

    We grabbed a cab down Cuba's Cooking to have a bit of Cuban food and the wonderful Mojitos. The Mojitos were fabulous. We ordered the fish balls, calamri, and I had a Medinoche. The food was really good. The 2nd round of Mojitos pushed us up over $60 before tip. That's an estimate, as it all become a bit hazy as you will see later.


    Santa Cruz Bar/Rum Shop

    Hillary from Monday evening picked us up downtown and we headed to one of his favorite spots in Santa Cruz. We had a few Balashis and met several locals there watching the US basketball game. We left a few good friends at that one.

    Urataka Center

    We stopped by the Urataka Center for a couple of cold ones and talked about there pizzas. Apparently, they have been serving the best pizza in Aruba for over 20 years. We were saving our remaining appetites for Zeerovers fish, so we vowed to come back for pizza next year.

    More Rum Shops

    I think we stopped at one or two more in the Santa Cruz area, but I don't recall their names. I'm not sure the last two had any signs.

    Zeerovers

    We got there and the place was packed. We ordered 4 horse head fish (it tasted better than it sounded) and about a pound of shrimp. While we were waiting in line, I ran into the minister that married us on the beach 2 years ago. He is apparently a regular there. The fish was prepared quickly and came with french fries and plantains. It was enough food for about 5 people and was only about $33. The fish was incredibly fresh and we are definitely coming back again.

    Carubbian Festival

    We finally made it down to the Carubbian Festival in San Nicolas. There stands along the street selling drinks, local food, and all sorts of trinkets. We bought a couple of things and mingled with the many locals that had lined the street. There was a main stage with music, dancing, and entertainment. We made our way down to Charlie's Bar and met a few more locals down there. We were there maybe 2 hours when Hillary came back to pick us up.

    Baby Store

    We hit this rum shop on the way home, and stayed for a couple of hours. They had a computer hooked up to something that looked like a Dutch Youtube. We were able to choose all sorts of videos of 80's hits. The best was a sing along joined by the locals to Hotel California. It was a wonderful time and we hated to leave, but it was after midnight.

    Hillary got us home and we said our goodbyes until next year.

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    Friday

    We got up for a late breakfast after the night we had Thursday night. We vowed to lay on the beach all day for our last full day and night in Aruba.

    Lunch

    I had planned on walking up the beach to Passions for lunch, but we decided to stay local and eat in our beach hut. I had a caribbean seafood soup in a bread bowl, as well as grilled tandoori chicken on naan bread. My wife had the caribbean chicken quesadillas I think. It was tasty and hit the spot. I had a couple of Amstel Brights to wash it down with and the wife had a One Happy Island. Not really sure what was in that.

    Hut

    We stayed in the hut and on the beach until around 5pm before we went back to get ready for dinner and some shopping.

    Shopping

    Paula just had to have some Tous perfume before we went home. The perfume store in the Renaissance plaza had just the right bottle that she was looking for.

    Driftwood

    We decided on dinner at Driftwood for our final night. We were not disappointed. I started with the Aruban Fish Soup. It was very tasty and reminded me of a chicken soup with fish. We both had the Baracuda Aruban Style with vegetables. I had the rice and the wife had a baked potato. It was very tasty. We had not had baracuda before, but the waiter recommended it and we were not disappointed. I loved the creole sauce as well. We had a bottle of the pinot grigio to go with dinner. I think the soup was maybe $6. The meals were $26 each and the wine about $30.

    Downtown

    We walked around a bit downtown to see the train tracks and other construction going on there. I'm not sure the eventual plan for the train, but it seems to just run from the seaport up to the bus terminal. I would expect they would expand that down to the airport area and at least as far north as the hospital, if not all the way to the high rises. Does anyone know the plans? The cab drivers will surely be hurt by any longer rail lines.

    We grabbed a cab back to the hotel and enjoyed our last night on our balcony. Have to get up early Saturday to enjoy our last day in Aruba.

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    Saturday

    We were down at breakfast by 7:00am. They had not even put the chairs or towels out yet in our huts yet. They hurried that along as we ate our last breakfast in Aruba.

    Hut

    We enjoyed the sun and the sand until 11:00am, enjoying a final drink from the bar. We knew we were going to miss this next week.

    Room

    We got ready and finished packing to be down by noon to check out. They stored our bags up front and we left for one last meal at the Sand Bar.

    Sand Bar

    We had a 4pm flight, but didn't plan on leaving until 1pm since we were upgraded to first class on the way back. I drank Balashis and talked with folks from the UK and North Jersey that were leaving a bit later than us. I had the Thai Chicken Coconut Soup and the Island Crab Cake. My wife had the Lemon Pepper Shrimp. We thoroughly enjoyed it but then hated to leave when we were finished. We did met the owner of Bucuti on our way out. He let us know that if we did win the Powerball, he might be willing to sell.

    Airport

    We got a cab down to the airport and there were maybe 3 couples in front of us in the first class line. We got checked in after maybe 15 minutes and made our way through customs. I suspect the regular line was going to take 1 hour or more. We made it through to our gate in just over an hour. I had a Presidente in the bar and we waited less than our hour before we boarded. The mojitos were flowing in first class to drown our sorrows.

    Philly

    Once we collected our bags, we went outside to look for the limo I reserved on Limos.com. After about 3 calls to them, waiting on hold a few times, and being promised that a limo driver would call us soon to pick us up, I had had enough. I told them to not bother and we took a stuffy cab home. It was readily apparent to me that they had dropped the ball on securing us a limo and were stalling to find one on such short notice. We just wanted to get home and I wasn't waiting. Forget trying to find a good deal on Limos.com from now on, I'm renting directly from the source.

    This Week

    We still are not yet in the happy to be home mood. I'm sure it will come, but I just don't know when.


    Thanks to all in Aruba who made our trip and anniversay fantastic. We are scheduled again the same time next year and I'm not sure we'll be able to wait. I always book a trip over Valentine's Day to the Caribbean and have not yet decided where to go in 2013. We've been to Jamaica, Barbados, Caymans, and Turks and Caicos. Any other ideas? We'll been to St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maartens, and St. Thomas. We usually only go for 5 days, so we look for direct flights. The planning is half the fun.


    Bon nochi

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