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    Great pics and love the report! What an awesome time you are having! And making some memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you so much for taking the time to bring us all with you
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Really enjoying your post...
    Some day I will take my son and husband's grand kids. But for now I am being selfish and just the two of us
    are going next year.

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    Unfortunately this is my last morning on the balcony overlooking the beautiful blue ocean, sipping tea and having boterkoek.
    Had trouble accessing websites the last 2 days but now ok?
    We've mostly taken it easy. Wandered around shopping for treasures. I'm pretty particular about only buying things made locally. It was very hard to find true Arubian craftsman. I did finally stumble across a man in the flea market area who had hand made wood carvings. I then found a sweet lady who makes hand made stuffed animals and dolls. She even provides a card of authenticity from the government. DS1 found a beautiful painting unlike the mass produced Divi Tree ones. Then some odds and ends. After bragging about the butter bread we had several requests from friends back home so loaded up on butter, chocolate and rum cakes.
    We ventured down to baby beach. I'm going to honestly say DH & I were disappointed. 10 years ago it was quiet and secluded. The waters were clear and the fish plentiful. Now with the parking lot, beach bar/restaurant, several locals and tourists the fish were sparse and we even had bread. We chose not to stay long and later went up to Malakok (sp?) it was much nicer and more the atmosphere we were looking for. There were some amazing fish. Even without bread they were everywhere. I was busy feeding some pretty blue faced and some yellow tiger stripped ones and from behind, under me came this huge thing. It was blue/green about 8-10" around and 4-5 foot long. It swam up took some bread and went on. DS2 saw it a few minutes later.
    We spent some time at Charlie's. DH's dad found it during their first visit over 20 years ago. Both of our visits we've brought trinkets from home. I found a recommendation here on the forums for the Putkowski books. I've been reading them and have enjoyed them. I know they are fictional but based on some truths. If you decide to read them prepare to learn the truths many turn a blind eye to but these things aren't exclusive to Aruba. We asked the bartender and he was more than happy to talk about the story. I won't go into any spoilers, but he is Her Koch and 'Frankie' is now employed and sits at the back street corner offering to keep an eye on your car for a tip. It was fun to put some faces to some of the names.
    As for meals, we stopped for pizza at Bob's. Not overly impressed. We like SBarros at LaC but wanted to try something else. The boys found out there was a Hooter's. That is a chain we frequent. I lived within walking distance of the 1st one in the 90's before they became a large chain. Last night we ate at Salt N Peppers. That was a fun place. Our waitress was intertaining. We now will be bringing salt n pepper shakers on our next trip!
    The guys wanted another go at the go carts. This time I tagged along to take pictures. My guys are maniacs!!
    Well DH is up. We are going for a stroll on the beach then pack up and head out. Next post will be from home.
    Bon dia

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    I have enjoyed reading your report! Glad you and your family had an awesome time in Aruba! I loved reading about your personal tour of the island! My family and I always do our own tour, it's always more entertaining that way!Travel day is the absolute worst! It's always sad leaving paradise! I hope you have a safe flight/ trip home!

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    thank you for taking the time to share your much loved adventure!

    safe and easy travels today!


    Quote Originally Posted by Stev&Mo View Post
    Unfortunately this is my last morning on the balcony overlooking the beautiful blue ocean, sipping tea and having boterkoek.
    Had trouble accessing websites the last 2 days but now ok?
    We've mostly taken it easy. Wandered around shopping for treasures. I'm pretty particular about only buying things made locally. It was very hard to find true Arubian craftsman. I did finally stumble across a man in the flea market area who had hand made wood carvings. I then found a sweet lady who makes hand made stuffed animals and dolls. She even provides a card of authenticity from the government. DS1 found a beautiful painting unlike the mass produced Divi Tree ones. Then some odds and ends. After bragging about the butter bread we had several requests from friends back home so loaded up on butter, chocolate and rum cakes.
    We ventured down to baby beach. I'm going to honestly say DH & I were disappointed. 10 years ago it was quiet and secluded. The waters were clear and the fish plentiful. Now with the parking lot, beach bar/restaurant, several locals and tourists the fish were sparse and we even had bread. We chose not to stay long and later went up to Malakok (sp?) it was much nicer and more the atmosphere we were looking for. There were some amazing fish. Even without bread they were everywhere. I was busy feeding some pretty blue faced and some yellow tiger stripped ones and from behind, under me came this huge thing. It was blue/green about 8-10" around and 4-5 foot long. It swam up took some bread and went on. DS2 saw it a few minutes later.
    We spent some time at Charlie's. DH's dad found it during their first visit over 20 years ago. Both of our visits we've brought trinkets from home. I found a recommendation here on the forums for the Putkowski books. I've been reading them and have enjoyed them. I know they are fictional but based on some truths. If you decide to read them prepare to learn the truths many turn a blind eye to but these things aren't exclusive to Aruba. We asked the bartender and he was more than happy to talk about the story. I won't go into any spoilers, but he is Her Koch and 'Frankie' is now employed and sits at the back street corner offering to keep an eye on your car for a tip. It was fun to put some faces to some of the names.
    As for meals, we stopped for pizza at Bob's. Not overly impressed. We like SBarros at LaC but wanted to try something else. The boys found out there was a Hooter's. That is a chain we frequent. I lived within walking distance of the 1st one in the 90's before they became a large chain. Last night we ate at Salt N Peppers. That was a fun place. Our waitress was intertaining. We now will be bringing salt n pepper shakers on our next trip!
    The guys wanted another go at the go carts. This time I tagged along to take pictures. My guys are maniacs!!
    Well DH is up. We are going for a stroll on the beach then pack up and head out. Next post will be from home.
    Bon dia

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    Thanks for sharing your trip with us, it's been quite enjoyable. Safe flight!

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    Safe travels! I enjoyed your travels and now find myself wanting to try boterkoek!

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    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/boterko...h-butter-cake/

    i may make this today.

    QUOTE=Pegmeister;277172]Safe travels! I enjoyed your travels and now find myself wanting to try boterkoek![/QUOTE]

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    What a simple recipe. I'll have to get some almond extract so I can give it a try!

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    Great report.... great pictures..... thanks for taking the time to share.

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