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    Sounds like such a great trip so far!!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Great trip report. We got back last week and I'm already ready to go back. I miss it so much. The wind the two weeks we were there was much stronger than I have ever experienced. It was WONDERFUL! I've been there when there wasn't enough, and Andrea is right...and I will even add...hotter than Texas in July and August.
    Keep enjoying your vacation on that wonderful island of Aruba!
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    Brad's Aruba Trip - June 13-June 20, 2014


    Day 4...Really?? Day 4 already ???


    Laziness continues...tis a good thing.......and as Deb pointed out....I must be getting more frugal in my old age....lol


    So.. Started off the day making a quick breakfast in the room. We bought the ingrediants for the "fresh sandwich" we get from Salt n Pepper and Deb is able to re-create that for she and our daughter. The boys had dutch ham, fried egg and gouda on an everything bagel....fantastic !


    Again...no problems with the Palupa...secured two of them..as well as a couple pool chairs to bounce back and forth to. Day was beautiful, much sun, a few passing thick clouds which as usual rolled right over the island with maybe a stray drop or two..but for the 95% of the day, it was great ! Wind continues to be a bit above average.


    As the afternoon got later, we went with our Daughter and boyfriend over to the dock in front of Hadicuri. We had booked them on the Black Pearl from the folks at Blue Melody. We took this sunset (4-7pm) sail/snorkel a few years ago and loved it. Highly recommend it, rum punch during the whole tour, snorkling in two different spots and then the grilled cheese sandwiches on the way back as the sun sets. It was $60 per person before tip....the kids loved it...they got great pictures ..even found a few nice size starfish that they got pics with before letting them go.


    Now to my frugality....so..while the kids were snorkling, we went to Superfood and found some beautiful bbq marinated chicken leg quarters and a pack of marinated chicken wings that we planned to grill ..then finish in the oven...and have ready when they got back. Got some yellow rice, salad, potatos to roast and some fresh baked rolls....all for about $20. I don't think I have ever had dinner for 4 in Aruba for $20. Obviously, I am going to have to step up my game on this cooking thing..with airfare going up....Dad is going to have to cook to afford the trip! !! Lol !


    After a fantastic dinner, finished with cocktails, hot tub and pool time....short walk on the beach...and then crashing around 11ish..which is way early for me....all in all a great day. Again...this is a great time because the crowds are noticably smaller.


    More to come....


    Brad

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    Lotta envy here..... just chillin' with your trip reports and the lazy days.... NICE!

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    Love reading others' reports!

    The winds were stronger than usual last week. I heard someone say it is due to "El Nino". Don't know how true that is, but the winds do not hinder any of the fun. Just need to remember hair ties and hair clips if eating dinner outside.



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    Brad's Aruba Trip - June 13-June 20, 2014

    Day 5


    Started the day early, made breakfast in the room which has been quite tasty, fried eggs, salad, virginia ham and gouda cheese...pretty good start to the day.


    Decided to do things a bit different. We had not yet explored much so after breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed down past the Ritz to Malmonk beach. It is a bit rocky, and actually this was one of the stops the kids did when they were snorkling off the Black Pearl on Monday. We stayed there for a little bit and then decided to drive over to the Lighthouse. It was great...been a while since we had been there...took some great pics! Kids took pics and got a coconut from the lady who had the whole ones in her cooler. She chopped off the top and gave them a straw and once they were done with the liquid, she cut it open and carved out all the coconut meat and put it into a ziplock bag for us to eat.....they loved it....that and a bottle of water...$5 bucks or $7 with tip....nice!


    After a bit, we drove back down and stopped at the parking lot for Arashi Beach. Really nice day there, it is a bit more rough than the others....can't really relax in the surf. We did find some good coral and shells and sea glass. We were also able to get some really good pics of everyone off the rocks at the shoreline...such a beautiful backdrop.


    Came back by Lings to grab some much needed mixers from our dwindilng supply...not sure why that is... ;-) . After a beverage run, we got back to the Ocean Club and grabbed a Palupa back from all the front folks...very peaceful...and actually only 10-15 more steps to the beach from where we had been getting...I think the whole front/2nd/3rd row manuvering that everyone does is a funny waste of time. Every time I do get front or 2nd row, someone always moves too close or in front of us...Remember..beaches in Aruba are public...so nothing stopping folks from just sitting down in the sand around you.


    This was our favorite dinner evening. We left around 5ish for a 6pm reservation at Flying Fishbone. We have been doing this since back in the early 2000's. It is much easier since we do rent a car each time. Even with a car it is a long and sometimes frustrating drive because you are going all the way back across the island during the rush hour timeframe. This was even further complicated by some of the road work down as you head toward San Nicolous as you head towards Saveneta.


    Dinner was fantastic, sky was pretty overcast so not a good sunset picture night. We had the Lobster Bisque and Calamari for appetisers. We then had the Saveneta Seafood History, The Salmon, The Shrimp and Lobster and the Surf and Turf for our meals. All were perfect except for one issue, my filet on the Surf n Turf came to me cooked well....really well..and I had asked for it medium. I like a good bit of pink in mine.
    I am not normally one that sends stuff back, nor do I usually even make a big deal out of stuff like that ..but I had to say something. I politely got our waitress's attention and showed her the steak. I had taken two small bites and then cut into the middle thinking maybe it was just cooked hard on the outside. She said "oh..yes, you wanted it medium, let me get a plate and take that back". After about 10 minutes, out came a brand new one. This one was cooked perfectly and probably one of the better filets I have ever had. The manager came over later and asked if it was ok....and said he had seen the steak and was glad I brought it to their attention. Soo....I felt good about it and was very happy on how they resolved it. We topped off the dinner with a creme brule that was huge..we shared it among all 4 of us ! Pricey Dinner at over $200...but that place is such a unique dining experience....we will continue to return to it.


    More to come...I am behind a bit...will try to catch up with day 6 tomorrow morning....trying to keep the smile going..but the sad reality is that we are close to our last full day....


    Brad

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    Your vacation sounds perfect! Great reports.

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    i do not like your last sentence......about the sad reality


    also too i am happy to hear that you got your steak situation rectified at the FF.
    glad that you folks had a wonderful experience there.

    continue to have fun!
    Quote Originally Posted by bradrobster View Post
    Brad's Aruba Trip - June 13-June 20, 2014

    Day 5


    Started the day early, made breakfast in the room which has been quite tasty, fried eggs, salad, virginia ham and gouda cheese...pretty good start to the day.


    Decided to do things a bit different. We had not yet explored much so after breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed down past the Ritz to Malmonk beach. It is a bit rocky, and actually this was one of the stops the kids did when they were snorkling off the Black Pearl on Monday. We stayed there for a little bit and then decided to drive over to the Lighthouse. It was great...been a while since we had been there...took some great pics! Kids took pics and got a coconut from the lady who had the whole ones in her cooler. She chopped off the top and gave them a straw and once they were done with the liquid, she cut it open and carved out all the coconut meat and put it into a ziplock bag for us to eat.....they loved it....that and a bottle of water...$5 bucks or $7 with tip....nice!


    After a bit, we drove back down and stopped at the parking lot for Arashi Beach. Really nice day there, it is a bit more rough than the others....can't really relax in the surf. We did find some good coral and shells and sea glass. We were also able to get some really good pics of everyone off the rocks at the shoreline...such a beautiful backdrop.


    Came back by Lings to grab some much needed mixers from our dwindilng supply...not sure why that is... ;-) . After a beverage run, we got back to the Ocean Club and grabbed a Palupa back from all the front folks...very peaceful...and actually only 10-15 more steps to the beach from where we had been getting...I think the whole front/2nd/3rd row manuvering that everyone does is a funny waste of time. Every time I do get front or 2nd row, someone always moves too close or in front of us...Remember..beaches in Aruba are public...so nothing stopping folks from just sitting down in the sand around you.


    This was our favorite dinner evening. We left around 5ish for a 6pm reservation at Flying Fishbone. We have been doing this since back in the early 2000's. It is much easier since we do rent a car each time. Even with a car it is a long and sometimes frustrating drive because you are going all the way back across the island during the rush hour timeframe. This was even further complicated by some of the road work down as you head toward San Nicolous as you head towards Saveneta.


    Dinner was fantastic, sky was pretty overcast so not a good sunset picture night. We had the Lobster Bisque and Calamari for appetisers. We then had the Saveneta Seafood History, The Salmon, The Shrimp and Lobster and the Surf and Turf for our meals. All were perfect except for one issue, my filet on the Surf n Turf came to me cooked well....really well..and I had asked for it medium. I like a good bit of pink in mine.
    I am not normally one that sends stuff back, nor do I usually even make a big deal out of stuff like that ..but I had to say something. I politely got our waitress's attention and showed her the steak. I had taken two small bites and then cut into the middle thinking maybe it was just cooked hard on the outside. She said "oh..yes, you wanted it medium, let me get a plate and take that back". After about 10 minutes, out came a brand new one. This one was cooked perfectly and probably one of the better filets I have ever had. The manager came over later and asked if it was ok....and said he had seen the steak and was glad I brought it to their attention. Soo....I felt good about it and was very happy on how they resolved it. We topped off the dinner with a creme brule that was huge..we shared it among all 4 of us ! Pricey Dinner at over $200...but that place is such a unique dining experience....we will continue to return to it.


    More to come...I am behind a bit...will try to catch up with day 6 tomorrow morning....trying to keep the smile going..but the sad reality is that we are close to our last full day....


    Brad

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    Flying Fishbone handled the food issue as all restaurants should... and you handled your displeasure as all of us should when a meal is not up to expectations....most good restaurants want the input and a chance to make it right!

    Enjoy the last few moments of your trip.... I always get pretty down towards the end too.

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    We too flew Airtran through ATL and had to have our tickets stamped "docs ok" after sitting in the gate area for an hour and a half. They never said anything until 1/2 before we were to board and that created a long line at the counter. I too asked why, and the gentleman told me they are basically checking to make sure no one lost their passport between their original destination and ATL. They also checked when we boarded for the same reason. He said they had people that would go to eat or hit the restroom, lay their passport down and forget it. They don't want someone to arrive at their destination without their passport, so they make sure each person has it in hand upon boarding.

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