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    Divi Phoenix...10/18 - 11/03...2014

    Hello everybody from our beautiful Happy Island. I'm trying to not be so repetitive from my last two years so I'll just post a link from last year if you want to know anything about me and my crew.

    Divi Phoenix...10/19 - 11/04

    Sorry, I wasn't able to get this started on time, but I'll try to keep daily reports coming now. Our flights on Saturday from Harrisburg to Charlotte and Charlotte to Aruba were both smooth and on time. Arrived in airport about 1:30. After reading some posts I was expecting some long lines at Immigration but much to my delight they had about 8 lines open with no more than 3 deep. The longest wait was for our luggage. I heard from some friends that got in at 2:30 the lines were back down the escalators. I heard a bunch of flights came in at the same time. Met one of Hans guys from Tropic for our car(brand new with 1000 mi. on it) and off we went to Mulligans for our yearly first meal in Aruba. Such a good place for lunch. Got to the Phoenix, checked in right away and headed straight to the penthouse. Love walking in the door of our home away from home. Settled in, walked down to see our friends we've made over the years, then headed out for groceries. Went to both Ling's and Super Foods since what one lacks the other one has. Just snacked on leftovers and junk food that night and went to bed early after a long day.

    Woke up early Sunday morning from the excitement to get my real vacation started. Lay on the beach and soak up the sun. It was a very nice day with a good bit of clouds but nice breeze and enough sun for the first day on the beach. Wife and I walked up the beach to Bugaloe for lunch. She had a hot dog and I got the chicken wrap. Both good but that may be one place I would go to just for their hot dogs. Enjoyed catching up with friends on the beach and absorbing the scenery. We try to mix in new eating places with our old favorites each year. We've eaten breakfast at Carambola but never dinner so we put that on the list this year. Very nice place, warm and welcoming, with good service. SIL had snapper(very good), BIL had onion soup and salad(I'll explain late), DW had Shrimp tempura(6 very large, very good shrimp), and I had a fantastic cheese stuffed chicken breast. We walked out of there very pleased with our meals and will definitely go back.

    Woke up Monday morning with the sound of rain on the tin roof outside our bedroom window. Not the sound I want to wake up to. Not happy about that but VERY excited to get my first dutch pancake at Linda's. The meal I was most looking forward to since last November. They did not disappoint. Walnuts, bananas, mango, and whipped cream. Headed back to the room hoping the sun would reappear but could tell that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. We have to take at least a day to go downtown to shop so this was a good as any while it was ugly out. Got a lot of that out of the way, now I'm sure it will be sunny the next two weeks to stay on the beach. We've gone the last couple years to J H Yees for some Asian food. Once again, they were very good and will go back again next year. SIL had sushi, BIL had Veg stir fry, DW had some kind of fried noodles with beef and shrimp stuff on it, and I had Mongolian Beef. Another very satisfying dinner. Walked around a few of the shops there and back to the room. Hopefully, up early and bask in the sun all day tomorrow.

    Sorry to be so vague since I had to catch up on my report. I did this real late last night. I promise more detail in upcoming posts.

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    Thanks for sharing.
    I am certain the weather will improve.
    .............and I had to wait for the 3rd paragraph to read about Lindas??

    Enjoy

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    Except for the bit of rain..... a wonderful start to a great vacation. Thanks for posting.

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    Tues 10/21...Woke up this morning at 7:00 and had intentions of taking a long walk up the sidewalk to the Ritz but worked on getting caught up on these reports. When I have a day off at home, I sleep in till at least 9:00. I guess it's the excitement of getting my day started here. Got to the beach about 9:30 ready to work on a golden Aruba tan. What a good day for that! We had a good mix of sun and clouds with a brisk wind. A little more than the typical breeze but still very nice. I knew it didn't disappoint when I felt the shower hit me tonight. I know there are better days ahead but if I get 12 more of these days I would be very happy. My wife and SIL were hungry for another hot dog from Bugaloe Bar so went there for lunch about 2:00. They both had very good dogs while I had a burger. I asked the waitress if I could get bacon on it. No problem. Well...it looked like I ordered a BLT on top of my burger. Had to be at least 6 pieces of bacon on a hand patty burger. What a great, simple lunch. Off the beach for reservations at 7:00 for Waka Waka. Last year, I couldn't say enough good things about the place, but what a 180 for me this year. The service was painfully slow and inattentive. The meals were mixed. SIL got the grouper which like last year was very tasty. Her coconut shrimp was also good. BIL had stir fry veggies that he didn't care for. DW had the mixed grill with BBQ ribs and chicken. She loved the sauce although there wasn't much of it(waiter never checked back with us to get more), and wasn't a very nice piece of chicken. I started with a Caesar salad that was so fishy I couldn't eat it. Next came what was supposed to be a Filet Mignon but was possibly the worst excuse for a filet I've ever had. I didn't send it back because it took an over an hour to get our food. SIL and I ended with a brownie with ice cream. Strange taste that I couldn't explain. How do you mess up a brownie? Table beside us had 5 brownie desserts and none were finished. Total time for dinner..2 hours at a place that has about 10 tables. I won't take this off our list yet. Very disappointed! I'll give it another try but it won't be for a year or two. We went up and did a little shopping around the Paseo Herencia Mall then "home" to watch the World Series. What a difference this year from last year. I can still feel the excitement from watching my Red Sox last year at this time but not in the cards this year. Boring game tonight along with a bad dining experience. What can perk up my night? Yes!!! Linda's tomorrow for my crepe. That's all I could think of since I left the restaurant. Well, I hope everyone has as good a morning as I will. Goodnight!

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    disappointing dinner
    were you able to speak with the manager to express your displeasure?
    Yikes.....how can they screw up a brownine with ice cream?? Even I cannot figure out how to wreck such a simple dessert.

    My mouth is watering thinking about Lindas

    Thanks!!

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    Amazing how early we can wake up on vacation! I am always up really early in Aruba. I don't want to waste my time sleeping!! Thanks for bringing us all along on vacation with you
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Wed 10/22...Woke up at 5:50 and forced myself back to sleep till 7:00. I guess I was a little excited to get my day started. Got to Linda's about 8:30 and Nina had our usual drinks on the way to our table. I got my regular bananas, walnuts, whipped cream, and added strawberries. DW got her boring plain and SIL changed up a little and got bananas, walnuts, and honey. All were perfect! We were talking this morning how much more business they have now. I'm sure Linda would be proud of what her son has done. I really think that social media has really helped it to take off. Make a great product and word will get around quickly these days. Now on to the day. The weather was absolutely perfect! Bright sunshine with sparse clouds and just the right amount of breeze. What a great day at the beach. Had to waste a 1/2 of my afternoon to attend our owners meeting. No...I am not interested in buying another week at your sale price that only lasts this week. Had reservations at Azzurro for 7:30 with a couple of my inlaws friends who surprised them by flying to Aruba on a whim. This was a first time place for us. We've been hearing good things about it and were glad we went. My DW had gnocchi with vodka sauce(nice portion and very good), SIL had their grouper special(very good), BIL had pasta with red sauce, I had veal parmesan with alfredo sauce(also very good). Very happy with the whole evening and hopefully found our go to Italian restaurant on the island. Ended it with some gelato from Gelatisimo and headed home to catch the end of baseball game. Don't have a thing planned for tomorrow so will plant myself on the beach. Of course, since it's not my breakfast day I will hit someplace for lunch. I want to do lunch at West Deck one of these days but may not want to pull myself away from the beach. Goodnight!

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    yes indeed Linda would be so very pleased and proud!
    she was such a nice lady.

    glad all is going well and give Scotts Brats a try for lunch.


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    Wed 10/22...Woke up at 5:50 and forced myself back to sleep till 7:00. I guess I was a little excited to get my day started. Got to Linda's about 8:30 and Nina had our usual drinks on the way to our table. I got my regular bananas, walnuts, whipped cream, and added strawberries. DW got her boring plain and SIL changed up a little and got bananas, walnuts, and honey. All were perfect! We were talking this morning how much more business they have now. I'm sure Linda would be proud of what her son has done. I really think that social media has really helped it to take off. Make a great product and word will get around quickly these days. Now on to the day. The weather was absolutely perfect! Bright sunshine with sparse clouds and just the right amount of breeze. What a great day at the beach. Had to waste a 1/2 of my afternoon to attend our owners meeting. No...I am not interested in buying another week at your sale price that only lasts this week. Had reservations at Azzurro for 7:30 with a couple of my inlaws friends who surprised them by flying to Aruba on a whim. This was a first time place for us. We've been hearing good things about it and were glad we went. My DW had gnocchi with vodka sauce(nice portion and very good), SIL had their grouper special(very good), BIL had pasta with red sauce, I had veal parmesan with alfredo sauce(also very good). Very happy with the whole evening and hopefully found our go to Italian restaurant on the island. Ended it with some gelato from Gelatisimo and headed home to catch the end of baseball game. Don't have a thing planned for tomorrow so will plant myself on the beach. Of course, since it's not my breakfast day I will hit someplace for lunch. I want to do lunch at West Deck one of these days but may not want to pull myself away from the beach. Goodnight!

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    Ha Andrea, I just walked in the door from having a fresh egg sandwich at Scotts. So good!

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    Thurs 10/23...What a beautiful sunny day! Just enough clouds to give you a break from the sun beating me up with plenty of wind. Woke up at 6:00 thinking that was it for the day but fell back to sleep till 8:00. Ate a couple of cookies since this wasn't my "Lindas" day. I just planned on a total beach day and that's what it was. Started off with a nice walk up the beach to check out the Ritz. I love the walk because it's so peaceful in the morning. Not much change from last year. On the way back I couldn't pass up a breakfast sandwich at Scott Brats. They are so hot and fresh. Got on the beach at 9:30 and baked till about 2:00 then went for some lunch at our restaurant, Pure Beach. Wife and I split a grouper sandwich(just ok) and fries. Back to the beach where my our friends came down from the Radisson to sit for awhile. Left the beach at 6 to drive up to the lighthouse and catch a sunset for the first time. Beautiful sunset but I like the view from our balcony better. Reservations at 8:00 at Madame Janette. They never disappoint us. DW loves their wedge salad and coconut shrimp, SIL had a mahi special(delicious), BIL salad(yea), I had an old dish that isn't on the menu anymore. I emailed ahead and asked if they could still make the Schwarzenegger schnitzel. They were very happy to make it for me and out came a plate that looked like a volcano. It's a plate full of schnitzel with some kind of sauce then a mound of some kind of noodles topped of with 2 fried eggs. Ridiculous right? If you don't hear from me anymore I'm probably in the heart care unit. Delicious but I really could only eat half of it. Didn't even have room for the brownie and cracker jack ice cream. We're going again next week so I will definitely save room for dessert. I am still stuffed while writing this. You're probably wondering why I haven't mentioned Linda's for tomorrow morning. Our friends lined up a boat trip for the morning so I had to push it back a day. I feel like I'm letting my stomach down. Everyone have a great Friday. Man, this week flew by. Goodnight!

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