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    Divi Phoenix...10/20 - 11/6

    Sat 10/20...Instead of a post travel trip report I'm going to try to keep up with a boring daily report. A little about my gang, we are from the Hershey, PA area and and this is our 5th straight year to Aruba I travel with my wife, her sister and husband. My SIL won't be able to make it till the second week this year, so it's just the 3 of us for now. We are all in our mid 50's. We bought a 2 bdrm, 2 story penthouse unit at the Divi Phoenix during pre-constuction and think we are at the best place on the island. We stay 2 weeks at the end of Oct every year and love this time of year because it is far less crowded and delays our hatred for the cold weather for a little while. We are here for 2 reasons, lay in the sun and eat(need to throw in some shopping too). We've done most of the island touring so its mostly beach time. We took our flight from Harrisburg to Philly then to Aruba yesterday morning getting here at off we went to our customary first meal at Mulligans. DW had club sandwich, BIL but thought hamburger(you will see this alot), and me a brick oven pizza. They never dissapoint and it's such a welcome home feeling when we look out over the golf course and feel the warm Aruba breezes. The weather is mostly cloudy with spotty showers. We heard it hasn't been very good weather the last week. Since we got in so early we decided to get our grocery shopping done before the other flights got here. Do most of our shopping at Lings then drove up to see the progress of the Ritz before checking in. Go settled in and just decided to hit Smokey Joes for a quick bite before calling it a night. DW and BIL both had pork BBQ and me a burger. We were all tired from getting up at 3 that morning so watched a little TV and off to bed.

    Sun 10/21...Got up at 7, looked out the window and saw dark clouds and layed back down. Didn't wake up until 10 to more ugly skies but thought we'd still hit the beach just in case. Good thing we did because although the skies never fully cleared we were still able to see the sun and get some tan. Turned out to be a much better day than I thought it might be. We ate at Pure Beach for lunch. DW had chicken fingers while I had chicken ceasar wrap. Food was ok but nothing to write home about(just the forum). Stayed on the beach till 5 then got ready to eat. Had dinner at Matthews. DW had a chicken skewer, BIL a burger, me a prociutto wrapped chicken breast. Very good meal and best of all the setting. Sometimes we don't have the best meal there(although usually very good) but always enjoy the experience. Best profiteroles on the island. Sometimes we'll just go there for dessert. Got home to watch some football and baseball and call it a night. Looking forward to my first dutch pancake of the year at Linda's. This is one of my favorite meals of the trip. You will be hearing the name a lot in the next 17 days. I will try to post daily

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    thank you for posting.
    the weather pattern is from a tropical disturbance that is north of aruba...it is sucking away the glorious trade winds and bringing in much clouds........last week there were a few reported waterspouts and an tornado in the alto vista neighborhood. the weather patter is supposed to change this week.

    continue to enjoy and please drop us a note now and again on how all is going.

    Quote Originally Posted by explorer213 View Post
    Sat 10/20...Instead of a post travel trip report I'm going to try to keep up with a boring daily report. A little about my gang, we are from the Hershey, PA area and and this is our 5th straight year to Aruba I travel with my wife, her sister and husband. My SIL won't be able to make it till the second week this year, so it's just the 3 of us for now. We are all in our mid 50's. We bought a 2 bdrm, 2 story penthouse unit at the Divi Phoenix during pre-constuction and think we are at the best place on the island. We stay 2 weeks at the end of Oct every year and love this time of year because it is far less crowded and delays our hatred for the cold weather for a little while. We are here for 2 reasons, lay in the sun and eat(need to throw in some shopping too). We've done most of the island touring so its mostly beach time. We took our flight from Harrisburg to Philly then to Aruba yesterday morning getting here at off we went to our customary first meal at Mulligans. DW had club sandwich, BIL but thought hamburger(you will see this alot), and me a brick oven pizza. They never dissapoint and it's such a welcome home feeling when we look out over the golf course and feel the warm Aruba breezes. The weather is mostly cloudy with spotty showers. We heard it hasn't been very good weather the last week. Since we got in so early we decided to get our grocery shopping done before the other flights got here. Do most of our shopping at Lings then drove up to see the progress of the Ritz before checking in. Go settled in and just decided to hit Smokey Joes for a quick bite before calling it a night. DW and BIL both had pork BBQ and me a burger. We were all tired from getting up at 3 that morning so watched a little TV and off to bed.

    Sun 10/21...Got up at 7, looked out the window and saw dark clouds and layed back down. Didn't wake up until 10 to more ugly skies but thought we'd still hit the beach just in case. Good thing we did because although the skies never fully cleared we were still able to see the sun and get some tan. Turned out to be a much better day than I thought it might be. We ate at Pure Beach for lunch. DW had chicken fingers while I had chicken ceasar wrap. Food was ok but nothing to write home about(just the forum). Stayed on the beach till 5 then got ready to eat. Had dinner at Matthews. DW had a chicken skewer, BIL a burger, me a prociutto wrapped chicken breast. Very good meal and best of all the setting. Sometimes we don't have the best meal there(although usually very good) but always enjoy the experience. Best profiteroles on the island. Sometimes we'll just go there for dessert. Got home to watch some football and baseball and call it a night. Looking forward to my first dutch pancake of the year at Linda's. This is one of my favorite meals of the trip. You will be hearing the name a lot in the next 17 days. I will try to post daily

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    I love reading the trip report. Looking forward to hear about linda's pancakes. I have read a lot so I think I need to go there too in november.

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    thanks for the report....
    also cant wait to hear about linda's pancake house, as we are going to try and hit there in Jan...
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    linda's is always a must do for us.
    we have it scheduled 2x for our upcoming trip.

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    Loving the first installment of your trip report.... NOT boring at all... please keep them coming. Thanks for taking the time. A lot of us survive from year to year being able to read reports like yours!

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    So cool updated trip reports-luv em! The clouds didnt stop you yea!

    Sean and Susan

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    Mon 10/22...Nice to get so much response. First, you may have figured out that I love Linda's Pancakes. Last year I ate there 6 times in 2 weeks and don't plan on slowing down. I always get my standard banana, walnut, whipped cream crepes and usually add on to that. Today I added mango. Oh, how I missed them. My DW just gets plain with strawberry jam and my SIL(who isn't here yet) loves the brie, walnut, and honey. My BIL didn't go because they don't serve hamburger crepes. Going to bed Sun night, the moon was out bright so I was looking forward to a great tanning day. I was so disappointed to see a sky full of dark clouds out our back window this morning. We decided to make this our shopping day so my DW and I went downtown to get the usual t-shirts, and knick knacks, and check out some nice watches and jewelry. Although still full from Linda's I had to check out the new little Italian shop, Pizza and More, on Main St. Just had a personal pizza and was very good and the owners were extremely friendly. We got back to the Phoenix about 3:30 and got our owners meeting in before we went down to the beach to sit and complain about the weather. It really didn't rain, just not a good sunny day that we're used to here. Things will start getting better tomorrow. We have our favorite restaurants we hit every year but try to mix in some new places. Tonight we were hungry for a good steak going on some good reviews we decided on Daniel's Steak and Chops. It sits behind Gianni's and Hard Rock. Well, I'm not a seafood person like my DW and SIL, and I know a good steak, that my friends, was one of the best filets I've had in quite some time. My BIL and I both got filets and my DW got the shrimp tempura. It was a very nice outing with great service and great food for all of us. We may just go back again when my SIL gets here next week even if she is the biggest seafood eater of us all. I know people will say, "what about El Gaucho?" We've eaten there 3 times and while I can say I've had 3 great steaks there, each year the atmosphere seems to go down. It has become so loud with the packed in crowd and singers begging for money. Mostly, it irritates me when the waiters hand you the check and give you a sob story how the 15% service charge is split up so many ways and they get very little so add more. I always give the extra 5% but will not go over the 20% I always give no matter how it's split up. Sorry, it just rubs me the wrong way so I won't be going back for a while. Got a little side tracked there. Stopped and grabbed some Dunkin coffee and headed home to catch the 7th game of the NLCS. Gonna hit the sack when the game is over so I can get up early to catch all the sun tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Wow, that went on forever. Goodnight!

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    keep going on with your trip/restaurant reviews.
    they are much appreciated

    re: the 15% service charge added in too.........really rubs my husband and i the wrong way too.

    that disturbance of weather has moved north west and your weather will get better. (then what will you have to talk about on the beach??)

    enjoy the ball game.
    way better than watching the debate

    Quote Originally Posted by explorer213 View Post
    Mon 10/22...Nice to get so much response. First, you may have figured out that I love Linda's Pancakes. Last year I ate there 6 times in 2 weeks and don't plan on slowing down. I always get my standard banana, walnut, whipped cream crepes and usually add on to that. Today I added mango. Oh, how I missed them. My DW just gets plain with strawberry jam and my SIL(who isn't here yet) loves the brie, walnut, and honey. My BIL didn't go because they don't serve hamburger crepes. Going to bed Sun night, the moon was out bright so I was looking forward to a great tanning day. I was so disappointed to see a sky full of dark clouds out our back window this morning. We decided to make this our shopping day so my DW and I went downtown to get the usual t-shirts, and knick knacks, and check out some nice watches and jewelry. Although still full from Linda's I had to check out the new little Italian shop, Pizza and More, on Main St. Just had a personal pizza and was very good and the owners were extremely friendly. We got back to the Phoenix about 3:30 and got our owners meeting in before we went down to the beach to sit and complain about the weather. It really didn't rain, just not a good sunny day that we're used to here. Things will start getting better tomorrow. We have our favorite restaurants we hit every year but try to mix in some new places. Tonight we were hungry for a good steak going on some good reviews we decided on Daniel's Steak and Chops. It sits behind Gianni's and Hard Rock. Well, I'm not a seafood person like my DW and SIL, and I know a good steak, that my friends, was one of the best filets I've had in quite some time. My BIL and I both got filets and my DW got the shrimp tempura. It was a very nice outing with great service and great food for all of us. We may just go back again when my SIL gets here next week even if she is the biggest seafood eater of us all. I know people will say, "what about El Gaucho?" We've eaten there 3 times and while I can say I've had 3 great steaks there, each year the atmosphere seems to go down. It has become so loud with the packed in crowd and singers begging for money. Mostly, it irritates me when the waiters hand you the check and give you a sob story how the 15% service charge is split up so many ways and they get very little so add more. I always give the extra 5% but will not go over the 20% I always give no matter how it's split up. Sorry, it just rubs me the wrong way so I won't be going back for a while. Got a little side tracked there. Stopped and grabbed some Dunkin coffee and headed home to catch the 7th game of the NLCS. Gonna hit the sack when the game is over so I can get up early to catch all the sun tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Wow, that went on forever. Goodnight!

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    great reports keep them coming!!

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