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    Sun 11/4...Broken record...another great day! The wind is still a little stronger than usual but that's ok. Had a couple donuts at DD then spent the day at the Phoenix beach. Had to get away from the hustle bustle of the Surf Club. Came off the beach a little early so we could eat then do some last minute shopping at the shops around the Paseo Herencia Mall. Good thing we started a little early because we tried the new Barney's by Sole Mare. Walked in and got blasted with cigar smoke so we sat in the back of a not very big place. Service was a little slow getting to us and then getting our orders in. It is a nice menu but I've read that the burgers are good so 3 of us ordered burgers and SIL got soup and salad. It literally took 50 minutes from the time we ordered to get our meal. I am very patient when it comes to service on the islands but this was a bit extreme. I will say the burgers were good although the meat looked undersized in the huge bun in came on. The fries were very good and the soup and very large salad were also very good. I would have tried a dessert but wanted to get out of there tonight. I know it's been getting good reviews but I don't think I'll be going back because of the slow pace. An hour forty five minutes for 3 burgers and salad. Maybe the kitchen just needs to learn how to multi-task. Did some shopping afterwards then some Baskin Robins ice cream later. Ready for some Linda's and one last day of sun worship tomorrow. Goodnight!

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    Mon 11/5...Last hot sunny day I'll bake in for quite a while. Sad day for me as it is the last full day in Aruba until next October. Oh, I really take this badly. Started off the day at Linda's with my 7th crepe of the visit. Bananas, walnuts, whipped cream and added almonds today. Great as always! Went to the beach at the Phoenix and got my last bit of sun before heading back to the room to start a little packing. We had reservations for Daniels Steaks on our last night. I was worried that as good as our first visit there 2 weeks ago, this one might disappoint, but not in the least. Absolutely the best steak I have ever had on the island. Terrific service, too This is a must do place on our list now, at least once a year, probably twice. Did a little shopping around that little area then on to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. I had a great strawberry cheesecake at Daniels but my BIL needed his chocolate ice cream. Back to the room to do more packing a get everything ready to go. One last post then done for the year. Pardon me while I wipe a tear. I hate leaving this island! Goodnight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by explorer213 View Post
    my pleasure, i hope i brought a little sunshine to the people back home. i know i enjoy reading other's stories. I guarantee you i'll miss linda's more than they miss me.
    Brought a lotta sunshine to me with your posts.... thanks for the great detail and the daily updates! So glad (and relieved) to hear that Mme J's did so well with you for each of your visits!

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    thanks for all of your postings!!
    you prefer the beach at the phoenix instead of marriott area?

    linda's will miss you

    safe travels tomorrow.
    will miss your daily reports
    thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by explorer213 View Post
    Mon 11/5...Last hot sunny day I'll bake in for quite a while. Sad day for me as it is the last full day in Aruba until next October. Oh, I really take this badly. Started off the day at Linda's with my 7th crepe of the visit. Bananas, walnuts, whipped cream and added almonds today. Great as always! Went to the beach at the Phoenix and got my last bit of sun before heading back to the room to start a little packing. We had reservations for Daniels Steaks on our last night. I was worried that as good as our first visit there 2 weeks ago, this one might disappoint, but not in the least. Absolutely the best steak I have ever had on the island. Terrific service, too This is a must do place on our list now, at least once a year, probably twice. Did a little shopping around that little area then on to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. I had a great strawberry cheesecake at Daniels but my BIL needed his chocolate ice cream. Back to the room to do more packing a get everything ready to go. One last post then done for the year. Pardon me while I wipe a tear. I hate leaving this island! Goodnight!

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    Enjoyed your daily trip reports. I guess I will have to try Linda's in 2 weeks. Have a safe trip home.

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    thanks all. yes andrea, to me there is no comparison with the beaches. Far less crowded and noisy at the Phoenix. Everything seems so crammed in at the Marriott and tons of kids because of the lazy river pool. enjoy your stay and tell nina i just didnt have the time to make it in today at lindas. i told her i might be able to sneak a last visit it. Enjoy!!!

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    You are the best trip reporter! Thanks so much. We will take your place in Aruba in 3 1/2 weeks. You gave us some great food tips. Thanks so much.
    Sean and Susan

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    Tues 11/6...Got up early this morning to spend a couple of hours on the beach before getting ready to leave the island. I really take this hard. Got a breakfast sandwich at the deli market then showered and head downtown for a little shopping. Got to eat at The Kitchen for a quick bite. First time there but was in a hurry because my time management wasn't so good. Nice little lunch. Met Hans at the airport(what a great guy), then checked in and through customs in no time. Flight to Charlotte then to Harrisburg both went very well and now waiting for my house to heat up before hitting the sack. Thanks all for reading. I'm not much of a writer but wanted to try to share some of my opinions, and they are only my opinions, on some of the places and things we experience while in Aruba. I know I enjoy reading other trip reports and although I don't always agree with some of the reviews, I do respect what they say because we are all different and do our own thing. But don't you dare say anything bad about Linda's! I hope you all post about your favorite places to eat, that's how I found most of my favs. To all of you who will be going soon, I hope your time goes fast until you get there. I have 49 1/2 weeks left. Countdown is on! Goodnight!

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    Really enjoyed reading your reports! Thanks for sharing!

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    I too, really enjoyed reading your trip reports. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.

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