Jacki thanks for rotating the pics!
Not my ideal massage...!
Wow, sounds like quite the agressive sales technique. I will be sure to remind my husband not to make eye contact if we see her out in that area. We have found that the no eye contact tactic works pretty well when we are trying to avoid being approached. Jon is so much nicer than I am and always wants to say hi and how are you doing to everyone we pass by so sometimes I have to give him a nudge and say no eye contact when we are in a scenario that I want to avoid....like that crazy massage!
7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!
Good morning from Aruba! We are now halfway through our trip and I'm realizing I haven't done half the stuff that I wanted to do. Bright bakery was a disappointment yesterday as they no longer make loompia which was one of my top 3 food obsessions on the island. And they had very few baked goods yesterday. I tried to ask the girl what happened to all of the baked goods and whether Monday was just a bad day to come, but the language barrier made it impossible to get that information. Spent all day on beach yesterday. Have I mentioned how hot the sun is this time of year?! Then headed to palm beach to walk around and go to dinner. Ended up at iguana cantina, which I don't care for but our friends love it so we obliged. Fish tacos were good, as were the beef burrito and chicken fajitas. Girlfriend and I shared a pitcher of sangria which was too sweet for us. Guys had margaritas which were excellent.
Today we we are skipping the beach to head to Palm beach. We need to get all of our fixes in - acai bowl, docs brat and pelican pier grouper sandwich. Food truck will have to wait one more day. Tonight we are planning dinner at Las Ramblas. We have never been there but I see it gets decent reviews, and it's right here so we decided to give it a try.
Walt - you know Darrin so you can picture his reactions while the Essy treatment was going on. Probably funniest thing we've ever experienced here.
Did he keep saying "you good, you good"??
I've been really enjoying your trip reports. Funny stories about the tree frogs and the Thai massage. I stayed many times in my timeshare units at the Trop and never heard any sounds. Since I haven't stayed there in a few years I thought they may have put in the rooms those alarm clocks that have nature sounds. I bought one of those clocks not knowing about the sounds. I was hearing birds all night for months. It was driving me crazy. The birds were going 24 hours a day. We went to Aruba and when we got home, my pet sitter said why don't you turn off the bird chipping on your clock radio. Duh me.
I had a really good massage a couple of years ago at Shalom. I had fallen (talking on my cell while walking not knowing there was a step) a few days before I left for Aruba. I had terrible back pain the whole trip. My last day I went to Ricardo's for breakfast. I couldn't take another step from the pain to walk back to my car so I stopped in Shalom. I remember the lady's name was Esther. She was good. I think I would have died if she was jumping on me though.
Patricia that owns Essential Spa at Tropicana is fabulous. She gives the best massage. She is located by the waterfall pool. She was not open yet at the Trop (formerly she was at La Cabana) or else I would have went to her.
Good morning from beautiful Eagle Beach. It's going to be another hot hot sunny day. There have been very few clouds this trip and not a drop of rain. Breeze has been gentle in the morning but really picks up in the afternoon. Yesterday us gals headed to palm beach for some shopping therapy. I finally got my acai bowl AND grilled grouper sandwich from Pelican - probably my 2 favorite food items on the island and they did not disappoint! We brought the fish sandwiches back to the trop to enjoy with the guys then hung around the pool for a couple hours before heading over to Pata Pata for happy hour. They were playing great 70's-80's music and it was impossible to sit still. Dinner was at Las Ramblas and it was fantastic. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. 3 of us had surf and turf, one ribeye, 2 appetizers and a bottle of wine for $180. Also their bread is heavenly and escargot may be best we've had.
Today I hope to hit the elusive food truck. I'll report back....