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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinion View Post
    Can we do Panama in a week -- figure 6 full days + some extra on the in and out days? We're still debating, and it's our 'winter destination' top runner right now. But, we can only give it a week since we have several trips planned for the rest of this year already. Our safety choice is probably Hispaniola; specifics unknown.

    Panama sounds great. I've also been trying to get to Cuba for a while now. Anyone been?

    Okay, sorry, we can venture back on topic now.
    I doubt you can do the whole country in a week. We were in London 5 days and Paris 7 days and only scratched the surface. Could use at least 2 more weeks there just to see the major sites we missed. You will definately have to prioritize.

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    Smile Infinion - trip report

    Thank you for the detailed report. We have been to Aruba 4 times and truly love the people, but, it is scary to see how "things" are changing ! I love the climate,food (as we are foodies!) and people, but it is changing on the island. We commented on that exact problem the last time we visited. We will be at Costa Linda in 2013 with our married children,they have never been to this island.
    I am afraid we may be exploring a different island ,for our"quiet vacations" in the future.
    We love to travel ( Europe, islands etc) to see different ways of life and I am afraid Aruba seems to be too Americanized for us(we are Canadian - same difference)

    robin

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    Great report!

    What my wife and I love about Aruba is the fact we can do both the touristy type things and also go off and do more local type things and never feel unsafe. We have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time on the Island over the last 5 years. We have made some local friends who have showed us around and welcomed us to their home. When it is just my wife and I we typically do more of the local type things, the smaller restaurants, the local beaches.

    We have also gone down to Aruba when friends were there - and thats when we experience the hotels, the touristy restaurants etc. I like seeing both sides of the Island.

    Aruba certainly is very Amercianized in some areas - but very unique in others.
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    the arubans love all things "american" the fast foods , the usdollar$ and the american tourists

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    We spent 5 days in London before a week in Paris in August of 1990. Friends told us to take a sweater, jacket and raincoat. Leave the shorts at home. Since we were going to Paris as well, we took some warm weather clothing. Thank goodness! London temps were 99f for the first 3 days and in the 80s the last 2. Hottest weather since 1911 at that time. Nothing is AC and no ice anywhere. We survived by going across the street to the Hard Rock cafe for iced tea. Never did find any good local restaurants in London but did find a really cool pub. Cant remember the name though. Plenty of good local cafes in Paris. Only, cant say bad, but mediocher meal we got there was at the dinner show at Moulin Rouge.
    London proper is usually pretty warm. Paris certainly is depending on the season. Go north of London, and you might as well roll the dice and guess. You can bet on rain at some point though. When we go, we take rain shells, and not a lot else. Shorts aren't appropriate in London, Paris, or most other places unless your swimming or in someones back yard. My wife takes a nice looking hooded zipped sweatshirt. Its much nicer looking than anything she has, because, well, she bought it in Scotland I think.

    Since we don't check luggage, we just take those rain shells, if it gets really cold somewhere, we'll buy whatever we need. Id much rather need to buy a jacket, and actually need one, than carry one around for a few weeks, and never need it. Last time we were in the UK, remnants of a hurricane from the US were hitting hard. We have videos of us in the lake district standing on hillsides trying to fight against the wind.

    Eating 'local' in London is a bit odd. Any cuisine is considered local. We went to a lot of different places. Our method there, since there is simply so much available, was to start somewhere touristy, walk 4 or 5 blocks in one direction, and look for a place with more than 2 people eating. That worked pretty well. We tend to pick a hotel in London that is in a business or working neighborhood. They have nice little local places in walking distance, and that's really convenient after long days out when we don't want to hassle with a fancy evening meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinc View Post
    I am afraid we may be exploring a different island ,for our"quiet vacations" in the future.
    We love to travel ( Europe, islands etc) to see different ways of life and I am afraid Aruba seems to be too Americanized for us(we are Canadian - same difference)

    robin

    Certainly some quiet island contenders in the Caribbean still. We're considering Hispaniola, as I think I've already said here. Of course, I know I mentioned Cuba, but...that presents some logistical issues for us Americans. . Also on My hit list is Seychelles. Of course, sort of adds a hemisphere get across...

    I appologize for the typos in the last few posts. My iPad doesn't keep me in check nearly as well as my computer at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    Great report!

    What my wife and I love about Aruba is the fact we can do both the touristy type things and also go off and do more local type things and never feel unsafe. We have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time on the Island over the last 5 years. We have made some local friends who have showed us around and welcomed us to their home. When it is just my wife and I we typically do more of the local type things, the smaller restaurants, the local beaches.

    We have also gone down to Aruba when friends were there - and thats when we experience the hotels, the touristy restaurants etc. I like seeing both sides of the Island.

    Aruba certainly is very Amercianized in some areas - but very unique in others.
    Yes, really agree with all this. We're a bit more traveled I guess, and enjoy some adventure, so Aruba seems pretty tame to us. Certainly safe, which makes our parents happy. It was really nice to get a mix of environments in at Aruba.

    Your profile picture is in Stonehenge yes? Not many people have a picture like that one. On a similar line of thought, stonehenge was too touristy for us. We drove by, snapped some pictures, saw the 15 tour busses in the parking lot, and kept on driving. We preferred Aveburry down the road, where you can sleep under the stones with the sheep all day if you'd like.

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    Love the report... glad you loved the island.. me too..








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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinion View Post
    Yes, really agree with all this. We're a bit more traveled I guess, and enjoy some adventure, so Aruba seems pretty tame to us. Certainly safe, which makes our parents happy. It was really nice to get a mix of environments in at Aruba.

    Your profile picture is in Stonehenge yes? Not many people have a picture like that one. On a similar line of thought, stonehenge was too touristy for us. We drove by, snapped some pictures, saw the 15 tour busses in the parking lot, and kept on driving. We preferred Aveburry down the road, where you can sleep under the stones with the sheep all day if you'd like.


    Aruba is very tame and prior to 2008 I would have never thought I would return to the same Island over and over again. But... my father in law went to Aruba and came back with keys to a house... so for econmoic ease - we have stopped traveling to some of the exotic places we used to go an return to Aruba time and time again! We still try to get to other spots - but Aruba is just so cost effective and easy for us. Having a car and a house waiting on the Island makes it a no brainer. AND - we had a baby last year - so the Island is even more atttractive now.

    That is Stonehenge in the pic, we took a private tour with about 9 other people, before it opened. I knew you wouldnt be allowed near the stones and there would be masses of people - so we spent the extra few bucks to go early and get to go within the circle. We did London and Ireland on that trip, and certainly got a nice taste of both countries.

    Back to Aruba in less than 3 months - and taking both Grandmas!
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
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