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    Almost forgot, even though I we didn't end up snorkeling we did see a couple of puffer fish and some other colorful fish by the little bridge at Flamingo Beach. How cool is that!

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    i love the flamingos there.

    i am so disgusted with the smell of cigarette and cigar smell on my clothes.
    we come out of the alhambra and we "stink". typically the crystal is not as bad as the alhambra with smoke....but apparently ton's clothing smelled otherwise.

    have fun.

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    Spent the morning at the island and absolutely loved it. The boat ride over was not my favorite part as the waves have been rough, so it was a pretty bumpy ride. Much easier on the way back. When we go there it was just us and one other person. I was surprised because it was 9:00. The flamingos are fascinating. They practically pose for photos and loved being fed. I passed on the nature trail because almost as soon as I entered I could see the swarm of mosquitos.

    I was able to get up close with a pelican that was kind of cool and the iguana photos are so much better when they are in a natural environment. We even saw a hermit crab scurrying around with a shell that looked too big for him. The funniest thing though was when we were sitting under the palapa a lizard decided he liked the look of Tom's sandals. He just crawled up and sat on his foot! I was bummed I couldn't get to the camera quick enough.

    Headed back to have lunch. Had we been smart we would have grabbed a bite at the marketplace before heading over to the Rennaisance. We were thinking we would find someplace with ac in the shopping area but the only thing open was the buffet. So, we walked down to Iguana Joes, at least there was a little breeze. The Coscheca store was not open when we got there so I guess I'll save that for another time. It's just too hot to be walking around downtown. Our other great idea was to go to Crystal Casino figuring it would be nice and cool. It was but it was so smoky. I dropped $100 in my favorite slot that obviously didn't like me today and then left to go back to the beach. Tom stayed, made a deposit and came in smelling like smoke Yuk!

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    Andrea, it's funny, I totally agree with you about Alhambra yet this trip we went twice and I had no problems with smoke. Guess it just depends on who is gambling! I want to tell you I've been using the vacation vault here more to keep the iPhone from getting sand in it than security but when I've been by myself at the beach it gave me peace of mind so thank you.

    Tonight we we went to the Bon Bini Festival. It was different than I expected it to be in that I didn't realize they would have chairs set up for a sit down audience. I thought there would be a stage but then vendors and people walking around. There were about 5 vendors and they had also had a set up to order Aruban food which looks fabulous. My mission of course was the Djucu. I'm somewhat overly sensitive to noise, when the band started it was so loud people were holding their ears! I looked at Tom and he said "Out of here! And we left. On the way out I showed one of the vendors a picture of the Djucu to see if she knew of anyone who had them. She told me the woman who had them at the festival wasn't there because she had to go back to Holland as her father died. She also told me she knew a store that had them and gave me an add for the Cosecha store. So... We'll see maybe I'll take another walk over there tomorrow.

    Dinner tonight was was at the Dutch Pancake House where I had a fabulous Dutch pancake with bacon, onions and cheese. Tom had the fricandellen

    tomorrow is our last full day, home on Thursday. Kinda sad!

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    Peg, best of luck on the hunt of your Djucu! Cannot wait what happens tomorrow!
    Dutch Pancake House sounds wonderful! I looked recently on their online menu!~ Mmmmmmm...
    Hard to believe that tomorrow will be your last full day. Where did the time go? Hope you and your husband have lots of great moments to enjoy!

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    Thanks again CK for the link to the artist at Cosecha. The funny thing is, looking at her FB page there is a photo of her at a display case that has a photo of the Djucu. It is the exact photo that I have from a web search. When we were at Cosecha this afternoon it was closed hopefully they'll be open in the morning. I like the keychains!

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    glad that you are getting use of your vacation vault

    i hope that you can find that lucky nut.

    enjoy your last full day.

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    Thanks Andrea. If Coscheca is open tomorrow I just might find them. The FB page showed keychains and bracelets.

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    My pleasure, Peg! Glad you liked some items at that link, the key chains and bracelets are stunning! Hope you get lucky tomorrow!

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    Enjoyed your trip reports.
    We stayed at the Bucuti a few years ago for a few days prior to going to SC. It is really beautiful but for us a bit too quiet. Since our frame of reference is the Surf Club this seemed the total opposite extreme.

    We stayed on the ground floor which we really loved as access to our room from the beach was simple and easy (especially for a bathroom run). The rooms were really nice and clean. Staff were amazing, couldn't be nicer. After 3 days we did tire of the breakfast as it really didn't change much but it was included in our room price so can't really complain. We didn't eat at Elements for dinner as we were there for breakfast. We always try to go to Carte Blanche on our trips as we love, love, love it but it is very popular and making reservations needs to be done many months in advance (sometimes one year in advance).

    The beach was beautiful as was the water there. We did find the palapas/chairs a bit removed/far from the waters edge. That is a positive and a negative. All the beach huts were always full and we did still have to get up early to get a hut towards the front. Surprisingly, when we were there NO ONE went in the water much. While we enjoyed the quietness of the beach this is what made us feel it was too quiet. No one really engaged with one another. Perhaps this may be the difference between timeshares and hotels, I am really not sure but this was what made us feel that we couldn't stay here for a week.

    I can't say anything bad about the Bucuti, it was wonderful, beautiful and very attentive. The resort is excellent an it is really well run but it just depends on what you are looking for. Its nice to try other places to see how they differ from your home resort.
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    We also noticed that people didn't engage much; possibly because beach chairs/umbrellas are so far apart. The day we did the walk through we were so desperate for quiet it just seemed ideal. We've really enjoyed our few days here at the Rennaisance and notice many people seem to know each other as they are timeshare owners. Not sure where we'll stay next trip. Thinking we may try 2 places like we did this trip. Thanks for your take on the Bucuti.

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