Thanks CK I was just looking at their FB site and it shows a lot if the different artisans work. Tom's legs bother him if he does much walking so I try to figure out exactly where things are before we go. That usually means I get a lot if walking in.
Forgot to tell you about the bowl I saw. It's from the Mopa Mopa store. They boil the buds of the Mopa Mopa tree down into a resin. Mineral colors are added and the resin is stretched and placed on top of a plain wooden item. Designs are cut out with a knife. It's a very interesting process. The store had a few different artists displaying their wares that were made this way. They had animal figures (owls seemed popular) picture frames and even a box for dominos.
Both stores sound wonderful and it seems they offer authentic handmade items. It seems they have to put a lot of work into making that bowl. Would love to see it. The Shoko or Choco owl is one of Aruba's national symbols. Maybe that explains why there were so many owls made of wood in that store.
Have fun tomorrow! Hope you find something you like and hopefully, your husband is feeling well enough to do some walking with you.
They had a lot of colorful owls and she kept telling me I needed a Shoko because it is Aruba. She was a good sales person, knowing how to push a sale in a pleasant manner and knowing when to back off. I'm much more apt to go back.
This morning we had breakfast in. Pastries from the bakery and some left over breads from the West End's Carribean bread basket. It's nice to have the microwave and dining table for a leisurely breakfast. Plan to take the boat over to the island later on this morning
The workers were busy bright and early this morning. When I looked out early this morning they were planting a huge palm tree by the pool. Plywood was put down over the pavers so they could maneuver the large machine and tree to the planting area. It's all coming together
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!
Thanks for sharing your adventures, Peg. The trip to Renaissance Island sounds lovely! Must be a little paradise in itself.
Did you ever go to the Aquarius Restaurant? It's right there at the Crystal casino. I always loved it. Especially after exploring the island in the heat, the Aquarius has A/C and it feels so good to cool down there.