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    beautiful stuff!!
    the owls are my favorite.

    check out that place dianne.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    At the Renaissance Marketplace Downtown, there is a unique store that sells handcrafted items that look hand painted. They are actually composed of a resin that has been dyed and then applied to wooden objects. I do remember them having iguanas but the style is artistic and may not be your taste. It's called the MopaMopa store. Here's a link to give you an idea. Scroll down to the 26th slide and you'll see one version of an iguana. http://www.mopamopaaruba.com/art-gal.../#.VryUq_A8Kh8

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    Really funky stuff in that store. I love it. I'm partial to the elephants - my daughter's favorite.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    At the Renaissance Marketplace Downtown, there is a unique store that sells handcrafted items that look hand painted. They are actually composed of a resin that has been dyed and then applied to wooden objects. I do remember them having iguanas but the style is artistic and may not be your taste. It's called the MopaMopa store. Here's a link to give you an idea. Scroll down to the 26th slide and you'll see one version of an iguana. http://www.mopamopaaruba.com/art-gal.../#.VryUq_A8Kh8

    I have been in that store. They have beautiful things. My hubby is looking for just this one crafter. We might go over to the Bon Bini Festival next week. I think that they have crafters there. We'll also check out the new craft exhibit place downtown, but I doubt that they would have their things there. We are moving to Renaissance today. We are spending one last day on the beach at Costa Linda and Bully is picking us up this afternoon and taking us to Renaissance. We are scheduled to go out on Tranquilo on Tues. They just emailed me and said that we are the only ones that signed up for Tues. so it will probably be canceled. We were supposed to go with them two years ago and I had to cancel because hubby got sick. Maybe, its not meant to be.

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    Your quest for the iguana sounds like mine for the djucu! I hope you find the crafter. We enjoyed the Renaissance when we were there last trip. In truth, I think I want to stay there so I'll be close to the Dutch Pancake House!

    hope Tranquillo comes through for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Your quest for the iguana sounds like mine for the djucu! I hope you find the crafter. We enjoyed the Renaissance when we were there last trip. In truth, I think I want to stay there so I'll be close to the Dutch Pancake House!

    hope Tranquillo comes through for you!
    My husband has also been looking for the djucu. I thought of you when he was looking for it along the beach. Were you the person who mentioned that she was looking for sea glass? We've found a few small pieces each day. We met a lady who found a bag full around Bushiri.

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    I think it may have been DiviDiviFan looking for the seaglass. I say I'm going to give up on the djucu but always end up looking. I have an email address for the woman who made key chains with them and plan to get in touch with her before our next trip. Enjoy your day!

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    Hi everyone. Its been a few days since I posted. We have been so busy that we have barely been in our suite. We moved to Renaissance Friday afternoon, after spending our last day at Costa Linda. We checked in and had our first dinner at Casa Tua. We had a pizza with shrimp on it, and sangria. This was the first time we had tried Casa Tua. The pizza was very good.

    This is week 7, which is always total insanity on the island. Tons of families come to the island for President's Week. There are kids everywhere, a lot of them unsupervised. The pools and outdoor areas at Renaissance are crazy. There are kids running around everywhere, and they have taken over the pools.

    We headed to the private island for the day on Sat. The adult side is the perfect place to relax this week. It is so peaceful and serene. We've been there for the past two days, and have really enjoyed it.

    Dinner Sat. night was at Yemanja. We both had the grouper italiano. It was delicious. We also love the side dishes that they serve. We topped off dinner with the chocolate molten lava cake. It was an excellent dinner, as always. After dinner, we stopped in Seaport Casino and played slots. We don't gamble very often, but when buckytodd ( I think that's who it was) talked about winning so much money there, I had to give it a try. We did come out with a little extra cash.

    Dinner tonight was at West Deck. We had a variety of appetizers and drinks. My favorite remains the balashi grouper. The bread basket is also very good. After dinner, we thought that we would try our luck again at the casino. This time, we just made a donation.

    We have no big plans tomorrow, just relaxing on the private island. We are really enjoying Renaissance and being downtown.
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    week 7......president's week school break for much of the north east and other areas as well.

    enjoy your time downtown and the private island!

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    Hope all the craziness and kids don't interfere too much! Enjoy the serenity of the adult side
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Tomorrow is our last full day on the island. Its incredible how quickly it flies by. We've spent the last few days just relaxing on the private island. The adult side of the island has been the perfect place to be during this crazy week. We've been in Aruba during president's week many times before. Every resort is crazy. The adult side of the private island and Manchebo have been the only places that we have stayed that haven't been over run with kids during this week. All of the resorts gear up for president's week. They have often warned us how crazy it was going to be, once all of the kids arrived. However, the adult side of the island is peaceful and serene. We have also enjoyed all of the critters over there.

    Today was the day that we had scheduled Tranquilo, but they didn't get enough bookings so they canceled. We had booked with them because we wanted to snorkel in a different area than we usually go, but we got to snorkel on the private island, so it was fine.

    Last night we had dinner at Barefoot. Everything about the evening was perfect. We both had the caribbean grouper and shared the grand dessert. That is my favorite meal in Aruba. Year after year, Barefoot remains my favorite restaurant.

    We didn't have plans for tonight, so we decided to go to Dutch Pancake House. We got a savory pancake, and split a sweet pancake with nutella, bananas, walnuts, and whipped cream. It was soooo good. After dinner, we walked over to the fort to catch the end of the bon bini festival. It was almost over when we got there, but we got to hear the band and see the dancers in their elaborate costumes.

    We've enjoyed dividing our vacation between Costa Linda and Renaissance. Its been like having two different vacations. We booked our restaurant reservations accordingly, and have been able to walk to most of them. We walked to all of the restaurants along Eagle Beach, and have walked to all of them downtown. Tomorrow night, our last meal will be at Pinchos at sunset.

    I have another dog story. There is an adorable black and white dog that has been hanging around Renaissance. When we came back from the island, we saw him curled up on someone's beach chair, on a beach towel. We stopped and talked to the people around him, and I shared the story about Ruby. A man came up to me and said that he was interested in adopting this dog but didn't know how to go about it. I gave him the contact information for ARF and walked him through the process. I don't have time to get involved this time because we are leaving on Thursday, and I'm not sure that he has enough time to get the process rolling because he only has two more days here. I hope that he can pull it off. I explained that the dog can be shipped to him, once he is cleared by the vet. The dog rescues have certainly made this an interesting vacation. Dogs have a way of bringing people together.
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