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    Tucker's 4th Anniversary July 2014

    We are back in Aruba celebrating our 4th anniversary on May the 28th. We were married at the beach at the Divi Phoenix 4 years ago with our daughters in attendance, along with my brother and various cousins. It was our 2nd time in Aruba and the best trip any of us ever had. We are now on our 6th visit and plan on coming back every year... if not more.

    Day 1, Saturday July 26, 2014

    We were excited to get back to Caribbean. It has been over 5 months since we were in the Bahamas in February and we needed the sun and the sand.

    The Awakening

    We started the day around 3:15am, getting ready to head to the airport. My wife Paula had packed nearly everything a few days before, but there are always those last minute additions and that nice, hot wakeup shower that early in the AM.

    To the Airport

    We were on the road a little after 4:30am. The trip to the Philly airport was nice and quick from Exton. We live about 1 mile from the PA turnpike, so we are up to speed in no time. It's still a good 40 miles to the airport, but we were parked by 5:15am and ready to head to ticketing. After fighting the parking bus for many years, I've decided just to pay the $20 a day to park in the garage for the awesome convenience of it. If we were staying longer than a week I would just use a car service. Never again am I dragging my bags on to the bus... especially the way Paula packs shoes. Plus, we always bring heavy rum back.

    Flight of the Tuckers

    Imagine Wagner playing in the background as you read this. We were flying out of A13 in Philly, which is the short part of the International concourse in Philly. We decided Currito Burrito for breakfast and the breakfast burrito hit the spot. It wasn't long that we were ready to board after we had hammered away at our Facebook for a while. We settled in to 2A and 2C, and grabbed our first rum and coke of the trip. Yes, it is 7:00am, but we are on vacation and you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning. I managed to even catch a little nap before we take off. I can sleep anywhere. We were up in no time and settled into a movie on our iPad. We chose Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn. It was pretty funny and kept us entertained. A nice breakfast and another rum and coke kept us feeling all right. Before you know it, we were arriving in Aruba.

    The Arrival

    We touched down at 12:15pm and were through customs in just about 5 minutes after that. There were just a handful of people there and nearly all lanes open. They were ready for us. That was a far cry from the Bahamas in February. There were 3 planes there at the same time and probably 3 customs agents on duty at the start. An hour and a half later and we were almost out of the airport in Nassau. Being in First Class for Aruba helped get us to the customs area and through quickly. There were maybe 40 people in the Taxi line, but they got people moving fast in Aruba. We were on our way to Bucuti in no time. It's a $22 ride from the airport. The fixed rates are good for tourists and I make sure to tip the driver well for good service and conversation. The Taxi drivers here are some of the nicest and most honest drivers I've met.

    Bucuti

    We were greated as returning family at Bucuti. We've been here 4 years in a rows and we won't stay anywhere else in Aruba. We have often thought about retiring to Aruba, but I'm not sure how we could live in a home or condo here and not miss Bucuti. We were through check in quickly and head to our penthouse. We love the large suites here and the fact that you get a large beach hut with the penthouse. I'm posting this from inside the hut right now after getting my fill of sun for the morning. I don't tan as well as Paula, so I have to take it easy early on the trip. We got settled and then took a walk down the beach for a late lunch.

    Ricardo's

    We normally walk down to Matthew's the first day, but we decided to try Ricardo's because it was close and we were curious. The food was OK, but I like Matthew's better. I had the Caribbean Seafood Soup was very good and nice and hot. I had the grouper sandwich with gouda cheese. It was also very good. The side of tortillas was OK. I started with an Aruba Maitai and then had a Balashi. My wife had an Aruba Ariba to drink and the Quesadilla. I think the bill came to $58. I think next year we are going to do the first lunch at Ike's Bistro. We walked by after and it looked pretty cool.

    Bucuti Happy Hour

    After relaxing on our patio for a bit, we hit the Sand Bar happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. We met a couple from Arizona and enjoyed some great beverages there. My wife drank a couple of Mojito's and I downed a few Balashi's. Those small bottle are nearly gone after a couple of good drinks. The drinks were half price I think, but the beer was not. Our bill came to $29, so I must have had 4 $5 Balashi's.

    Super Foods

    We grabbed a cab to Super Foods to grab some sodas, colas, snacks, and rum. We love our rum. I have over 430 bottles in my collection back in PA. We loaded up on things we wanted to take back to Philly and things we wanted to drink on our deck while here. The store was packed at 7pm, with everybody trying to get what they needed before they close at 8pm. The cab driver waited for us at an agreed upon rate and was right there when we came out. We are fast shoppers because we mostly know what we want. We came home with mostly liquor and chocolate for some reason.

    Night on the Deck

    We spent the night relaxing on our deck at Bucuti. We mixed a few rum drinks and enjoyed the wonderful evening. It did get a little eventful around 8:30pm when we noticed a fire near Pizza Bob's. There were a few poilce cars and a fire truck over there in no time. We saw lots of smoke and the fire blazed up enough for us to see it, but they put it all out. We did get over there Sunday morning and Pizza Bob's is fine and we saw no damage anywhere. It must have been a car fire. We saw lightening down by the airport later in the night and it must have showered quite a bit around midnight from what I hear. Aside from some drizzle just after daylight, the 2nd day was starting to clear up quite nicely around breaKfast.
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    Did I say May? I meant July. You can tell I'm getting older.
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    thanks for taking the time to share!!
    the bucuti is a lovely property indeed
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    Love reading your trip report, and look forward for more !!

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    ".........and you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning".... Love your attitude...! Happy vacation.... I know I'll love the next installment as well as I enjoyed this one! Thanks for taking the time to post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtucker1 View Post
    Super Foods

    We grabbed a cab to Super Foods to grab some sodas, colas, snacks, and rum. We love our rum. I have over 430 bottles in my collection back in PA. We loaded up on things we wanted to take back to Philly and things we wanted to drink on our deck while here.
    Full bottles or empty ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtucker1 View Post
    It wasn't long that we were ready to board after we had hammered away at our Facebook for a while. We settled in to 2A and 2C, and grabbed our first rum and coke of the trip. Yes, it is 7:00am, but we are on vacation and you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.
    My motto is: "It's noon somewhere."
    Darlene

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    The only full bottles I have are the very few where we are finishing on of the same type. You can't collect rum and just let them sit on the shelf. You have to enjoy it and invite friends over for rum tastings. Convert the masses.

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    Day 2, Sunday July 27, 2014

    Breakfast and Beach

    We were up and ready for our Bucuti breakfast around 8:30am. It's a little later than I like, but Paula likes to sleep in a bit. The breakfast is provided as part of the room package and is always quite good. By 9:00am, we were in our beach jut and enjoying the sun. The rain was holding off quite nicely. We dived into our books and the time passed quickly until 11:00am and the bar opened. Manuel has been taking awesome care of us this trip. We ordered a couple of rounds of Aruba Aribas while we read and basked in the glow of the wonderful Aruban sun. About 2:00pm or so, we walked over to Pizza Bob's for our traditional Sunday pizza lunch.

    Pizza Bob's

    We love the Mexican Pizza at Pizza Bob's. We had some of the wings to start with, and they were OK but nothing special. I ordered the big mug of Balashi and we waited for our pizza. We met a couple from Long Island that had researched Bucuti and Pizza Bob's thoroughly on the internet. I told them they made some good choices. They are planning on getting married next year. We turned them on to Balashi beer after they had their first Heinekens. We apparently sat through the Aruban earthquake that I've been hearing about on Facebook at 3:34pm and didn't feel a thing. We had plenty of leftover pizza for our fridge.

    Beach

    We were back to the beach until the 4:00pm happy hour started at Sand Bar. The first couple that we met from Arizona it turned out had our same anniversary and they were also doing dinner in the beach huts on Monday night as well. They were our neighbors in the penthouses, on the beach huts, and for Monday dinner. It would be their 25th anniversary. We met another couple from Scottsdale, Arizona and a couple from Ottawa. The other Arizona couple had their 4th anniversary coming up on Thursday and were also doing the beachfront dinner at Bucuti. There were several drinks consumed and we retired back to the room a good while after happy hour concluded. There it was celebratory rum drinks on our deck as the midnight anniversay approached. We were going to be feeling this one in the mornig.

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    Day 3, Monday July 28, 2014

    Anniversary Day!

    My wife Paula and I were married at the Divi Phoenix 4 years ago today! Actually, we were married at a government building earlier that afternnon, but the beach ceremony with our family in attendance was later at sunset. We definitely stayed up too late and drank too much rum last night. We rolled down to lunch around 9:00am and it was going to be a rough one.

    Beach

    Breakfast was great as usual and we made it out to our beach hut. I was in the sun all day Sunday, so I decided to rest in the hut today. There was a sprinkle or not, but nothing that made Paula abandon the beach. We had dinner at our hut at 6pm, so we literally had nothing planned all day except rest and relaxation. We talked to all of the couples that we met in the first couple of days and everyone was having a great time. Around 1:30pm, I came back up to the room to have leftover pizza and check work Emails. We crashed on the beach until about 5:00pm and then came back up to get ready for dinner.

    Dinner

    We were all dressed up with a short distance to go for dinner. I'll post my Facebook link since I don't have the photos on this computer yet.

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/don.tucker.37

    We had a wonderful Merlot for our wine. The first course was an aweome seared pepper crusted tuna served with cucumber-tomato confetti of salsa. I'm not much for raw fish, but it was delicious. Next came the wild mushroom cream cloud soup. It was a larger cup that I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our salad came next and it was miniature garden greens with a crispy julienne of duck served with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. The raspberry was perfect for this salad. After the fresh mango sorbet to cleanse our palate, it was on to the entree. Paula had the Sauteed Snapper and I had the Petite Filet Minon. They were both fabulous. We finished it off with the Heavenly Chocolate Cake for two. The whole thing was $226 after tip and we were stuffed.

    Drinks

    Our friends from Scottsdale insisted on buying us an anniversary cocktail at the bar after dinner. They were eating at Elements and said they've had nothing but great meals there. We stayed for one and then retired to our room to enjoy our complentary champagne for our anniversary. One glass for me and a few sips for Paula and we just wanted to get some rest. Sunday wore us out. We were out by 10:00pm. Who are these people?

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