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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruban1962 View Post
    I was quietly shocked when I'd heard about the bridge!
    It made me sad as well. Despite I had never seen the Natural Bridge while it was still intact. It's made of limestone and it seems the mighty ocean and it's very powerful waves took it's toll.

    However, it is still beautiful and impressive, IMO. Each time I go to Aruba it's a "Must see" for me. There is a path leading down to the Natural Bridge where you can see a small beach area. The waves are still crashing against the bridge. It's possible to climb up on the other side of the bridge and walk along the coast. Or stay on the side of the parking lot and the little store. There are as well large rocks along the coast. I love looking out on the ocean, watching those huge waves crashing against the rocks. I imagine how adventurous but also how dangerous it must have been centuries ago when brave fishermen dared to cross the oceans.

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    Very nice work.
    I loved reading about the new currency with its Aruban coloring.
    Are there still square coins in the mix?

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    There are still square coins. The 50 cent piece I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    There are still square coins. The 50 cent piece I believe.
    Wonderful. We had a good collection of square nickels. I always loved those.

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    More Aruban memories:

    Aruba Early 1960's-aruban-steel-band-1966.jpg
    One could file this under Radisson/Aruba Caribbean memories as well, but this represents a strong Aruba memory for me -- the steel drum bands.

    Aruba Early 1960's-young-mans-first-aruba-gig.jpg

    I got to "sit in" with this ensemble, sometime in 1966. I even remember the moment of this photograph (taken by my father - the hotel's manager) and recall hitting the high cymbal at the end of one of the numbers, causing one of the guys to quietly and politely admonish me. Somehow, this propelled me into a life of music, well before I worried about the pay.

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    excellent
    thanks for sharing your treasured photos and memories
    Quote Originally Posted by Aruban1962 View Post
    More Aruban memories:

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    One could file this under Radisson/Aruba Caribbean memories as well, but this represents a strong Aruba memory for me -- the steel drum bands.

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    I got to "sit in" with this ensemble, sometime in 1966. I even remember the moment of this photograph (taken by my father - the hotel's manager) and recall hitting the high cymbal at the end of one of the numbers, causing one of the guys to quietly and politely admonish me. Somehow, this propelled me into a life of music, well before I worried about the pay.

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    Love the t-shirt.... looks like palm trees and probably the hotel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Love the t-shirt.... looks like palm trees and probably the hotel!
    It absolutely was the hotel. Very good.

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    Aruba Early 1960's-casa-haime-1964.jpg

    This image is from a recently-found negative (a bit damaged during developing) showing Oranjestad with a Casa Haime sign over the parking lot. I believe I had a Casa Haime shirt in my possession. I'm guessing this to be from about 1964. Great cars.

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    Here's a wonderful image taken by my father of the long-faded Isla di Oro.

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