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    remember when there were more goats and donkeys than tourists?

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    The restaurant at the Talk of the Town...was that the Steamboat?

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    Our 3 hour, dining experience @ MJ .... 4 courses, 1 bottle of wine and we were 2 of only 12 people dining that whole time. Circa Oct of 1999 or May 2000' can't remember which.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    I remember the Steamboat being across the street from the Americana.

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    This will help you reminisce

    "In February 1957, Hotel Basi-Ruti was opened, a hotel with bungalows, spread over the white sand of Palm Beach. In 1965, Dutch Princess Beatrix stayed there during her visit to Aruba."

    Also almost half way down the page, there is a photo which looks similar to Arashi beach. It was Palm beach in the 50's.

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    Valentino's restaurant. Always got mixed reviews, but we always had outstanding meals and still think it was the best Italian restaurant on the island (for the record, I'm 100% Italian and from NY) :-)

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    An ideal thread for old Aruba die-hards like all of us.

    I've been going to Aruba on and off since 1980, so I've got a few "remember when" moments. Here's a few;

    Do you remember when the following brand-names were common-place in Aruba?

    ALM - the airline of the Netherlands Antilles

    Eastern Airlines - in 1980, the only US carrier into Aruba

    Spritzer & Furman - the jewelers

    Bali - the floating Indonesian restaurant in the harbour downtown

    H. Stern - another jeweler

    Scaramouche - the notorious disco with the lipstick print logo downtown

    A few other things; like putting on a jacket and tie to eat at the Talk of The Town, widely regarded as the best restaurant on the island.

    In 1980 there was one golf course. Its greens were made of oiled sand.

    When the Alhambra Casino first opened up there were several eateries there including a wonderful deli. First pastrami on rye I ever had was there.

    Have a good one and thanks for bringing back a flood of memories.


    Glenn

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    The anniversary band I wear is from Spritzer and Furman
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    An ideal thread for old Aruba die-hards like all of us.

    I've been going to Aruba on and off since 1980, so I've got a few "remember when" moments. Here's a few;

    Do you remember when the following brand-names were common-place in Aruba?

    ALM - the airline of the Netherlands Antilles

    Eastern Airlines - in 1980, the only US carrier into Aruba

    Spritzer & Furman - the jewelers

    Bali - the floating Indonesian restaurant in the harbour downtown

    H. Stern - another jeweler

    Scaramouche - the notorious disco with the lipstick print logo downtown

    A few other things; like putting on a jacket and tie to eat at the Talk of The Town, widely regarded as the best restaurant on the island.

    In 1980 there was one golf course. Its greens were made of oiled sand.

    When the Alhambra Casino first opened up there were several eateries there including a wonderful deli. First pastrami on rye I ever had was there.

    Have a good one and thanks for bringing back a flood of memories.


    Glenn

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    I remember that on February 16, 1942, a German submarine torpedoed the island of Aruba. I still have the original newspaper article. Soon after, my Mother, brother and I left for the States. We returned to Aruba in 1943, but my Fahter left the company in 1944. I made my first trip back to the island in 1977 after 33 years. My daughter accompanied me on the trip and it was quite an emotional experience landing on the island after so many years. There is not enough space to list the many changes that occurred during those years or even since 1977. Next time you head to Baby Beach, stop by the church on the hill in the Colony and read the bronze plaque that was dedicated on June 19, 1994, to the men, women and children who lived and worked in the Colony. It's a bit long to be included in this post, but relays the feelings of all of us who still call Aruba home.
    Dolores Williams Grissom (Aruba born and proud of it)
    (Lago Colony 1935-1944)

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    Our first trip to Arba we stayed at the Bushri. Each time I go by it now, it brings back the memories.
    I will be returning in January for the 17th time, 13 of them with my husband, after the first trip he never wanted to go anywhere else. I still agree.
    Wouldn't it be nice to see something done with that property. Every year I hear a new story.

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