I converted the photo of the plaque to black and white for ease of readingI 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)
Lacabana and Tropacana (Aruban) where one.
Thank you Lisa for posting a copy of the plaque.
Remember when the holiday inn was the last hotel on the high rise
I remember when the Ren was Sonesta Suites and it used to be a lot more fun. They had fashion shows, bands, parrots, night markets set up with local souvenirs by the lobby and pool, dinners on the beach.
Over the past few years everything has dissappeared. The only excitement now is water aerobics in the am and Bingo. ooohhhh...WOW!
This year I saw more scooters and oxygen bottles then ever. We felt like we were in a retirement home. No offense to any of our seniors we love ya but for a family with kids we just wish it was the way it used to. My parents who come every year that are 70/71 said it wasn't the same there. Even at their age they were in the casino every night until 3:00am blowing my inheritance. Even after dinner it was like likes out by 8:00. Maybe 3 people at the bar until 10.
Remember when before it was Sonesta I believe it was called Harbourtown..
scott and tricia
remember when downtown was bustling with people and terrific shops?
lately it is bustling with traffic and limited shopping.
Imagine the reaction you'd get nowadays if you asked some "Where is Nassaustraat?" Aruban or visitor, you'd prbably get a polite, but decidedly blank stare.
We still enjoy walking along what used to be Nassaustraat.
One thing I don't miss! Back in the late '80's and early 90's every timeshare property being built in Aruba seemed to send their sales people to the Renaissance Marketplace (Of course it wasn't the Ren.Mktplc back then). Aalthough polite, they were quite agressive and there were just so many of them.
Sticking with the Ren. Mktplc, do you remember when an unpretentious but very good Italian restaurant was there. It was in the end-spot, now occupied by the Dutch Pancake House. We saw the Italian officers from a cargo ship eating there and figured if it's good enough for them, we'd enjoy it too. And we did!
Lots more memories to come!