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Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

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Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Stayed in Sheraton Suites night before. Used their park & fly program.

Took shuttle to airport to catch 9:56 AM non stop flight via US Air.

Arrived in Aruba about 1/2 hour early. Quick reminder that we were in

Aruba. No place for plane to park since we were early. After about

1/2 hour wait, we were able to arrive at outr gate, so we were actually

on time.

Baggage arrived quickly. We crossed the street to Econo. Agent went

to parking lot to get our car. It took about 15 minutes. She probabaly had to

clean the car and fill up the tank. I have no idea what kind of car it was.

It was a hatchback, white in color and pretty new. One very small ding on

driver's door. Took off for the Radisson. Again, took wrong exit from the

round about. Quickly realized my mistake and doubled back.

Check in went well. Then we were lead to our room. Uh Oh. Baggage

handler hit the down button. Ground floor. No way. We are balcony

people. After a call by the baggage guy, we were moved from the

Bonaire to Curacao on a third floor room. Really nice. Faced the

Laguna but nice view of grounds. Very relieved.

First night, decided to try Ricardo's. Nice setting and friendly staff. Food .

was decent, not excellent. Might return. Probably won't due to the many

dining options available.

Second day we visited the Alto Vista Chapel and Lighthouse. Drove a

short distance along the coast and took pictures and videos. While at the

Lighthouse, I made dinner reservations at LaTrattoria to celebrate wife's

BD that following Thursday. Couldn't get her to drift off so that I could

request a BD cake. She finally was distracted by something and I was able

to order a cake.

I can't remember the exact order of our dining experiences, so I will just

list each with a brief comment. Aside from Ricardo's:

Windows On Aruba - Excellent service. Sonia, the hostess was great as was

Ann, our server. Complimentary glass of champagne and numerous pictures

were taken. Chateubriand was not close to any we had had in the past.

Disappointing. I wondered why it was only $69 for two people. I think we

found out. I would probably return to WOA, but would order something else.

Amore Mia for pizza. Really enjoyed the pizza bolognese with roasted red

peppers and ground beef added to the usual tomato/basil sauce. It is now

our #1 place for pizza in Aruba. Ventanas del Mar. Same experience as in the

past. Excellent food/service/atmosphere. We were the only diners. They

are under new ownership and allegedly in the process of developing a new

marketing strategy. Hope they are successful. I won't return unless they are

able to attract diners. Bugaloe for cheeseburgers. Very good. Enjoyed the

band and the outstanding female singer. Never took note of the name.

LaTrattoria was our best overall dining experience. Wife had gnocci

parmigian and I had the penne putanesca. Both dishes wer very good and

each was more than enough for both of us.

Breakfasts were at Laguna, Ricardo's, Matthews, Dunkin' Donuts and Ike's Bistro.

All were decent and worthwhile. Slight edge to Ike's. No lunches although we

did share a grilled cheese one after noon at Bugaloe.

We aren't big gamblers. I netted about $15 and Dee netted about $100. Her

winning came on the last day at the Alhambra. Put her into a good mood.

Return trip was pretty good. The madhouse airport scene notwithstanding.

Again, we arrived about 1/2 hour early in Philly. Baggage ariived pretty fast.

Took shuttle back to hotel. Hopped into car and drove off. Next day, went to

pick up Holly, our beloved Sheltie and our vacation was officially over.

Edited: 22 June 2014, 21:10
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1. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Sounds like a great trip, Tony ! Happy belated birthday to Mrs. Tony. Thanks for taking the time for another great report.

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2. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had another nice trip.

Where is Amore Mia? Might want to try that next time. I really do need to get to La Trattoria on one of our trips.

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3. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Welcome home. I loved reading this, except I am just wondering if you used Edward R. Murrow's teletype machine to post!

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Amore Mia is next to Gianni's across from the Rad.

OK. Lori. I am posting challenged. Used Excel to type report. Copied and pasted. It has been awhile since my office staff made fun of me for using Excel for everything, but never quite mastering the technique. lol.

Forgot to mention that we made it to the beach three times during our stay. Late morning to early afternoon. Back row palapas were available first two times. Second row palapa available on third try. Didn't notice if any cruise ships were in port. Mainly because I didn't care.Also, enjoyed meeting Gary and Debbie from N. Jersey. Great couple. Hope your back is feeling better, Debbie. Give us a buzz when you are in the Cape May area.

Edited: 22 June 2014, 22:21
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5. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

We're going to have a car this year-first time in quite a while. Will definitely do cocktails up at the Lighthouse and maybe a sunset dinner. I too am wondering about Amore Mia's location??

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6. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like yet another happy vacation.

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7. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Sounds like a great trip Tony!! Glad you were able to get yourself a balcony.

Thanks for taking the time to type for us in Excel...LOL :)

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8. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Hi Tony, welcome home. Thanks for your Trip Report. Glad Econo treated you well.

Happy birthday to Mrs. T. Perfect place to celebrate.

Here' s to next year...

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9. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Glad you had another nice trip. We hope to go back in August but only time will tell.

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10. Re: Back from Aruba 6/14 - 21

Nice report! That singers name is Andrea, she is from Venezuela, What a talent. We saw her at Old Dutch and were b;own away. She plays in a few different bands so not sure which one you saw her play with.