Monday, April 29, 2013

We love Aruba

 I just have to share with you some of our family vacation photos from our recent trip to Aruba. 54 was our spot to be.
 The sunsets were beautiful.
 The beach we were at was Palm beach , it is a beautiful beach, so much to do and see.
 We would have our lunches here at the pool side bar .
 This was the view from our room.
 On our way to dinner , I loved all these lanterns.
 So many iguanas hung around the pool every day it was amazing. One day at lunch an iquana come over to me and I fed it some lettuce from my salad it was fun.

 We hung out on the beach every day.
 Me and my girls on the way to Aruba. I am not a good flyer at all. It's just really the take off that leaves me in a panic. It was a 5 hour flight, when we left it was snowing in Toronto which is crazy for April.
 The weather was perfection every day,it was in the 90's. It is a battle there to not get a sun burn, the sun is very strong.
 Look at that view and sunset, this was the view from the open air restaurant call Sea Breezes , it was breath taking and it actually overwhelmed me and brought me to tears. The kids laughed at me, kids!
 Where we stayed at The Holiday Inn Resort was right across from a great shopping area which was so charming. So many shops and restaurants that came to life at night.
 How cute is this little sea star , it was so tiny it washed away right after I took this photo.
 One thing we really loved about Aruba is that it is a very safe place to explore. We took the city bus into down town Oranjestad which had some very swanky shops like Gucci and Louis Vuitton and Cartier  but they also had lots of great shops here in this plaza, it was so pretty.
I have to show you this boat, well it is coming in from the ocean into the lobby of the the Renaissance marina hotel, it was quite a sight to see. 

 We took a guided jeep tour to the other side of the island which is very rustic. This is the small natural bridge. There was a large natural bridge also but it collapsed in a few years back, I didn't feel the need to walk on this one , if the other one collapsed than I am playing it safe and keeping my distance.

 When I called to book the tour they asked if we would be up to driving one of the jeeps if the group was big enough, my husband was game and so he did just that , drove us and two other couples off road on the most crazy tour of the island.

 On the tour we followed this travelling restaurant , it made me laugh, you don't see that every day.
Thankfully we didn't see any rattle snakes that day either.
 The coastline on this side of the island is quite a contrast from Palm beach where we stayed.
 It was a bumpy ride.
 This was the walk down to the natural pool , I wish I had a photo of the pool to share but I really just wanted to experience it. It was amazing and we even snorkelled there, the fish were amazing.

 I will miss doing this.
 Aruba was truly beautiful.
 The one thing I asked for while in Aruba was to go on a boat. We found a great deal and went of a sailing snorkelling trip which was 3 hrs long. It was a complete deal at $35 per person. This was our first snorkelling stop. Turns out I really like snorkelling, it is amazing. Sophie even tried to get out into the water at our second stop in the deeper water over a ship wreck , but the water was too choppy for an 11 year old. I was impressed that she even tried. Jumping into deep ocean water is not the easiest thing to do .
 The water was stunningly beautiful.
 It was a great time I will remember so fondly.
 Don't you just love being on a boat , I sure do. What a life , what a job to take visitors out on the water and to snorkel.
 We enjoyed some great quality family time. This resort did a great job with my daughter Sophie's peanut allergy , they let us know what was safe and what was not . Everything went well and we had no incidents with her allergy,  which was a great relief.
My little girls have grown up so fast.

So there you have it , a little snippet of our trip to Aruba.

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