S: Honeymoon destination: Aruba July 13th - July 22nd, 2009
FC: A R U B A July 13th - July 22nd
1: After fourteen months of planning and breathless anticipation, our wedding day arrived -- more beautiful than we could have dreamed it to be. Affirming our lasting friendship and our continued love for one another, we vowed to embrace each day, and tackle together every new adventure to come. . . .The first of which was Aruba.
2: Gouda Quesodillas? Yum!
3: Our first day in Aruba was spent exploring the nearby area and taking a quick trip to the local grocery store for snacks. Then we were off to dinner: at Chino Latino! - an Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant (where we ordered quesadillas and Asian woks - an interesting but delicious combination). We returned to our hotel, and were pleasantly surprised with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries! Thanks, Marriott!
4: The following day we enjoyed a beautiful, 98-degree day along Aruba's white coral beach and grabbed some shade by the pool. ...where we were greeted by some poolside- dwelling iguanas!
6: That night we walked along the beach to dinner at Bugaloe (pronounced BOO-gah-loo) on the pier, and watched the sun set.
7: Live music!
9: The next day, we woke up early and set sail on the Octopus for a Champagne Brunch sailing and snorkeling expedition. | Jethro, our captain aboard the Octopus.
10: After spending the morning sailing, we went back to the beach for some lounge time...
11: ...and then had dinner at Smokey Joes', famous for their ribs and bBQ chicken. | yum, RIBS!
12: Our Very Own PALAPA!
13: Chris woke up at 7am the next morning and scored our very first PALAPA reservation... ...and boy was he proud of himself! | a picnic lunch on our hotel balcony (yum!)
14: _______YEMANJA_ woodfired grill _
15: That night, we experienced downtown Oranjestad, walked down a few side streets, and then ventured to a newly opened restaurant: Yemanja. And got lost. Very lost. After walking around in circles and stopping to ask shopkeepers where the restaurant was (an unsuccessful attempt, as even the shopkeepers did not know the restaurant), we found it. The food blew us away, both in its simplicity and strangeness: Chris' fillet mignon was accompanied by Basmati rice, Asian vegetables, Bavarian black beans, and garlic mashed potatoes. My tuna steak salad came with three dressings - all fantastic! Definitely the most unique and flavorful meal we enjoyed in Aruba!
16: The next morning, we boarded The Tranquilo for a second sailing & snorkeling expedition...
17: ...and we loved every minute of it! (see next page for proof!)
20: That night, we ate dinner outside at Cafe Rembrandt and enjoyed the live music. Chris' pasta dish was tasty, and my escargot was delicious.
21: Chris captured an artistic shot of our table... ...and I caught an artistic shot of Chris...
22: Another lazy day on the beach... | Another lazy day on the beach... | Another lazy day on the beach... | Another lazy day on the beach...
24: That night we went to The Pelican's Nest, which is a restaurant located on a pier (like Bugaloe). We were given a table right along the edge of the dock, and watched fish swimming by as we dined while the sun set. The waiter encouraged us to toss some bread in the water to see the fish surface. There were hundreds of them, some which resembled fish we had seen while snorkeling. (Check out how close we were to the edge of the dock!)
25: The Pelican's Nest
26: After a relaxing day on the beach, we hopped a local bus to Eagle Beach for a sea-side dinner at Passions. Arriving early to our reservation, we enjoyed the shade of a Divi Divi tree before heading to cocktail hour. | The famous Divi Divi tree is Aruba's natural compass, always pointing in a southwesterly direction due to the trade winds that blow across the island from the northeast.
28: Afternoon cocktails . . .
29: . . . and a romantic dinner at Passions!
30: The view from our table...
33: The next morning: we experienced a private horseback riding tour along the Aruban coastline with a guide from the Gold Mine Ranch...
36: That afternoon, we went back to Bugaloe to snack on their famous fries - which were totally worth the walk!
37: Bugaloe Fries!
38: That night, we went to Sushi-Ya and sat barefoot on yoga mats on the restaurant's outside deck, leaning against pillows. A very unique dining experience. Chris even got a free glass of sake!
40: After a wonderful day on the beach, we spent our last night in Aruba enjoying a romantic dinner (and a beautiful sunset!) at Simply Fish
42: All things grow better with love.