Kerstboom, Aruba

You’re in the Caribbean, palm trees waving in the breeze, clear water gleaming in the sun, and along comes… evergreens? That’s right, of all the zany things you’ll see in Aruba are fresh Christmas trees, known as kerstboom locally, for sale to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a photo:

Having come from a part of the world where these trees are grown, I was impressed at the selection. Many high quality trees were for sale. They arrive via refrigerated containers, which is a tremendous effort considering how far they have to travel to arrive in Aruba. Well, Christmas is a big deal here on the island. Stay tuned for photos and videos of the light displays. Increible!

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Hostaria da’ Vittorio, Aruba

Hostaria da’ Vittorio serves solid Italian favorites with contemporary flair. I’ve had the pleasure of dining here several times over the past couple of years and each experience has been a good one. This time I started with the minestrone, which was homemade and came with a stick of fried polenta. Check it out:

The portion size of the soup was perfect, leaving me plenty of room for other things. I always order too much at this restaurant, simply because I want to enjoy all the flavors. There was a brushetta and caprese salad as you see in the next photo:

And the table bread, which is at the top of the photo above came as a sort of pizza-crust like option. Tasty with olive oil and fresh pepper and something a little different than the usual rolls. Moving on to the entrees. One was an osso buco, seen below and requiring no knife.

Finally, there was a pasta dish, this time a fusilli with crumbled sausage/red sauce. Again, the right size portion and very flavorful which almost rises out of the next image:

Of course, no room for dessert, which was probably a mistake. You have to stop somewhere, and after all this, I hit the wall. Full to the top. Service, as always, was attentive and professional, keeping my water glass topped up the way I like it. I drink gallons of water in Aruba, which thanks to the desalinization plant has one of the best tasting tap waters in the world. But I digress. You’ll enjoy your meal at Hostaria da’ Vittorio, where you can dine inside or out, go for a big meal or something more manageable. Take a group, get some wine, and make a night of it.

Lourdes Grotto and Windmills, Aruba

Today’s video takes you on a drive to the Lourdes Grotto in San Nicolaas, Aruba and for a look at the giant windmills at Vader Piet. Consistent with my other “driving directions” pieces, this one shows you how to get there, from the main highway approaching the traffic circle at the west end of San Nicolaas then to the Lourdes Grotto with a quick peek at the statuary, then a litter further out to Vader Piet for a look at those big windmills. Here we go:

Another pleasant drive, this time with a little rain. Although Aruba is known to be a “desert island,” it does rain here from time to time, especially this time of year. And lately, over the past several years, the island is more green than ever. Enjoy your visit.

Driving to Casibari, Aruba

The previous post showed the climb to the top of the Casibari Rock Formation. Here’s another video showing how to get there. It begins on the main highway, heading FROM the high rise hotel area coming into the Sasaki Traffic Circle. From there, you’ll see exactly how to get to the Casibari Rocks.

An easy drive to be sure. Be careful on the traffic circles, they can be a little tricky. The drive from the hotel area to Casibari is only about 10 minutes or so, depending upon traffic. Part of the video is accelerated to take out the boring stuff. Videos like this will continue, giving an inside look at Aruba and the many things the island has to offer. Bon dia.