Memories of Aruba!

We have had such a wonderful time in Aruba this year. We were fortunate enough to get three weeks there.

Our last night was a special time for all. Here are the friends we met many years ago and continue to see each year at the Divi Phoenix. It woudn’t be the same without them. They are all fantastic people, and we are blessed to have met them. We have so much fun together. We love them and will miss them until we meet again same time, same place next year.

We spent our last night at the Pure Ocean Restaurant at Divi Phoenix Beach Resort. We had a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert. We left there feeling full and happy. The waiters were terrific and accommodating! They had a man playing an electiric violin with computerized accompaniment. The music added mor fun to our last night.

Some of the delicious food we had here.

I had Pasta Pescatore – spaghetti with seafood in tomato and capers sauce. Dessert came with the meal – John and I enjoyed Creme Brûlée.

Now we both need to go on a diet – but believe it or not we both trimmed down even with all the food we ate. That’s due to the walking twice a day, morning and night. We accrued about 8-10 miles a day. We moved all day long in the water too.

Here we are a few days ago on the beach having a little gathering (party) at one palapa (Marty’s & Trish’s). Thanks to Jane & Bob for these photos below.

A beautiful vacation was had by all! We look forward to next year!

Thank you for stopping by to see my post. I hope these photos warmed you up if you are having some cool weather where you live. We will be heading back home to some much colder weather than we are used to! Brrrr!


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my American friends!



Blessings & hugs to all!



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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15 Responses to Memories of Aruba!

  1. It looks really amazing, Janice.

  2. Jennie says:

    Love the beautiful photos! Glad it was a terrific vacation.

  3. glad to hear you had a good break Janice

  4. macjam47 says:

    What an amazing three weeks you’ve had!

  5. so pleased you had a good time Janice.. looks great hugs xxx♥

  6. dgkaye says:

    Looks divine Janice. Worth the bad hair days, LOL 🙂 ❤ I am soooooooooo looking forward to my long awaited winter vacation in Mexico this winter. 🙂 ❤

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