Oranjestad, Aruba

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Oranjestad architecture is embellished as if someone had taken a pastry bag and piped frosting around facades. Fanciful structures against a cerulean blue sky.

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Aruba has been a Dutch island since 1636, and the influence is everywhere you look and is found in much of the local cuisine.

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I love the pastel candy colors.

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And the color palette combinations….peach next to acidic yellow next to true blue.

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Like a surrealistic backdrop, gigantic cruise ships dock right at the edge of town to let the tourists out to shop and explore.

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Local fruit shakes, love the drawings!

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Sea captain’s house….

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The main road leading into Oranjestad is lined with palm trees and old style street lamps.

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Guess what the picture below is?! I was inside the downtown Marriott. This little boat is in the lobby, picking up guests to take them out to the Marriott island.

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Very cool. I’ll be back one day. It is one happy island.

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