Of Gardens and Greenery

I went on a sight-seeing excursion in my Aruba ‘hood, looking for some of the best examples of indigenous foliage to show you. Mission accomplished!

[Sidenote: Aruba is unique because of the diversity of its landscape. The resort-heavy side of the island is a beach lover's paradise; however; if you travel to the other side of the country, you will see uninhabited and completely different sights. We have never ventured away from the resort section; one year, we walked to the Lighthouse and back...

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...what a hot trek that was! - but our ambition always wanes within 7 hours of arrival...just be aware that there is a lot you can see, and many places to explore should you choose!

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The Divi-Divi tree is a unique sight to North American eyes:

the trunks are pushed sideways because of the constant ocean winds

But my favourite tree is the palm tree. If I could have my own personal tree-as-symbol, it would be this one.

a grove!

Let’s take another look!

beautiful!

Indulge me – one more!

maybe i should get one for inside the condo casa! it IS a two storey loft!

OK, last one.

how can you not love the sight of palm trees

You’ll also find giant cacti!

cacti-on-'roids??!

The best place to see gorgeous foliage is next door to us at the Hyatt. BFF Debbie: if you ever travel to Aruba, you are only permitted to stay at the Hyatt. Every square inch of this luxurious property exudes your vibe and style. Here is proof:

the "grotto" restaurant; i adore the stone architecture and tranquil environment; not technically a garden, but close enough

adjoining rock gardens...

look what we found?!

 For Little E!

how many fish can you count?!

 For Baby C!

can you spot the birdie??!

 I would consider camping if I could do it on the grounds of the Hyatt. Just a wonderland of beauty and class. The upkeep is perfection.

The Radisson also has divine landscaping.

is there anything more stress-reducing than the lull of a waterfall?

"silver dollar" leaves??!

vibrant pink!

and delicate pink!

There you go – just a taste of the captivating natural beauty in Aruba!

Andnowanotherpalmtree – bwah-hahahaha!!

ahhhhh!

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  • Deb  On March 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I”m still waiting for the palm tree tattoo!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      now you’re talking!! actually, in all seriousness, that is a GREAT idea! i know the body location where i want the next one, but was not sure WHAT it should be…you may have hit the nail on the head, my brilliant friend!

  • Zo  On March 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I seriously think you could and should get a [side]job working for the Aruba tourist board…you describe everything in so much detail…and I feel very “enticed” to give Aruba a whirl. Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      haha, thanks, zo! yes, i know i am gushing sometimes, and i feel like i should have a * statement at the end of each post stating that i am giving my own opinion and am not (sadly) being paid by aruba tourism! it seriously IS just awesome!

  • Holly  On March 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I too just love Palm Trees — too bad they don’t grow in Minnesota!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather  On March 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

    So much to look at! I love that divi-divi tree!

  • Lisa  On March 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful greenery!

    When I go to Aruba…the hyatt all the way!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      thanks, lisa! the hyatt is simply magnificent…it’s fun to just sit in their lobby, even!

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