Caribbean Christmas 29: These I Have Loved

Getting up every morning to sunshine, the sheer reliability of it. My swimfloat in our private pool, reading and sunning while keeping cool. Fantastic lobster, croissants, crayfish, barbecued and grilled meat from Argentina and Venezuela the like of which we never see in UK supermarkets. Cheap petrol. An automatic car again – hooray. Lots of sleep, opportunities to snooze and do nothing. My new laptop. Films and books and lots of time to enjoy them and lots more time besides to just look at the views of waving palm trees and water. Friendship and laughter, home-baked brownies and cookies. French food and […]

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Caribbean Christmas (2): The Best Shop In The World Revisited

Our second day dawns early.   Lag.   And starts off badly. Again.   I go outside at about 6 a.m. to watch the moon on the water, still confidently covered in last night’s DEET, and am immediately set upon and bitten quite badly by some killer mosquitoes.   Yum.   White meat, fresh and innocent, d’Angleterre. St Martin is half Dutch and half French.   The border is passed without ceremony most days, just a few flags on the side of the road.   But the Dutch side is pretty American, as is the French side too it must be said, and you can use any currency from […]

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