Caribbean Christmas 14: Our Pinel Island Paraside Revisited

What took us so long to go back to Paradise? I wanted time to acclimatise as being exposed in the sun all day on a beach can be a red hot experience. The drive is a hot and long one from here and the traffic is often quite bad It seemed easier to do other things closer to home. And then we gave up with the excuses and just went to Pinel Island, scene of our favourite experience last time we were here in St Martin.   We left home at 8.30 and were on the first boat to the island […]

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Caribbean Christmas 13: The Oasis of The Seas

Overnight there was a powercut; we woke up boiling alive without any air con and unable to shower which was a bit of a bummer since today we had planned a trip to Philipsburg, the Dutch Capital of Sint Maarten, to scope out the Oasis of The Seas. The Oasis is the largest cruise ship ever and today was her second visit to SXM.   This has caused a great deal of excitement locally and never ones to miss out, we popped along to see it with our own eyes. The first thing was that as soon as we left our […]

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Caribbean Christmas 12: That Cappuccino Moment

Happy Kingdom Day!   It’s a bank holiday today in Paradise, but how can we tell?   It’s been a holiday for us every day since we arrived on 3rd December. We went on an early-ish croissant run to TBSITW, only to hit the Simpson Bay bridge opening at 9.30.   This is a wonderful way to while away a few moments in the traffic if you are close enough to see the yachts sail through and today we were. All manner of craft take the opportunity to come through into the enclosed and safe harbour and nestle up alongside the super yachts.   One Trident today […]

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Caribbean Christmas 11: My Holiday Wardrobe

I don’t know what came over me this time with the packing.   Despite admonishing N not to pack too much and hers weighed in at about 11 kilos, I went completely – and uncharacteristically- over the top and my luggage weighted in at about 28 kilos. In my defence, I looked at my suitcase after I had packed it and thought “if I can live out of that for a month, what the hell else is all this stuff for around the flat?” And also, in my defence again, I am here for a MONTH and I did bring about a dozen […]

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Caribbean Christmans 9 – Coconut Shrimp & Frozen Cocktails

A quiet day at home by – and in – our own pool.   It’s small but perfectly formed and although it doesnt get the sun all day, it gets more than enough in these somewhat fierce sun conditions and it overlooks the lagoon.   The lapping of the water just over our terrace is the most wonderfully relaxing sound I can think of. I promise I will eventually get around to getting my camera out of the safe and taking some photos to share with readers – soon. I was able to finish my second novel, a Jodi Piccoult, and start […]

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Caribbean Christmas 8: A Day In The Shade

We took a day out of the sun today, having been slightly frightened yesterday about what we were doing to our skin.   So instead we went out to breakfast, followed by a little bit of shopping, a cappuccino in French capital of Marigot, overlooking the Marina. We drove around a bit and had a late lunch back with Bryan & Bonnie, did some baking and BBQ-ing back at home later in the day. We had a laugh at our favourite juice bar, chock full of ippy-dippy gifts which I love a good mooch through.   N said of the joss sticks “let’s […]

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Caribbean Christmas (7): Cops & Visions on The Beach

Well, we have been here a week now.   Time flies in paradise.   Today I considered we were acclimatised sufficiently to make it to the beach and we rocked up, as planned, at the Karakter Beach Bar & Lounge where we were welcomed kindly. We discovered the first ever beach bar I have liked.   Karakter is laid back.   It plays nice music which enhances the beach experience, a delicate call that one.   They serve great food and drinks.   They have lovely, smiley, can-do staff and lots of beautiful dogs who lie sleeping in the shade of the beach umbrellas. The wind […]

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Caribbean Christmas (6): Twitter and Tinned Butter

Mosquito solution found (of sorts): Two electric tennis rackets which you wave at the passing blighter and it eloctrocutes him. A particularly sadistic sort of revenge. We looked at these two killer bats in the apartment for several days before we worked out what they are for. Imagine the demonic she-devil laughter as another parasite is despatched and you have some idea of the celebrations here at the death of the beastie. We are also grateful for your tips from Marmite to garlic, both reminders, which we have put into play immediately.   We are also going to try something like Mosquito […]

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Caribbean Christmas (5): A Dining Find and A New Friend

Having a snoop around the SXM restaurant review websites, we come across one we haven’t tried before and rock up on a rainy Sunday night, in the middle of the New York Giants -v- Dallas Cowboys game, unbeknownst to us.   The Giants won, which seemed to please everyone who cared in the bar. The restaurant of our choice was Bonita’s Cantina, on the site of the old Ric’s Place.   Ric is still around apparently but he is the previous owner but one.   The current owners who only opened a scant two months ago are Bonnie & Bryan.   We went for […]

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