Hazy Days in St. Martin

21 01 2011

It was almost painful dragging ourselves out of bed at sunrise to watch us dock at Philipsburg, the Dutch capital in St. Martin.  Don’t they know that the rum punch flows too easily in St. Thomas and we all need a day at sea to recover before getting into the next port?

Well we did it.  We woke up at sunrise, took some photos of our arrival and headed into town early.  I have to say though, I wasn’t that impressed…It could be because it was hazy out, or possibly because we were moving a little slower than normal.   Since this island has both a Dutch side and a French side, we made it our goal to experience both sides.

We bypassed the crowd heading to Orient Beach (the clothing optional beach on the French side – most people looked like they were spectators instead of participants) and headed to Marigot, the French capital.

First things first, we headed to a cafe for some croissants and chocolate eclairs.  And then I found a patisserie that sold all different flavours of french macaroons…..I love them and bought a box to take back to the ship with me (to my misfortune since I wasn’t allowed to bring them onto the ship and had to gobble them down in the security line).  We didn’t spend very much time in Marigot but long enough to realize that bread is very important.  Everyone was buying baguettes and I couldn’t help but think about the movie Ratatouille and the fact that you can tell good bread by the ‘ccccrrruuunnnnchhhhhhh’ sound it makes.

A quick walk around the old courthouse and the Boardwalk on the Dutch side and we headed back to the ship and settled in for the next two days at sea.

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1 02 2011
טיולים

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2 02 2011
tracilee

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