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jazzgal
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Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report
      #1715368 - 12/05/16 09:33 PM (200.7.54.14)

I'm breaking my third week into two parts as there will be too many pictures to put it all into one report.

Wednesday, November 30

The doctorís office was next door to the Platinum Club, right down the street from our condo. I was the second person in line and was able to see the doctor quickly. Diagnosis: upper-tract respiratory infection. I picked up some antibiotics and went to breakfast at Rendez-Vous while my friend golfed.

We then headed to Parotte Ville (this is the correct spelling) for what, for me, is the highlight of the trip so far. The owner, George Parotte, is passionate about his birds and is eager to tell you about them. He has over 100 birds in his sanctuary, and they are beautiful creatures.





This is a baby that hasnít come out of the nest yet.



George also told us about the multitude of medicinal plants he grows in the sanctuary.



We were given cups of bird seed, and the birds fly right up to you to eat out of your cup. I had birds on my head a couple of times



and on my shoulder.



George loves his birds, and the feeling seems to be reciprocal.




After spending time in the sanctuary, George took us to his museum, where he is accumulating artifacts from his family as he very much wants to preserve the history of the island. I just canít say enough about this place. It is very special, and George is a lovely and remarkable man. Parotte Ville is an SXM treasure. Go if you possibly can!

We then headed to Sunset Cafť for lunch. The food was good, and the setting is so peaceful.



After lunch we went to Tijon and said hello to John and Cyndi. I was delighted to see our own SXMNormís marvelous glass creations on sale. Norm is a gifted artist, in my opinion.




We eventually headed home and had dinner in.

Thursday, December 1

We had planned on a beach day but it was pouring rain. Knowing it could be sunny on the other side of the island, we headed toward Orient, this time via Philipsburg. En route, we stopped to look at the Kokomo area as my friend hadnít seen that before. More development (condos) since I was there last. We both wanted items from the Shipwreck Shop so stopped at Divi; I wanted a couple of SXM calendars and my friend wanted a Kaprowski map. (Turns out hers is more current than mine and shows the causeway.) We walked around Divi a little, and I got really homesick. We toyed with the idea of just staying there for a beach day but decided to stick with the original plan.

We looked in on Luizís new digs. He has some very nice fabrics in colorful florals for swim suits. He is also now selling cover-ups, pareos, sun dresses, etc., in beautifully hand-painted fabrics, that he has sewn. He really has some gorgeous things, but we were able to resist his somewhat high-pressure sales tactics.

I hadnít yet been to Palm Beach so we had a truly delicious lunch there. I had red snapper tartare with pineapple and basil risotto,



and my friend had red snapper baked in salt. It was interesting watching the waitress peel off the salt crust before plating the fish. After lunch we went on the beach for a little while, where there was a good amount of seaweed. It was exceptionally windy, and the sky was black. We felt some rain drops so left our chairs for a cabana. Turns out the rain blew over Palm Beach; but while we were there, I saw a video on Facebook of everyone crowded into the covered area at Dreams as it was raining hard there. The service at Palm Beach was exceptional.

Traffic heading back to Maho from Orient/Grand Case at rush hour has been a breeze the last couple of days. Heading the other direction, however, was a different story Ė bumper to bumper. Iím glad we werenít heading that direction.

The sunset tonight was one of the most perfect Iíve ever seen. I thought there would be a green flash but, alas, it was not to be.



I find that after driving to and from the opposite end of the island, I really donít want to drive very far for dinner. We tried Moomba, and it was good; we both had mushroom risotto with prawns. The service was delightful and friendly.



As Iím finishing this dayís report, it is POURING rain. Doesnít look as though tomorrow will be a beach day.

Friday, December 2

How the weather changes! While my friend golfed, I went to Simpson Bay to see if I could get my nails done without having an appointment. No luck on the first two tries, but Georgianaís was able to take me right away. I then went to Vesna Taverna for breakfast and had a Norwegian omelette. Service was extremely friendly. Iíve never been to Endless Summer so walked there to see what they had and came away with a new swim suit.

Back to the condo to pick up my friend, and we went to Cupecoy. There was hardly any sand at the Ocean Pointe end, and Dany would have had to set our chairs up on the rocks. That wasnít what we wanted so I dropped my friend at Mullet and went to the condoís pool for the afternoon. It was wonderfully quiet and peaceful; this was my only company.



While we were getting ready for dinner, the power went out. I assume due to a generator, it came right back on at our condo. However, as we got on the road for dinner, it was clear the outage was widespread. It was pretty eerie driving when it was so dark out. Our destination was Sale and Pepe which was cooking even though there were only candles on the table. We read the menu by flashlight and ate by candlelight. I had lamb chops, which were very good.



Just as we were leaving, power came back on. We next went to Byblos for baklava dessert and were treated to a belly dance or two. I also wanted to say hello to Carter Glass, former owner of Turquoise Shell Inn where Iíve stayed several times; he helps out at Byblos.

Saturday, December 3

We hadnít yet been to Marigot market, where I made a few deposits. I also tried to find Francois, who had the vendor stall next to Luiz before the new construction at Orient Beach; no success. Our beach of choice for the day was Friarís Bay. Iíve read about the ďotherĒ entrance which brings you right in to Friarís Bay Beach Cafť but had never found it before. I reviewed the Kaprowski map and also had a little help from a nice local who gave excellent directions and found it! What a horrid road getting there, but it was so convenient to be right at the Cafť when you finally came to the end of the road.

I have always thought the food at Friarís Bay Beach Cafť was excellent, and today was no different. I had the special of beef kebobs. After lunch we spent several hours on the beach and in the water. This is just a gorgeous beach, and I think it is one of my favorites; the weather was perfect. A great beach day. Traffic both to and from the beach was surprisingly light.



Not wanting to drive very far for dinner, we returned to Escape; the food was every bit as good as it was our first time. I had the sriracha shrimp preceded by a butternut soup.



The evening ended on a bit of a sour note as it took at least half an hour to get our check and cash out. Prior to that, the service was good.

Sunday, December 4

Our time on the island is starting to get short, and I want as many beach days as possible in the time we have left. When we had lunch at Sunset Cafť, we remarked that Le Petite Plage would be a nice place to spend a day as the water looked so calm. So thatís where we headed. Weíre noticing that the traffic, at least from Maho to the French beaches, is very light on weekends.

This was another perfect beach and perfect beach day.



I had a very French, very fattening lunch: grilled ham and cheese sandwich with French fries. Yummy. The water was wonderful, and we stayed at the beach until after 5 PM.

Again deciding to stay close to home for dinner, we tried Blue Fin for dinner. It was very good. While I donít usually like Caribbean lobster, the lobster and shrimp salad with mangoes was quite tasty. Our server was darling and attentive.



We have only three full days left this trip and are going to try to be at the beach as much as possible. I fear the final report will be pretty boring: beach, eat, sleep, repeat.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715372 - 12/05/16 10:02 PM (148.74.249.46)

I was so excited to see you post your 3rd week trip report even though I know it means your trip is winding down. Sorry for that but again glad to be able to read all about your adventures and view your photos.

Was your French ham & cheese a croque monsieur? I love them and don't see all that many places on the island offering them?

David had the sriracha shrimp at Escape and loved it. We haven't been to Friar's in at least our last 19 visits so promised friends who love it there to go with them next year.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation, Linda.


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jazzgal
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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: fabila]
      #1715374 - 12/05/16 10:09 PM (200.7.54.14)

They didn't call it a croque monsieur so not certain. The menu just said "grilled cheese sandwich," and then the description mentioned the ham.

Friar's is probably in my top four beaches - Anse Marcel, Divi, Le Petite Plage being the others in that group.

Thank you for your nice comments.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715377 - 12/05/16 10:59 PM (75.133.113.202)

As always, this recent post on your trip is excellent.! Thank you!!

And as an after thought - enjoy your last few days on the Island with no pressure to spend your last hours doing trip reports - but - do share them once you're safely home again, please!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715378 - 12/05/16 11:28 PM (174.116.44.201)

Love reading about your trip. The pictures are great and the food sounds delicious! Enjoy your last few days!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715382 - 12/06/16 06:20 AM (98.29.235.208)

Wonderful report Jazzgal!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715383 - 12/06/16 06:26 AM (24.209.195.61)

Thanks for another great report, complete with pictures.

Escape seems to be getting good marks.

I take it Carter is completely out of Turquoise Shell now?

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jazzgal
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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1715385 - 12/06/16 06:47 AM (200.7.54.14)

Yes. He said he wouldn't be pursuing any other business ventures.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715386 - 12/06/16 06:50 AM (24.209.195.61)

Thanks. While I have never stayed at Turquoise Shell, I have referred a lot of people there and talked to Carter many times.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715388 - 12/06/16 07:58 AM (162.245.173.204)

Where is Le Petite Plage located? Don't believe we have ever been to that beach, it looks nice.
Enjoyed your reports.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715389 - 12/06/16 08:15 AM (174.228.136.212)

Thanks so much for the report and the pictures!! Our trip to Parotte Ville in June was also one of the highlights of our trip. I am surprised that George was there, as he was not when we were there, or the other reports I have seen. Was it busy when you were there? I wonder if he had to let the other young man go, who was there when we were there. He was also a delightful person to talk to.

Enjoy your final few days!!


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jazzgal
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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: madisoncty]
      #1715393 - 12/06/16 08:22 AM (200.7.54.14)

Quote:

madisoncty said:
Where is Le Petite Plage located? Don't believe we have ever been to that beach, it looks nice.
Enjoyed your reports.




It's the small beach in front of Grand Case Beach Club. Heavenly!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1715394 - 12/06/16 08:25 AM (200.7.54.14)

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Carol_Hill said: Was it busy when you were there? I wonder if he had to let the other young man go, who was there when we were there. He was also a delightful person to talk to.




It was not busy - we were the only two people there.

He mentioned that he had a helper (who I think was working on the garden) who hadn't shown up for work that morning. I don't know if that's the same one you are referring to or not.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715395 - 12/06/16 08:32 AM (107.192.121.136)

Great pics and reporting, Linda. It's always amazing how fast our time passes on SXM. Whatever happens to "Island Time" when you REALLY want it. Thanks for the nice words also.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715396 - 12/06/16 08:36 AM (162.245.173.204)

Thanks! Have not ever been to GCBC, have to check that out

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715403 - 12/06/16 09:24 AM (47.192.9.53)

I fear that Parrot Ville may not survive, as it never seems to be busy. Probably the only way for him to survive is to get the cruise ship business, which he may not have the stomach for. I don't remember the other fellow's name now, but he used to work as a salesman for Caravanseri. He wasn't a gardener, but handled the tours.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1715415 - 12/06/16 10:38 AM (69.141.55.60)

Once again, thoroughly enjoyed your report! You should visit SXM more often just so I can read your reports!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715420 - 12/06/16 10:48 AM (108.28.255.185)

Thank so much for sharing! Those food pictures are drool worthy.

I hope the bird place survives until next year....we hadn't even heard of it! Other than word of mouth, there doesn't seem to be advertising?
We really want to go.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715421 - 12/06/16 11:51 AM (108.16.134.103)

Loving your reports - George sounds like quite a guy!

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715422 - 12/06/16 12:34 PM (24.18.33.109)

My wife had the Lobster/mango salad last May at Blue Fin. Still talks about it. When she had it it was all lobster for 16.00. Was the lobster/shrimp combo the only way to have it now and at how much? I had the fish combo of lion fish, snapper and mahi mahi. If I got it again I would have them do all lion fish. They said they would do that if it was requested.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715430 - 12/06/16 02:43 PM (24.46.38.63)

Love your reports!!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!


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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1715447 - 12/06/16 04:50 PM (200.7.55.75)

Scubaman - I didn't ask if there was any other way to have the salad so don't know the answer to your question. I want to say the salad was $13 but am not positive.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715451 - 12/06/16 05:05 PM (69.115.6.203)

Great reports, beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing...

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715453 - 12/06/16 05:24 PM (99.227.169.5)

thanks for all your reports-love the food pics & descriptions

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: moxie]
      #1715455 - 12/06/16 05:34 PM (47.200.198.230)

I do enjoy reading your reports and looking at the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1715487 - 12/06/16 09:56 PM (72.190.210.18)

The gentleman who showed us through Parrot Ville was called Valentine.

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: jazzgal]
      #1715492 - 12/06/16 10:27 PM (96.23.104.102)

I had the lobster and shrimps salad last week and it was $21 !Big salad and very tasty !

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Re: Week 3, #1: November 30 - December 4 Trip Report [Re: DonLinda]
      #1715511 - 12/07/16 08:15 AM (174.228.138.84)

Thanks. I'm pretty sure that was the same fellow with us. Nice fellow.

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