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blackmercedes
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: RonDon]
      #1725745 - 03/08/17 09:36 AM (24.165.213.119)

Remember the yellow airport? When you got off the plane on the tarmac and walked into the building where steel drums were being played. Picking up luggage in that hot, hot,old room. When leaving the island, having them open your luggage in front of everyone. Mine was always an overflowing MESS! Along with the countless wonderful places we always went to. And still do. It's tradition to go to the same places for some reason! Our best times were: Meeting our French young friends Silvana and Kelly, Dave's 50th bd party at Talouga Mango with some TTOL friends and musician, Flash Tropical, and picking up the thousands of beautiful pieces of sea glass on our secluded beach. SXM...Magical.

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islandlove
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: blackmercedes]
      #1725755 - 03/08/17 10:19 AM (199.231.28.240)

I remember our first time at Mullet bay in 1991 for our honeymoon. Greeted at with a drink at the first stop when you drive in. All the little houses on the golf course. Wonderful restaurants and casino on the property and I loved the little bus that drove you around the mullet grounds. The beach had excellent restaurants and fun crab racing, etc.... AND yes lets not forget that little airport!!!!!!! St Maarten is still my favorite place!

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pat
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725756 - 03/08/17 10:22 AM (75.133.113.202)

Other things that come to mind:

The incredible ribs at Zachary's
The oisseau at Bar de la Mer
The crab races at Mullet Beach
No Pelican timeshare - perhaps no timeshares at all......
Our first trip was a packaged trip and we didnt even have to claim luggage at the airport. It was delivered to our room at Mullet.
Dressing in formal wear EVERY night for dinner and casino time
Our first dinner at Antoine's and meeting the Captain and Madame
The first year we brought our girls and they brought their friends and the van we rented
Simpson Bay lagoon before it was built up - no Lee's or restaurant row like we have today
And one of our favorite memories after 1983 - driving past the outskirts of Marigot and checking to see if the goats (sheep?) were still climbing on and all over the row of derelict cars parked on the right.
The wonderful little restaurants you 'heard about' but had to struggle to find
No TVs, no telephones to speak of
And someone mentioned the open air front desk at Mullet - we were there the week it was built. We checked in at the inside office and checked out at the new open air reception desk all in the same trip
We were on the island and got to see some of the drawbridge being floated in place and likewise, when the causeway span was brought through the same bridge

So many wonderful memories of island days. Over a lot of years we have vacationed throughout the Caribbean on Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, Saba, St. John, St. Kitts, Vieques and the Bahamas and we've visited a lot of the other near islands via daytrips and island hopping as well, but I have to say, to this day - none of them has ever satisfied our wishlist the way St. Maarten - St. Martin has.

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pat



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RickandJulie
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725758 - 03/08/17 10:53 AM (45.46.105.149)

The two things I will always remember. The first time I stepped off the plane onto the tarmac at the old airport and the first trip to Orient Beach Club beach. I was sure I had died and gone to heaven.

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725761 - 03/08/17 11:18 AM (108.16.134.103)

When the whole upper end of Orient, above Pedro's, was nothing but pristine beach. No need for umbrellas - one could just lie on a blanket under the sea grapes.

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pat
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: Biturbo]
      #1725762 - 03/08/17 11:37 AM (75.133.113.202)

Pedro's? When did they build that? I remember his barrel BBQ on the beach when you had to tell him you wanted lunch early or he might sell out and you'd go hungry. Oh, yes - I remember it well.

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: Computerwise]
      #1725764 - 03/08/17 11:55 AM (24.46.4.164)

Forgot to add playing Vollyeball at Le Gallion, such a beautiful setting.. My dream is to buy the place and restore it back to what it was...

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pat
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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: Computerwise]
      #1725765 - 03/08/17 12:05 PM (75.133.113.202)

Cw,

Isn't it wonderful to both have the dreams and the memories as well? I consider myself to be incredibly fortunate in this. Just goes to show, there are definitely some benefits to getting just a little older!

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pat



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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: pat]
      #1725770 - 03/08/17 12:32 PM (24.46.4.164)

I agree Pat, I am so glad I had a friend whose father owned a house on Simpson bay and was invited to stay. It was just after New years 1981. Arrived at night on AA to a rain storm. Next morning it was raining so hard you could not see the water and the house was literally 25 feet from the water. Asked a neighbor how the weather had been and they said it had been raining like this since before Xmas. I'm thinking this is going to be an awful vacation. Sun came out in the afternoon and stayed that way for 10 days. Later that day. drove right onto the runway at the airport because my friends father owned his own plane and he just arrived from PR via NJ after 4 stops. Unloaded 30 bags of groceries from ShopRite, a food chain in the northeast US. LOL. he did it to save money..like I do now when I bring my cooler down..lol.lol.lol

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Re: Enough Doom and Gloom - Remember the Good Old Days [Re: Computerwise]
      #1725778 - 03/08/17 01:18 PM (47.192.9.53)

My understanding is that area is in the nature preserve, so no building allowed there now, except whatever the government does.

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