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Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 #164808
06/30/2018 12:28 PM
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Saturday, June 23

The day began with a visit to the Marigot Street Food Festival, comprised of multiple food booths as well as vendors selling goods. Ruby Bute had a table and I wanted to see her to purchase the canvas I fell in love with.

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There was also live music on a quite large stage.

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After wandering through the street fair, Cindi Frye, Ann Elliott, and I headed to le Bistro Nu for lunch. We shared an appetizer of Baked Camembert with cold meats and toasted baguette. My entrée was a salad of prosciutto, cheese, and mango. The food and service were both very good.

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We were eating outside, and it started raining heavily. There was a gap in the awning so we moved inside, where the dining room was quaint and cheery. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for the island, the rain stopped by the time we left.

Back to Divi to relax for awhile before dinner with Jeff Jhangiani at recently reopened le Piment. The place was hopping, and it was encouraging to see the good business they were doing. We shared a marvelous and beautifully presented goat cheese salad.

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We both love duck. Jeff had duck breast, and I had duck confit. The picture of my dinner didn’t turn out; this is Jeff’s.

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Sunday, June 24

I needed a beach day. Although it was very windy, I headed to Friar’s Bay Beach Café. Big mistake to go on a weekend as it was packed and service was pretty slow. There are a lot more rocks on the beach than pre-Irma, but the ocean is still beautiful.

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Monday, June 25

Today’s original plan was to take the ferry to Anguilla, but I just didn’t get an early enough start. The Hills had invited me to drop by to see Beachside Villas, so I took them up on that invitation. I can see why they like it so much; it’s really beautiful.

Still wanting to have a beach day, I drove through Grand Case and was going to give Rainbow an opportunity to provide good service; however, they appeared to be closed. I then drove by Grand Case Beach Club. There was a lot of repair activity going on, but I couldn’t see an easy way to get to the beach; there wouldn’t have been any services anyway. I’m feeling a little at loose ends as two of my four favorite beaches aren’t available at this time (Anse Marcel and Petite Plage), nor is Divi’s Infinity Pool. I do understand that in the grand scheme of things, these are minor issues compared to what the island’s residents are undergoing.

So Pinel won out. There was heavy equipment moving the seaweed around, but it didn’t do anything to improve the smell. I opted for Karibuni this time.

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I started with pork nems served on a bed of greens. OMG – the iguanas wanted that lettuce! I must have had eight of them circling my chair; some of them even had their front feet on my chair before I could swat them away. No pictures of that, but it was disgusting. Someone walking by commented that they were just like kittens. Hardly!

The terrific beach boy, Pech, constructed a wall around three sides of my lounger by putting other loungers on their sides. That kept the iguanas at bay somewhat while I had grilled shrimp. It was fairly windy on SXM today, but it was calm on Pinel. There was quite a traffic backup leaving Pinel, which gave me an opportunity to watch these cuties having some dinner.

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When I got back to Divi, my room key wouldn’t work. I made three trips to the front desk to get new key cards, none of which worked. Finally the reservations manager stepped in; after discovering that her master key also wouldn’t work, she determined the battery in the lock mechanism needed replacing. The weekly managers’ party had just started, so I hung out there while the entire lock mechanism was replaced, on island time, of course.

[u]Tuesday, June 26{/u]

Finally made it to Anguilla and Shoal Bay East. Words cannot describe how beautiful this beach is. Best beach day ever!

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I ate at Madeariman and had beef tartare; very good.

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There’s a new hotel since I was there last, the Manoah. It’s billed as a luxury boutique hotel, and I can’t find prices on their website . . . not a good sign. But it looks like a lovely place to stay.

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On the way back, I noticed a familiar blonde head seated at The Palms. I parked and joined Bill and Elaine and Ann and Steve for a drink. Ordered takeout and ate dinner on my deck to the sound of waves splashing against the shore.


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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164809
06/30/2018 12:42 PM
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Another great read - thank you for sharing your trip.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164811
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Linda loved your report felt as if I was there with you. Looking forward to hearing about the sail with Miriam and Pieter.

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164816
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So did you wave at LeBron James...on Anguilla?

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164819
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Love those duck breast pictures. Thanks.


"In a yellow El Camino, listening to Howlin' Wolf" - Lucinda
Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164822
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Lovely report. Anguilla looks amazing!


Robin & Ed

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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: DonLinda] #164826
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Originally Posted by DonLinda
So did you wave at LeBron James...on Anguilla?


lol...OMG, I know that house he is staying in. Have pictures of goats on the second floor when it was being built.


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164832
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Thanks so much for the report! We saw the huge stage being set up in Marigot when we went through, wasn't sure what was going to happen there. That street fair looked like there were a lot more vendors than the day we were there. That scene at Karibuni would have seriously grossed me out!! Little tiny iguanas that run away when we approach are fine, but surrounding me would seriously creep me out! Good to meet up with you finally this time, and glad you got the chance to see Beachside. Hope maybe you can find a travelmate to share it with some day!


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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164833
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Nice report, as always, thank you!

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164845
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You write excellent detailed and comprehensive trip reports. Thank you.

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: SXMNAN] #164846
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Originally Posted by SXMNAN
Looking forward to hearing about the sail with Miriam and Pieter.


Reported in my Week 2 report. See threads below. smile


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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164848
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Love your reports, Linda. Hope there's one more?

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164849
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Thanks for another great report and pictures.


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Thanks again Linda for all the good info and pictures.


Next SXM visit - January/February 2021
Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164869
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Great reports and photos thanks...you're a brave woman...if I even see small geckos I'm running...iguanas everywhere? I'd have been a screaming hot mess yikes yikes

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164870
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Thank you for your nice report!

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164874
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Holy crap! Glad we didn't eat on the beach then, or we may have had to contend with iguanas as well. As it was, Margarita the chicken was a french fry and lettuce hog! wink

Thanks for sharing.


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164895
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Great trip reports. We have enjoyed them all. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: Shelby2] #164930
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Originally Posted by Shelby2
Great reports and photos thanks...you're a brave woman...if I even see small geckos I'm running...iguanas everywhere? I'd have been a screaming hot mess yikes yikes


Well, I did yelp when an iguana under my chair bumped my butt. They may be harmless but I was a bit freaked out.


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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: jazzgal] #164934
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Thanks for sharing the details of your trip Linda. Glad you got to visit Beachside Villas. I have loved my stays there in the past and now with A/C in the living room it will be even more comfortable.



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Re: Week 3, June 23-30, 2018, Part 1 [Re: wendyk] #164935
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Originally Posted by wendyk
Love your reports, Linda. Hope there's one more?


Yes, just posted.


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