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We made it!! #240970
11/29/2020 06:09 PM
11/29/2020 06:09 PM
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Brookfield, CT.
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SXM - November in the year of COVID-19

So! It took a lot of changes in plans and reservations, being here is the fifth set of changes this year, but finally, here we are at BSV, SXM and it was well worth the effort. BSV just NEVER disappoints!

We had perfect flights on AA. Flew HPN (regional airport half hour from home....) to CLT and into SXM. Flights, both of them, were about half full and on time and the good news, we cleared PJIA in record time. Met Lesley in the parking lot and we were off in a heartbeat to our home for the next two weeks.

Unpacked and got squared away in our room and while we meant to make it out to the pool, we were so exhausted we ended up doing nap time and then dinner in, thanks to the pre-provisioning from Jeannie at Shopndrop. Perfect as always! I can’t say that most would consider roast beef grinders on fresh baguette among the gourmet meals they came to the island for, but it worked for us. Early to bed to let the new day begin.

Sunday: fresh brewed coffee and warmed pastries on the porch with a view of Saba and two cruise ships off to the sea. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

We went out to the pool deck for a bit and met some new faces but old timers to BSV and SXM - Sarah and her family from MI but sadly, their time is done and they’re heading home today. They were a family of three and part of a group who also had major issues with testing and approvals.

We took a short ride and ended up at Fat Tony’s for lunch. Nothing special but good and easy and inexpensive by island standards. We also took a ride up the Towers driveway as far as we were able to go before the security guard stopped us. He was very nice and just like all the owners, he’s heart-broken at the status of things there. He is one of only two Towers former staff still working, and understandably, he didn’t want to say too much for fear of there being only one left after he did. The power is still on but Manu units just wide open to the elements, missing both windows and sliders still.

Home again for nappy time on the porch and then it’s pina colada time! We thought about going out to dinner but just don’t feel like it. Again.....


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240971
11/29/2020 06:18 PM
11/29/2020 06:18 PM
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CT
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So happy you made it!! I'm sure after all the issues, you really needed an easy day today. Looking forward to enjoying your posts.

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240973
11/29/2020 06:25 PM
11/29/2020 06:25 PM
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Connecticut
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dance

Very happy for you both!!

Was waiting to hear ........

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240974
11/29/2020 06:37 PM
11/29/2020 06:37 PM
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Thanks for the update. Glad you made it. Very sad about The Towers.


J.D.
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240976
11/29/2020 06:49 PM
11/29/2020 06:49 PM
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Central Florida!
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Great to hear it is going swimmingly so far!!!

And the view for the day..

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Carol Hill
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240983
11/29/2020 07:48 PM
11/29/2020 07:48 PM
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So happy you made it back!


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Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240986
11/29/2020 08:45 PM
11/29/2020 08:45 PM
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Auburn, WA
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👍👏👌

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240990
11/29/2020 09:26 PM
11/29/2020 09:26 PM
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Long Island, NY
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Relax and Enjoy!


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Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240993
11/29/2020 09:49 PM
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Welcome back my Dear friends and do enjoy. Have to a drink lol.

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240994
11/29/2020 10:00 PM
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Brookfield, CT.
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Thank you all so very much for your comments and kind thoughts. We love SXM and have stayed in many different places here on the island over the past 48 years but none of them have offered us the peace of BSV. And that would even include our once beloved 709 unit at the Towers. Once again, kudos to the Mascarin family for running such a pleasant and enjoyable home away from home.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #240997
11/29/2020 10:23 PM
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Pat--Agreed. We have stayed at at least a couple dozen different places on SXM and none compares to the peace and serenity and comfort of BSV. Enjoy, my friend..


Carol Hill
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241006
11/30/2020 06:50 AM
11/30/2020 06:50 AM
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Westchester /NYC
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HEY HEY!! Welcome "home"!!! Glad the flights, check in-out process worked out!!! Time to get that blender going! Relax! Enjoy!!!


Sand Gravity, got to love it!
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241012
11/30/2020 07:36 AM
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It’s perfect here as it always is. And the blender has already been put to good use.....


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241033
11/30/2020 11:17 AM
11/30/2020 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by pat
Thank you all so very much for your comments and kind thoughts. We love SXM and have stayed in many different places here on the island over the past 48 years but none of them have offered us the peace of BSV. And that would even include our once beloved 709 unit at the Towers. Once again, kudos to the Mascarin family for running such a pleasant and enjoyable home away from home.


Can I say I told you so? groovin So many of us have the same thoughts.

I'm picturing you sitting at the computer, composing a report, as a crazy neighbor
opens your door and almost walks in!! jester

Enjoy!!!!

Re: We made it!! [Re: MamaB] #241036
11/30/2020 11:43 AM
11/30/2020 11:43 AM
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Central Florida!
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A couple more miscellaneous pics from Pat..

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Raking the (small amount of) seaweed

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Perfect Pina Coladas

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Sunrise today

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Carol Hill
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241039
11/30/2020 12:02 PM
11/30/2020 12:02 PM
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Yonkers, NY
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Good to hear you and John made it and are at our beloved BSV. Have a great time.

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241043
11/30/2020 01:01 PM
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Beautiful pictures!

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241147
12/01/2020 03:10 PM
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Lake Orion, MI
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We're right down the beach from you Pat, in unit 3. Yes..we made it with a few hours to spare before our flight. My wife got approved about noon Sunday and it took multiple tries to get my approval. I was about ready to give up on our Monday 6am flight and then I got yet another response to my many applications. I was greatly relieved to see the green header versus the red denial one. The process has truly been worth it. Absolutely beautiful weather. I think the multiple emails I sent to the address on the portal did the trick. Thanks to those that posted the info, saved our vacation!

Last edited by gomer36; 12/01/2020 03:10 PM.

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Re: We made it!! [Re: gomer36] #241151
12/01/2020 04:01 PM
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gomer--Great!! Good for you! Enjoy!

Please tell us more about your trip when you can.


Carol Hill
Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241153
12/01/2020 04:50 PM
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Conway, SC 29526
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Is the airport busy?

Re: We made it!! [Re: Carol_Hill] #241157
12/01/2020 05:00 PM
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Is the airport busy?

Re: We made it!! [Re: pat] #241158
12/01/2020 05:18 PM
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Brookfield, CT.
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We flew from our regional airport which is almost always easy but went through CLT which I’ve always found to be very crowded and busy. Not the case this trip and both our flights were maybe half full. Easy peazy as was PJIA. In and out in no time at all.


Respectfully,

pat



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