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Going home.... 12/12/20 #242311
12/12/2020 10:36 AM
12/12/2020 10:36 AM
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Brookfield, CT.
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Yes, it’s time and surprisingly enough, I’m ready.

As I gaze out in the ocean from my vantage point on our deck I’m seeing two large cruise ships and four mega yachts. Beyond the Holland America ship I have no clue who they are but they are BIG and I probably couldn’t (or wouldn’t want to if I could.....) afford the fuel never mind the boats and crews.

It’s been a very nice two weeks. Could it have been better? Maybe or maybe not. We really didn’t do anything but we saw a lot of friends we hadn’t seen in a while and that’s always special. And we saw some things we didn’t care for so very much - like all the empty and closed up shops in P’Berg and so much still unrepaired property on the French side. Sad to see when you know in your heart so many are still suffering from Irma and now hit with the effects of Covid on top of it.

But the people we encountered are still the same St. Maarteners we’ve come to know over so many years. A kind smile and a happy laugh when you take the time to engage them.

So am I happy we made the trip at this time? As long as we’re able to go home at least as healthy as we arrived here, I have no regrets in spending the time and energy to make this trip.

And now, on to our last breakfast and then airport time with hopefully, no surprises in store.

It’s been fun having you travel with us and I hope I didn’t bore you all to tears. But if I did, sorry about that but c’est la vie. 😊😊

Ps - we just went next door to El Zafiro for breakfast, and as promised, Erika made us French Toast in the old island way out of sliced baguette. Yummy if you like it and we sure do.......and that’s what I mean about how nice the people are if you take the time to engage them. We’ve asked for it everywhere and few, if any still make it that way but she actually offered to if we came back another day. So we did. She did. And it was very good!!

Last edited by pat; 12/12/2020 10:50 AM.

Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242313
12/12/2020 10:51 AM
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Not boring at all. Take care, safe travels!


Carol Hill
Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242314
12/12/2020 10:54 AM
12/12/2020 10:54 AM
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Thanks again for taking us along and safe travels back.


J.D.
Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242315
12/12/2020 10:59 AM
12/12/2020 10:59 AM
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I have really enjoyed your reports the past few weeks.

Safe Travels

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242317
12/12/2020 11:01 AM
12/12/2020 11:01 AM
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St Louis, MO
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Thanks for taking time to post your reports. Enjoyed them and look forward to our trip in six or so weeks. Love breakfast at el Zafiro. What a view. Safe trip home.


Next SXM visit - January/February 2022
Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242327
12/12/2020 11:51 AM
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Have a nce trip back home. Thank you guys for having visited SH.
Grazie e ciao

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242329
12/12/2020 12:10 PM
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CT
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Thank you so much, Pat. I've lived vicariously through your beautifully written reports. You educate and entertain us all.

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242336
12/12/2020 01:21 PM
12/12/2020 01:21 PM
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Long Island, NY
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I am sure your golden tans will really stand out against the white snow background. Coming our way Wednesday into Thursday.
Safe travels and thank you for, once again, taking us along on your trip!


Rick and Grace
Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242338
12/12/2020 01:51 PM
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Thanks Pat for sharing your adventures with us. It put a smile on my face each morning you were there.

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242348
12/12/2020 03:27 PM
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Hi Pat,

Thanks for sharing your trip - and it was anything but boring. We’re now rebooked for one week in February and can’t wait! We haven’t been to our island “home” since Nov. ‘19 and it feels like forever ago....

Safe travels,

Cathy

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242352
12/12/2020 03:54 PM
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Best wishes for a safe and uneventful trip home. I have enjoyed coming along with you on your trip, and extend sincere thanks for your taking the time to write your reports.


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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242359
12/12/2020 04:40 PM
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Safe trip and was a nice small ride back to Airport with you very good Folks . Happy Holidays .

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242364
12/12/2020 05:31 PM
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I have really enjoyed reading your daily reports, Pat. Thanks for taking the time to post about your wonderful adventures in beautiful SXM. Safe travels back, and wishing you and John the happiest of Holidays!


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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242383
12/12/2020 07:21 PM
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Thanks for the ride, Pat. Hope your return home was uneventful.

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242388
12/12/2020 08:34 PM
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Thank you for taking the time to share. Safe travels.
P.S. My wife wants to know if French Toast the old island way is sliced round or length wise?

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: pat] #242416
12/13/2020 01:00 AM
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Enjoyed every last word of every installment. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: Whale Tail] #242423
12/13/2020 06:49 AM
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We've had French Toast at Vesnas and it is sliced round.


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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: BillandElaine] #242529
12/14/2020 01:57 PM
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Zee Best in Simpson Bay also does the baguette French Toast. Just say a polite, "I'll pass" on the basket of baked goods. wink

And the Banana Almond French Toast is made with the almond croissants...OMG!


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: BeachKitten] #242532
12/14/2020 02:02 PM
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Don't remember who it was offhand, but someone here posted that Zee Best no longer passes the communal basket of baked goods, post Covid outbreak.


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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: Carol_Hill] #242536
12/14/2020 02:11 PM
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Re: Going home.... 12/12/20 [Re: Carol_Hill] #242540
12/14/2020 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Don't remember who it was offhand, but someone here posted that Zee Best no longer passes the communal basket of baked goods, post Covid outbreak.


That makes perfect sense! wink

I know his wife is doing baking classes online. They got the most gorgeous Christmas cookies by order as well.


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink

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