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  • sixweeks's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 07:04 PM
    Pianist and composer Charles Darden......tinkling the ivories at the Guanahani back in 1997, leading stellar performances of La Chorale De Bons Choeurs, and serving as Music Director of the Anglican Church. He had so many talents. A great loss with his passing in 2013.
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  • lvbookworm's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:58 PM
    Woodr35 - thank you so much for your input. One of the reviews I read (perhaps it was yours?) mentioned being able to hear the surf, and I was surprised that it would be possible. Hearing the waves is always an added bonus but, as you mentioned, could easily be a double-edged sword with construction noise. We're very excited about our decision!
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  • lvbookworm's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:51 PM
    We stayed in Villa Petite St Louis just up the street from La Saintoise, and although we never ate there it always smelled great driving by. Technically there are a couple of chairs and/or barstools where you can sit to have a cold beverage while you wait, but it's definitely not an eat-in sort of place.
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  • dadto6's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:21 PM
    Bill, thank you for sharing your lunch with us today. Any pictures you can share? Mango is a favorite of mine as well. The chicken salad is also very nice.
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  • cassidain's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:20 PM
    to which of the Domaines Ott wines are you referring ?
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:09 PM
    Luke wasn’t there yesterday so we missed him. He was on holiday in Antigua.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 06:08 PM
    The long timers all know this. We have purchased wine from various places on the island- wine stores, Marche U, other stores that carry wine and spirits and we have found the best selections and best prices are at La Cave de Port Franc. Today we purchased a 6 pack of Domaine de Ott- 27 Euros a bottle and they will discount off of that if you ask. They supply most everybody else on the island as we understand it. Note- Mango menu price for Ott is 90 Euros which is not very different from other restaurants that offer it on the island. We asked who their biggest OTT customers are and they told us #1, #2and #3. Take a guess and I will share in a future post on this thread. We wanted Magnums but the restaurants have a deal with the store and Ott winery that magnums can only be sold to the...
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:57 PM
    The tangerine colored cushions are there but the hats, shorts etc are gone . White shirts with a hint of tangerine. The amuse bouche was wonderful- smoked onion and a little piece of raw fish in a tiny glass which you could pick up and drink. we started with a parmesan encrusted rice rolls with smoked parma thin sliced ham. Then I enjoyed a caesar with giant Argentinian prawns. The lettuce was all hearts and the crevetttes were seasoned perfectly. My wife the lobster salad which disappeared quickly. Dessery was a lemon meringue tart which our spoons vied for. Claudi gave us great service with our feet in the sand. Remember to reserve in advance and arrive by 12:30 if you want a good seaside table in the shade. The tables are first come first served.
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  • Dennis's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:51 PM
    It is an truly lux way to spend the day. Worth every euro.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:47 PM
    I can’t remember what was there. Understand about local- the orchids have ‘legs’ - long lasting.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:42 PM
    Varda is the name of the owner. The shop has a selection of very unusual items displayed wuite creatively. It is located across from is it Kalina and Tainos the name? same street as Laurent Effel. We were taken by his creation of orchids and other fresh flowers in beautiful vases at reasonable prices for the island. If you are staying on the island for a week or so, you might want to stop by to put a little color in your villa or hotel room. Across the street while we were in the store, 4 gendarmes were investigating an illegally parked car which everybody was having to drive around. Either a 135 Euro ticket, a tow or both we guess was in the future.
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  • NancySC's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:30 PM
    I think Varda has been profiled in the glossy mags a few years ago, his rather spectacular & pricey flower displays at weddings & receptions, can't imagine the # euros. Wondering what was at this location previously ? I love fresh flowers, while on the island I'd rather have local blooms, a hibiscus for the day or ?
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 05:17 PM
    Varda is the name of the owner. The shop has a selection of very unusual items displayed wuite creatively. It is located across from is it Kalina and Tainos the name? same street as Laurent Effel. We were taken by his creation of orchids and other fresh flowers in beautiful vases at reasonable prices for the island. If you are staying on the island for a week or so, you might want to stop by to put a little color in your villa or hotel room. Across the street while we were in the store, 4 gendarmes were investigating an illegally parked car which everybody was having to drive around. Either a 135 Euro ticket, a tow or both we guess was in the future.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:58 PM
    While waiting for the shuttle at Toiny yesterday (Sunday) to go down to the beach for a noon lunch reservation, we observed numerous cars of people wanting to dine down below, politely turned away. When one couple asked, what about tomorrow (today) it was ‘sorry- we are fully booked and we are not sure about Tuesday availability either. The lesson here is book your beach lunch reservations well in advance in high season, even during the week.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:56 PM
    Well played...everything sounds great
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:53 PM
    We have reserved chairs with lunch. They bring you a an ice bucket of cold bottles of water, towels, chaises- towel covered and an umbrella.
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  • didier's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:50 PM
    Sir Paul
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:44 PM
    To continue- my wife had scallops on a bed of watermelon coulis- outstanding she said.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:42 PM
    We are keeping everything anonymous in terms of names of shops and people. Today we were in one of our favorite jewelry stores in Gustavia. We have known the proprietors a long time. They told us earlier this year Sir ‘What’s His Name’ was in and with his wife chose about $15,000 Euros of jewelry to purchase. They said he gave his credit card which was from Coutts Bank in London. The card was denied. They told us he called his bank very upset about the denial. The bank told him that he had instructed them to deny any charges above a 20,000 Euro limit. The bank went on to tell him that there was a charge yesterday at the 20,000 Euro level at an establishment entitled Nikki Beach. He told the bank to remove the limit and approve the jewelry charge which was done. They told us he apologized...
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  • agenova's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:36 PM
    Another very good idea in that we do have a grill at the villa. Thanks!
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  • agenova's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:32 PM
    Thank you Kevin. As always, very helpful. We like Grain de Sel for lunch after a few hours at Saline but have never gone for dinner (although, some friends always go for dinner and swear by it). Will contemplate the options for next visit but will probably lean towards a few pizzas at the villa after a long day at Nikki. We stay in Columbier so perhaps we'll try La Saintoise or we can swing by L'Ardoise or Le Bouchon for pickup on way home from Nikki.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:30 PM
    We very much enjoyed shopping there each year but things change and life moves on.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:28 PM
    For us with the restaurants still there it remains a dining destination.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:27 PM
    Bob nailed the location on J’s Pizza. Agenova- as another idea for you, if you have a bbq, throw steaks, crevettes, fresh fish, hamburgers or whatever on it along with some thickly sliced fresh vegetables and enjoy the sunset whilst sipping your favorite Rose.
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:22 PM
    Snail mail doesn’t work to the island. Fed Ex works great! If I were there going to SBH, I would gladly help you out but we are in ZBH.
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  • rtfield's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:18 PM
    After reading several past threads on shipping items to St. Barth, I attempted to send a book to a friend on the island using USPS international mail. After nearly four months "in transit," the book was returned to me as undeliverable. I'm looking into different options, including FedEx and DHL, but thought it might be best to simply ask if anyone on this list is planning a trip soon and would not mind taking the book along. It's not a big book (6.5 x 9.5 inches, about 350 pages, 1.5 pounds according to Amazon). I'd much rather send it from one US address to another than face the risk, or the expense, of trying to send it to St. Barth again. If you're willing to help, please send me a private message or email me at russell.fielding@sewanee.edu. Merci, Russell
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  • dadto6's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:17 PM
    JPizza is on the left side just past turn to Petit cul de sac before you get to Le Toiny. Do not forget La Langouste for Sunday dinner. Of course, there is Francois Plantation for Sunday dinner.
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  • woodr35's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 04:01 PM
    A late response, but better than never..... we have stayed at Le Perchoir 7 times (that says a lot), the most recent November 2019. The view is spectacular. With regards to your questions 1) the "ack ack ack" machines are all over the island, so would just be resigned to hear some construction noise. Despite Perchoir being up high the surf can still be easily heard, especially at night, so construction noise will travel similarly if present. 2) Yes, you have the location correct 3) The pool is heated and generally runs between 28C and 30C, but the hot tub can be set to 38C 4) AC and screens are only in the bedroom, but the AC works great, and we've never missed AC in the living room/kitchen. We keep the sliders open pretty much at all times when we are at the villa (except closed at...
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  • Annabelle's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 01:20 PM
    Thanks, Tiffany! It looks just gorgeous, we can't wait to check it out.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    01-27-2020, 12:40 PM
    Five other possibilities for Sunday Night Takeout Pizza come to mind. One is Papa's Pizza, back behind the airport gas station in Les Mangliers. Another is La Bouchon, next to Marché U Express in Lorient. There is also La Saintoise, tucked away on a back street in Corossol. Also, L'Ardoise in the Villa Creole shops in St Jean. Lastly, there is JPizza, which I've never found, somewhere on the road between Petite Cul de Sac and Toiny. The only one which I've ordered from recently is Papa's Pizza, and it was fine. La Bouchon and L'Ardoise have seating. I don't recall if La Saintoise has seating. Papa's Pizza and JPizza are takeout-only. For Sunday Dinner, for me it would be Santa Fé (unless I had already been there for lunch that day), Tamarin, Repaire, or QG. I like all...
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