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  • Izzy's Avatar
    05-06-2020, 08:29 AM
    Google transkation of Q and A article and an additional related piece of information from Le Journal "NO REOPENING CAN BE CONSIDERED BEFORE WE CAN TEST THE ENTRANTS" by Valentine Autruffe 05/06/2020 Nils Dufau, president of the Tourism Committee and vice-president of the Collectivity, did not have time to rejoice at the dazzling economic return of Saint Barth. Barely the Irma page turned, the coronavirus has showered the 2020 season. Two questions occupy it full time today: how to reopen the borders while minimizing the Covid-19 risk as much as possible? When will tourists be ready to return? The Tourism Observatory report shows that before the whole world was paralyzed by a virus, Saint Barth had overcome the Irma page ... This report is interesting because it is a summary...
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  • EddyG's Avatar
    04-25-2020, 07:35 PM
    Lil'Rock is open everyday for take-out 7 days a week. Carib to go is only 3 and a bottle of rose' is 20. The weekend BQ is 20 per kg. Carib goes well on the beach.
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  • didier's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 11:50 AM
    I have heard through the island grapevine that the gendarmes drove around the island and when they went by cantina and saw so many people in the restaurant and in the street, they decided to enforce the french laws from mainland france. the gendarmes did not think it was wise to close cantina last night as the crowd there was so big, they thought it wiser to wait until today to inform them that they are closed. so all the restaurants got punished for one restaurants mistake. You cannot control people and restaurants should not have to be enforcers, they should only have to make sure the place is clean and serve food, my opinion. I do think restaurants should have to limit how many people are in their restaurants, after that its up to the people. hopefully Mr. Magras will...
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  • didier's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 11:06 AM
    looks like close to 100 people showed up to stop the concrete trucks from pouring concrete walls. the residents want the traditional walls built back to save their history. thank you Helene Bernier, you organized this and it worked . The group called Mr. Magras but he refused to come out but said he would meet with 3 or 4 persons in his office regarding this matter.
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  • EddyG's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 07:56 PM
    I had no idea how long it would be before St. Barth was open and I was very lucky to have been able to see a lot of happy people this week. It was worth the wait. In no special order, here are some photos from this week.
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  • JEK's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 10:13 AM
    In August 1976, 44 years ago, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch adapted a gyroscope camera to fit on the front of a Ferrari 275 GTB, and asked a friend, a professional Formula 1 driver, to make an early morning drive through the heart of Paris as quickly as possible - the entire journey would be filmed. The driver was told the trip should last about 10 minutes with the route would go from Porte Dauphine through the Louvre to the SacreCoeur basilica. Lelouch did not get permission to close any streets on the dangerous journey. The driver actually completed the circuit in less than 9 minutes, reaching up to 260 kph at times. The film shows him passing red lights, dodging pedestrians, scaring off pigeons, and driving down one-way streets at dawn. Claude Lelouch was arrested soon after...
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    05-02-2020, 12:01 AM
    In these days of "not much going on", I thought that another memory of "the old days" might be welcome. I don't know when exactly this occurred. I wrote this piece for my personal memories, and never intended to share it. Based on the file date, it was at least 7 years ago, and based on the text, probably 14 years or more ago. I doubt that I ever shared it here, although I may have made references to the Gate 10 sign, so this is another of my personal St Barth memories to share with you all. Gate 10 is a key piece of many fond memories of Sint Maarten and St Barth for me. I still have the sign, and I treasure it. The main air-travel gateway to St Barth is Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), commonly known by the airport code of SXM. PJIA is located on the...
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  • Divabella's Avatar
    05-16-2020, 05:13 PM
    Hello Everyone! We are happy to be planning our return to St Barth's for February 2021. We live in NY and have had 3 vacations get cancelled for 2020 (Cayman's w my mom, Anguilla - we should be leaving tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary, and Capri / Amalfi Coast. All will get rebooked for sometime 2021 - hopefully). We had already planned on returning to St Barth's February 2021 and had started to get the ball rolling just before the virus hit here hard. We had wanted to do 8 nights as the normal arrival day of Saturday would be my birthday. We would like to arrive the day before (Friday). We haven't booked our villa accommodations yet (waiting for things to calm down here and find out the entry requirements to the island, but I need to something to look forward to so I wanted to...
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  • EddyG's Avatar
    05-07-2020, 08:27 PM
    David Wegman arrived in March for a few weeks and is still in St. Barth. He has been working in his studio creating artworks that are shown here. Next will be back with this art to Key West and from there .... He is planning an art show in Key West next Feb. with a book on the artwork.
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  • cstanto's Avatar
    05-06-2020, 02:43 PM
    Quick question. We have recently remodeled our office and want to print a large acrylic photo of a picture of either Goveneur or Gustavia. Picture around 40" x 60". We are looking to get a great high definition photo that we can use. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find and get this photo?
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    05-01-2020, 10:18 AM
    Le Journal de Saint-Barth is reporting that St Barth has been given permission to lift the lockdown as of May 11, and to reopen internally. Restaurants and bars will be permitted to open, but no details were mentioned as to any social distancing might still be required. The border remains closed, and restrictions on flights will continue.
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  • didier's Avatar
    04-29-2020, 12:53 PM
    Greenland, Yemen, the caribbean islands of Anguilla, St. barths & St. Lucia , all have had reported cases that are now recovered. there are also 34 countries/territories that have yet to report a single case of this virus. I am looking forward to the re opening of this island, not the borders yet of course, but more normal for the residents on the island. I am hoping for maya's to go, opening soon.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    05-10-2020, 02:44 AM
    In these days of "not much going on", here's another memory which isn't actually that old. Enjoy! If there is a “traditional” drink in SBH it would have to be ‘Ti Punch. ‘Ti Punch, pronounced Tee Poonch, which is short for Petite Punch. It is a drink that is found on all of the French Caribbean islands. ‘Ti Punch has three ingredients, Rhum (Rum in English), Cane Syrup, and Lime. The most important of these is the Rhum. It must be made using Rhum Agricole, literally Agricultural Rum, a variety of Rhum made on Guadeloupe and Martinique. There are many good distillers and brands – I prefer Rhum J.M (no second “.”), but at home I use Clement VSOP. On the island, I use whatever the bartender is pouring. The difference between Rhum Agricole and the more familiar rums which...
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  • EddyG's Avatar
    04-24-2020, 09:51 PM
    Here's a link to a 1989 video of St. Barth about 4 minutes long. It's well done.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    05-04-2020, 12:07 AM
    As of a few days ago, St Barth has been authorized to lift the lockdown and reopen businesses as of Monday, May 11, including restaurants and bars. I have seen no details on what changes restaurants may be required to make. I'm sure that the next week will be busy adapting to whatever those changes are, as well as preparing to reopen after what has been pretty much the same as a seasonal shutdown. There is staff to rehire, cleaning to be done, vendors to reach out to for product, etc., etc., etc. If seating should be more limited than before, reservations are even more suggested. There may be very few visitors on the island, but getting a table may still be a challenge. You can find phone numbers for most restaurants at...
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    04-25-2020, 07:01 PM
    There haven't been a lot of new posts lately, for obvious reasons. Today's port call of the French Helicopter Carrier La Dixmude reminded me of a US Navy port call from many years ago, so I thought that I would write a few word about that. In the early 90’s I was renting a villa in Colombier with a group of friends. It was a great 3-bedroom villa, high on a bluff over Corossol, with a beautiful sunset view, a view into Gustavia, and a view down onto the cruise ship anchorage outside of the port. We rented it for several Thanksgivings, until it was pulled from the rental market. On one morning of the trip I had an errand at the airport. I don’t remember what the reason was - possibly a flight to reconfirm, a rental car issue, or perhaps the pursuit of a bottle of Grand...
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  • phil62's Avatar
    05-16-2020, 10:04 PM
    Wonderful dinner with Rosita and Jean-Paul. The food was great, and the company was even greater.
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  • andynap's Avatar
    05-21-2020, 07:15 AM
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  • ccg's Avatar
    05-02-2020, 10:15 AM
    When you work from for 2 months. Pleased to introduce Blu C
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  • 24loar's Avatar
    05-04-2020, 09:49 AM
    Looking at the webcam display of the airport for the last few days I have noticed the 'woody woodpecker' jackhammer literally tearing up the tarmac where normally the planes sit between flights. Busting up rocks is a fine old St Barths tradition, I know, but it usually occurs near the villa where we are staying, wherever that may be. As I am several thousand miles away, I would like to know who gave permission for this destructive behavior, and what will it accomplish?
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  • andynap's Avatar
    05-11-2020, 07:34 AM
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  • phil62's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 05:50 PM
    I just heard from David at Sante Fe.. Apparently, the Prefet has signed the papers, and restaurants may open, again. His opening now is Thursday. Fingers crossed. Phil
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  • didier's Avatar
    05-10-2020, 04:41 PM
    we have been confined for 23 hours a day, every day for forty some days now. Freedom from this confinement will begin tomorrow. 12:01 am getting in car, putting top down driving around entire island, then back home for a nice glass of champagne. 7:01 going for a 2 hour walk/hike then swim will make lunch at home as I am not sure what will be open yet. later in the day, another drive around the island, then perhaps dinner out somewhere.
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  • llyn's Avatar
    05-08-2020, 12:55 PM
    Hello SBHers! I don't post very often, but our trees and shrubs are blossoming now and I took my island friend outside to enjoy the scenery. Late December 2017, George and I were fortunate to be on St. Barts and this bird greeted us in the lovely villa upon our arrival ... along with some other delectables. Anyone recognize the sweet birdie and care to guess from whom it was received? Pretty sure some of you will recognize it.
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  • Reed's Avatar
    05-11-2020, 08:27 PM
    So we had to go to Orange today to extend local cell phone service. Driving through St. Jean around 11:00 I was really surprised to see the number of shops open. As we headed into Gustavia I felt the same way. While certainly not taking the time to count the stores open it felt to me while passing by that maybe 70% of the shops between St. Jean and Gustavia were open. Not a lot of people wearing masks but a larger number than I expected of local folk out and about. I suspect that had a lot to do with it being the twice yearly "soldes" time period. Many people walking in and out of the shops. There was social distancing so some degree as potential purchasers waited to get into shops while awaiting the departure of other "bargain" seekers. It made for a nice vibe but felt to us like...
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  • Hawke's Avatar
    05-16-2020, 08:55 AM
    Hawke started a thread The Future. in Everything Else
    There are only two ways out of this dilemma as in past epidemics. Either a vaccine or herd immunity. Living in shelter will prolong this disease and destroy many businesses. The people with pre-existing conditions can decide on what is safe for them and the rest of society can live with whatever conditions people in power place on them or live as free people. Wear a mask where it is required; however if you are walking or running outside I don't think it makes any sense. Avoid other people when you get near to them. A simple safety issue is walking into traffic not with your back to traffic. Many people don't even know or follow this simple safety rule.
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  • Hawke's Avatar
    04-30-2020, 08:46 AM
    Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, Groucho Marx. Humor has many forms. It shouldn't be taken too seriously.
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 10:57 AM
    This article from Today's Le Journal de Saint-Barth ( ) talks about 14-day arrival quarantines (La Quatorzaine in French, translated to fortnight by Google), recent arrivals, and possible future testing of arrivals to the island. While there may not be answers, it's interesting to read. Translation by Google Translate: The fortnight upon arrival raises questions, future incoming screening tests too Since March 23, 300 travelers have arrived on the island by air, and twenty-one boats at anchor in Gustavia. No cases were obviously imported among these entrants. Yet at the fortnight, Saint-Barth chose moderation, unlike most overseas territories. This measure cannot last forever. Authorities are working on the border testing protocol. ...
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