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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 09:42 PM
    Ribs at Rolande would be our choice!
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 09:41 PM
    Sounds like a wonderful addition to the island!
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  • stbartshopper's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 09:40 PM
    Thank you Ellen for the breakfast tip!
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 08:19 PM
    I also flew PanAm into SXM, but that was out of JFK. Back in the day, you might be in the line for immigration at SXM, and see the heels of a Flight Attendant disappearing through the baggage conveyor door/hatch. And then again a bit later, coming the other way with an armful of Duty Free alcohol.
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  • debd's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 06:17 PM
    Eastern Airlines. The shuttle. The terminal. The uniforms. Had no idea they flew the BOS-SXM route. Wow.
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  • cec1's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 02:46 PM
    Aaaahhh! The Civilized Explorer — Phil Stripling, a charming man & raconteur. He wrote so lovingly & eloquently of St. Barths. Thanks for this flashback, Izzy (& I agreed with Phil, the cabaret of La Banane lost some of its vitality when it went to Boubou’s . . . in part, I think, because there was a loss of intimacy in the larger space).
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 02:01 PM
    Among the things I would like to have not missed (jcdoody lists some too...). Some years back, Dennis had posted a link to the old Civilized Explorer website describing the shows run by Rivière (transcribed below) and providing unfavorable comments about the incarnation at Le Sereno (found at the still accessible Civilized Explorer site): Let us take a moment here to describe our previous visits to La Banane under the management of M Rivière. M Rivière owned a small hotel with restaurant in Lorient. He put on a show, using his waiters and more nearly professional performers. We attended twice during his tenure, and the shows were similar. There were men who dressed very badly as women with bad eye makeup and lipstick. To call it cross dressing would be too kind. There were scantily...
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 12:17 PM
    Izzy, that was a great show and La Banane was so casual a place, it was fun to take guests to see the cabaret.. it later moved - I think to Boubou's restaurant at Le Sereno (someone please correct me if I'm wrong....)
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  • Izzy's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 11:09 AM
    I had some familiarity with his Paris productions but, sadly not the St Barth ones. A video example of one of his shows is found here. Other examples can be found by googling. A brief tribute (he passed away in 1996) with some video clips can be found here (google translated below). Jean Marie Rivière de l'Alcazar au Paradis Latin, a French documentary that has footage even non-French speakers may find entertaining, is found ici. HISTORICAL: Jean-Marie Rivière, born May 18, 1926 in Bergerac and died April 23, 1996, was a personality of the French music hall, emblematic figure of the world of entertainment, he was long considered one of the kings of Parisian nights. He successively founded and animated the Café des Arts in Saint-Tropez, the Parisian cabarets of the Alcazar, the Blue...
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  • amyb's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 10:24 AM
    Meeting up on the road with cargo carrying mules and donkeys instead of oversized trucks
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  • cec1's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 10:10 AM
    “The Bread Lady of Lorient” — a memory that captures so much in the period you describe, Charlie, & the times noted by Ellen. Another memory of SBH in the 70s . . . there were few cars on the island, & when two cars approached each other on the road at night, drivers would reduce the headlights of their vehicles to the “parking lights” as they slowly drove past one another. Has anyone mentioned “‘L’Banane,” the small club in Lorient with nightly “floor show” spectacles produced by famed French cabaret singer / entertainer Jean-Marie Rivière? Wildly funny.
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  • Jeanette's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 08:30 AM
    I contacted Les Islets this week about renting two rooms for two nights to add on to our villa stay. They informed me there is a 3-night minimum. They were able to offer a villa for one night only because there was a gap between two other reservations. We have stayed there before and it exceeded our expectations - perfect beachfront location, lovely room and gracious service.
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  • PeterLynn's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 08:19 AM
    Same here, but we did stay a single night (pre-IRMA) before the villa was ready. Stayed in the beach cottage and the article captured our feelings exactly. Surprisingly quiet given the proximity to the airport. Considering it next year when we need an extra night or two, especially with the fence gone.
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  • ChasBidd's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 07:12 AM
    The Bread Lady of Lorient. Autour de Roche. David and Peggy. The Grover family. The Luke family. Regular power outages. Checking the cistern water level. My parents. Lulu's Marine.
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  • didier's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 07:10 AM
    I miss the old Carl Gustaf hotel, the new one on the way will never be able to capture the old one. I miss the silence, now I hear construction noise six days a week every where on the island. sundays takes me back. I miss spending dollars....lol. I miss seeing the goat guy in flamands. however, I still love St. Barths.........so far so good, better than most, I can still see children walking alone to school and hitch hiking.......a thing of the past in most countries.
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  • amyb's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 07:10 AM
    Happy to see you keep coming back. Thanks for sharing your memories.
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  • elgreaux's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 07:02 AM
    What we miss... a simpler, slower lifestyle where if you encountered another car on the road it was often someone you knew, and you could stop and chat for a few minutes without anyone honking or zooming past on a scooter; The tradition of lifting your thumb from the steering wheel when you saw someone you knew in a car coming the other way but didn't stop to chat, just a simple recognition of friendship; The days when the island really felt like a laid-back semi-forgotten outpost with a lot of Caribbean charm; The St Barth ladies waking barefoot in their lovely blue dresses and wide-brimmed straw hats to collect vegetation for their goats; Sunday regattas of small local wooden boats, almost all of which have vanished; An island where the houses blended into the landscape rather than...
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  • andynap's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 06:33 AM
    June 19
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  • KevinS's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 10:03 PM
    It was Hotel Baie des Flamands, with La Frégate restaurant.
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  • Dennis's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 09:25 PM
    19 posts in 10 years and I have a feeling they are all this awesome. Thanks for sharing your memories!
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  • jcdoody's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 09:21 PM
    WOW! What great memories this thread brings back. For me they begin in March 1987 with a one week stay on Flamands beach at the hotel that was destroyed by a hurricane a few years later. Name escapes me. Coming from Boston/Nantucket then, and riding in an open sided Moke... who cared if one got wet in the showers? It was a warm rain when it was snowing back home. After buying at Colony Club in 1999 and then selling 20 years later, in part because so much had changed, SBH is still the best! Plus ca change.... mais it's still the greatest. My favorite memories... -Staying at Petite Morne the first 10 years for 2 weeks 2-3 times a year. Doors wide open and the night wind blowing thru the studio. -Renting a Moke from Odile... she's still a beauty, but a real babe back then....
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  • Reed's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 04:40 PM
    Would you ever consider a small upscale cruise ship where you hit 5 destinations in a week? I highly recommend Sea Dream Yacht Club. 105 passengers and 90 crew make for nice service. Balinese sun bed relaxing while getting asked if you want more champagne doesn't suck nor does there champagne and caviar party that they have in the water on the day they do a lovely BBQ. Closest thing to actually being on a yacht. All drinks, gratuities and water activities included. We haven't been in a number of years but are signed up to do an extended cruise in the Med this October. I looked and sadly, they are doing their trip from Barbados that comes up through the Grenadines during you time frame. That was an amazing sailing. Still friends with numerous folks who also spend time on SBH, that...
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  • julianne's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 04:39 PM
    Experience the island by driving around it and stopping to savor the sights and sounds. Of course you will go to the beaches and enjoy the many dining suggestions. But to get a sense of the island, there is so much more—stop at Grand Fond and stroll along the unspoiled stretch of coast there. Go up to the lookout at the entrance to the harbor where you can look down at Gustavia and also out to sea where you can imagine how early wayfarers felt when they were sailing in. Go to Corrosol and see the ladies selling their wonderful handcrafted products. Visit the churches. Go the places like Au Regal where local people hang out. Go the Museum at La Pointe. You will come away with a more complete feeling for the island...and you will want to return.
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  • Dennis's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 03:39 PM
    We are looking for a landing spot for the anniversary of my 60th spin on 12-3. I spent my 50th on SBH so it's in the running as is Mustique. I have sentimental reasons for choosing SBH for sure but the allure of a new destination is strong.
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  • cec1's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 03:19 PM
    Starter platter looks fantastic! Very sorry that you have to deal with the water issue . . . runaway running water in a house always presents a nightmare. Good luck!
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  • amyb's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 03:16 PM
    They did the fresh cutting of huge breads, The toasts on the wood platter were delicious too. The room is very environmentally friendly.
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  • NancySC's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 03:11 PM
    We lived in Wayne, near the Wayne elem. school & St David's Church area.
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  • NancySC's Avatar
    06-18-2019, 03:06 PM
    Nice to see the pix, the menu, the interior transformation, wishing success. The starter would have been enuf for our dinner with wine ! water emergency solved we hope as easily as our frozen a/c last week !
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