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    Re: Happy Birthday Ellen

    Happy early anniversaire! :party:

    January 12 seems to be a popular date. Same birthday as my father, sister-in-law and first and third college girlfriends.
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    Re: We have arrived!!

    What is the boat? At 7 hours, you were averaging around 10-12 knots I guess.

    First time I came to St Barts, we had bashed to windward from Anguilla in a 33 foot sloop. Probably took seven hours...
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    Re: Another Lurin sunset.

    Lovely, though I am having to deal with another Saba which isn't as pretty
  4. Re: Looming St Jean Project Concerns: Emeraude Plage

    :biglaugh:

    Means the same thing in english and french!
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    Re: Restaurant update

    We were in Paris last August when Robuchon died. We were staying in a flat just up the road from the Atelier. I recall going by it in the morning and there were piles of flowers laid in front which...
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    Re: First day shopping list?

    I'm good with the Negroni. The spritz I'll use to clean the windows and floor.

    As eggs and boudin are added to the list, I would add chipolatas. My favorites breakfast is some eggs and chipolatas...
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    Re: Fish Corner Now Open For Dinner

    Chiming in late but I'm thrilled to hear Fish Corner is now open for dinner. The setting isn't the best, but dinner I think will be better than lunch as it will be a touch cooler as it can get quite...
  8. Re: Windsurfing, Paddle Board, Kayaking on Grand cul de Sac

    I can't tell you if this is still open post Irma, but you can rent windsurfers on St Jean beach.
  9. Thread: AirBnB

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    Re: AirBnB

    I have used Airbnb. If you understand how the system works, its great. Not as anonymous as many think as you are typically dealing directly with the owner. The review/rating system is much more...
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    Re: Flight v. Ferry for Nervous Traveler

    The flys [sic] have it. Motion carried.

    Let us know how it goes. We will probably be back in June too. Maybe we will run into you on the flight over.
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    Re: Flight v. Ferry for Nervous Traveler

    I think that people (especially those that have never been) and the internet tend to exaggerate everything. Its always the best or the worst. One star or five stars.

    The actual flight time is more...
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    Re: Where to stay...Vitet or Lurin

    I agree that on a first time trip, Lurin is more convenient than Vitet. But as peterlynn has pointed out, that villa isn't in Lurin. If St Jean is an option, I would point out villa BDM as an another...
  13. Thread: Recent Photos

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    Re: Recent Photos

    I thought the pics looked like they were taken by a drone given the vantage. I don't mean to sound like a PITA, but don't you have to be licensed to operate a drone on SBH? I had thought a while back...
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    Re: We're coming back

    Welcome Oh!

    We discovered St Barts on our honeymoon too. Though I did no research at all. All the planning was done by that extinct species known as a travel agent.

    Lots of information...
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    Re: Lorient Road Closure, 8/9

    Very amusing twisted auto translate. I didn't go to the FB page to read the original text but the english translation has me scratching my head on some parts.
  16. Thread: We had visitors

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    Re: We had visitors

    Cute goats but are the goats feral like the cats or do people own the goats? If they are feral is there any measure to control the goat population like the vet who neuters stray cats? I've read that...
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    Re: Dress Code for Dinner

    I've been told that you can always pick the Americans out of a line up by the shorts they wear. I wear shorts all day long, though primarily now of the linen variety thanks to the prodding of my wife...
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    Re: lightning round...

    Honeymoon April 199mummbly mummbly. I'm a bad husband and I can't actually remember how many years we've been married. I know its more than 20 and less than 100. LOL.

    Didn't know anything about St...
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    Re: Did this article get it right?

    I don't think there was anything wrong in the article other than the advice to get a Land Rover. In my experience, that is so wrong for the island. Every time I see one or a jeep, I think to myself...
  20. Re: After st barts can you really go anywhere else?

    If the shirt fits you wear it but the same shirt doesn't fit everyone.

    As I posted before, we came to SBH then spent several years traveling to other islands. We made many trips to the BVI and if...
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    Re: St Barth's / Anguilla: Split

    Most places are open in early July but some places may close for bit for summer vacation but you won't know the timing until some weeks before they close. We were there end of June/early July this...
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    Re: Review of my first trip

    Nice report. One small bit of advice. You went pretty high end on the dining. If you balance out some of the high with some more moderate priced places (which have pretty fab food too) you can bring...
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    Re: Tuesday morning surprises

    What kind of tackle are you using? That's a nice size fish. Can't identify it. What is it? I bring some light spinning gear from time to time but I haven't caught anything nearly as interesting as...
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    Re: What did I do wrong?

    That's also what happened with us with SBC with the added benefit of having SBC retrieve our checked bags. That was great. Our originally 3:15 scheduled departure left by 2:00.
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    If you're asking about the flight through SXM on the way to SBH, another option is St Barth Commuter. We had checked bags when we traveled in mid June. We got an email to attach yellow ribbons to our...
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    Observations from our June 2019 trip

    Been back home for almost a week. This isn't so much a trip report as some observations I've made on this trip.

    We made our first trip to the island like so many others on our honeymoon. While we...
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    Re: St Barth's / Anguilla: Split

    Have you looked at Anguilla Air Services? I recall they have a flight or two a day between AXA and SBH.
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    Re: Dining In, St Barth Style

    Nice job EGW. Puts my pain perdu to shame.

    If you pay any attention to debate about whether lobsters can feel pain when they have no brain, there is a view that it's much more humane to split...
  29. Thread: Villa Doarde

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    Re: Villa Doarde

    The picture is of a beach on Long Island sound from the Connecticut shoreline where we have our weekend place.
  30. Thread: Villa Doarde

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    Re: Villa Doarde

    Err. Yes. If any dishes are left out, that trail of ants the size of a comma on this keyboard makes one think thrice about leaving dishes about. Or just commit a lot of antocide.

    I'm not one to...
  31. Thread: Zion 7-4-19

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    Re: Zion 7-4-19

    Lovely wife likes to pick up all the glossy mags as soon as we land at the airport. Means that I have to haul about 20 pounds worth of them to the villa to check in. So after we settle in she pulls...
  32. Thread: Zion 7-4-19

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    Re: Zion 7-4-19

    Sorry to hear you had a less than plate lickable meal. I would have pointed out the crunchy pie rather than just eating it though I agree that no foie should be left on a plate. We agree the setting...
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    Re: June Restaurant Impressions

    That's an impressive amount of dining out for a week. Also speaks to the diversity of options. We were there 10 days and ate out at least one meal a day and we only overlapped on four of your places....
  34. Thread: Villa Doarde

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    Re: Villa Doarde

    But there's no dishwasher. Would mean instant rejection from the wife. Looks nice and I like the price but the last thing we would want to do on vacation is wash dishes.
  35. Thread: Water out 7/4

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    Re: Water out 7/4

    Well at least there is a warning about this one as contrasted to last week when we came back from the beach to find no water to shower with. At least we had the pool to rinse off in. :wink2:

    By by...
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