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    BBT is offline
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    Autour du Roche

    Driving through Lorient today I saw the flag flying up on the hill

    Took a walk up the hill


    Ordered a few beers


    Looked out bedroom windows


    Fortunately you can still dance around the rock
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    "St. Bart's is Crack for Vacations." Credit given to EDW

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    Glad you got there One More Time Bob and Tommye!
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    what a place, and those were the days my friend!

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    kent1994 is offline
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    Beautiful pictures. Thank you! We love to hike up there.

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    leep75 is offline
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    Im hoping to do this later today!

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    The view from the point up there is really beautiful too. Thanks for the pictures! I still have a number of photos on my iPhone camera roll that take me to that special place when I need a lift.
    A picture of the stairs going up is also my screensaver. Even though I didn't go there in my misspent youth. :)
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    Bob, could you see the new wall being built up there?
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    Loved going up there. The walk from the beach is remarkably easy.

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    what new wall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgreaux View Post
    what new wall?
    The property is now officially off limits. A wall is being built to keep people from the beach from coming up. The gate will now be locked all the time. Big changes from prior year as the property is now being made ready to sell. Most of the wood has been removed. I am fortunate to have hundreds of pictures taken there over all these years. Utilities are in the process of being brought to the remains. Most of the brush has been cleared and sadly the deck from the hot tub by the sea has been removed. While taking pictures we were asked to leave by the property manager, but after talking with the very nice property manager and another worker who brought us up to date he finally said go ahead I don't see you he and the other man then left in his truck and we took photos and had a few beers. He closed the gate but did not lock it so we could get out. It was tough to leave know it may be the last visit to a great ruins with so much history. Part of the problem is this had become a hangout for young people and the amount of new graffiti was surprising. The wall that is being built is substantial and while it at first look like a temporary you can see it is set in concrete with SS anchors connecting to the uprights.
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    What great memories of a magical time in St Bart's that will probably never be duplicated

    It would be nice yo see the property be put go good use again
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    Again, I am 200 years too late...........never got to experience Autour in its' glory......

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    Don't feel badly. I was vacationing the island back then and never even heard of it. Ahhhh the haze of young motherhood.

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    Was there as a yute when I should not have! Lessons and memories. :)
    Chas

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    Would JB be influenced by a petition from this forum to buy the property and create a commercial establishment there? Many of you on the forum might already know the answer to this question.
    Or have JB's ear on the issue.
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    Long time rumor was Letterman owns it.
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    ...Or..Rosita is building ANOTHER Villa...

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    In my mind's eye, I could see JB doing his thing in the SELECT location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Long time rumor was Letterman owns it.
    We met a young man on the plane home Wednesday who grew up in Lorient (now teaches French in Chicago), and he said the same thing.

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    Yes Letterman seems to be the owner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    In my mind's eye, I could see JB doing his thing in the SELECT location.
    A Margaritaville would, for me, be better than a downtown Pizza Hut......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIRATE40 View Post
    A Margaritaville would, for me, be better than a downtown Pizza Hut......
    Maybe MickyD's would do a large place with with lots of indoor seating and playground
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgreaux View Post
    Yes Letterman seems to be the owner...
    "Late Night with David Letterman...LIVE from Autour du Roche on the Beautiful Island of St B"
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    In all the times I've been back, since it's been gone, I've never made the pilgrimage.
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    KevinS is online now
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    Now that I'm living on Lorient for two weeks each year, I have been back to Autour a few times. Last time, I brought home a piece of a broken tile as a souvenir. I guess there won't be a next time.

    I have a chunk of tile, some photos, and a whole lot of fading memories.

    It's not like I have a choice, but I'm OK with whatever happens there. JB learned some lessons and moved on. I can do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    In all the times I've been back, since it's been gone, I've never made the pilgrimage.
    Nor have I, Eddie. 'Tis why I count on Bob and Tommye's annual trek! Thanks, BBT!
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    Does SBH have a Historic Preservation Act?
    Yeah, Yeah - IMHO

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    France has a list of historic monuments and seven buildings in St Barth are on it, mostly those that date from the Swedish era, but there has been a lot of discussion lately as two other very old houses in Gustavia are slated for demolition...

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    Sounds about as effective as the eco protection measures. IMHO.
    Yeah, Yeah - IMHO

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    "eco protection measures" : I don't think they have any of those!

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