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    stbartslover is offline
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    Vacation Album

    Just a few photos from a relaxing vacation, right between Bucket Regatta Week and Easter. The island was quieter than our prior visit early January just after New Years, which just happened to fall over the Russian New Year...quite a scene.
    "Toes in the sand" morning as my wife & I walked down from the villa to the calm turquoise sea along plage Flamands.
    Our first day, a leisurely Sunday Brunch at Hotel LeToiny-- just a good as last trip.
    We visited our regular beaches, too: Gouverneur, Shell, Saline and Colombier.
    Note: her beach coverup is one we saw in the window last trip at the Spice shop in St Jean.
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    New owner/manager Alain is doing an excellent job here. We had pizza and fish and though the menu and pricing is about the same as by the former owners, it has a nicer vibe with better service than before.
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    We’ve hiked over most of the island, including a guided one by Helene Bernier out to the "cliff jumping pool" (we passed on that), but the natural ones off Grand Fond are a place not to be missed.
    Caroline about 1/2 way out past the flat rocks on the beach, up and down the goat path, just past her on her left is the most treacherous spot where the going gets narrow.
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    It's a quite steep drop off here along the path and long way down to the boulders, one wrong step and.....
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    We soaked in the pools and hiked the rock formations---good water shoes are a must over the loose stones and in the pools where there are urchins.
    The sound of the sea and water colors are so very beautiful.
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    Little details creep in when you have a place…..one midday after lunch I found a little time to do a scrub the dining chairs and let them dry in the sun while we went to the plage.
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    Since we rent our villa most weeks it's imperative to have good staff. As a maintenance guy I enjoy observing and interacting with trade and service people who make things go smoothly. Our conscientious gardener on the right is showing his vacation replacement the exact procedure for cleaning the filters so the drip watering system works perfectly.
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    Jicky Marine: husband & wife Caroline and Emmaunel run their marine service business in a friendly and efficient manner, we recommend them to all our friends and villa Guests. They provide water transfers from St Marten, charters, boat rentals and several weekly scheduled trips on their large, brand new Catamarran. The crew was very good and they took us to a place where we and we snorkeled right over the starfish.
    Afterward we swam up the beach and were handed ice cold Rose’ for the return…an afternoon does not get too much better than this.
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    Always a favorite for us….a beautiful long lunch at Hotel Manapany.
    Afterward my wife swam laps in the pool while I chatted with local music celebrity PapaGuyo (far right sunning himself) who is an afternoon regular.
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    Fellow rental villa owner Libby Troyer (Villa Kercliff & Haute Maison) invited us to join the St Barth International Villa Owners Association and listen this evening to a very informative talk by internationally known Ocean Scientist Deborah Brosnan, who was instrumental in helping plan and establish the Marine Parks about the island. Dr. Brosnan explained the dune project she supervised at Gouverneur Beach and reef restoration efforts elsewhere.
    In the photo: Deborah Brosnan, President Melanie Smith and Secretary Ellen Lampert-Greaux.
    We learned this group supports many worthwhile projects on St Barth.
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    You know it's a good "vacance" when your afternoon is fully taken up by swimming, skipping rocks on the plage at Shell Beach and hanging out at your favorite place to watch the sunset. Manager David (formerly of Nikki Beach) is a gracious host at Do Brazil and we’ve gotten excellent feedback and enjoyed very nice dining there ourselves.
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    Even though the fare, company and the ambiance were superb, it was bittersweet dining at Wall House hosted by good friend and Co-Proprietor Julian Tatian. We’d had lunch there earlier in the week he filled us in on details of the pending sale, discussed healing from his scooter accident last December and he made time for us as we took him to dinner at LaLangooste. Over the five years he and his father Bernard have run this fine restaurant I’ve gotten to know them well by sending our Guests on a regular basis. For this special occasion my wife wore a vintage (let's just say it was purchased in a St Barth shop in French Francs) silk dress.
    I know many of us here wish he and his father Bernard the best in their future endeavors ----this pair of class guys will be missed.
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    One of our favorite St Barts couples we always look forward to spending time with, Diana and Didier. Earlier in the week the four of us were at Eddy’s, but here our last evening the preferred LeSantoise pizza on the villa terrace with salad and cold Caribs.
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    Last morning a pre-departure stroll down from Flamands Blue to the beach where a passer by at Isle de France snapped this happy couple and asked,
    "your first time here?"
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    Jeff
    Flamands Blue
    www.stbartsvilla.com

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    andynap is offline
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    Always nice to read your report and pictures of your lovely wife. :)


    Andy

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    noel is offline
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    Great report!

    Thanks Jeff!

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    cec1 is online now
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    A nice mix of business & pleasure, Jeff -- your times on the island always are inspiring for all that you do and the positive spirit you bring to sharing it with us.

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    marybeth is offline
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    Love it Jeff! Caroline looks wonderful, as usual. I know how great I feel when a "vintage" dress still fits, and that one is classic

    The "first time here?" comment is priceless.

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    julianne is offline
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    Thank you, Jeff. A fine report, as usual. You and Caroline don't age at all from year-to-year---no wonder you were taken for first-timers. She certainly looks lovely in that silk dress.

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    soyabeans is offline
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    Jeff, great report...
    Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet it's the youngest you will ever be......so........ENJOY THE DAY

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    JEK is offline
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    Nice report Jeff!
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    amyb is offline
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    Ditto what Marybeth said!
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    LMAC is offline
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    Great report - always nice to read and see the photos.
    Libby

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    katva is offline
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    Very nice, Jeff---- and I'm in agreement about the "vintage" dress!!! Beautiful!!!

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Great memories and pictures!

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    NikoleRob is offline
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    Great pics Jeff!

    Headed to Libby's villa one month from this Saturday. Can't wait.

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    MIke R is offline
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    Very nice Jeff .. Thanks for sharing
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Enjoyed your report and photos!
    "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy." - Dorothy Parker

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    cassidain is offline
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    Fils du Sud - Ministre de la Santé

    If I can't wear my Havaianas, I ain't goin'...ÀMHA

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    JulianWH is offline
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    Always nice to read one of your detailed reports. I will miss you both. Stay well

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    tim is offline
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    Well done, Jeff
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    BND is offline
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    Fun report--we ae starting to get the tingle for our visit in July!! Glad you both had such a marvelous time.

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    janny is offline
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    Lovely report. Thank you.

    Janny

    À votre santé




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    Karen is offline
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    A most EXCELLENT report!!! Thank you for sharing. Counting down to less than a month:)

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    stbartslover is offline
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    We appreciate all the nice comments!
    I'll be on island later in the summer on a "mostly" maintenance trip, that includes pretty good dining.
    If friends are about then, I'd like to meet.
    Have nice vacations, all!
    Jeff
    Flamands Blue
    www.stbartsvilla.com

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    cec1 is online now
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    End of August, Jeff? Hope to see you then.

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    Great pics Jeff! It's always so nice to see the fit owners of Flamands Blue (beautiful dress Caroline!) enjoying themselves and taking the time to keep the villa in perfect condition for all their guests. We are so excited to be returning on July 4th for our 3rd trip! Tried to find other countries to visit but couldn't bring ourselves to vacation anywhere else. Hoping to celebrate the 4th at Andy's (just one of Jeff's amazing recommendations) with a few Carib's singing the Star Spangled Banner! We will truly miss seeing Julian at the Wall House (still our favorite place to eat in the entire world!!). We wish him the best as he travels back to France. Can't wait to be back and try out some new places to dine and explore - but will definitely be making the hike out to the natural pools as well!

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    Superb report of the tour and specially picture is extra ordinary beautiful because place is beautiful why not couple is beautiful and gorgeous and you take much fun specially your wife is very happy after complete this tour...

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