Day Five – St. Martin/Maarten

by Cate on October 10, 2006

Claire wins – this morning we awoke in St. Martin. The skies were blue, the water turquoise and the weather HOT. I like St. Martin better than St. Thomas, although both are beautiful in their own individual ways. We started our morning with breakfast in the dining room. They make the best French Toast … two big thick slices of fluffy, moist bread that has a finishing of cinnamon sugar all over it. After that, we gathered our things and headed off the ship.

A quick water taxi ride took us to the downtown shopping and beach area. Aside from being accosted by countless timeshare salespeople, the downtown was a bustling place filled with jewelry stores, touristy stuff, local restaurants, and even a Burger King. No matter how far you go, you’re never too far from one of the big fast food chains, it seems. Yesterday in St. Thomas, we saw both a Subway and KFC. We (okay, I) wanted to make sure to sample some local cuisine, and quickly found a place to eat right on the beach, the Barefoot Restaurant. They had conch fritters and salads, along with West Indian Roti wraps. I ended up getting the Potato Roti and it was quite tasty, coming with a shredded carrot salad with dressing on top. I like the idea of the shredded carrot salad, and will definitely be serving this one at home.

The downtown streets are one-car width, cobblestone and very clean. Restaurants and buildings are brightly painted and the water could not be more crystal clear. After a bit of shopping (more tie-dyed shirts for the tie-dyed-obsessed Nicholas), a quick dip in the water was in short order.

I think tonight has been the best night in the Dining Room for dinner so far, though the “themes” don’t make any sense. For example, tonight it was Italian Night, though some of the appetizer choices included Maryland Crab Cakes, New England Clam Chowder and Chilled Washington Apple Soup, none of which are particularly Italian. For an entree, I ordered the Cheese Tortellini, which was fantastic, although I couldn’t fit it another bite of food now if I tried. T-o-o f-u-l-l.

Alright, all for tonight. I’ll leave you with the clues for tomorrow’s destination. Until tomorrow… 

Tomorrow’s destination clues:
51 men started permanent settlement of the island
Rectangular shape
Over 200 miles of coastline with gorgeous beaches
Nearly 4 million people on island

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Claire October 11, 2006 at 2:41 am

Sounds like the ship needs to work on the themes, although I could go for some Maryland Crab Cakes. I’ve never had my own, only tried a bite of my dad’s once and they tasted great! How was the conch?


Anonymous October 11, 2006 at 3:14 am

yum, crab cakes & tortellini? You’re right, the themes seem a bit wacky, but the food still sounds delish.

I’m having fun with the guessing game, eventhough I’ve been wrong everytime, as I’m sure I will be this time lol

I’m going to go with Saint Lucia?


Anonymous October 11, 2006 at 9:54 am

Looks like you’re having a fabulous time…I love St. Maarten, especially Orient Beach! Also, love the fact they have gambling there.

My guess on the next destination…San Juan. Have fun!


Suzanne October 11, 2006 at 10:26 am

Puerto Rico? San Juan is a great port of call!


Abby October 11, 2006 at 11:03 am

Are you going to puerto rico?


Barbara (Biscuit Girl) October 11, 2006 at 11:51 am

I’m going to guess San Juan is your next destination. Looks like you all are having a great time……


Rachel October 11, 2006 at 12:53 pm

I miss St Maartin! I was my favorite. Next up: Puetro Rico?


Brilynn October 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm

My guess is Puerto Rico!
I like this real life version of Carmen Sandiego…


Denzylle October 11, 2006 at 7:12 pm

Yup! Puerto Rico. That one *was* too easy.


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