Hi all, I'm sorry for the lag in communication! Things got crazy again with work, and then Michael and I took a much-needed vacation this past week to the Caribbean.
Our destination was the island of St Martin/Sint Maarten, which has both a French and a Dutch side, hence the two different names. We were on a bareboat yacht charter, which means that we rented a sailboat for a week, and Michael captained it. The crew was myself and two of our couple friends, Miles and Sarah and Kelly and Letham.
The boat was our floating hotel and our means of getting from place to place. In the end, we visited both sides of the island, the country/island of Anguilla and of St Barths.
Michael and I originally got together as the indirect result of a charter he organized for New Year's 2006 in the British Virgin Islands. This was our first time back on a boat together...and most likely our last major trip before the birth of our child. So it had lots of special significance.
Here are some of my favorite photos from our time there:
Local restaurant in Marigot, St Martin. Supposedly, our fave traveler, Anthony Bourdain, had eaten here and recommended it.
Palm Sunday procession in Marigot, St Martin.
The procession continues down the hill.
A taste of the turquoise water yet to come on the trip.
View from a patisserie in Marigot.
Closer look at the architecture and boats.
Sunset in Grand Case, St Martin -- looking towards the ocean
And looking in towards the bay
Gorgeous views until it got completely dark
And then the lights...
Michael taking a break on deck
Michael as captain
An unexpected sign in Orient Bay, St Martin
Me in Orient Bay
Little bird and bananas at a restaurant in Ille Pinel, St Martin. Early morning, before all the people arrived.
Peace and quiet before the crowds arrive
Dinghy dock and cafe in St Barths
Michael in St Barths, mega yachts behind him
Anglican church in St Barths
Michael and I on the deck of our boat
Smiling Student during Marching Band Practice
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