Foreword: A week or so ago I finally decided to get rid of my years and years of Caribbean Life Magazines during one of my days of "downsizing." I did look at them from time to time, but usually only when we had decided to travel to a place we had never been before. Well, since we have hit just about every island in the Caribbean, I figured why keep moving the heavy boxes of magazines around my basement any longer. But, before I threw them on the recycle pile, I did look through a few of them to bring back memories of places past visited. One article titled "ABC's of the birds and the bees" did catch my attention. The article traced the highlights of the Caribbean by using the letters of the alphabet. After re-reading it I decided to make my own alphabet list and illustrate it with my own photographs based on our island of choice: Sint Maarten (Dutch)/St. Martin (French). The following is what resulted after searching through 50 plus CDs filled with photographs from the dual nation island. Hope you enjoy the multi-day travelogue based on the letters in the English alphabet.
- A: The Allamanda plant which is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.
The Allamanda plant.
- B: Beach has to be on the top of the "B" list, since there are so many beaches on the island of St. Martin.
World famous Orient Beach can be seen here. A group of men playing Bocci Ball. Beach chairs line the beach. Beef Stew at Le Piment.
- C: Chocolate Croissants have to lead the list, since they begin most every morning for us while visiting St. Martin.
French Creole House in Marigot. Crepe for breakfast. Carousel Gelatorium
- D: Drawbridge of which there are two of on the island. Both are located on the west side of the island and give entrance and exit to what is marked on my map as Grand Etang de Simpsonbaai, or what Carol and I call Simpson Bay.
The drawbridge on the Dutch side.
- E: Ebb Tide which is the period between high tide and low tide during which water flows away from the shore. Eating which is the period between sunning and sleeping. Seems while on vacation all we do is relax and eat. Yeah, sometimes we shop, but I'm sure we will buy a snack while shopping to hold us over until our next eating excursion.
Escape to one of the many beaches.
- F: Flip Flops which I know you can wear just about anytime and anyplace, but they seem so well suited for walking around the island of St. Martin. What reminds you more of going to the beach than flip flops.
Fort Louis in Marigot. A lone frigate patrolling the sky. Supper awaiting at the fish market.
Well, I have just begun to work my way through the alphabet. I will post another few letters in the near future, giving you an alphabetical glance at life on St. Martin. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.