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Thursday, March 11, 2010

St. Barthelemy...WOW!

Yesterday we visited the small and exclusive island of St. Barth’s, a hilly, lush French resort that caters to the rich and famous and average tourists alike. The ship arrived late due to weather conditions en route South. Nevertheless, as soon as we arrived around 3:30 PM we boarded a dive boat that took us to our snorkeling location. We spent about an hour snorkeling in the clear waters enjoying the colorful tropical fish before returning to the ship to shower and dress for dinner. We had made reservations on line at The Wall House, a highly rated gourmet French restaurant in Gustavia, the only town on St. Barth’s. Walking to the restaurant we passed many trendy shops and restaurants. At our table we overlooked the harbor. The food was absolutely wonderful. Dan had the prix fix dinner which included crab ravigotte, a crab casserole with avocado sauce, gnocci with a cheese sauce, a fresh grouper entrée, and an almond paste cake for dessert. Jim ordered a leek salad, escargot and spinach ravioli, grilled fresh-caught red snapper, and a chocolate tart dessert. The food and wine, a Cote du Rhone, were the most delicious we’ve enjoyed in a long time. The meal reminded us just how excellent French cuisine can be. We returned to the ship after dinner and the ship left the port later that night. Our visit to St. Barth’s was all too short. It’s a lovely French-flavored Caribbean getaway.

St. Barth's:

We went snorkelling...our dive boat:

The Town of Gustavia:

On board the dive boat:

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