Three Weeks in St. Maarten

by Alli

I’m blessed to be spending three weeks on the majestic island of St. Maarten.  Of all the Caribbean islands I’ve been to, I think I’ve found my favorite one.  The views from our balcony are phenomenal.  The weather is perfect.  The breezy trade winds, luxurious.   The food is delicious and the people are friendly.  What more could we want?  I may never go back . . . I could wait tables.  I could. A chef?  Or, a missionary?  Hum . . . . .

The hubby and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary last October.  I hesitate to say celebrated, because October is one of our busiest months of the year.  So we decided to postpone our 30th wedding anniversary until, well, now.  The longest we’ve ever been away from home is two weeks, so this is a first for us.

I do have to add, however, that this is a little bit of a working vacation for the hubs, as he is using some of this time to work on a book he is writing.  And, because I would never consider writing to be work, I’m continuing to blog, simply because I love it.

In case you didn’t know, the smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, St. Martin/St. Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years.  We are staying on the Dutch side, but will definitely be visiting the French side, as well.

So, for the next three weeks, I will be sharing some normal posts (finished back home) and throwing in some reviews of restaurants, etc.  Yep, I’m a travel blogger, for the next few weeks.  🙂

The view from my balcony, master bedroom and living room - paradise!

The view from my balcony, master bedroom and living room – paradise!

The first thing I have to make myself do is to slow down.  Ever heard of island time?  It’s real.  It’s slow.  It’s real slow.  No one ever gets in a hurry on the islands.  And that’s one of the reasons we are here.

Kayaking, anyone?

Kayaking, anyone?

There is absolutely no reason to get upset with a waiter when it takes 30 minutes to bring your drink order.  Yes, even water.  That’s just how it is.  Note:  Most restaurants add a 15% gratuity to the bill, even for two people, so pay attention, relax, enjoy!  And throw in a little extra tip for those waiters!

I will never tire of this view!

I will never tire of this view!

The view is even beautiful at night!

The view is even beautiful at night!

Fried Plantains - one of my all time favorite foods!

Fried Plantains – one of my all time favorite foods!

 

While I'm at it, I'll just throw in a pic of my breakfast - toast w/ peanut butter and banana.  Yes, I made it myself.  Hard work - :O)

While I’m at it, I’ll just throw in a pic of my breakfast – toast w/ peanut butter and banana. Yes, I made it myself. Hard work – :O)

In the days to come, I will be adding restaurant reviews and more pics!  Until then, dag (good day in Dutch) and au revoir (in French).  Relax, everyone speaks English here and accepts the American dollar!  🙂

12 comments

Jeannie July 24, 2013 - 8:46 am

O, wow. I’m green with envy. for what it’s worth

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Alli July 24, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Just wishing the days would slow down! We are about half way through! Three weeks fly by when on vacation.

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Kirsten @ One Tough Mother July 24, 2013 - 9:02 am

Girl, soak it up! I am so jealous – THREE WEEKS! I was blessed to live in Hawaii for 3 months (thanks to a US Navy boyfriend) and it was most definitely paradise. And island time really does exist, but I loved it!
Great photos – keep ’em coming! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 🙂

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Alli July 24, 2013 - 12:15 pm

We are enjoying it! Hawaii for 3 months – wow, what a blast!

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Michelle July 24, 2013 - 11:38 am

Hi Alli! Your post brought back some wonderful memories for me. The pictures are beautiful! Which resort did you stay at?

My husband and I first met in St. Marteen over 20 years ago while we were on spring break. I from IU and my husband from U of M. We met at Mullet Bay which used to be one of the prime spots on the Island until a hurricane destroyed it in ’95. It was not rebuilt and my parents lost their vacation home. Needless to say, we made some great memories. Our meeting has also been the topic of some hilarious, if not down right ridiculous, conversations when others ask how we met. In other words, my daughter is never going on spring break. Haha!

Glad you enjoyed your vacation and how wonderful that you were able to spend three weeks there on such a magical island. Happy anniversary!! 🙂

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Alli July 24, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Thanks! Actually we are still here – half way done! So cool that you met your husband here!

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Cindy Eikenberg July 25, 2013 - 6:32 am

Alli, wow! What an awesome and amazing time you will have and it looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve never been there but am very excited to learn more about it because we are looking for a new island getaway and this just might be the place! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and can’t wait to see and hear more. Have a fantastic week and enjoy!

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Alli July 25, 2013 - 6:54 am

It is beautiful! Wish I could take it all home with me!

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Caroline July 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

enjoyed your guest post today! Hope you have a great vacay!

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Alli July 25, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it! God bless!

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CharlieBeth / Mumma Walker July 30, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Lovely pictures!!!

Thanks for linking up to Friendly Friday!

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Alli July 30, 2013 - 11:18 pm

My pleasure!

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