Sunday, November 20, 2011

Back to The Island...

...of Saint Martin! After our fun time in Anguilla, we headed out bright and early to brisk winds and light, choppy seas. An easy run back! We cleared into Marigot Bay on the French side…and remembered belatedly that they charge for anchoring in Marigot Bay. (Ouch!) But we had no agenda…we just wanted to be back in St. Martin since Ally is due to fly in the day before Thanksgiving, and thought we’d try someplace new, rather than go back up to Anse Marcel where we stayed last spring. Unfortunately, Marigot Bay is not all that great an anchorage: rather rolly with a lot of traffic and a bit of swell….oh well! 

Despite it not being the best choice, we made the best of it! We meandered through the local market on the waterfront, and got some fresh porduce, as well as some "Magick Spice", from Olive, one of the vendors there. We aren't sure what's in it, but we couldn't resist, after seeing all the spices, marinades and produce on display! I'm sure it will add some spice to the goings-on in the galley!
Enticing displays of marinades and hot sauces
Olive, ringing up our purchases
Afterwards, we decided to get out and do something new, so we “hiked” to Fort Louis, on the hill overlooking Marigot Bay. I’d been reading about different trails and hikes on the island…and while this was listed as such, it was only two blocks from the waterfront and the hike consisted of a pair of staircases up to the fort. Not exactly a hike, but there were lovely views from the tumbledown ramparts of the fort. A full and fun day, followed by a quiet evening on anchor....what's not to like?

Equinox down in Marigot Bay, looking through the ramparts

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