St. Maarten getaway 2016 travel blog

Sunset from the balcony

View from our balcony

boats in Simpson Bay

Carnival cruise ship heading out of port

Weather forecast

View from our table at dinner

Menu and bread

Crab-Stuffed Grouper

After our day trip to Anguilla yesterday and being in the sun all day, today was a chill day. Nothing special on tap, so I slept in. After all, we are on vacation AND retired - I can get up whenever I want. Steve was up early, as usual, out on the balcony watching the day get started. The boats that have trips planned start their preparations early, and the staff here at the resort starts early getting ready for the day.

After I was up and dressed, we decided to do a little necessity shopping - I needed some hair conditioner and we needed some groceries. My driver found a beauty supply store in Marigot and dropped me off as there was no parking. I entered "Beauty-R-Us" (no kidding) in this French speaking town. It looked just like a Sally Beauty Supply, but the aisles were about 3/4 of a person wide. Seriously, I had to walk sideways which made looking on the bottom shelf an adventure. I managed to find some Loreal conditioner and some aloe skin lotion for my red back. Back outside, I looked for the clown car and about 5 minutes later, I saw my driver. He pulled up on the sidewalk so I could get in, and he was a bit stressed by the traffic. It appears that Saturday mornings are a big shopping time, and the already crazy traffic was even crazier. We made it out without any new damage to the rental car, and headed toward Cole Bay to the grocery store. We found the Carrefour and had no problem parking. This grocery store was much nicer and cleaner than the one we went to in Philipsburg. I got a baguette and some cheese, along with essentials like milk, cereal and Diet Coke. We grabbed some fruit and sliced ham - all the makings of a tasty lunch.

Back at the resort, we ate a light lunch and then spent a couple hours in the pool. It was hotter today, and the sky was clear. A beautiful day in paradise. Then it was time to watch some Alabama football. Roll Tide!

We didn't have plans for dinner, so we walked down the road until we came upon a restaurant we hadn't eaten at before. The owner came out and talked to us while we were looking at the menu. She was nice so we gave it a shot - the restaurant was called The Boathouse. We gazed at the full moon from our waterside table and felt the warm breeze come in the open windows. I ordered an off-menu special - crab-stuffed grouper - and Steve had shrimp kabob. Both meals came with baked potatoes and a nice side salad, along with sliced bread. We came back to the room and chilled out. It was a slow, but nice, Saturday. Tomorrow, we are planning to go watch a big KLM jet land at the airport and we may also go to the Loterie Farm. Stay tuned!

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