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 Accidental Cruiser in the West Indies

Description of the pictures of Marigot Bay, St. Martin
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Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Thursday, May 15, 2003
    This missive will explain some of the pictures we sent in the last batch. After a couple of typical (yawn) breathtaking sunsets, we have a picture of our neighbors in Marigot bay abeam "Eaux Vives"; this is why we feel ours is a middle class yacht. :-)
    Wednesday was market day, so we decided to spend the day as tourists. We spent Tuesday trying to repair things and had the usual frustrations of some things refusing to be repaired, and requiring more trips to the store. Anyway, we deserved a day off. We dinghied to shore, looked at a few of the colorful stalls, and then found our way to the Boulangerie Parisienne, where we could have our cafe au lait and some of us could have our pain au chocolat. After sufficient cafe enjoyment, we wandered back to the market place where we bought a few souvenirs and some fruit and fish. This required us to return to the boat and put the food away, but we turned right around and returned to shore.
     We walked up the hill to the ruins of Fort Louis and took lots of pictures of our scenic surroundings. Some of the pictures are of the fort from below or from the fort looking down on the market and harbor. The fort was built to defend the honest islanders from the evil English pirates. There were some high school kids making a music video, but the boys were being lame although the girls had their dance routine all worked out. We walked back into town and enjoyed some galleries and other scenic spots. We took a bunch of pictures of the colorful buildings and gardens. We hope any gardeners amoung our readers will appreciate the lack of bouganvilla which have been carefully edited from the set. One picture is meant to illustrate why the alternate name for the West Indies is "Spice Islands". Many of the pictures from above are of Marigot bay with many boats (including Eaux Vives), and in some views you can see into the lagoon which has even more boats.
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    The border between the French and Dutch sides runs right down the middle of the lagoon. The pictures are included for the interest of our favorite structural engineer. The lagoon can be entered via the bridge on the French side from Marigot bay (the French bridge) which opens several times a day, and has a single bridge lifting device. On the Dutch side, the bridge is wider to let mega yachts in and it has bridge lifters on both sides of the road (the Dutch bridge). This side also opens about 4 times a day on schedule. Despite their names, they are both built by the same Canadian firm. The Dutch bridge was recently widened (you can actually make out the welded in sections to the arm and counter weight). The pelican walks up over the arm as it lifts. They managed to keep traffic running while doing the widening as the road provides the only access to a large chunk of the island and without the bridge, the yachts can't get in to spend money. The strange mountain in the last picture is quite a local landmark and is known as "witches tit" for obvious reasons.
     Most of the boat services are on the Dutch side which is a long way by dinghy but with two of us, we can get our dinghy up on plane and race around like local teens. We had zipped across four or five times getting parts and so on, and were just on our way back from sending you the pictures, coming under the French bridge, when we ran out of gas. Lance picked up the can and shook it and a local resident who was swimming nearby called out "pas d'essence?" and we had to admit that it was true. He laughed heartily. The current was taking us along, and a good thing too, because we hadn't put the oars back in after the passage. Fortunately, there is a gas station right there, and we paddled with our hands and pulled ourselves along until we got there. One adventure a day, that's all we ask.
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