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Day 11: 16th Dec

Having a boulangerie just across the road from the villa really does have its advantages! I bought a croissant and an apple slice and we all enjoyed a lovely breakfast with freshly brewed coffee.
After breakfast, all of us took a drive around the island to see if there were any calm bays where we may have a chance if snorkelling. Sadly, it looked as though the high waves would prevent any snorkelling this time.
We then drove into Gustavia and paid a quick stop at the supermarket. We could see all the mega yachts lined up at the harbour each one looking more impressive than the next.
We drove over to Saline with the intention of having lunch at Grain de Sel only to discover that it was closed.
So instead we headed over to Colombier and had a delicious meal at les Bananiers. Dad opted for the plat du jour which was coconut chicken with rice. For Grant there was no choice but to order one of his favourite dishes, fusilli pasta with morel mushrooms which was just as tasty as ever. I opted for tuna tataki which came with a portion of rice.
After lunch we headed back to the villa and spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing and walking along Lorient beach.
In the evening we walked over to Koya for a light sushi dinner. We treated ourselves to some local vanilla rum before bedtime.

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Day 10: 15th Dec

semi-overcast 27 °C

We all had a good night's sleep. We skipped breakfast as we knew what was coming later. Dad and I went for a short walk along Lorient beach and then we all got ready for brunch at le Gaiac.
We arrived there just after 11am and we were seated at a table overlooking the infinity pool and ocean beyond.
The buffet selection included fish, meat, salads and an impressive dessert table. It was such a treat and wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
After taking some photos by the pool, we left this elegant hotel and headed back to the villa via a quick stop at the supermarket in Lorient.
The rest of the afternoon was overcast with some sunny spells so we relaxed and read by the pool.
We had a light dinner at the villa and watched a movie.

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Day 9: 14th Dec

sunny 29 °C

We had a very comfortable night at the Simpson Bay Resort. Grant and I paid a visit to the resort's small but very well stocked grocery store for some juice and milk. After a light breakfast we checked out and left our luggage at the resort.
We caught a bus into the centre of Philipsburg and had a look at some of the shops and market stalls. At midday we stopped at a beach front bar called Blue Bitch were we had a surprisingly tasty lunch.
After lunch we caught a taxi back to the resort to collect our bags and followed straight on to the airport.
At 3pm we caught the St. Barths Commuter flight and less than ten minutes later we arrived on beautiful St. Barths.
We were met by Lionel (Rosita's eldest son) and after collecting our car rental from Odile, we all headed over to Lorient and the stunning Les Basses villa. Lionel gave us a quick guided tour and then Grant and I headed out to Marche U to do some grocery shopping and to collect a suitcase from the airport that never made it with us.
The evening was spent unpacking, eating a homemade meal of quiche salad and watching TV.

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Day 8: 13th Dec

sunny 30 °C

After a hearty breakfast, we packed the rest of our belongings and with mixed feelings left the stunning location of Sol Inclination.
After a quick stop at St. John Spice we caught the 11:30am ferry over to Tortola. The 30 minute crossing gave us the opportunity to admire this lush island from the sea.
We spontaneously hired a jeep for half a day which allowed us to do a tour of some of the island. We decided to pay a visit to Pusser's over at Soper's Hole for some lunch due to the harbour setting.
We caught the 6:40pm flight to St. Martin and then a taxi to the Simpson Bay Resort hotel. Despite a few reservations, this hotel turned out to be an excellent choice and our 2 bedroomed apartment was very modern, clean and comfortable. We quickly freshened up and had a light meal at the resort's Italian restaurant. A live singer with a beautifully smooth voice provided the backdrop to our dinner.
Following dinner we decided to try our luck in the resort's casino using some complimentary credits given to us at dinner. After about 20 minutes we could see that lady luck was not shining on us so we headed back to the apartment.

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Day 7: 12th Dec

sunny 30 °C

The weather forecast predicted a beautiful day and the stunning sunrise set the tone for the rest of the day.
After an early breakfast, Grant and I headed over to Saltpond Bay to snorkel. We arrived there shortly after 9am but there were already some cars parked in the car park.
We went straight into the water and had a wonderful time. We saw plenty of marine life including turtles, porcupine fish, lobsters and a stunning display of coral.
It was 11:30 when we left the beach and we headed straight back to the villa.
We freshened up quickly and then drove over to Coral Bay for lunch at Shipwreck Landing. We ordered a portion of coconut crusted shrimp to share as a starter and this was delicious.
Dad and I both chose the crab cake platter for our main course. Grant ordered a curry nut crusted mahi mahi sandwich. As usual this casual dining spot did not disappoint.
On the way back to the villa we stopped at the supermarket in Coral Bay.
We arrived back at the villa at 3:30 and spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing and soaking in the hot tub.
For dinner we prepared quite a feast using the remaining contents of the fridge.
After dinner we packed our belongings ready for part 2 of our holiday adventure.

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