02.01.2014 - 02.01.2014
The day started well, we got a raspberry tart and an almond croissant from the boulangerie across the road and then Grant and I headed over to Grand Fond where we did a wonderful walk to the natural pools. It was rugged and breezy there with the waves crashing against the rocks.
We got back to the villa and got changed. We drove over to Saline and went to Grain de Sel for lunch. We were greeted warmly by the waiter and he talked us through the specials board. I chose the grain de sel salad from the menu which was served with gin soaked prawns and exotic fruits. Dad and Grant both chose dishes from the specials board. Dad's dish was a creole grilled marlin and swordfish dish. The marlin in particular was wonderful and Dad was delighted with his dish. Grant opted for the tuna wok dish which was a tuna stir fry served with rice. Grant raved about this dish and said it was one of the best tuna dishes he had ever had.
The meal had been so good that we decided to have a dessert. Dad had some pineapple with coconut ice cream. Grant and I had a couple of local ice creams: seagrape and corossol which were both tasty. We finished our meal with a couple of complimentary homemade rums. Dad was very impressed with the ginger one and the vanilla was excellent too.
Back at the villa we had some coffee.
We relaxed and went for a walk along the beach in the afternoon. About 5pm Grant and I went to Marche U to collect some more salads for dinner and a baguette. We had a light dinner at home.
At 7:30pm we headed over to St. Jean to pick up our friend Julien from his apartment overlooking St. Jean. We drove into Gustavia and had cocktails at le Carre. We spent over three hours chatting and getting to know Julien better. The conversation flowed and we met a couple of his friends including Natalie, who was English and invited us to a drinks reception at her art gallery on Friday evening. Le Carre is actually owned by Julien's Dad's former business partner so we were treated very well indeed. At the end of the evening, we dropped Julien off at home and gave him some Christmas presents. We then drove home and went to bed.