Saturday, December 18, 2010

Today started slowly with some coffee aboard and I had fired up the notebook in order to update the website when I realized that Heinz-Dieter from Pinta were going to drop by the coffee shop “La Sucrière” later on this morning and she'd stated that she wanted to look at the boat, so I'll have to clean up a bit. Because it has been so uncomfortable with the constant rolling motion of the boat in the anchorage I haven't done much aboard and the results of all the shopping trips to Island Waterworld and Budget Marine are lying on the floor all over the main cabin. I'll end up doing the bachelor thing - moving the pile from the floor to a less messy pile in the aft cabins, but at least the pile will have some semblance of order.

I met Hafida and Heinz-Dieter at the café and we talked and did e-mails, then while she was uploading some large pictures I headed off to Customs & Immigration and cleared out of St. Martin with destination of the BVI. That process took only a few minutes and then all of us headed to my boat for an inspection tour, subsequently all three of us took my dinghy under the bridge and I dropped them off at their dinghy in the marina, then continued on to Island Waterworld for some final purchases.

In the afternoon after a croissant and coffee coupled with some internet usage I decided to climb up the hill to the ruins of the Fort St. Louis that preside over Marigot. The timing was a bit of a mistake, as I had my notebook with the heavy XL-sized battery plus the camera and assorted bits and bobs in the backpack so it felt like a bit of a trek up the hill, but once at the summit the views were well worth the short hike. Apart from a family with a daughter who really wanted me to take pictures of her (she even decided which rock she'd sit on) the fort was empty of people; I'd heard that it can get quite crowded up there at times.

Immigration in St. Martin The customs officer in the ferry terminal in Marigot. While it looks official and costs 20-30&eur; to clear in here, the same can be done a few feet down the dock for &eur;5.
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Immigration in St. Martin
Hafida in St. Martin Hafida in the front of the dinghy as we approach the French drawbridge in St. Martin.
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Hafida in St. Martin
Dieter driving the dinghy Dieter from "Pinta" steering my dinghy while I use the opportunity to take some pictures just before we pass under the drawbridge on the French side.
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Dieter driving the dinghy
Hafida and Heinz-Dieter Hafida and Heinz-Dieter
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Hafida and Heinz-Dieter
Fort St. Louis cannon This cannon looks like it is aimed right at Zanshin I in Marigot harbour on St. Martin.
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Fort St. Louis cannon
Fort St. Louis walls Fort St. Louis walls
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Fort St. Louis walls
Ancient Cannon Ancient Cannon
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Ancient Cannon
Photogenic girl Photogenic girl
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Photogenic girl
Top of Fort St. Louis The remains of Fort St.Louis overlooking the town of Marigot in St. Martin.
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Top of Fort St. Louis
Looking down on Marigot The view down onto the old town of Marigot with the dutch side of the island visible in the middle distance.
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Looking down on Marigot
Girl in the Fort This girl really wanted her picture taken and kept on thinking of new poses and places to pose in. The new Nikon camera must have made me look like a Papparazzi :)
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Girl in the Fort
Marigot Ferry dock This is the new ferry dock, mainly used for the littel ferries between St. Martin and Anguilla, but the far end also serves as the dinghy dock for all the boats anchored in Marigot Bay.
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Marigot Ferry dock

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