On Tuesdays in the late afternoon the main street in Grand Case gets shut down for a street market that goes late into the night so I had to ensure that I returned by around 14:00 so that I could get a parking spot.
So I headed off in the morning and, in my hurry, forgot my shopping list for boat parts so all I did at both Budget Marine and Island Waterworld was window-shopping. I had a tasty lunch at Lagoonies and then drove into Philipsburg and went to the Bluepoint electronics store to purchase a LED monitor (an IPS one, so that I can see the real colors when I edit pictures). After the obligatory baguette purchase I went back aboard and lounged topsides while reading the Nikon manual in order to learn the details of my new camera.
Ashore at Grand Case I walked the main street and once again admired the woodblock prints by Paul Elliott Thudeau at the Tropismes art gallery and I need to really think about getting one of them for the boat. I walked upstairs to another gallery and talked with the people on the balcony there, one gent was playing the sax and it turns out that he's aboard the big trimaran anchored off the docks in Grand Case.
The restaurants and LoLos were packed, so instead of dinner I opted to drop by Calmos Caf&ea again and had their tasty Mousse au Chèvre and met a nice couple from New York who were heading off to St. Barths by plane the next day - perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned the rather thrilling and exciting approach over the roundabout at the top of the hill on final approach.

Sunset at Grand Case My first sunset picture with the new telephoto lens.
(2014-01-21 17:57:22 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 180)
Sunset at Grand Case
Sun setting at Grand Case Another telephoto sunset in St. Martin.
(2014-01-21 17:56:41 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Sun setting at Grand Case
2-year old speaker... The whole plastic element has disintegrated, not from salt-water but from UV-Exposure and one can imagine what the sound is now like.
(2014-01-21 16:26:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 200)
2-year old speaker...
Saxophoe player in Grand Case An Italian sailor on a Trimaran in the anchorage sits upstairs and plays a nice sax accopmanied by a a recording with the other insturments.
(2014-01-21 19:33:23 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/640s] ISO 800)
Saxophoe player in Grand Case
Octopus Diving heading out Octopus Diving heading out
(2014-01-21 15:15:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Octopus Diving heading out
Case Ting woodblock The woodblock prints have always interested me and this one in particular caught my eye with the vibrant colors and typical shading of a hot Caribbean day and the advertisement of a local soft-drink.
(2014-01-21 18:54:13 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/250s] ISO 800)
Case Ting woodblock
Wood Inlay paintings This artist makes incredible "paintings" by using small differently colored pieces of wood to compose beautiful images. He always had some Escher works, but those have sold - I'm not surprised as they were truly works of art. The artist is based in Marigot and is called Jean-Pierre Straub.
(2014-01-21 19:12:22 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/640s] ISO 800)
Wood Inlay paintings
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