Armed with my shopping list I headed ashore just in time to get into the car before the rains hit. Unlike the usual short but intense showers, this rain lasted quite a while and didn't really let up until after lunchtime. My spending frenzy knew some bounds, as my credit card company hadn't responded yet and I didn't know if the card was blocked or not. Thus I was back to using old-fashioned cash but fortunately my list wasn't too extensive. Much of what I still needed to purchase was to come from the French hardware store in Marigot (220V stuff which isn't sold on the 110V Dutch side), and of course by the time I drove by there they were closed for lunch but I took the time to have a croissant and coffee at La Sucrière.
By the time I'd gotten my purchases together and unloaded them on the boat it was 16:30 and I decided to head out to Barnacles via the coastal French road and perhaps I could catch Air France taking off at the airport if they were, as is often the case, delayed. I stopped off at the Driftwood Bar at the end of the runway on Sunset Beach but they told me that the Airbus had already left for the day, but I remained to watch a couple of landings and see the eponymous sunset there.
Afterwards I dropped by at Barnacles and was very happy to meet up with the crew there and to find out that they did indeed have their famous ribs available that night. The meals was excellent and I met up with some Germans who I'd met two years earlier and we talked for a while until I felt ready for the long drive back to Grand Case on the French side.

Editing the day's pictures Here I'm editing and selecting the day's crop of photos using Adobe Lightroom 5
(2014-01-24 07:28:30 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Editing the day's pictures
Lagoonies in St. Martin This is a popular bar and restaurant for cruisers inside the Simpson Bay lagoon - making it very accessible by dinghy.
(2014-01-24 11:17:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
Lagoonies in St. Martin
Lagoonie's lunchtime menu Yummy lunchtime menu at Lagoonies in St. Martin
(2014-01-24 11:17:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/13s] ISO 200)
Lagoonie's lunchtime menu
Big boys at the Marigot Marina Some of the bigger yachts at the docks in Marigot, St. Martin
(2014-01-24 14:14:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Big boys at the Marigot Marina
The Fort at Marigot Hilltop Fort St. Louis in Marigot, St. Martin.
(2014-01-24 14:14:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
The Fort at Marigot
Driftwood Bar at Sunset Beach The Driftwood Bar at the end of the runway at Princess Juliana Airport on St. Martin is a perfect place to watch the exciting takeoffs and landings.
(2014-01-24 17:43:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Driftwood Bar at Sunset Beach
LIAT flight coming to St. Martin A LIAT flight coming in on final approach to Princess Juliana Airport on St. Martin.
(2014-01-24 17:49:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/1600s] ISO 200)
LIAT flight coming to St. Martin
Hotel and Condos at Sunset Beach The condos and hotels at the end of the runway on St. Martin as seen from the Driftwood Bar.
(2014-01-24 17:50:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 200)
Hotel and Condos at Sunset Beach
Final approach at St. Martin As the sun sets and a ketch sails by a LIAT flight on final approach to Princess Juliana airport on St. Martin.
(2014-01-24 17:57:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
Final approach at St. Martin
Sunset beach view Golden sunset with ships off Sunset Beach in St. Martin.
(2014-01-24 17:56:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
Sunset beach view
Sunset beach and ketch As the sun sets a daysail ketch slowly goes by the end of the runway at sunset beach on St. Martin
(2014-01-24 17:58:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/25s] ISO 200)
Sunset beach and ketch
Ketch and sunset As the sun approaches the horizon a ketch sails by the end of the runway at Sunset Beach on St. Martin
(2014-01-24 17:56:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
Ketch and sunset
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