March 26, 2015

St. Bart's Vacation - Part 1

I just returned from a glorious six days on the island of St. Bart’s in the Caribbean. St. Bart’s has a long and storied history, and although small in size- eight square miles- it is topographically very interesting and the beaches are varied and wonderful for boating and swimming and water sports. I have been going to St. Bart’s for decades and on my very first visit the island had few inhabitants, few villas, and ONE telephone at the post office for everyone to use, and only small Moke cars for transportation. Now, of course, it is very, very different - the hustle and bustle, the traffic, and the vivaciousness have all increased a hundred fold or more.

But the charm is still there, the shopping is really fabulous- Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Chanel co-exist with many small, unique shops that provide choice and style. The restaurants – L’Isola, Taiwana, La Case de L’Isle, La Langouste, Tamarin, to name just a few, all serve delicious food. If you prefer to cook at home, and we did cook many meals, there are great shops to buy local as well as imported foodstuffs. American Gourmet, in Gustavia, imports delicacies from France on a daily basis, and services many of the yachts in the harbor as well as restaurants and private villas. I got bottarga, Vacherin cheese, lychees and French strawberries there, along with a fine assortment of rose wines - Eric Azagury is the man to see.

I will be posting one or two more blogs about this beautiful island in the next week, so more to come. Enjoy.