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The Adventure of the Seas arrived at Philipsburg on the Dutch side of St. Martin/Sint Maarten, the Friendly Island, in the early morning. Having about eight hours of shore time, Barb and I rented a car to tour the Dutch/French island. There were a total of six cruise ships at the docks, meaning around 15,000 day trippers on the island, plus those tourists who had flown in....need I say that it was a bit crowded...
Hertz rented ...
... I have not been able to include pictures with this part of the blog. The Internet connection just isn't up to it. I have set my camera to the lowest possible resolution, but the computer sits frozen trying to send the pictures, burning up dollar after dollar of my satellite Internet time, and then finally gives up with the message "the system is unable to upload your file. - but, hey, thanks for all the money, anyway."
So it's just words until we reach terra firma ...
... the single traveller as our arms don't reach round our backs far enough to spread the suntan cream all over. I also bought a pretty beach cover-up thing.
Back on the pier, I joined the happy throng waiting for transport to the Orient ...
... a short while, so I signed up and went to get some breakfast until sailing time. I got pancakes at a little restaurant overlooking the beach called Bottums Up. They were good, but nothing special. When I asked if they had any local juices or sodas, the waitress said, “well, there's Fanta.” That's not a particularly local drink in my ind, but I got it anyway.
After breakfast, I joined the sailing group. I think everybody else in ...
... is concerned. We quickly walked through the area and took a bus back to Phillipsburg, the Dutch side.
A lot of people stop at Simpsonīs Bay, especially to see the low flying planes but we were kind of running out of time. I am soooo glad we skipped it because that gave us time to walk the boardwalk area. We had the most delicious finger lickinī jerk chicken. Next time we go, that will be our first stop. SO ...