Day 1: St. Thomas, USVI

Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
Trip End Apr 21, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Day 1: 16th April 2009, Thursday
Time: 6.30am CST
: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Welcome all!

This is my first blog entry and I hope to cover all the special details related with this travel which make it so unique! Enjoy...

It all started around the month of February '09 when realization started dawning upon us that our 1st Wedding Anniversary was barely 2 months away... and surviving the cold, gloomy weather of the Midwest (Milwaukee, WI) it was decided that our destination had to be something with ample doses of the Sun for sure! So we started our hunt for the dream vacation destination (keeping in mind the limited number of holidays we were privileged to have and other such related facts of the real life). We looked at a number of places and finally decided on the US Virgin Islands!!! A true Caribbean experience without any Visa neat is that?!? So all the reservations were done and packing off lots of sunscreen lotion, beach towels, sunglasses and all of the summer stuff, off we went to the Airport to catch our flight!

Day 1: 16th April 2009, Thursday
Time: 3.30 - 11pm EST
: Cyril E. King Airport [STT] St. Thomas, USVI

Our first glimpse of the Islands came as we started landing towards the Airport...pale blue skies, with puffy white clouds, the vast turquoise sea and finally the almost entirely green hilly island of St. Thomas dotted with beautiful tiny red-roofed houses...After we stepped out of the airport, the feeling of traveling from "cloudy 43F" to "sunny 78F" was more than exhilarating! The warm humid air felt heavenly on the skin... Then we rented a sedan, put our baggage into it, gut our tiny map out for directions to the Resort and got ready for the first unique experience on the trip: Driving a LEFT-handed vehicle on the the LEFT side of the road....!!! At first it felt a little uneasy for me sitting on the median-side (which was the passenger side!) and staring at the cars whizzing by in the opposite direction so closely, but eventually we started enjoying it!
The Waterfront Highway we took was one of the smallest and busiest highways I have ever seen...but equally scenic! The road passes through downtown Charlotte Amalie, mostly along the St. Thomas Harbor, which is always very active. After a short 15-min. drive on the hilly roads, we arrived at our Resort- a well-spread oceanfront place with a great eclectic Caribbean touch! The room was bright and clean, with cane furniture, a small kitchenette and a great view! The Resort had an amazing range of water sports facilities, motorized as well as non-motorized ones...and the best part- most of it was free for the Resort guests! The Resort also housed the St. Thomas Diving Club, which provided for dives and all possible equipment. There was a fantastic restaurant called Lobster Grille, right next to the ocean-facing swimming pool, with a swim-up bar serving magnificent Rum Punch (a popular must-have drink when visiting the Caribbean Islands, I guess) Another bar on the site, the Iggies Beach Bar & Grill, serves great food, drinks and music every night!
           After unpacking and refreshing ourselves, we decided to check out Downtown Charlotte Amalie and the Harbor. It turned out that vising the Harbor around the evening was great since it wasn't so busy and crowded as during the day when many Cruise ships come into the Harbor. Charlotte Amalie is a pretty town too if there's no traffic and crowds from the ships shopping away to glory! Then for dinner we had a reservation at Craig and Sally's Restaurant and Wine Bar, which boasts of a great (daily-changing) menu and exclusive wine list!
And it remained true to its claim...we had a tasty dinner starting with conch fritters, seafood bouillabaisse, lobster risotto and finishing with a cheesecake. After a great meal we called it a day and headed to the Resort for the night.
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Where I stayed
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
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You read it!! Thanks so much for introducing me to this world of blogs...I am encouraged to write many more now.. :)

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