St. Martin Wednesday 3-28-12

Day 2 – walked to the bakery in the Village for croisants for breakfast and “American” coffee, about twice the size of a little espresso. Enjoyed the beach for a while, then drove about as far north as we could to the village of Cul de Sac. That’s where you can take a 5-minute ferry or rent kayaks to go to Islet Pinel. Drove from there up and down steep hills to Anse Marcel, a beach with a fancy resort. We weren’t fancy enough, so we drove on and up the hills to get great views. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at the US Market (supermarket) to buy sandwich and breakfast supplies, fruit, coffee, rum – the essentials.

Ate lunch on the patio alongside the pool. more beach, naps. Then dressed for dinner and drove all the way to Grand Case (10 minutes?) to find “Restaurant Row” – the gourmet capital of the Carribbean. Walked the Row reading menus. Settled on L’Auberge Gourmande in one of the oldest buildings in the town. Great food, with interesting side dishes – I had Sautéed Chilean sea bass filet & shrimp, served with coconut sauce on a bed of sweet potatoes, with a large potato-latke-ish thing made of cauliflower – yum!

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