It was a bit cloudy when we pulled into St Thomas, but the temperature was wonderful in the morning.
If I had to guess, I would say it was not as blazing hot as it was last year at this same time when we did the same itinerary on another ship.
However, we pulled into a different port this time, likely due to the massive size of the Oasis of the Seas, and it was nice getting a different view of Charlotte Amelie!
Back on American soil! Well, sort of!
There is an American flag flying in front of the post office!
But it doesn’t feel like the USA. Folks here are very grateful that Hurricane Matthew didn’t head this direction, but we are very worried for those in the path, so please stay safe!
I took a taxi to town, wandered just a bit, and when my foot started throbbing, I grabbed another taxi back. It would have been a shame to not at least get off the ship for a bit! I would have missed the sounds of this:
The sounds of steel drum music make my toes tap, my hips wiggle!
I love the buildings!
And the incredible history of hearty hard working people!
Constructed Circa 1890-1905 - Danish West Indies - Reconstructed 2006
This open market pavilion, traditionally know as "The Bungalow", was constructed in the late 19th century or early 20th century during the Danish colonial era. It was financed with the assistance of local merchants for the primary purpose of providing cover for local female hucksters, known as "market women", who sold their provision from this open square. The legendary women were a vital force in the commercial and economic life of Charlotte Amalie.
The Bungalow was designed to grace this open square, the named Casmin Square, which was bordered with Mahogany and Tamarind trees. When initially constructed, the Bungalow looked very much as it appears today with an open pavilion and a steel curved roofline supported by cast-iron columns. The Bungalow had only a cistern on the inside. Later, wooden tables were installed to accommodate the market women. These wooden tables were eventually replaced with concrete tables known to the market as "trays".
In 1984, the 15th Legislature of the Virgin Islands officially named The Bungalow in honor of Mrs. Sanderilla Indiana Blyden Farrington Thomas, affectionately known as "Miss Sandy", a well-known and beloved vendor at the market.This market was a new discovery for me as it was a bit off the beaten path. The road less traveled by tourists!
Hello, little fella!
Time to get back on the ship for some R&R!
The ship is a great place to be while everyone else is in port. You can actually find an empty lounge chair. There is room in the pool to float around and relax. Sometimes when on these tours we are so busy busy busy that there is no time to enjoy the ship. I spent the afternoon all the way until our 8pm Open Sew time just relaxing.
And stitching some of this:
Fill in corner #3 is ON!
Remember that I am designing this as I go, and have been working on it for the past several years as ONLY a take-along project. I know I need to float the two sides with a couple rows of hexies, and then Ill decide if I want to border it yet. There is still a long way to go, but fill in corner #4 is well under way. I’m now on row 3 of that one.
The rest of my photos from yesterday are in this quickie slide show below. The internet has been pretty horrid, as expected. It kicks me off about every 3 minutes or so so it has taken a long long time just to write this blog post and get it uploaded.
Today we’ve docked into St Maarten!
It’s not a bad little balcony office!
Not bad at all!
I have no plans for today other than to grab some fish tacos with our Janome guy, Scott from Citrus Sew & Vac. He has been on every cruise I’ve done over the past many years with the exception of our August Mediterranean affair. He knows where all the good food is in every port! Should be fun!
Back on ship time is 4:30 – and we start our journey home.
Two more days at sea, arriving in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage star quilt found in North Carolina.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!