Suddenly there is a whole lot more room on the boat sitting here in Pointe a Pitre.
I got back to Blue Pearl in Antigua on January 9 after a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Got a chance to get all systems running before Pam arrived with Don and Pat for a tour down south.
Unfortunately, some little bastards from Montreal, with whom I shared a taxi, stole my wallet. I didn’t realize it was stolen at first and kept thinking what an idiot I was for misplacing it. But after a couple of days, when they returned home, they started using the ‘tap’ feature to buy coffee card top-ups, Uber rides and other things. We worry about theft down here and it turns out I needed to worry about Canadian slimebags.
So that made provisioning difficult. Fortunately, Sid and Peggy from Limin’ Time were able to lend me a bunch of local currency and I transferred the funds back into their account using eTransfer. Love eTransfer!
Great to pick up the travellers at the airport on Monday. We sped back to the boat so they could leap into the water for a cool-down swim and then enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun set.
We toured the island Tuesday and then had a “boat day” on Wednesday. Lots of swimming, reading, loafing and the occasional boat drink.
|Hermitage Bay from Pam's plane as they were landing|
|These guys just rowed this thing across the Atlantic from the Canaries to Antigua in 31 days|
|Walking in English Harbour|
|Found this lovely in Five Islands Bay|
|Looking for shells|
We left from Carlisle Bay for Deshaies, Guadeloupe, a 40 mile run fully expecting that we would catch a mahi in our usual spot but alas, Faithful Reader, we were skunked. Dang!!!
Deshaies is delightful. We especially love it now that we are in the middle of the series, “Death in Paradise,” which is filmed there. Our bartender plays "Ziggy." He has had one line and 7 seconds screen time!
Alright… that didn’t work. Got so badly beaten up that we turned around to seek refuge near Basse Terre for a couple of hours. It wasn’t as bad later… but still no fun.
Thanks to our friends from Mermaid we were able to find a mooring in Les Saintes and spent a nice evening recovering from the beating we took on the way over.
The following day, we rented scooters to race around the island to catch all the highlights. Saw the fort, beaches, hills, quaint streets, bars and grocery stores before returning to the boat in the early afternoon.
|Excellent lunch at our favorite beach bar at Grande Anse|
|At "Momma's Bar" from Death in Paradise|
|Enjoying a local micro brew|
|View from the fort|
|Don and Pat at Fort Napoleon|
|Blue Pearl - squeezed in between two huge cats|