Friday, January 8, 2010

St. Maarten, Dutch and French Sides

Now isn't the St. Maarten sign just a pretty pink? For more precious pink items, go to Beverly's site at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/
This is the Dutch side. They have excellent shopping there so my sister and I took advantage of it. We walked from the port which was a good 15 minutes so we got our exercise.
After shopping, we had tot ake a taxi back to the port though, because our shopping bags got heavy. Mine was full of table linens, of course. They have stores with beautifully embroidered tablecloths and crocheted ones.
Oh no! I interchanged the pictures. Below is actually John's and my favorite flea market in the French side. This is where I buy my toile tablecloths. Shopping in the Dutch side is at the very bottom. Sorry for the mix up but I will have to delete a lot of pictures and reload to correct it and I am getting ready for another trip so I really do not have much time. I would like to load this blog entry in advance.
Now, back to the Dutch side.
Here's a pretty house on top of the mountain. We were told by the taxi driver that it is owned by a real estate guru. I can just imagine the breathtaking view from up there.
Ok, here is the shopping area in the Dutch side.
Let's go to the French side.

Lots of cacti can be seen along the hills.
See the cows at the bottom of the hill? I think it is a lovely sight. Maybe they are on their way to Burger King, lol!
They have beautiful beaches. On the far right of this beach is a nude beach.
It is more expensive to shop here because of the euro but the scenery is beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed our tour of both sides of St. Maarten. Thanks y'all for coming along.
Thanks Beverly, for another sweet Pink Saturday!

19 comments:

Helen said...

Hi Christine~ I have visited both sides of this beautiful island and the perfect beaches they offer. I shopped and found great bargains plus we were there during Carnival!!! Thanks so much for the tour.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! Now this is a place I would love to go! And shopping for table linens...how much fun!And there's beautiful scenery to boot! I hope you are having a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

Together We Save said...

Wow- what an amazing trip!! These pictures are wonderful.

D said...

Hey, Christine,

Do you ever stay at home? :)
I'm so jealous!!!!!!

D

alice said...

Christine,
Thanks for the memories.............(can you sing along)! I love both sides and been there many a time! Looks like all of you enjoyed your stay.
smiles, alice

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, I always love touring with you. Your pictures are so pretty of St. Maarten. Loved seeing this.

I am leaving for a blogging break, but I saw your post come up and wanted to speak before popping off for my break...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It is beautiful...and the shopping sounds great! You are taking another trip? Where are you headed this time?

Sue

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I would love to take that trip Christine, it looks just wonderful! Girl, your passport must be getting worn out! Have fun wherever your going now! Hugs, Cindy

Sares said...

They can certainly multi-task here can't they! It is certainly beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend Christine and Happy Pink!

Regina said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine!

Wow beautiful place.
Thanks for the tour.

Enjoy the weekend.

XO
Regina

Self Sagacity said...

I had a lot of luck in St. Marteen as well. Looks like a lot of fun!

PAT said...

Thanks so much for this fun tour, Christine!

Happy Pink Saturday!

SmilingSally said...

Just what I needed to see on this ridiculously chilly day! Thanks, Christine. Stay warm!

Just Breathe said...

It's so much fun viewing the world through you eyes. Thanks for taking me along.

g said...

Wow, what a great place to vacation! Have a wonderful Pink SAturday!

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, I love these pictures of warmth and sunshine! That flea market looks like alot of fun! I just love taking these virtual trips with you, you always find the best places. And I think those cows are going to Chik fil a lol. Hope you are having a great weekend. Kathy

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! It all looks fantastic! I would love to wander around the flea market and everywhere else you take us through your photos! haha

Thank you for stopping by! And like I mentioned...zip line, parasailing, hang-gliding...all of it sounds like something I would love to try, but definitely hanging on to my hubby while doing those things...sounds safer :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What, no photos of the nude beach? Looks like a beautiful place to visit, and great shopping too - can't get much better than that! Thanks for taking us on the tour. laurie

Joyce said...

I have not been there in so many years and we stayed on the Dutch side but kept driving to the French side. I remember the beach at our hotel was lovely and maybe one day we will go back. I enjoyed all your photos. I wish I could travel more as it is all so interesting. Thanks for sharing your photos as it stirred up lots of memories for me.
Joyce

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