August 9, 2017
The plan for today was a simple one. We set off, and after stopping to enjoy the local lizards were directed to a taxi to “city center”. What a joke! Nothing like I remembered 17 years ago so we started walking as surely there was a place where the people and shops were and the submarine! We walked 2 miles (thank god for prednisone as yesterday I could not walk 2 blocks.) Beautiful by the water- and we arrived at a shopping center and “yaucht” port. 10 am and completely empty! A ghost town! We found a taxi and he told us only some ships come in there and its basically closed otherwise. The cruise ships make or break these communities! The stop was at “crown point cruise terminal” which had about 10 cruise line owned shops and that was it! What a disappointment. The submarine is no longer in buisness as is the case with many things here. Reminded me of St Croux when we were there a few years ago- if the cruise ships leave- the place becomes worthless. Boom towns! Pretty sad.
We head back and tina rests given I kept her up with my cough all night. I work. We hit the stone chairs this afternoon and are now enjoying the sail away on the balcony- it is beautiful outside in the shade.
Tomorrow is St Marteen- hoping for better luck! Was there 5 years ago- hopefully has not changed.