Showing our children Brandon, Staci daughter in law, Casandra and Keith our favorite place
It was very hard trying to get 4 busy people's schedules to mesh. My daughter in law Staci is a Spanish teacher so we chose the first week after school got out. We my husband and I met Keith my youngest and we drove to Valpo where my oldest son lives. We ate at a Mexican restaurant in Valpo and we all drove to Chicago. Brandon got us rooms at Hampton Inn with his points. We were up early and the hotel had early breakfast at 530 am We took 6 am shuttle to airport
This is our 5th trip to St John and only time we had such a fiasco. WE were at US Air and found out they had changed to United and we needed to be clear down the terminal. All 6 of us got in line and the lady said you need to be in International Line. What the #$#K? The International Line was snaking around and out the door. I was in tears. A man took pity on us and took us up to a lady at the desk and she helped us. She was very helpful and said she was sorry but no we did not need to be in that long line. Whew!!! first hurtle accomplished.Never knew this was going to be like a track meet having to get over obstacles along the way.
We had a connecting flight in Charlotte where my daughter Casandra from Indy was meeting us. We were pleased to see her and then we found out there were mechanical problems with our plane and would need to wait for replacements.Hurtle 2 after 4 hours of waiting we were on our way.
We landed at St Thomas at 0650 pm. We had Basil as our driver and collected our luggage and was out of airport 0710, We made the 0800 ferry and Lisa our Villa manager met us and took us to Cool Breeze to get our Safari truck we would have to go back when they open tomorrow to sign contract. Hurtle 3. We have wheels. the safari truck is pretty beat up but served our purpose.
Off to Villa Bijou hurtle #4, We had missed our dinner reservations but Lisa had plenty of food, lunch meat, wine, crackers, beer, pop, cheese, fruit plate and cookies to get us by. What had started out to be our worst beginning to trip just got better. We took a deep breath, felt the warm air, listened to island sounds and was just finally excited to be on the island.
We were in love with the Villa. It had 3 equal bedrooms with large inside garden showers. The one bedroom is down by pool so private for my son and his wife. All bedrooms air conditioned Large pool with gazebo out front. . Most of all a large open kitchen with view of water.My son Keith who can sleep anywhere opted out of sharing room with sister and chose couch overlooking water.
Up early 5 am the sun is up and is my favorite time. I made coffee and went out to watch the island waking up over Great Cruz Bay in Gazebo. We had bacon egg mac muffins, and fresh fruit and left about 0830.
We parked at Caneel and walked to Salomon Beach. The kids all snorkeled and we relaxed and then walked to honeymoon beach to eat our sandwiches. We snorkeled to right at Caneels main beach and then enjoyed our drink at bar.
Had crackers with cheese, mozzarella, prosciutto salmon and cream cheese. We had pork chops and pasta for supper and wine. Really enjoyed the evening at Villa.I never realized how much my kids got the love for reading from me until I see books in their hands in alot of the pictures.
We had sausage mac muffins and headed to Grootpan Bay it was rough today so only did short snorkel and went to Kiddel bay. Much calmer and Keith and I went pretty far to right
Gibney would be the beach for afternoon and we stayed until 4pm.Love this picture of Staci
Tonight we had reservations for Lime Inn at 0730. Wed is all you can eat shrimp for 26$
We went to Trunk Bay all day until 3 pm read and relaxed
We had chicken laid out and had forgot to put in refrigerator so had to pitch and improvise what would be for supper.We started out with stuffed dates and then had roasted turkey and potatoes on the grill.
Friday Casandra made a eggs scramble with left over pork shop and sausage. Staci and Brandon cleaned up. I never minded cooking here the view was to die for. Staci who was 3 months pregnant and Brandon decided they would have another Villa Day. The rest of us headed to Haulover South We snorkeled to right and reef in the middle. Casandra read on beach and Keith and I snorkeled Haulover North.
We ate at Skinney legs and went to Denis for afternoon
We had reservations at Fatty Crabs at 7 pm, It is like a tapas restaurant. We had crispy potatoes, sauteed vegetables
Fish fry sliders, crispy shrimp, watermelon pickle and crispy pork, pulled pork, coconut rice. No one was impressed with food.
Saturday last day
We went to Hawksnest Bay for morning. It always has sun early.
Afternoon at Denis
Tonight we decided to enjoy the pool and villa so we got carry out at Candies. We enjoyed the food but we had way too much and since it was our last day unable to eat leftovers. I would get food from there again but not on last night.
Sunday travel day
Uneventful ate at Ocean grill and took 1200 ferry