St Martin – Market and Beaches

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 17-18 September 2016

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In the morning we went to the Marigot Markets.  Here are some fishermen preparing fish beside the sea.

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A huge array of shells.

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These locals appear to have locked themselves out of their car.

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Markets in the background.

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Next we went to Maho Beach, which is right beside the airport.  This sign on the fence at the beach and also at the end of the runway warns of the dangers but not all people take notice.  It is particularly dangerous when a plane has backed up to this end of the runway to take off.  People can cling to the fence to experience the jet blast but they can get blown away and unable to hang on.  About nine months after I took this photograph, a woman from New Zealand died here when she was blown off the fence and hit her head on te kerb.

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Here is the beach, the runway just to the right.  We saw this view from the air as the plane came in a couple of posts ago.

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And there’s a plane on the way.

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There it goes….

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Nearby we saw these posters for a forthcoming Sint Maarten election.  Lots of big posters may not amount to much it seems.  At the previous election the party of these posters won only around 1% of the vote and it no longer exists.

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Nearby this sailing ship was tied up at a wharf.

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Could it be a surviving Dutch fluyt from the seventeenth century?

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No, it’s quite modern, either a replica or a fantasy.  Semper pro gradiens (always progressing) is the motto of Sint Maarten.

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In the afternoon we went to Petit Plage, just north of Grand case, for a swim.  I didn’t take a camera with me because I didn’t want to leave it unaccompanied on the beach though as it turns out I could have because there were not many people around.  But I have no images of that to show you.  This is the beach at Grand Case late in the afternoon.

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An old house on the street in Grand Case.

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Next day we were due to fly out in the afternoon but had enough time to visit Happy Day Beach for another swim.

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There were no other people around when we turned up.

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Some people turned up while we were there and were swimming as we left.

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Around St Martin

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 16 September 2016

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On our first full day on St Martin we circumnavigated the island, starting from our accommodation near Grand Case.

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And here we are at Grand Case, looking north from the beach.

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This is looking south along the beach, from about the same place.

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As you can see, it had the feel of a charming village and was the gastronomic centre of St Martin and Sint Maarten.

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An old house in need of restoration.

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From the beach.

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Anguilla in the background.

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It must now be much changed, first devastated by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over  a year later, and now presumably largely closed down by CIVID-19.

Here is a link to a French Government video showing the devastation of the hurricane over Grand Case.  Maximise it to full screen to run it otherwise it will be very small.

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Here we are a bit further north at Anse Marcel, essentially a self contained resort.  No shops or eateries that we could see but beaches are public and Jools went for a swim.

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Lizard and hibiscus flower on the beach.  Not set up..

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Looking back at Anse Marcel from the road out.

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We stopped off near Cul de Sac Bay to find a view.  Saint Barthélemy is in the background.  It separated from Guadeloupe in 2003 to form a separate French Overseas Collectivity.

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An egret at the water’s edge.

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We are a bit further on at Orient Bay.

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It was a bit too tourist-focused for us so we kept on going.

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We found a nice quiet place for a swim at Le Galion.

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Not far past Le Galion, we are at Rotary Point.

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Now more toward the south west corner of the island, looking over Guana Bay (at the left).  We are now in Sint Maarten.

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An abandoned mansion, that may have been wiped out by a previous hurricane.

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Meeting some of the locals.

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A view over the commercial centre of Philipsburg.

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We are now back in St Martin at Fort Louis, near Marigot, built in 1797 by local subscription (since there were no local taxes).

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In July 1808 the fort, defended by 28 men was attacked by about 200 men from a British squadron.  They were after the stocks of coffee that the knew to be in the port.  This did not go well for the British.  Seven including one of the Captains were killed, 18 severely wounded and 140 captured.  And they didn’t get any coffee.

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A wreck somewhat more recent that 1808.

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Arawak Indians settled the island about 3,500 years ago and Carib Indians displaced them more recently.  Following their arrival in the region, the Spanish didn’t bother to colonise and the Dutch were the first to settle in 1631.  French and British outposts quickly sprang up but the Spanish arrived and threw them all out in 1633.  However the Spanish deserted the island in 1648 and both Dutch and French returned.  They quickly realised there was no point in a war and agreed to divided the island between them.

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Back at our lodgings again, looking over Grand Case.

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