Week 34 – # 8 WOW

I recently sailed on Island Windjammers’ newest edition – the Sagitta.  This was an experience for me as it was the first time sailing on a non-mega cruise ship.  The Sagitta is 120 ft, and while in its home port in St. Maarten, the Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam was also in port, that was the ship on which I sailed around Italy.  I pointed out the lanai of my room on that ship to my sister and detailed the fact that the room was higher than the top of the top mast on the Sagitta.  I mention this to help explain the major  differences I experienced.  Did I mention that I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences on the Sagitta?  Well, as much as I enjoy my comforts from the big ships, the personal experiences on a ship like the Sagitta, overwhelm.  With a crew of 10, you get to talk to all of them and learn just a bit about each of them.  This includes the Captain – Matt, who made sure we understood one hand for the ship at all times and while we are there to have a fantastic time, safety is always important.  Laurie, the purser, (but she is a lot more than that) took care to make sure we had everything we needed and made arrangements for what we didn’t.  Did I mention the absolutely wonderful meals?  Lenny, what you did in a kitchen that is smaller than my office at work was fantastic. Deserts to lust for, and hand made pasta.  Oh My!  Now while, I will only list the rest of the crew – they were all very friendly and welcoming   (especially getting me and the camera gear on and off the ship multiple times – with a rental camera).  Thanks to Rudy, George, Mr. Bones, Laurie (aka Fish), Jones, Johnny, Simon.
This whole trip was a WOW.

But now to pick out a few pictures for this was difficult, since I could fill an album.
In St. Barts, I saw this ship, with the fold out – lounge on the side.  Really?  Yes!WOWAnd please bear with me on this one – I tried –  it was just too beautiful not to try, but at night on a moving ship taking a photo of another moving ship is not easy. This black ship with all its lights and the glow in the water. Imagine this scene while you are enjoying a drink after dinner on deck.    So here it is – just don’t blow it up any bigger.

beauty at night
And Finally, not to be missed is the Sagitta herself.  – I need to give credit to the photographer on this one since I did not take it. This photo was taken by my sister Donna Pawl.  She was in a dinghy going around the Sagitta, both while moving.  (I was on the Sagitta taking photos of her taking photos of us).  Thank you Donna for use of your photo.

This trip was WOW.  Thank you to the Wonderful Crew of the Sagitta and Island Windjammers.Sagitta

Week 33 – # A5 Lane

There are many lanes, but I loved this one in Sint Maarten shopping area.  With all the colorful shops, having this car sitting there just made it for me.  This was just off the main street of shopping in Philipsburg.  The shops in this lane are closed off at night, but the gate swings open at 7:30 AM and the shops start to open and the smells of the crepes, glacies, and other foods will treat your senses.

Lane

Week 32 – # 23 Above and Beyond

I really wanted to get something that was above and beyond to fit this theme.
When talking about flying – the planes go above and beyond what we can do with our feet on the ground.   And then there is  this.   There are not many beaches where you can spend your time getting your suntan – and then have a plane start its approach right above your head.
Sunset beach on Sint Maarten is such a beach.  I waited for a large plane, but Jet Blue decided to be more than a half hour late, so I had to settle with a smaller plane.

I think you would agree – this is above and beyond for what you expect on a beach in the Caribbean.Above and beyond

And I thought the view on the beach would get your attention as well.

Week 31 – #24 630

I struggled with this theme.  And I really wanted to do something outside of the box.  I did not want to just hang on a clock.  I even tried to find a license plate in St Maarten.  Close – found 629 but not 630.   I am giving in to the time – only because I have spent more time on this one theme than I feel I should have.
The following is the clock in St Maarten shopping area in front of a church. 630 - 2But – I could not just let it go with this – I found this on a jeweler’s shop in Sint Maarten as well – 630 - 1You can say I sold out on this one.  So I will follow this post with one – that is a bit over the top (you might say).