10. Marigot Market. Marigot is the capital of the French side of St. Martin. The market appeals to both tourists for the souvenir/trinket stalls and art galleries, and to locals for the fresh fish, spices, and fruits and vegetables that can be purchased there.
9. Sights around Grand Case: came across this guy cleaning conch on the dock. Notice the lime to the right of the photo. That's because he was about to eat some of it. Talk about fresh sushi!
8. Sign at Baie Rouge. Notice at the bottom it says "nudity prohibited." By that they mean complete nudity because toplessness is allowed at all French side beaches!
7. Sights around Grand Case: Lobster Tank outside a restaurant, delicious gelato & ice cream made right there, school children on a field trip
6. There's a small regional airport in Grand Case. You can get tiny planes to other islands. I was lucky enough to catch one about to land when I was out taking pictures one morning.
5. We had encounters with pets too. The dog, whose name is Au Lait, lives at the Grand Case Beach Club. He's a good dog and you can tell he thinks he owns the property because he sits right in the middle of the road and won't move even for cars. One night when we were eating at the Lolo (local grill) all of a sudden this kitty jumped right onto the bench next to me. Next thing we knew, she just climbed in my lap. She was so warm and purry and sweet I didn't want to leave. Mean Mr. Helen made me and said, "NO PETS!"
4. A bird's nest sitting right in a cactus. As I took this photo, the little bird actually flew out right at me. Mr. Helen thought that was pretty funny.
3. So many gorgeous, gorgeous flowers and plants and cactus. So much beauty all around, it was hard to decide whether to look at the water or the land.