There are so many things I want remember and share with you, so I'll do my best to mention our favorites and hope that my recollection will be enough to satisfy your desires to return to the place everyone who enters loves:
1. The tranquility and seclusion of Gouveneur's white sand beach; without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen anywhere in the Caribbean.
2. Colombier, for the sense of Alexandre Dumas and the "Count of Monte Cristo" and of course more turtles than many will see in a lifetime. Hint - swim out towards the old blue freighter that's been moored there for a few years now.
3. The Run along Flamand's Beach to Colombier and then the trail up and over the steep trail back to Flamands. My wife runs half-marathon trail runs and she and I did the run in 45 minutes. I was dead...anyone that could do it quicker is either an Olympian or is hitching a ride back down. Wow! Great workout!
4. The Boulangerie in St. Jean. Every morning at 6:00 when the roosters would start to wake ( I loved the sound of the roosters talking to one another from across the valley) we'd wake, get into our Samurai and drive to pick up almond and chocolate croissants, two diet cokes, and two French baguettes for the day.
5. The Match for wine, cheese, bottled water, prosciutto and a fresh melon daily. The true essentials
6. Wine and Mohito's at the Tapas Bar in the Eden Rock with appetizers. Wow!
Views that can't be beat, service that is discreet yet attentive (not easy to pull off), and food that makes your mouth water just thinking about it.
7. Andy's Hideaway for nice plate of pasta and wonderfully quirky service.
Both my wife and I loved it. Cheap and Cheerful.
8. Maya's Togo for take out lunches and late night nibbles. They use fresh herbs in ways I hadn't even thought of. They recognized us immediately as we walked in each day and greeted us as if we were their best customers and that week we did our best to live up to the honor. Wonderful little place.
9. La Gloriette for a romantic night out without breaking the bank. Great value and great service. We seemed to see the staff all over the island as our week progressed and they always said hello and asked how our week was going. From the smiles on our faces, it was easy to see we were loving it.
10. Le Select for the "CB in paradise", fries and a Red Stripe. I couldn't avoid at least trying it out and we liked it so much, we went back another night. It was packed both nights with locals. Complete hole in the wall that most would avoid if they didn't know better. We'll be back again. (Jimmy Buffet himself was at the bar that evening. He was in town attending a funeral of friend who had tragically died in a plane wreck.)
11. The Baz Bar in Gustavia for drinks and people watching. Great ambiance, good drinks, and the bird's eye view to see the who's who pass us by. We had pina coladas and rum punches to help cool us off from the heat of day.
12. The little outside restaurant just off Shell Beach, I'm not sure what the name was but it is a must visit for us next time We found it halfway though our week and loved it. The Sandwiches are great and you've got to try their homemade tea. We loved sitting at a table and watching the beautiful locals and their kids play in the surf. The kids were on vacation from school that day and we were happy to see them soak up the sun with their families. The Bartender offered me a complementary rum shot as we paid the bill and he joined me in a toast to Life. This sort of service seemed to be typical everywhere we went.
13. Being pleasantly surprised by my wife going topless and in a thong each day on the beach. I would have never guessed she'd do it but she looked great and it didn't hurt our love life each afternoon as we sought shelter from the noonday sun. I think it was hotter in our villa than on any beach. Icing on the cake.