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What Can Teenagers Do During Family Vacations in St Barth? (Part Three)

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Day 4 finds us up bright and early because Reegan and Andrea were going out on the Ne Me Quitte Pas Catamaran at 9:00 am. They had signed up for a half-Day trip to Colombier and that beach is only accessible by a 20 minute hike along a goat path or by boat. Once owned by the Rockefeller Family, the beach has always been public and it remains untouched. There is great snorkeling just offshore.

Half-Day-Snorkeling-Trip-to-Colombier-on-the-Ne-Me-Quitte-Pas

Half Day Snorkeling Trip to Colombier on the <em>Ne Me Quitte Pas</em>

Colombier_Beach

Colombier Beach

Lathered up with sunscreen (They learned their lesson the hard way) a dingy took them out to the boat and off they went. The Catamaran had snorkeling equipment as well as kayaks which the girls used to paddle onto the beach.

Kayaking-off-of-Colombier-Beach

Kayaking off of Colombier Beach

We picked them up at 1:00 and hurried off to our luncheon date with Christine and Felix from Le Bar du Village. We met them at O’Corail which is a fabulous little place on Grand Cul de Sac Beach. (Their goat cheese salad is to die for.) We opted for a table on the beach, took off our shoes and put our toes in the sand.

Lunch-at-O'Corail-with-Christine-and-Felix

Lunch at O'Corail with Christine and Felix

(right)-with-a-Mango-Smoothie-and-Andrea-with-a-Raspberry-Smoothie

O'Corail: Reegan (right) with a Mango Smoothie and Andrea with a Raspberry Smoothie

What’s a trip to St. Barth without going to Le Ti St. Barth for dinner and a show? I made sure the girls would not miss out on that experience so asked Magda to book a great table for us. Right now Le Ti has a fabulous cabaret show on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; we were fortunate to see it on that Wednesday. It was so professionally done and the costumes were quite remarkable.

Reegan-and-Andrea-at-Le-Ti-St.-Barth

Reegan and Andrea at Le Ti St. Barth

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Le Ti St. Barth Cabaret

Le Ti St. Barth Cabaret

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What’s New in St. Barth? Le Bar du Village

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The other evening, Steve and I happened upon this new little place which is tucked into the hillside at the Village St. Jean hotel. My friend Christine Gordon was there singing and playing the piano along with the very talented David Jared. We went just to check it out and to have a drink but when we saw other people dining on some interesting looking dishes we decided to stay for dinner.

Christine Gordon on the keys

Christine Gordon on the keys

David Jared at the piano

David Jared at the piano

The menu varies each night. The very imaginative chef Felix Questel goes shopping at the various markets each morning and then creates his menu according to what fresh items he was able to find. Felix comes with lots of experience. He learned his profession by training in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Paris. He was previously at La Cantina and the Christopher.

Felix Questel, Le Bar du Village chef

Felix Questel, Le Bar du Village chef

That particular evening Felix wanted us to try them all, so we chose to dine on the dégustation menu for 42 euros. Each dish came out in two’s and portions were presented in a small glass dish. We loved everything!

La-Soupe-de-Mahi-Mahi

La Soupe de Mahi Mahi avec ses Crustacés et petits croutons
La Végétarienne au Toffu Saute et sa Ratatouille d'Aubergine

Le-Saute-de-Veau

Le Saute de Veau a Lavande et Estragon
Les Cubes de Wahoo Marines au Citron Vert et poivrons rôtis a l'Ail

The French use the term, Méli-Mélo which best describes the fare. It is a mixture, a potpourri so to speak, of wonderful ingredients that when put together make outstanding dishes.

Le Bar du Village is a casual place where people can go for drinks and a light meal. The menu items average between 15 and 22 euros apiece. It is in a nice setting with views from the terrace and it is where singles and/or couples can meet other people. It is open every evening except Wednesday.

Try it and let me know your take on it.

Lavandes-et-minte

Lavender and mint given to us by Felix - Steve was grilling lamb chops the next night

By the way, do you remember my last blog about my very, very delayed flight to Brazil? Well, I received an unsolicited email from American Airlines apologizing and informing me that they deposited 20,000 miles into my frequent flyer account!

I didn’t tell you about what happened on my return flight as I did not want it to turn into an AA-bashing affair. BUT when we landed in Miami there were all sorts of emergency vehicles rushing out to meet our plane. We had been stopped on an active runway as we were about to taxi to the gate. It seems our brakes had overheated and there was smoke coming out of the area so we were prevented from going any further. The engines on the plane were turned off and after awhile we were given the ok that all was under control. Then we had to be towed to the gate because they did not want to re-start the engines. A few days later I received another unsolicited email from American apologizing for the scare. They deposited 10,000 more miles into my FF account! So, at least I earned enough miles for a free ticket. There is always a bright side to everything.