French shopkeepers like you to greet them....
Americans tend to walk into a shop and immediately start prowling around. The best thing you can do in a French shop is first greet the shop proprietor/ess with a "hello" or even a "Bonjour". It is considered very rude not to do so in French culture. Just say hello!
St. Maarten Park
This zoo shows a wonderful collection of mammals (golden lion tamarins, white-fronted capuchins, vervet monkeys, baboons, bush dogs, ocelots, white-nosed coatimundis, raccoons), birds (hundreds of macaws, swans, ducks, brown pelicans, owls), reptiles (broad-snouted caiman, green iguanas, culy-tail lizards, boa constrictor, red-footed tortoise, red-eared slider turtles) and more.
The capital of French St. Martin, Marigot has a bit of a southern European flavor. Home to a public market, souvenir stalls, a handful of lolos, and other restaurants, Marigot’s harborfront is the city’s main commercial area. Not surprisingly, it is a good place to people watch, browse, and graze. High-end shoppers will prefer the trendy boutiques surrounding the nearby Port La Royale Marina and along the roads linking the marina and the harborfront. The marina also is home to scores of tourist restaurants, and is a comfortable place to have dinner. One of the town’s highlights is the panoramic view from Fort Louis. A day in Marigot is more than enough to take it all in at a reasonable pace.
St. Martin makes up two-thirds of the two-nation island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten. At a mere 37 square kilometers, the island is the smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations. And while the boundary separating the two countries may be imperceptible, the differences between them are readily apparent. The French side oozes a sophistication and elegance completely lacking on the Dutch side. It is very French, with numerous bakeries selling ridiculously cheap baguettes and pastries and an equal number of gourmet restaurants serving foie gras and other typical French “delicacies.” While English is widely spoken, French is the primary language. And, while there are plenty of American tourists, the bulk of the tourists are French. Compared to the Dutch side of the island, the food is better, the beaches are better, and the atmosphere is less chaotic. If nothing else, it reminded me that when a French girl says, “au revoir,” there is no sadder goodbye.
Waverunning in St Martin
"Jet Skiing was CRAZY!"
So we went on some waverunners to get a full tour of the island. God was it worth it.... Then our guide brought us to a small shipwreck where we went snorkeling for about an hour. Total tranquility!! Then we left and had some CARIB!!
We met these lovely's sunbathing topless on the beach,,, yaaah enough said! We had a good time.
"a chair with a view!"
so how many rum and cokes and daquirries does it take to drown in the carribean waters? Well we almost found out when we tried to swim out to a floating trampalene and almost sunk to the bottom... as we coughed out our lungs two little kids come swimming up and onto the trampolene like its nothing.. Thats when it hit me... WERE OLD!