Sunday, January 29, 2012

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

I am back from an incredible, amazing week in the Virgin Islands and I am way behind in my blogging.  I thought I would put aside some of my second visit with brother-in-law, Don,  and sister-in-law, Donna Mae, while in Leesburg and come back to it later.  So some of this is out of sync but  I promise to cover it all in the next few weeks.
It was just over a week ago that I drove to Winter Haven, parked the RV in June Sherman's (Amy's grandmother) parking lot and introduced Sigh Me to June's cozy 7th floor apartment. June offered to keep Sigh Me for me while I flew off to the Virgin Islands for a week.

I was met at the airport in St. Thomas by my son, Tom, and my daughter-in-law, Amy.  Can you tell that they live in these islands?  The flip flops, great tans and raccoon eyes are a dead giveaway.

We jumped in their jeep and did a whirlwind ride through the town--on the wrong side of the road! The Caribbean feel is all around.

Narrow streets and hurricane shutters.

The public transportation is very colorful here. I never had a chance to ride in one of these because Tom & Amy had a very nice Jeep--but I wanted too--maybe next time.

This is the bargain store of the islands--their Walmart- Costco-combo.  And breathtakingly expensive!  Paradise comes with a pretty high price.

There is no rhyme or reason to the stocking.  Food, hardware, kitchenware and just stuff...all mixed up.

Finally to the harbor to catch the ferry to St. John which is the ultimate destination.  

The trip will last only 20 minutes.  The ferry carries cars, trucks, people and even barnyard animals.

We passed this ferry going the opposite way and Tom called it the "Cool Ferry" when I noticed the palm trees on the back of it.

As it churned by us I noted there was music and a bar set up on the stern--complete with bartender.  Yep!  I could see where it got its nickname.

This is the first glimpse of St. John.  2/3's of the Island is National Park and the whole island is only 8 miles long.  It looks lovely and interesting. 

1 comment:

  1. Toni,
    Great pics!!! Can't wait to see more pics of St John and to hear more about your wonderful time in St. Johns with Tom and Amy.

    Love ya,
    Diane & Mike
    See ya on the coast of Maine!!