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Old 01-31-2011, 01:21 AM   #631
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Welcome Back Ellen! Thanks so much for sharing a little sunshine with us!
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:34 PM   #632
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WOW love your beach day. That water is gorgeous!!!
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:43 PM   #633
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really you didn't need a driver or anything cause I totally volunteer. Loved the views. The water is so clear. What's with the burros?

A trip to carribean is sooooo on my bucket list.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:16 PM   #634
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Glad to see that you are back. Looks like a good time was had by all. So jealous of that beautiful scenery. We loved it there, but have not been since '88.

We are getting another round of crappy weather starting tonight, then you get it. How I wish that our Florida stay was not canceled. I usually stay all of February in the Palm Beach area.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:33 PM   #635
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Gorgeous beach photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:58 PM   #636
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Ellen, your tr is awesome. Me and DH enjoy reading your famliy trips. We are going to wdw this may 2011, leaving from Newark airport. We now are thinking about a cruise in 2012. My DH is a huge giants fan and thinks pods would be a fun guy to hang around with!
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:13 AM   #637
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OMG! Gorgeous. Wish I could be somewhere like that right now!
Me too!! I wanna go back! Lesss than a year until I do- although, I'll be back in August, on the cruise!

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Awesome pix I am soooooo jealoue Ellen !!!!
It's beautiful, Rosie- I hope you see it someday soon!

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WOW! Did you get a new underwater camera? Awesome photos!
Yes- I got a Canon D10. But I also cleaned them up on Photoshop, so that they look more like what i really saw down there (underwater).

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ahhh so pretty and relaxing!!!

BTW I love the THEME!!! lol
How did I know you would?????

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Dang! Nice!!! Ah-mah-zing underwater shots, man that D-10 is a nice camera!

Not the same ship I was on, that looks like Adventure of the Seas, it's smaller....

Love the donkeys(?) burros(?) ...adorable!!!

Where are the floor taters?
Then that's the same as the Explorer that I'll be on. Floor taters are for the TR....

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Nice to see that its still 5:00 somewhere!!
Hey, sometimes it's 10:30 am somewhere down there... Hope you got home safely last night.

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FINALLY all caught up, just in time for your return.....WELCOME HOME! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, but boy did I miss you! Thanks to Nenner1 for the video! I felt like you were dancing in my kitchen (I think you've done that a few times!!!)
Loving your TR and can't wait to read more. Now to get caught up on Jen's!
Yes, yes I have....done that a few times in your kitchen- and sooooo much more! Do you know we were on the phone for over an hour this morning? We are ALWAYS on the phone for over an hour- and we never run out of things to say. Love you, Joanie!!

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It is soooooo gorgeous there, it is surreal!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:21 AM   #638
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Welcome back, Ellen!

All I can say is WOW ........... awesome vacation! I am really jealous, sitting here in cold dreary Austria!

Thanks for the photos, they were wonderful!

Hi Karin! I'm glad the photos brought the warmth of the Caribbean all the way to Austria for you!! STJ is my favorite spot in the Caribbean by far- absolutely am in love with the place. And FWIW, I'm sitting here in cold dreary NJ, too!

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Thanks for the pics Ellen! Definitely needed on a cold day like today! Looks like a fab vacation. Love the sunset and the turtle and dish pics.
Thanks MEK! We saw three turtles that day, they hang out in the eel grass looking for food. Sooooooo cool!

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How do you find such a fabulous villa?

And those underwater shots are amazing!
We go through Island Getaways in StJ....Kathy has some pretty homes to rent out.....

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Welcome home though I'm sure you'd rather be back there!

I just had the chance to go look at all the pics of the villa. WOW, wow, wow, wow X10+!!! The villa and the view are breathtaking!
I am soooooooo on the beach....still. Especially today. Could it BE anymore dark and gloomy today? YUCK!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:39 AM   #639
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Welcome Back Ellen! Thanks so much for sharing a little sunshine with us!
You're welcome, Tammie! Is it as nasty today on the West Coast as it is on the East Coast (and everywhere in between)?

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That water was so clear and so warm....nothin' like STJ!

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really you didn't need a driver or anything cause I totally volunteer. Loved the views. The water is so clear. What's with the burros?

A trip to carribean is sooooo on my bucket list.
Yea- the driving there is ROUGH!!!! On the left, hairpin turns, straight up & down mountains, no guard rails, BIG cliffs. Lots of screeching tires!!

There are alot of animals that live on STJ- and just roam around, they are wild- donkeys, chickens, goats, mongoose, iguanas....we had so many hummingbirds on the lipstick plant next to our driveway we couldn't count them. It's an amazing place!

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Glad to see that you are back. Looks like a good time was had by all. So jealous of that beautiful scenery. We loved it there, but have not been since '88.

We are getting another round of crappy weather starting tonight, then you get it. How I wish that our Florida stay was not canceled. I usually stay all of February in the Palm Beach area.
So sorry about your February trip. So far this storm is not too bad for us. We'll see what happens in round 2 later today....

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Ellen, your tr is awesome. Me and DH enjoy reading your famliy trips. We are going to wdw this may 2011, leaving from Newark airport. We now are thinking about a cruise in 2012. My DH is a huge giants fan and thinks pods would be a fun guy to hang around with!
Thanks! When in May will you be there? We'll both be in Orlando in May, but on different trips- he's going for golf. I'm going with girls.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:01 AM   #640
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We are going down on 5/28-6/4. We are looking forward to it. We are using this trip as a graduation present to our oldest son who will be entering high school in the fall. Both our boys know about the trip however, our DD9 does not. We are going to surprise her the day we leave.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #641
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We are going down on 5/28-6/4. We are looking forward to it. We are using this trip as a graduation present to our oldest son who will be entering high school in the fall. Both our boys know about the trip however, our DD9 does not. We are going to surprise her the day we leave.
So you are there after all of us- we have an 8th grader, too (which I guess you know!)- where does the time go?
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Your photos are fabulous and just what I needed on this 12*, windy, cold, day.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #643
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Your photos are fabulous and just what I needed on this 12*, windy, cold, day.
The weather here is crap, too- but we're warming up. Ice everywhere, though- another snowday for the boys.

How 'bout a wave of Caribbean Food Porn to warm us all up?
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:29 PM   #644
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The weather here is crap, too- but we're warming up. Ice everywhere, though- another snowday for the boys.

How 'bout a wave of Caribbean Food Porn to warm us all up?
Woohoo!!!
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STJ Food Porn

How bout some Caribbean food porn from our trip to warm us all up?

First night, dinner at Morgan's Mango.

Bushwacker-


Mojito-


FLYING FISH - BARBADOS (when Flying Fish is available) $9.00
Tender flying fish fillets lightly battered and flash fried.


Special salad-


Flank Steak-


VOODOO SNAPPER - Haiti $27.00
Fresh grilled snapper served with our spicy black magic seasoning and island salsa.


A salmon special- it was delicious!


Beach Bar snacks-

tuna bites
Blackened tuna bites seared and served with a
cool cilantro ranch dipping sauce. $13


crab dip
Chock full of Blue crabmeat in a creamy dip that includes
bacon and sherry. Served with tortilla chips $10.50




Lunch at Caneel Bay Beach Bar & Grill before our Kayak/Hike/Snorkel-

Bushwacker-


Burger with Blue Cheese-


Salad with Shrimp-


Chicken Quesadilla-


Salad with tomato & mozzerella-


Dessert-


Just kidding!! On Monday night, we had a Chef come to the villa to cook for us. Ted's Supper Club-

Panfried tuna dumpling Amuse- these were AMAZING!!!!


Shrimp App-


Scallop App-


Shrimp App-


There was also a short rib app, but I missed the pic. FOR SHAME!!!!

Foccacia-


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