Friday, April 23, 2010

St. Croix - April 21-22, 2010

Arriving in St. Croix, we were met by the "Villa greeter" (holding a sign with our name) and my brother and his partner who had arrived "on-island" a few minutes before we did. Once we collected our luggage and rental car, we followed the greeter (caravan of two white Toyota Camrys) to our villa. We're in a HUGE sprawling villa with 4 bedrooms and who knows how many bathrooms (haven't counted those yet), a swimming pool, loads of lounge chairs for relaxing outdoors, beautiful gardens... luxury!

Staying at our villa are my sister and her youngest son (oldest is the reason we're all here as he is getting married Saturday), my youngest brother and his partner, myself and my other half and another one of my nephews. Maybe I'll try to get a group photo later!

Meantime, I'm posting a couple images from yesterday... a sunset from our villa and a portion of a most interesting building at Fort Christiansvaern, an old fort built by the Danish in 1749 to protect the harbor at Christiansted, St. Croix... The fort was was partially rebuilt in 1771 after being severely damaged by a succession of hurricanes. It is now a national historic site and is the best preserved of the few remaining Danish-built forts in the Virgin Islands.


yellow building with green doors and stone steps

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

St. Croix, USVI - April 21 - April 28, 2010

We're off on an island adventure as of tomorrow... house sitter lined up to take care of getting us to the airport. (what an incredible friend indeed since we must be on the road to the airport as of 4 AM!) And he'll feed the birds, take care of newspapers and mail and generally keep an eye on things.

My nephew Jason is getting married on Saturday... he's been living in St. Croix for several years and it is where he met his bride-to-be... the lovely Keely! I hope to find time to post a few images while we are there... but family vacations are pretty happening events with this crowd so we'll have to see what happens!

Hope also to do some snorkeling and see a bit of the island. And of course, take LOTS of photos to post here, there, and maybe elsewhere too.