We made it to Martinique!! And it is popping here! We have not seen this many boats in a long time. We motored into Marin for the first time ever and unsure of the bay and the amount of boats took extra concentration anchoring- thank goodness Rio was napping! This is one of the largest yacht centers in the Caribbean. Anything you need to get done to your boat this is the place! Especially with the usd and euro almost 1:1. We found our spot and went to check in. We love the excitement of a new place, of what we'll see, do or try-that is why we sail. I love the uncertainty of coming to shore and not having a clue as to where to go- and we didn't! We walked over an hour in midday sun with babies in tow to find the captainarie which we could've just dinged too...Ah the adventure!
The sail from st Lucia was sweet- took about 4 hours going 5.5-6kts the whole way. We never stopped in this part of Martinique before as the wind was never favorable but yesterday the south easterly winds made it a nice easy sail. Sailing with 2 kids these days has been pretty good. All of our sailing so far has been calm and easy- we only go in nice weather or night sails for longer passages. Sailing with Stormer is so different this time around. He entertains himself a good bit of the time and he knows how to walk around the boat while under way. He plays in his room, snacks, watches movies- it's great! Rio has been a great little sailor as well. He naps,hangs out and watches our craziness. Once Rio get more mobile though that's when it'll get interesting.
We moved over to st Anne- a cute sleepy seaside town. Everyplace we've seen on this island has such character. You see the store owners sweeping their steps, the bakery wiping down their windows, everything is taken care of and clean here. Stormer passes people in the street and says, "bonjour" to everyone- when they respond back he continues on in a voice as if they were hard on hearing,"I dont understand you- I'm Dutch and American!" That's our boy! Luuck watched his first Rugby World Cup game at a little snackette, with a few Lorraine beers- Luuck was a happy camper. The next day we went to Grand Anse de St Anne beach which was amazing! Clam clear water- great for the kids. The white sand beach lined with French restaurants and the back drop of Martinique and diamond rock was picture perfect. I would be happy to live in this little European paradise- if only we spoke French- Martinique rocks!