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Jan082010

One day down, it was a beauty

Well we arrived yesterday to Villa Mandoo. It's a long journey, don't let anyone tell you different. Whether coming from the states or Europe, it's a day of traveling, but when you get to villa Mandoo, it's all worth it. We flew into the big airport at the far end of the island, and had Owen Victor, our recommended taxi driver, pick us up. It's about an hour drive to the villa, and to pass time I queried Owen about what's new on the island. We had Owen stop at Glace Motors, a small market down the road to grab some basic provisions. I definitely recommend this. In addition we had called ahead to Marie Ann, the housekeeper, and she prepared, and left a basic meal we could heat up. It hit the spot after a long day of travel. We were in bed early last night, everyone was exhausted.

We were woken up early this morning by my little girls. They were ready to explore. Our first stop, the pool, for a morning dip. It felt great. We followed it up with some breakfast, then went exploring again, this time down the steps to the sea. We got our feet wet, the water was so warm.

Finally everone in the house started to stir. We lounged around a bit in the morning, getting settled and figuring out to spend the rest of our day. We decided that lunch and a hike on pigeon island followed by some further provisioning would fill our day.

Pigeon island has ruins of a British fort from the coloniel days. Having a little bit of elevation, you get a great view of northern St Lucia, and can see Martinique to the north. We had a great lunch at "Jambe de Bois" a layed back restaurant on Pigeon Island. I recommend the fish or curried vegtable roti, and a lime squash.

Half our crew made it to the top signal point, the highest point in Pigeon Island, to take in the faboulous view. I wore Tevas and my wife wore sneakers, you'll want a secure shoe to do this hike.

We stopped at JQ's supermarket on the way home to really stock up. It's in the Rodney BAy area and has most of what you need.

We made it home for our own happy hour and took in a beautiful sunset along with the infamous "green flash." We ate dinner on the patio and I'm off to bed. Tommorow, another day in paridise!

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Hi Brett,

This is such a great idea! Thank you for blogging about your time in St. Lucia, while you are actually there.

I will be arriving at Villa Mandoo the first week in February with my family (husband, 2 very young boys, and my parents). We are so excited, although we are a little nervous about the long day of travel. We are actually planning on staying in a hotel near the airport the night of our arrival. We're looking forward to taking our time on the drive up to the house, and doing some sightseeing along the way.

I'm most interested in how your kids are enjoying themselves. I can't imagine any child not loving the house and surroundings, but I'm hoping to find some age-appropriate activities on the island for the whole family. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

I'll look forward to reading more about your time at the Villa. We can't wait get there!

Happy vacationing!

Jessica

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hey Jessica,

I think you are heading down to St. Lucia today, Villa Mandoo tomorrow. The kids will love the baby pool at the house and beach over at the Windjammer. There is also a great beach over in Rodney Bay, you can have lunch at a place called Spinnakers. If you want to do an easy hike, you can head over to Pigeon Island, the kids can probably make it up to the fort. There's a great place for lunch there also, service is a bit slow, so order fast and ask for the check early.

I really hop you enjoy your time at Villa Mandoo. Now that I'm back stateside, I'll write a note reviewing our trip, with some highlights.

Enjoy,
Brett

February 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrett Morgan

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