Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Philipsburg, Saint Martin

Saint Martin panorama
Saint Martin is under the sovereignty of France, however, Philipsburg is on what is called the Dutch side.
According to legend, Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Saint Martin on November 11, 1493, the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours. In his honor, Columbus named the island San Martin. 
We had decided not to take a tour on the island so we disembarked for our own walking tour.
The vendors were getting ready for tourists to do their Christmas shopping, although Thanksgiving was not yet past. 
The early decorations just provided additional photo opportunities.
Although the island is divided between France and Netherlands, all nations and their tourists are welcome.

Hillside on the edge of town.
If one stays within the immediate vicinity of the docking area, the "sights" to see are vendor shops and
plenty of entertainers.
After a short stroll through the pier area, we headed back to the ship. Happily I found other ways to amuse myself. 

I had mentioned one time that it rained almost every day of the trip. Today's rain provided a great rainbow display.

Rainbows over the Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.
Dual rainbows.

Rainbow seeming to touch the bow.
Soon it was time to set sail and we cast off from the docks.
As we passed part of other islands, sea birds gave us an airshow. 
As this one sailed off into the sunset and so did we.


  1. Roy, those rainbow shots are spectacular! Did you gain the obligatory 5 pounds with the abundant dining opportunities on board? Cruising is such fun!

  2. Thanks. 5 pounds?? This week I finally reached "pre-cruise" weight. But it was worth it.