sbh2016 – day05 // sunset, flamand beach

Quite some showers today! But a first fantastic sunset yesterday evening, colors were again stunning… This morning good walk on Flamand’s beach, with alterning sun and showers! First Gustavia’s shopping in the afternoon and a great dinner at Bonito. From far the best restaurant since we are back. Starting to really relax ;-)

Sunset spectacle started end of the afternoon Sunset colors Last landing with sunset, great arrival! Just before the sun disappeared Flamand beach Ile Bonhomme from Flamand beach

sbh2016 – day04 // gouverneur beach, waves, lorient

Great day again, starting with a morning at Gouverneur beach. My preferred on the island (with Colombier). First some short rain showers and then, splendid and vivid light and landscape. Lot of fun again in the water with big waves and our yellow and blue ball. Afternoon at the villa, again stunning light, specially on Lorient bay. Dinner at Côté Port, with short but funny junction with Vaval on his way to Shell beach.

Gouverneur beach entrance Rain shower going away Vivid Gouverneur Waves on the left Waves in the middle Waves on the right Brilliant ocean Shining Lorient bay

sbh2016 – day03 // natural pools stroll, waves, corossol beach

Still windy but not so hazy today, some rain showers (just before the Carnaval). So a good day for our first stroll to the Natural pools this morning. Light was stunning all along the path, wow. No goats seen (?). Then a stop at Corossol beach, nice, very calm as usual. No Carnaval for us this year, too early, prio is still to rest and recover. But nice to see all pictures posted! Diner at Maya’s, always great to be welcomed by Dona there ;-)

Beginning of the path
 
Rough ocean but nice colors! Anse de Grand Fond Wave L&J Natural pools Corossol beach

sbh2016 – day02 // saline beach, waves, lorient view

Second day on the island, getting in the proper groove, calming down :-) Nice day, quite windy again, still a bit hazy (we couldn’t see Saint Martin today from Pointe Milou). Saline was our first beach this morning. Still a bit of seaweeds but not really disturbing. Starting our water-polo fun in the waves with Julien. Back in the villa for lunch, nap, swimming-pool, readings, photos, fantastic views from the villa. Dinner at Sand Bar, les pieds dans le sable, just finished before some rain showers. Now on the terrace with a Clément 10 years and a robusto Heritage. Pure delight!

Walk to Saline with beautiful palm trees Ahh Saline beach Scintillating ocean Waves Fantastic shining Lorient

sbh2016 – day01 // first Caribbean views

Dear all, so h.a.p.p.y to be here with the family! The trip was uneventful, but long as usual (about 17h all in all)… Nice weather, windy, bit hazy. The view from the villa (Pointe Milou) is….omg :-) First basic shopping at Minimart (Lorient) and quick but good dinner at Le Petit Bouchon (with rum shot), good smooth start.

Upon arriving…

Pre-sunset from the terrace

Another perspective

First Rhum vanille from La Gloriette with a Montecristo White Series on the terrace, listening to Radio Saint Barth. Nothing missing!!

Annual photos review 2015

Quite an intense year again concerning photos… About 23’500 pictures shot in 2015 for 475 GB, thereof 4’000 published.

My pictures portfolio on SmugMug has generated about 1.2 million views during the year, with a peak of 25’045 views in one day on March 6. And cumulated since 2009, 5.3 million views.

The 12th day of our Saint Barth trip was the most visited part of the portfolio in 2015:
http://visuals.didierbeck.com/French-West-Indies/Saint-Barth-Feb-2015/Dailies/Day12/

Google AdSense fails…

Google AdSense fails, what for an unprofessional program… Days to activate your account and then, for no reason, we got our account deactivated. No explanation, nothing. No clue which rule we could have infringed as no explanation received. Absolutely no help and no support.

This is really only possible because they have a too dominant position. In the real world, how can such a “service” have success with such a bad service and communication??

Crazy… Bye bye Google AdSense, you are not the only one :-)

sbh2015 – day 13 // night shots, villa

So, last morning in paradise, we will take the Winair flight at 2pm this afternoon to go back to Saint Martin. Air France flight at 5pm to Paris. We should be at Basel/Mulhouse at 10am on Saturday… As usual, difficult to leave the island after all this quality/family time. Again, we had fantastic holidays here. With all these strolls, landscapes, views, waves, colors, beaches and restaurants… Very restful time, energizing. Adaptation back is always brutal :-) But again, we are so happy and thankful “we could make it”, we feel lucky. Some last pictures to be posted, first some night shots (yes, it was completely dark) with a very high exposure time (30s). Always strange and funny results.

From the terrace Palm trees and stars Marigot Bay Marigot Bay, the other side

We were this year in a stunning villa, Eden House, with a marvelous garden and access to the Marigot Bay. Swimming-pool was also very nice

Swimming-pool The garden Other view on the garden Access to the Marigot Bay Stairs in the garden

sbh2015 – day 12 // sunset fort carl, full moon, big waves at saline

Let’s start today’s review with … yesterday evening! After our first visit to Fort Carl, we have thought it would be good to go there for a sunset. This was done yesterday evening before going to the Sand Bar. Definitely a good spot for sunset, as Gustavia’s lighthouse, but another perspective, more open directly to the ocean.

Sunset from Fort Carl Great colors in the sky and in the sea Julien wanted to make also a picture of Laurence and I, the result is quite cool :-)

Picture taken by Julien Yesterday evening the moon was almost full, quite an interesting light during the night.

Almost full moon

Today, for our last full day in Saint Barth, we’ve decided to go back to Saline. What a windy day again! On the other side, the waves were just fantastic. Lot of fun with Julien (even Laurence) in the strong waves. I’ve taken my underwater cam to capture this special moment. Funny results.

Fantastic colors and waves at Saline Big wave In front of the wave Wall of water Another one Crazy colors and lights

Nice dinner at M&P to finish the day. And we’ve started to prepare our luggage for tomorrow… Last night in Saint Barth, we have our Winair flight at 2pm for Saint Martin, before crossing back the Atlantic.