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Travels :: Pointe-a-Pitre {Gaudeloupe}

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Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe was another interesting port of call via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas”.  It was highly recommended by the Cruise Director to book a tour via the cruise, as there wasn’t as much to do near the dock and not many local tours available.  So we decided to book the Hindu Temple/Waterfall tour.  I’m generally not that big of a fan of booking excursions through the cruise, as you’re usually packed into a big air conditioned bus with 40 other people.  Usually if you book a local tour, it’s only 8-10 people and they let you take photos out the window and/or they stop more often at different sites.  And usually the guide has more character and is typically really funny.  Never-the-less, we tried to make the most of it.  Kind of disappointed, but when our cruise tour bus took us to the Hindu Temple, we were not allowed in because it was closed.  So we could only take photos from the outside.  Our 2nd stop was Carbet Falls, which was really nice.  We trekked through the rainforest until we got to the end of the trail and saw one of the main waterfalls — although there was a big tree in the way…oh well.  A cool thing about Gaudeloupe is the shape of the island — looks like a butterfly.  After our tour, we walked around town to check out some of the local shops.  Surprisingly, pharmacy drug prices were relatively cheap, you can get a 30 pk of ibuprofen for approx $3.50 USD.  I guess we should’ve stocked up!

Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Pointe-a-Pitre {Guadeloupe}

Travels :: Basseterre {St. Kitts}

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Basseterre, St. Kitts was another interesting port via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas” Cruise.  All the shops are pretty much at the port once you get off the ship.  We were greeted by many locals with monkeys wearing diapers asking if we wanted to take a picture with it — we politely declined. We were tempted to rent a scooter and just ride around the island on our own, but thought it might be too tiring, so we opted to do a local bus tour.  There was a cool “Rum Tree”, where people could hang their empty rum bottles to the tree.  Close by was an example of Carib Petroglyph Rock Drawings. On a side note : those that are interested in becoming doctors, there are many medical schools in St. Kitts ; people often fly in from India, US, etc to study here.  Continuing with the tour, we stopped off at Romney Manor, where we saw the Saman Tree and Lipstick Plant. There were also demos of batik-making in the shop.  Later we stopped off to see the volcanic black sand beach.  To quench our thirst, we got some fresh coconut juice — which was sooo good!

Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Basseterre {St. Kitts}

Travels :: Philipsburg {St. Maarten}

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten was one of the beautiful ports via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas” cruise.  When you get off the ship, it’s a $3 USD pp taxi ride to the town of Philipsburg.  You can opt to walk but it’s about 30 minutes.  So depends how pressed for time you are and how much you’re carrying.  Once you get there, there are a lot of shops.  I find there are A LOT of jewelry stores.  And when I say “a lot” is almost an understatement. There was a nice beach to relax at too.  We kept wandering around and eventually took a local bus ($2 USD pp) to Marigot (the capital of French St. Martin).  This is where all the luxurious yachts are!  We stopped by a bakery and bought the biggest French macaron we’ve ever seen! Yum!  There were also some nice shops and street vendors.  While heading back, there was a lot of traffic.  You kind of have to be mindful of “Island Time”.  Most people start work around 7:30am and finish early around 3:30pm.  Sometimes tourists don’t realize this and are late getting back to the ship. If you take an excursion through the ship, then they’ll wait for you if you’re late.  But do your own thing and come back late, the ship goes BUH-BYE!

Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Travels : San Juan {Puerto Rico}

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After we finished our cruise with Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas”, we decided to stay 3 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since we had already taken the time to fly there in the first place.  The hotel we stayed at was called Casa Condado, which is in the tourist area of San Juan.  It wasn’t anything fancy, but for the price, it served its main purpose : it was a clean place to sleep and shower.  It was very conveniently located, just a few minutes walk from the beach.  There is a Walgreen’s close by in case you needed any drinks or randomness.  It was close to Ashford Avenue, which had some really nice ritzy stores.  We took a cab one day to the biggest Caribbean mall called Plaza Las Americas Shopping Centre.  Also stopped by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.  Our hotel was also close to a bus stop which took us to Old San Juan for $0.75 USD each way. While in Old San Juan, we enjoyed some of the restaurants and did a little bit of shopping.  There were also two forts in Old San Juan : Castillo de San Cristobal and El Morro that are worth checking out.  On our last day, we took the bus, then the train to the Rio Piedras Market, where you’ll find fruits, vegetables and lots of bargains for clothing, shoes, etc. If we had stayed an extra day, we would’ve made a trip to see the rainforest called El Yunque — heard it was beautiful. Maybe next time…

Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]

Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}

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Imagine the winter holidays with 28 degree celcius weather…well this was reality in Tortola, British Virgin Islands!  One of the first port stops with Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, we got off the ship to wander the town for a bit.  Because it was a Sunday, many shops weren’t going to be open until noon.  So we opted for a local tour by Captain Friendly! LOL.  His open-air safari bus wasn’t the fanciest, but his price was good and this guy had a lot of character, which made the tour fun.  We saw some dolphins along the way and stopped off at Cane Garden Bay to enjoy the beach.  It was cool to watch the pelicans dive into the water to catch their food.  After we got back, we wandered the town some more to take some photos, to buy some hot sauce souvenirs and enjoy some fresh passion fruit and sour sop juice.  Sour sop is actually known to help fight cancer, an interesting fact I didn’t know.

Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
Travel : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]