Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Sailing is very popular in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, with a number of marinas around the main port town of Ganges Village (pictured)

Sailing is very popular in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, with a number of marinas around the main port town of Ganges Village (pictured)

 

Largest of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is located between mainland British Columbia (e.g., Vancouver) and Vancouver Island (home of Victoria, Nanaimo, etc.).  We anchored in the bay outside of Ganges Village for a day, before returning to Vancouver to pick up adventurers headed north to the Alaskan Inside Passage and then on to the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands.  The Saturday market was quite crowded with hundreds of vendors, mainly island artists and local farmers and a number of stalls selling food, coffee and other edibles.  The island is very popular for a variety of sports, ranging from hiking, biking, and fishing to kayaking and sailing.

 

John Quinn_s handmade vases in natural stone (“Cast in Stone”) are made on the island from both indigineous slate and stones and materials sourced from around the world, Salt Sprin

John Quinn’s handmade vases in natural stone (“Cast in Stone”) are made on the island from both indigineous slate and stones and materials sourced from around the world, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

A small harbor behind the Saturday market in Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

A small harbor behind the Saturday market in Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

The clouds built up in the early afternoon over Ganges Village creating a striking skyscape, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

The clouds built up in the early afternoon over Ganges Village creating a striking skyscape, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

Our ship was anchored quite a ways from Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada – in the midst of many small Gulf Islands

Our ship was anchored quite a ways from Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada – in the midst of many small Gulf Islands

 

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Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

Sailing into the harbor at Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

Sailing into the harbor at Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

 

The French and the Dutch have shared the small Caribbean island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, amiably, for over 350 years.  Marigot, capital of the French side (Saint-Martin), is a pleasing mix of Gallic elan and Caribbean spice.  The aroma of fresh baguettes and croissants fill the morning air, the perfect accompaniment to a mug of dark, steaming coffee.

 

Sailboat masts in the harbor at Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

Sailboat masts in the harbor at Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

 

A contemporary home blending French and Caribbean designs in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

A contemporary home blending French and Caribbean designs in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

 

There is a folkloric story among locals of the island that surrounds the history of the border division between St. Martin and St. Maarten.  In order to decide on the dividing line, the inhabitants were told to choose two walkers, one chosen by the French-dominated community and the other one by the Dutch-dominated community.  It is recorded that they were made to walk from opposite extremes of the island, while sticking to the lattoral line.  The point where they eventually met subsequently created the dividing line that was chosen as the frontier from 1648 until now.  Seemingly, the French

 

Traditional French wrought-iron designs in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

Traditional French wrought-iron designs in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

 

walker had walked more than his Dutch counterpart (each earning 20.84 square miles/54 square kilometers and 12.35 square miles/32 square kilometers of land, respectively).  As the French man chose wine as his stimulant prior to the race, while the latter chose Jenever (Dutch Gin), the difference between the beverages was said to be the cause of the territorial differences by French locals, while Dutch locals tended to blame the French walker for running.

 

A more contemporary French=style wrought-iron fence in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

A more contemporary French-style wrought-iron fence in Marigot, Saint-Martin, Caribbean Sea

 

Shell Beach and sailing around Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean Sea

Sailboats anchored at Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Sailboats anchored at Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Bathers and beachcombers at Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Bathers and beachcombers at Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Shells are everywhere on the beach at the eponymous Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Shells are everywhere on the beach at the eponymous Shell Beach, near Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Sailing along the coast of Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Sailing along the coast of Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Sailing further along the coast of Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Sailing further along the coast of Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Relaxing on the bow of the catamaran sailing around Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's) before sunset, Caribbean Sea

Relaxing on the bow of the catamaran sailing around Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s) before sunset, Caribbean Sea