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  • East of Cuba, where the Atlantic kisses the Caribbean Sea
  • lies a tranquil island a bit off the beaten track
  • with its welcoming harbor
  • and many inns with assorted amenities
  • like breakfast decks overlooking the harbor.
  • In the national park, forest trails meander through a dense forest past ruined plantations
  • where ghosts of slaves are said to walk.
  • It's a place where there's not much one has to do except study the sunset
  • and stare at the sea from a guest house
  • and of course frolic in it.
  • It was all quite a treat -
  • but leaving it behind was no big deal.


    Images from Saint John USVI by Aygul Balcioglu, Deniz Dutton, Geoff Dutton, and Jason the headwaiter at Sweet Plantains Restaurant. The older man is Aygul's father visiting us from Turkey. I'm the geezer behind him.
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