Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget

Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget
Live like a king: dine on the beach in Barbados (here, Dover Beach) A five-star setting for our simple, delish meal on Dover Beach last week One of the very best places to eat in Barbados is on the beach.  Too expensive, you say?  Mmm, not necessarily. A couple of ways to enjoy low-cost fine seaside...

An Ode to Beautiful, Blessed, Bountiful Bajans

An Ode to Beautiful, Blessed, Bountiful Bajans
It’s far easier – and strangely more satisfying – to stomp our feet and decry surly service in Barbados than it is to praise.  That means Barbados Free Press won’t likely pick up this post (although I thank those good folks for the attention they’ve given my various and sundry...

Life in Barbados: From Grumpy Chubbies to Shangri-La

Life in Barbados: From Grumpy Chubbies to Shangri-La
My favorite comment about my post on Saturday regarding Chubbies was from the sweet soul called Alice who said (paraphrased), “your thoughts make me want to visit Barbados even more, even if service isn’t always great.” Yes, even though I carry on, Alice, I love Barbados.  Love it. ...

Why It’s Just About Impossible to Rent a DVD in Barbados

Why It’s Just About Impossible to Rent a DVD in Barbados
My first post after a long break and I’m damned cranky.  I had planned to write something nice, not this.  But a trip to Chubbie’s DVD rental this morning changed my mind for me. By the way, this isn’t about Chubbie’s, really. It’s about service.  Bad service.  Bad Barbados...

Grieving and Healing in Barbados

Grieving and Healing in Barbados
Hello and warm greetings to all of you Barbados lovers, My sister passed away on May 14.  I didn’t know – no one did – until May 16.  That day I awoke in a panic and knew something was horribly wrong with Brooks.  She and I had planned to meet the next day to attend my daughter...

Barbados Accommodations: Rolling the Dice

Barbados Accommodations: Rolling the Dice
I promise I’ll stop tooting my horn about the completion of my holiday rental at St Lawrence Beach Condos, #8, after this post.  Really, I will. I just wanted to share with you a photo of the inaugural guests, mother and daughter Jane & Francesca.  They arrived at 11 a.m. this morning and seem...

New Beachfront St Lawrence Gap Apartment: Guests Welcome

New Beachfront St Lawrence Gap Apartment: Guests Welcome
You saw the progress (here, too) of my putting together Apartment #8 at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums.  This week’s been the final sprint before the first guests arrive:  the air-conditioning was put in, the flat-screen TV got cable hook-up, wireless Internet is working, and all appliances...

If You Want to Visit Barbados – or Do Anything Else – Please Don’t Wait

If You Want to Visit Barbados – or Do Anything Else – Please Don’t Wait
My friend Lucinda Riley died last evening at 8:00 p.m.  Last Sunday, a few hours before the heart condition that would claim her, she was laughing and joking and animatedly discussing her latest read at her book club meeting. Lucinda was fifty-something.  A Yank who had always wanted to visit Barbados. ...

Swimming a Few Laps Around Barbados: Spending Life Living

Swimming a Few Laps Around Barbados: Spending Life Living
My dear friend Lucinda went into cardiac arrest two days ago. She lies in a top U.S. hospital, unconscious.  Tests aren’t giving doctors clues as to what caused her heart attack, but they can tell her heart is badly damaged and, if she comes to, she might suffer significant brain damage as well. If...

St Lawrence Beach Condos … Decorating Apt 8

St Lawrence Beach Condos … Decorating Apt 8
The Barbados holiday rental apartment I’m buying is coming together!  Furniture was delivered yesterday, the substantial sofa fitting neither in the elevator nor the stairwell and finally hoisted through a second-story picture window. I now see how brilliant (yay, my color choice) the coral walls are...

Barbados Condo: From “Drab” to “Fab,” I Hope — Fortunately, the View is Always Fab

Barbados Condo: From “Drab” to “Fab,” I Hope — Fortunately, the View is Always Fab
Last evening's view from the master bedroom of Apt #8 at St Lawrence Beach Condos, Barbados This morning's view from Apt #8 at St Lawrence Beach Condos, Barbados, in the heart of the lively St Lawrence Gap. I took this from the outdoor patio. #8 Living room – obviously "before" #8...

My Big Barbados Butt — Comments Allowed

My Big Barbados Butt — Comments Allowed
In the United States, the extreme of political correctness is bestowed upon those “putting on weight” (i.e., getting fat).  And in the US, who isn’t? Have you been to a shopping mall there recently?  Oy vey.  We Americans talk about diets and weight-loss endlessly – but when a...

Even in Barbados, It Could Always Be Worse

Even in Barbados, It Could Always Be Worse
It Could Always Be Worse is a children’s story based on a Yiddish folk tale. Today it’s my life. The story is about a man who complains to his rabbi that his home is too small for the family.  Too crowded.  Chaotic. Lord, could I relate.  Before my husband Greg and I gave up our apartment for...

Children Are Supposed to Leave Home; Moms are Not, and Certainly Not to Barbados

Children Are Supposed to Leave Home; Moms are Not, and Certainly Not to Barbados
My 25-year-old daughter met me in Miami last month.  RJ works for a company based in New York but is on a project in Eastern Europe for a year.  Unable to attend Greg’s and my wedding in January, she met me in Miami a few weeks ago. My beautiful, gracious, brilliant, and sensitive daughter has been...

In Which Jane Nearly Ruins a Family’s Barbados Vacation and Then Recovers, ahem, Magnificently, Learning in the Process the Important Difference Between a ‘y’ and an ‘r.’

In Which Jane Nearly Ruins a Family’s Barbados Vacation and Then Recovers, ahem, Magnificently, Learning in the Process the Important Difference Between a ‘y’ and an ‘r.’
Six months ago, a gentleman from St Louis contacted me about a holiday rental here at St Lawrence Beach Condos for his family of four.  He wrote, “I need a place Mar 14-21.” I wrote back, “No problem, I have a terrific place for you May 14-21.” He wrote back, “I’ll take...

In Which Jane Flunks Luxury Caribbean Cruising

In Which Jane Flunks Luxury Caribbean Cruising
Everything about Windstar cruises is perfect.  For other people.  Unfortunately, not for me.  I had had enough of my luxury cruise 2 days into our 7-day sail and jumped ship on Day Four. Which would puzzle other people … actually, pretty much anyone would think my husband and I were out of our...

The Caribbean’s Bequia: Your Hot Sauce is from WHERE???

The Caribbean’s Bequia: Your Hot Sauce is from WHERE???
My husband Greg and I are on a Windstar cruise.  My first-ever cruise and there’s nothing like starting at the top.  Alas, there’s something I need to sustain life that this otherwise excellent cruise does not offer:  decent internet connectivity. And so I’m “speaking” to you...

The Photography of Keith Clark: Doing Barbados Proud

The Photography of Keith Clark: Doing Barbados Proud
From the “silver lining” file … I goofed.  Every photo I post on this blog is one I took myself or purchased from istockphoto. Except one.  It was a photo of a verdant island valley, by Barbados photographer Keith H. Clarke (stunning site; please visit it).  Very kindly, Mr Clarke wrote...

Aging Skin in Sunny Barbados: What’s a Girl to Do?

Aging Skin in Sunny Barbados: What’s a Girl to Do?
Sun worshiping is alive and well in Barbados. Visitors to the island soak up the rays on our beaches as though their bodies are solar panels from which they can source warmth and a golden glow after they return home. Anyone familiar with the cold of the UK and Canada, home of most of our visitors, can...

In Barbados a Carnival Timetable Prevails

In Barbados a Carnival Timetable Prevails
I’m at my first Trinidad Carnival and from what I’ve seen so far — the children’s carnival and a steel pan competition  — it’s a whirl of color, music, dance, competitions, and fun all occurring at typically inefficient Caribbean speed. Did I say...

This is Not a Catty Post About Miami Beach … (meeeeeoooww) …

This is Not a Catty Post About Miami Beach … (meeeeeoooww) …
Miami Beach Delano Hotel Pool If Miami Beach were a cat, it would be a sleek black panther wearing rings on 3 fingers and getting out of its red Ferrari … slowly, so that as many people as possible could see. If Barbados were a cat, it would be a pretty little tabby stretched out in the warm sun with a...

A February Birthday in Barbados: Wear a Sundress!

A February Birthday in Barbados: Wear a Sundress!
Happy birthday, island girl (uh, that would be me). Never have I worn a sundress on my birthday. But I did on mine today because, lucky girl that I am, I get to live in Barbados. My birthday began, as every day does, with a glance at the sea outside our bedroom window.  Today I stood at the window awhile,...

Barbados Grocery Shopping: You’re Closed??? During Business Hours?? Why Are You Closed??

Barbados Grocery Shopping: You’re Closed??? During Business Hours?? Why Are You Closed??
Will someone please explain to me the retail concept we see here in Barbados of being closed during prime shopping hours? I went to ‘Big B’ this morning to so some grocery shopping.  It’s height of the tourist season.  It’s a Sunday, when most people are off work and would like to...

Barbados Red Tape Derails a Moment of Wedded Bliss

Barbados Red Tape Derails a Moment of Wedded Bliss
Wedded bliss, if you don't count the red tape (Yes, I'm barefoot. Fortunately, not pregnant too.) Photo by Brooks LaTouche in Barbados. Picking up our Barbados marriage certificate … Well, um, we anticipate the rest of our married life will go more smoothly. It went like this: The magistrate...

How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step

How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step
The date: January 15, 2009 The place: Beautifully restored 17th-century plantation home called St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, Barbados The persons involved: A friendly Bajan young man and a middle-aged female American tourist given to blushing What happened: A colorful dialect oops! I took my friend...

Dropping Off the End of the Earth .. aka .. Getting Married

Dropping Off the End of the Earth .. aka .. Getting Married
Running hither and yon and back again to hither, my Bajan guy and I secured a marriage license.  We lined up a magistrate.  Reserved the upstairs of a fabulous seaside restaurant.  Invited our beloved families.  And got hitched. Last Friday. So, no, despite a number of queries from you all, I did not...

Thank You, Barbados Free Press

Thank You, Barbados Free Press
Well, gosh, hm, thank you, Barbados Free Press blog.  I’m honored by your very notice of my blog.  Many thanks.  I want to address  your comments about my marketing approach. Barbados Free Press: Bajans Share and – Ouch! – Sometimes What They Say Can Sting a Girl My marketing...

Happy New Year ’09: The Day After the Night Before

Happy New Year ’09: The Day After the Night Before
Cheers! Happy New...

Share, Smile, Slog: 3 Words Better than Resolutions

Share, Smile, Slog: 3 Words Better than Resolutions
Happy New Year from me! Who thought of the idea of making new year’s resolutions? If there was ever a miserable invention, this was it. “Lose 10 pounds.”  “Quit smoking.”  “Exercise every day.”  These don’t work because they’re too broad and, so, way...

No Starbucks in Barbados But We Get By …

No Starbucks in Barbados But We Get By …
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