For the last few years the Mister and I have made a habit of jetting down to St. Thomas every January to get in a few days of sunshiney relaxation and to celebrate the New Year. While we love traveling to new places, St. Thomas is an easy, no-brainer destination for us; I used to live there and it’s where we got married. We stay in the same condo every year, know the island well, have our favorite grocery stores, restaurants and of course, beaches. Plus, I’m totally a pro at driving on the left. All we have to do is jump off of a plane and into a rental car (a new Toyota Rav-4 in this instance– super fun to maneuver up hills and on sand) and make a quick stop at the market before heading “home.” No maps, no guesswork, no worries.
The weather was a little cooler than I remember it ever being but we still made plenty of time for swimming and lounging in the sun. On two mornings we got up early and drove into Charlotte-Amalie, or “town” as it’s more commonly known, and shot some photos. The Mister got to test drive his Diana camera. We pick up the prints tomorrow and I’m giddy with anticipation. For now you’ll have to be content with my digitals.
We also made a super tourist stop at a gorgeous overlook above town.
We spent an afternoon at one of the three pools on the property. They’re almost always empty and, though I’m much more of a beach girl, great for relaxing with a cold beer.
When it came time to go home I was sad. I always miss living on island and we’ve both discussed moving back down for a few years. But then our plane lands and we start our drive into the city from O’Hare and the Chicago skyline comes into view and all of that melts away until instances like now, when I’m face to face with pictorial evidence of how beautiful and fun and warm and perfectly livable St. Thomas is. So let me stop looking at these pics and just hit post and walk my dog outside in twenty-degree weather and try to be OK with that.
See more of our pics here.
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