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Saint Barthélemy: The Best of France
Dartblog’s world headquarters has moved to Saint Barthélemy for ten days. No whales here, but that lacuna is compensated for by the graciousness and refined French culture of the people on this island. Imagine the best of Paris in the Caribbean or la Côte d’Azur aux Caraïbes, if you will:
Perhaps the clearest sign of the wealth here is the wine selection at the local Marché U. Nowhere else in the world (and I’ve looked) can one find such a range of extraordinary wines in a supermarket. We’ve written about wines from Domaine Jacques Selosse in the past. Back in France the waiting list for these unique Champagnes is closed, but in Saint Barth’s one can buy them off the rack — though the manager limits people to a few bottles each. He routinely denies requests to buy his entire stock:
The island has no water of its own, so it has been at best sparsely inhabited over the centuries. Today Saint Barth’s all-immigrant population is mercifully free of the simmering racial tensions that mark other Caribbean islands.
Addendum: The Euro is the currency of choice here, and the best one can say about prices is that Saint Barth’s is less expensive than Paris.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
My wife and I have visited St. Barths numerous times … but not for 20 or so years. When we first went there 40 years ago, farmers would drive their cattle down an empty Saline beach and Cheeseburger in Paradise had not yet been written. I understand that the mega-yachts are now rife in Gustavia harbor over Christmas week. I think I prefer it like it was back then when things were simpler but just as French.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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