Saint Martin
Dutch Side
Saint Martin (English spelling) is an island divided into two parts, one the Dutch side and the other the French side. The Dutch spelling is St. Maarten.
Dutch Side
French Side
The French side is called St. Martine and all signs are in French. Because of French law, business has collapsed in Ste. Martine and many homes and businesses are empty with no one wishing to buy them because of the high taxes. The Dutch side is self-governed and, therefore, much more affluent.
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French Side
St. Martine.
French Side
French Side
French Side
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Aboard a catamaran pulling away from Oasis of the Seas, the large ship on the left.
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One of many expensive homes overlooking the bay on the Dutch side. Oprah Winfrey owns one of them, but Grandpa Roy cannot remember which one.
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View from the catamaran of the Dutch side, taken by Grandma Bert
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Dutch Side
Fort Amsterdam.
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French Side
Fort St. Louis.
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French Side
Marigot harbor.
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French Side
Marigot harbor area.
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French Side
Plaque explaining the sculpture in the previous photo in Marigot.
French Side
French Side
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French Side
Grandpa Roy in Marigot.
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French Side
Marigot market.
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French Side
Another view of the market.
French Side
French Side
This monument is dedicated to the women who sell at the market.
French Side
French Side
Our guide said that he would never enter this property because they take your clothes away at the gate. It is an expensive nudists' resort.
French Side
Border
This marker divides the French side, on the left, from the Dutch side, on the right.
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Border
The border marker.
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Border
Lower plaque on the marker.
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Border
Upper plaque commemorating 360 years of Unity and Friendship between the two halves of the island.
Border
Dutch Side
St. Maartin. There were a number of these interesting pieces of art throughout the Dutch side.
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Dutch Side
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Marketplace on Dutch side of the island.
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Dutch Side
Goats roam near the ship on the Dutch side.
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Dutch Side
Entrance to the port in St. Maartin.
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