April 12, 1998 |
Our first morning on St. Barts, I woke to blue skies, a sweeping view of the sea and the sound of my friend, Julie, talking to a parrot. The parrot was sitting on the roof of the lanai, pointedly less interested in conversation than in the baguette in Julie's hand. Another friend, Mary-Alice, called to the parrot in French. He perked up but refused to reply. "These Frenchmen are all alike," Mary-Alice laughed.
December 26, 1991 |
French West Indians call it christophene and bake it with cheese and chiles. Jamaicans call it chocho and add it to apple pies. Puerto Ricans call it chayote (pronounced "chy-OH-tay") and scramble it with eggs and ham. Cajuns call it mirliton (pronounced "mellaton") and stuff it like eggplant. Elsewhere in the United States it's called chayote, though many Americans have actually never heard of it.
February 11, 2001
Canada--Susanne Vaughn, Santa Monica: "Malaspina Ranch Resort, 13199 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0; telephone/fax (604) 883-1122. B&B on its own inlet near Pender Harbor. Horses, canoes, bikes available; pool, hot tub. Wonderful hosts." Rates: about $62 double. Caribbean--Jim Hester, Sierra Madre: "Le Manoir de St.-Barthelemy, Lorient 97433, St.-Barthelemy; tel. 011-590-27-7927, fax 011-590-27-6575. Spacious cottages with kitchenette and private bath.
August 2, 2006 |
Tropical Storm Chris, the third of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed Tuesday east of the Leeward Islands, prompting storm alerts for some of the small northeastern Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico. Chris had maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph and was expected to get stronger, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The hurricane center said Chris could become a hurricane by Friday.
April 12, 1987 |
Locals call this tiny fishing village on St. Thomas Island "Cha Cha Town." That's because, years ago, ancestors of French-American Virgin Islanders who live here often responded with the unfriendly term cha cha when other islanders kidded them about their dress. Their clothes usually included black-and-calico shirts and trousers rolled halfway up their legs. They also were teased about their unique patois, a mixture of French, Creole and English.
September 17, 1995 |
Hurricane Luis, which killed at least a dozen people, left thousands homeless and caused billions of dollars in damage, also dealt a severe blow to the tourist industry that is the main source of income for many of the small islands in the Caribbean. The islands of St. Martin/St.