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Caribbean, Travel

A Photo Montage of Fond Doux Plantation and Resort

I know, I know. Enough already about your trip to Fond Doux Plantation and Resort in St Lucia. We get it. It was awesome. The problem is that I can’t help but to herald the praise of a resort that seems to be doing everything right – Green Globe certified, organic produce grown on site for the kitchen, stunning grounds. Not to mention it was the perfect place for a Wandering Gourmand…

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Caribbean, Eating, Food, Travel

A Taste of St Lucia Cuisine

I knew from the first bite of fish cake at the manager’s reception that I was going to like the cuisine of Fond Doux Resort and Plantation. It wasn’t a morsel of food pulled from the freezer, thawed, and then heated. Nor was it a perfectly shaped masterpiece surrounded with an artist’s drizzle of dipping sauce, meant more for the eye than the mouth. Instead, each fish cake on the platter was…

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Caribbean, Travel

When a Resort Does the Right Thing

I’d call Lyton and Eroline Lamontagne, owners of Fond Doux Plantation and Resort in St Lucia, trendsetters in sustainable tourism, but I’m not really sure that they are. Trendsetters typically set out with a goal in mind of driving others to follow their lead, that “Hey! Look at me!” mentality. Anyone who has met the entrepreneurial couple will tell you that’s not the case. They simply did what they felt was right…

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Caribbean, Hotel Review, Travel

Hotel Review – Fond Doux Plantation and Resort

Our shuttle wound through the switchbacks of St Lucia’s winding roads on the way from the airport to Fond Doux Plantation and Resort. Dennis, our driver, pointed out the many sites along the way, stopping whenever there was a view of the famed Pitons. “Gros Piton” or “Petite Piton” he’d say, making sure we knew the difference between the two. He was proud of his country and eager to not only show…

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Caribbean, Travel, Travel Tips

How To Choose A Babymoon. Beach, Mountain, or City Escape?

There are two moments during a pregnancy when the realization hits you that a baby is on the way. The first is the second ultrasound when you learn the sex. All tests up to that point are just blobs on a screen. This is the cheerful realization. Finally, there’s proof that you made a human. It’s a tearful moment filled with hope and anticipation for the arrival of that little buddle of…

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Caribbean, Travel

Your Guide to the Best Aruba Family Resorts and Restaurants

UPDATED FOR 2017!!!! Aruba has become one of my favorite vacation spots over the past couple of years. It’s an easy island to navigate and has something for everyone with the Caribbean’s best gastronomical scene, endless beaches, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling, and a hurricane sheltered location. With so much to see and do, it’s a great spot for your next family vacation. Here are some top Aruba family resorts and restaurants…

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Blogging, Caribbean, Travel

Baby Makes Three

As I write this post, I’m fighting back the tears. Today, in one of life’s magical moments, I got to see the development of our baby through my wife’s second ultrasound. The fact that I’m going to be a father suddenly became real as the life growing in my wife’s belly resembled more of a person than the tadpole in the first ultrasound. The tech showed us his arms, legs, heart, head,…

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Caribbean, Hipmunk CityLove, Travel

Best Luxury Resorts in Punta Cana

What I remember most about Punta Cana were the bright colors. They are a perfect depiction of paradise, and, in my opinion, the prettiest in all the Caribbean. I can easily close my eyes and envision the green of the palm trees, white of the sand, and various shades of ocean blue. Besides beautiful beaches, Punta Cana has also become famous for an all-inclusive scene that is lackluster at best, lending it…

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Caribbean, Travel

Top 3 Adults Only Resorts in Aruba

You’re poolside in Aruba. The vacation you’ve been dreaming about for years. You have a boat drink in hand, an e-reader stashed with enough material to last the week, and the perfect glimpse of the ocean over the edge of the infinity  pool. Oh yeah, you deserve this. Suddenly, a loud splash and screaming from kids playing in the pool shatters your peace. You love kids. You even have two at home….

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