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Photo Friday: Guadeloupe

Of the seven islands we visited on our Caribbean cruise, Guadeloupe was probably the least exciting (for me)—which is not a bad thing, it just means we spent more time close to the ship enjoying everything the Star Clipper had to offer. And don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do on Guadeloupe; most of it simply requires a long drive and more than a brief afternoon in port, and we wanted to maximize our time on the island. In this case, that meant viewing it from atop a pair of water skis.

Guadeloupe travelOne of the coolest things about the Clipper, I thought, was the fact that they have a permanent sports team on board with all sorts of complimentary activities offered in each stop, from kitesurfing to snorkeling to wakeboarding. Lovely Swedish Ellen was one of the three-(wo)man team, and after we spent the morning piddling around Grand Anse, which didn’t have a whole lot that held our interest, we headed back to the Clipper for lunch and hopped aboard Ellen’s zodiac.

Guadeloupe travelThis was also the day I realized my husband is a bit of a hot dog.

Guadeloupe travelSVV had not been water skiing in at least five years—we used to go out on the Delta in California with friends and he’d get out there and show his stuff, but it’s been quite a long time—and he hopped up on just a single ski like he does it every day of his life. Frustrating (for me, who can do about any sport but water skiing!).

Guadeloupe travelSo you know what’s coming next: Despite not having any intentions of skiing, as I’ve attempted it many times over the past 25 years to no avail, I hopped in the water, not wanting to be shown up by my husband. What can I say? My competitive side always wins out in the end.

Guadeloupe travelIn the past, I’ve never even managed to get up—OK, maybe I did once, if that—and that was without the added challenge of the waves from the Caribbean throwing a wrench into my path.

Guadeloupe travelAnd…I got up! A couple times!

Guadeloupe travelGranted, I didn’t stay up long—I had a pretty spectacular fall that resulted in my bikini ending up around my neck—but now I have added motivation to try skiing again on our lake this coming summer.

Guadeloupe travelFunny how but a brief moment of exhilaration can motivate you like so.

Guadeloupe travelBut then SVV had to one-up me, again. He hopped on the wakeboard, and despite Ellen’s best attempts to throw him off, he stayed steady, doing all sorts of turns and jumps and the like.

Guadeloupe travelShow-off. (I kid. I’m really quite proud that I can call him mine!)

Guadeloupe travelThe best part was that everyone else was on the island for the day, so we had Ellen and the zodiac and the bay to ourselves. Not a bad way to enjoy an island!

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  1. I haven’t water skied in years, but would try it again in a heart beat.
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  2. That looks like a blast! I haven’t waterskied in such a very long time – but remember that “holy crap what happened to my bathing suit” experience.
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  3. Way to go! All you need is a picture of you on the ski even if it’s for a second no one will know. :) It looks gorgeous!
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  4. Well you can’t blame yourself for a bad day skiing – just look at that water! All choppy, no glass at all – how can you ski on that?! You’ll get him next time.
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  5. Sounds like a lot of fun though I have never skied. The overall scene looks stunning too with the clear weather and the greenery and clean water! Heavenly.
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  6. I think you were a sport, when you attempted water skiing, though it is not every body’s cup of tea. Water skiing requires great strength, some focus and lots of practice. But trying it out in beautiful blue waters of Guadeloupe is really fascinating, a place I always longed to visit, not just because of beautiful shores but also the interesting ethnic and cultural mix this place has grown to become.

  7. Look like you still had fun! And the colors in those photos are beautiful! Look at the water OMG why am I in NY?

  8. Would you believe I’ve never been water skiing? I feel like a failed Floridian.
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  9. NEver tried water skiing before…thanks for reminding me that I need to go try it! These photos don’t look like they’re in the C islands. More Medd. feel to it like youre off the coast of Italy or France (probably due to darker blue tones)

  10. Wow these photos speak for themselves. The place looks like a lot of fun. Although, I will never be able to do the water skiing.
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  11. Water skiing is one of the best adventures you could have and try in your life. It absolutely tests your courage and mental skills, a great summer sport that is now taking the beaches by storm.
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  12. Amazing place. A beautiful place to visit. :)
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  13. I’ve never water skied, but it looks like fun times!
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  14. The place’s beauty is breath taking. Just the perfect view while doing some water sports.
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  15. what a gorgeous day in such a great place

  16. What a great set of photos..the water looks absolutely beautiful! I always have trouble getting up too..it never seems to get any easier! But its so worth it once you finally get going and get that seaspray in your face !
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  17. Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe presents a mixture of old and new: its commercial aspect is refined colonial architecture and the charming atmosphere of the West Indies

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