A splurge while on vacations: a real story.

French restaurant in Marigot - A picture taken with the beautiful and wonderful dishes before us.
@marguicha (76297)
Chile
August 17, 2012 10:11am CST
I normally stick to a frugal budget. But vacations are something else and I become a princess for 1 or 2 weeks. This time, while at St. Maarten, we met a wonderful couple. He came from the US, she was canadian (from the French side). We were invited for a tour around the island as they had rented a car. And then they said we could all dine together once to talk somemore. The next day we had another appointment and there was this last night, the 14 of July. My canadian friend had persuaded her husband to take her to the best restaurant at the french part of the island. She invited us, warning us that is was expensive. It was our last night so we agreed. We wore our best dresses and went to a wonderful French restaurant. We ate like royalty and after the dessert our canadian friend said it was time to sing La Marsellaise. So we did. We received applauses from other tables. But the best came a little while later. The owner of the restaurant came with four glasses of champagne, courtesy of the house. He was French and had been moved by our not so melodious singing. Wasn´t that a nice ending for a vacation?
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Aug 12
It is a really nice ending to a vacation! Like you said...vacation is the time to splurge! I know you had a lot of fun out there and I really wish that I could have seen it. Too bad you didn't have a video camera so you could record that and show the world. Oh well...Have a great weekend!!!
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
You know, Deb, I think sometimes that the world has to have eyes to see. A camera is not enough. Please read the first answer and my comment. I know you will understand my point of view. I have noticed that most of the things I cherish cannot be recorded in a video camera or a photo. What makes it perfect is that those nice people cared to invite us, that we had fun together. You should have seen the happiness of the restaurant´s owner´s face when he told us that his mom was always telling him to go back to France, but he was happy in the island. Yet, when we sang out of tune but with spirit La Marsellaise, he remembered for a moment that he was French.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
18 Aug 12
I just wish that I could see what you describe. Maybe next time I will be like a fly on the wall (high enough that they can't hit me with a fly swatter) so I could really see what you saw. I liked the response you made to the other person and I think it was great. I know you are strong and you are set in your ways but the fact that you are active on the computer is impressive to me since most older people are afraid of technology.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
At Marigot´s retaurant - A picture with one of the owners.
I´ll send you a picture of my friend a I with one of the owners.. And I wish I knew half of the technologies my grandchildren know
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@yugasini (12813)
• Anantapur, India
17 Aug 12
hi marguicha, a very nice experience, at this age also you are active moving here and there and visiting foreign countries, i too have desire to visit lot of nations if i have capacity of funds like you, but this is all according to their luck and fate, i does not have that much luck, my luck stuck here itself,have a nice day.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
I save all my online earnings for vacations, have piggybanks to put away as many coins as I dare and have a credit card that gives a few dollar prizes for using it (I buy everything with the Visa but I pay it all in the same month so I don´t have debt). I feel that I aid luck in a way. Luck has a lot to do with what are your goals and of your capacity to change them when needed. I have a non curable type of cancer (tough luck). I am on remission (good luck). Some people have told me I´m fighting cancer(I´m not a warrior). I feel I´m being treated for cancer(I just have an illness, as many people have). What I mean is we cannot let one thing define what we are or what we do. I´m not rich, I´m old, I´m ill. Besides that, I love to read, write, cook and garden. I am social and am blessed with several very good friends. I think that having internet (something that young people take for granted) is a miracle. You can do many things, including learning about other countries, from your own house. Last year I was on chemo and could not go anywhere but to the hospital (and with a mask as my immune system was bad). Mylot and mylotters helped me beyond my wildest expectations. I was very lucky to have this. Take care and count your blessings.
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• Israel
18 Aug 12
That respond is very inspiring , marguicha , you don't let the cancer to define you and you enjoy life , you are a normal person just like everyone else. I think you are strong fighter for living with the cancer and you show us there is a way to live with it and not just wait in sadness to the next chemo.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
We can all do that, stringer. It´s not such a hard thing. This are nother illness but people treat this one as if it was a cataclism. But, did you know there are 2 billion undernourished people in the world? How many of them die from famine and it seems noone cares, not even when they are throwing away food that could save lives? How many people have terrible illness that make their life very difficult and that are also a big pain for their loved ones? All of us remember Christopher Reeves, but there are thoussand people around the world with the problems he had, but not the means to help them lead a better life. We are all normal, friend. We all were born, we all must die. And what we do in between depends on us.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Aug 12
Perfect if you ask me! Will you be going back? Do you stay in touch with your Canadian friend? I do hope so.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
We sent her some pictures, but I don´t think I´ll go back to St. Maarten again. There´s a lot of places I haven´t been to, yet, and I don´t have too much time. But we will keep in touch by mail.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 Aug 12
What do you mean by not having too much time?
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
Well, who knows! I am living 3 months at a time. I have a cancer with no cure, on remission now, but it is checked and treated every 3 months. Every three months I know what to expect odf the near future, let alone thinking of the far future. Now I will be with tests, doctors and a tresment until September. Maybe after that they say: go wherever you wish for the next 3 months. We´ll see. I want to go To Costa Rica, to Brasil and to Buenos Aires.
• United States
18 Aug 12
That is the way to celebrate Bastille Day! July 14, 1789 was the start of the French Revolution.Your night sounds perfect. I think the owner was touched that 4 non French visitors remembered the day!
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
19 Aug 12
In fact, the ladies did the honors! I don´t think that Bob knew the lyrics to the song. But he also had fun watching his three lady companions singing in French. As for me, I love that song and learned it when I was quite small. We had French at school and I was taught enough French there so that I can read in French (even though I was at a public school).
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• United States
19 Aug 12
Formidable! I learned some French in school but I never learned the French National Anthem.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
25 Aug 12
I loved every moment of the diner! Ant that last moment, champagne included, was more than anyone could hope for.
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@stringer321 (2581)
• Israel
18 Aug 12
What exactly did you buy ? You said you ate like royalty. What did you eat there ? Did you buy something else other than food at the restaurant ? Well , that story is nice and the most nice thing in it is the fact that you made good friends with total strangers just from the first moments you talked. The last good friend that I made was 7 years ago while I took a 3 month lessons to complete a test , we were both at the same class and I saw we both live in the same town so I drove him and we discovered some common interests like music and same characteristics.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
19 Aug 12
Fish with asparagus, bananas, pistacho nuts and to - I could not posible describe this dish. It was beautiful and yummy.
I´m posting for you a picture I took of the dish I ordered. It was heaven. I love those restaurants that have a menu but then there´s a waiter who tells you that there is also so and so and that he recommends this or that. That was the way this restaurant was. I go to restaurants like this once in a while in my country, always invited without paying. But I did not mind paying for this one and the fun and the story are worth every cent. The friends we made were very nice and I felt very much at home with them.
• Israel
19 Aug 12
Well , it doesn't look like a big feast (a meal for a king ) It looks more like a breakfast that leaves one even more hungry before eating :( I hope it made you contented (not hungry anymore ). I know it wouldn't make me contented. lol. About the friends you have made there , I hope everyone will be nice like them around you. You deserve it.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
20 Aug 12
I imagine that each one of us has a different idea about what is awesome food. I don´t like heaps of food in a dish, but something that is beautiful and appealing to my taste buds. This dish had a gourd puree, a fried banana, some tomatoes in a special sauce. The main part was a sauce over which there were asparagus, a caribbean fish and crushed pistacho nuts on top. There was also a large dry banana or the other kind (the one that is less sweet) that was placed as a mast of a ship. I´m sure I could not eat that at breakfast. My breakfasts are usually coffee with some milk and a piece of bread with something over it (jam, cheese, butter). After that we had a dessert (half for each one). We ordered some crepes with a lovely sauce. I cannot imagine a feast fit for a king as a buffet dinner of the kind "all you can eat"
@roberten (3134)
• United States
20 Aug 12
That sounds wonderful, I would love a vacation like that. It would be great to be so carefree and happy. It has been about 23 years since I took a real vacation and even then I was on a very tight budget. I am looking forward to next year and taking a real vaction like the one you just enjoyed.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
25 Aug 12
I hope you do. I fell that vacations are part of health and I´m willing to make budget adjustments in other items as long as I´m able to save some money for vacations.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
20 Aug 12
That sounds like it would be the perfect ending to a wonderful vacation. Not only is it great that you made new friends while you were on your trip, you also had the opportunity to enjoy an experience while you were on your vacation that you probably would not have had if you were at home. We too tend to splurge a little bit when we are on a vacation. It looks like we might have the opportunity to take a vacation next year and I'm already looking forward to that possibility.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
25 Aug 12
I don´t think that many people have had such a special experience. I don´t usually sing at restaurants, except if we go with all the family for a family birthday. Then someone arranges for the waiter to bring a small cake with a candle and we sing Happy Birthday. But I am pretty sure that this is the first time as a grown up that I have done such a thing. The whole diner was a complete success and our friends were lovely.
@toniganzon (37485)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
Wow! Great vacation and I love how it ended. I wanted to be treated like a queen or a princess. I want to visit an expensive restaurant and splurge too. I'm frugal as well and I hope that I would have that kind of vacation. I so envy you.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
19 Aug 12
I don´t mind saving during the year. In fact, there are lots of things that have become second nature to me as savings go, so I don´t mind them. I have discovered that I can live very well with little money if I learn how to use well what I have. The dress in the picture is over 20 years old. Still, I feel I´m well dressed with a special dress when I were it. I guess many of us can be prices or pricesses if we want to. My vacations are in a big part paid by my online earnings.
@maximax8 (27049)
18 Aug 12
I am delighted that you were able to have a wonderful last evening in the Caribbean Island of St Maarten.It was lovely that you all had your best clothing on for the posh meal in the French restaurant. It was superb you sang the French song and got clapping from the other people. It was amazing that the owner gave your group some free champagne. I took my contact lenses out and got ready for bed on my last evening in Malta. The other backpackers talked me into going out for an interesting evening of dancing. That last evening it was interesting to meet some people from Libya. I had a wonderful time and got on my flight home feeling really happy. I like the sound of your last evening on the island my dear friend and you discussion gave me fond memories of my time in Malta. Hug.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
19 Aug 12
I had a couple of friends for a tea time that turned out to end just now and they told me I should write these stories. They were writers so I expressed my doubts of being able to turn my personal small stories into something that other people would be interested in. Up to now, I have only wrtten fiction. But you are telling me about the same thing they told me: that my tales made them remember their own experiences. So, after all, whem I feel better, maybe I´ll do it. One thing at a time.
@louievill (15557)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
Ah I'm very happy for my friend, being "ala royalty" for 1-2 weekslooks like fun and hard to come by, I agree there are just times when we have to forget budget to make this life more interesting. I can see in your face that you really had a nice time and enjoyed out there.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
At the restaurant with my new friends. - My friend took a picture of our new friends at the restaurant.
Thank you, louie, I´m glad you liked it. I´m posting another photo for you with the couple I met. I love to meet new people and this couple was specially nice.
@prashu228 (18737)
• India
17 Aug 12
wow , who can say no, of course that's a nice one, the owner seems to be cool, good end of the vacation, to remember the beautiful moments.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
17 Aug 12
That was a very nice ending to a real good time for u. Happy u got to go.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
I had a lovely time. And it gave me energy to face the next phase of my cancer treatment. While it´s not as harsh as last year´s, it take time and I never know about the results. So far, so good.I hope I can have a couple of weeks somewhere else after that, even if it´s near where I live.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
17 Aug 12
A very nice experience and as you said a great way to end your vacation.
@marguicha (76297)
• Chile
18 Aug 12
I cherish those vacation stories. I have been very lucky while traveling: I always meet a special person that later becomes part of my life.