There is something about watermelon I can’t resist. The juicy sweet interior is just so tempting. It doesn’t matter if it is cold or warm – it is good either way. I like it plain – some like it with salt but since I don’t taste salt I can’t say this is not a good way to eat melon. I can buy the precut melon at the store and have it eaten before I get home. I bought two melons the other day. I cut one of them up and said I wasn’t going to eat it until the next morning. It was just too late to be eating it. Well, that didn’t work . . . I ate half of it before I went to bed. Needless to say I was up and down all night. But it was worth it!
Steve’s boss had a Mardi Gras Party. This is one of the dishes they served. It was really good and reminded us of a German salad. Gold Doubloons 2 lbs carrots, sliced 1 med onion, sliced in rings 1 med green bell pepper, chopped 3 ribs celery, chopped 1 (10 ½ oz) can tomato soup 1 cup sugar ½ cup salad oil ¾ cup apple cider vinegar 1 tsp dry mustard 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce Cook the carrots in salted water until tender and drain. In a bowl combine onion, bell pepper and celery and alternate in layers with carrots. Bring to boil remaining ingredients and pour over vegetable layers. Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving. Serves 6
After lunch we stopped in at Captain’s Corner for some duty-free liquor to take back to the villa. They also had a nice selection of island t-shirts, souvenirs, and cigars from all over the Caribbean. We walked back to Slim Man’s parking lot and saw this Iguana walking down the sidewalk with his banana. On the way back to the Villa we stopped at The Market Place. This is a sanctuary of retail shops, galleries, and food and dining options. The Marketplace is home to Starfish Market, St. John’s largest and best grocery supermarket, St. John Hardware, Chelsea Drug Store and much more! We purchased things we might want during the week but was very careful since the prices were extremely high. It also appeared that there was two price when we got to the cash register, one for the locals and one for tourist.  
We drove into town and parked at Slim Man’s parking lot. They placed the cars in the lot a strange way but it all seemed to work. As we walked around the village shops, you diffidently know that ii is time to take off your watch and slip on your flip-flops. There was no mistaking, we were on St John. The 20 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas had slowly slipped us into another time and space, The pace was carefree, the people were friendly and the natural beauty was so relaxing.  Cruz Bay is the heart of St. John, aka Love City. Cruz Bay is the center of island life and activity, which is hard to tell because of the relaxed atmosphere. We wandered around the little park, where an arts and crafts fair with local art, food and souvenirs with a scratch style band playing in the gazebo. …
We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Elliott Bay on Pier 66 at the Pike Place Market. As we were walking around the streets near the hotel we saw this building that Steve REALLY like. It was Rainier Tower a 31-story, 514.0 ft skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Seattle, Washington, at 1301 Fifth Avenue. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center in New York City as well as the IBM Building, which is on the corner across the street from Rainier Tower to the southeast. Its construction was completed in 1977. The skyscraper has an unusual appearance, being built atop an 11-storey, 37 m (121 ft) concrete pedestal base that tapers towards ground level, like an inverted pyramid. Locals often refer to it as the “Beaver Building” as its physical appearance looks like a tree being felled by a beaver.          Save Save