Wednesday, October 07, 2009

French Hotel Barge EMMA - Canal du Midi, France

We received an email this morning from Liz & René, owner-operators of the French hotel barge EMMA.

Hi Sheila & Bob,
We are on the last cruise of this season with lovely folk, fabulous weather and enquiries coming in for next year, so all is good.

Liz promises to send some new photos this winter and when they arrive, we'll post them and add them to EMMA's online brochure.

French Hotel Barge Emma
Cruises the Canal du Midi, Provence & Camargue, South of France

EMMA's 2010 calendar is already filling in nicely with 5 confirmed charters and 3 options. Start your planning soon as prime dates go fast!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book EMMA
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Monday, October 05, 2009

We just had an Earthquake in St Martin / St Maarten SXM October 5 2009

Bob & Sheila your charter yacht brokers (Paradise Connections) and hotel barge specialists, who live aboard their own sailboat and are currently at anchor in Simpson Bay Lagoon near Explorer Island (French side) of St Martin had an odd experience at lunchtime.

At about 12:30pm our boat started shaking.  We both thought that maybe the boat was dragging as the boat was vibrating and there was a low grumbling noise like when the anchor chain moves over the bottom.  Or was someone up against us???

Looked outside and everything is OK we are still shaking and a neighbor is looking around, too.

First time I've ever felt an earthquake at anchor that I know of :)

This site
lists it as being Monday, October 05, 2009 at 16:28:10 UTC (12:28pm local time)
18.043°N, 62.781°W
29 km (18 miles) ESE (102°) from Marigot, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe
30 km (18 miles) E (87°) from Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
4.5 Magnitude

So, fortunately there shouldn't be a Kick'em Jenny tsunami then...

If it's not one thing it's another... It is still "that" season... Hurricane Omar hit us last year on October 15-16, 2008... So far, so good on that front :)

All the best!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

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