ST. THOMAS / ST JOHN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. Thomas

Our most recent travels, St. Thomas & St. John U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas

I am so glad when I am not the only person walking around looking like this.  Nothing screams tourist more than a person with a camera glued to their face.

St. Thomas

My mini men call the ocean melted Popsicle water or smurf pee, thanks to Mr. Maggo who made that recommendation.  This trip we took minus the boys, but  every time I see a blue ocean it reminds me of them, and their giggles.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

These are the types of things you will see in the majority of my photo books from a trip. I attempt to capture the sensations around me.  I want to page through my photo album and hear the lapping of the waves against the pillar piers.

St. Thomas

I want to capture the textures that filled my eyes as I walked around.  St. Thomas & St. John were very crisp.  Every surface was covered in multiple layers of paint peeling away, revealing the previous color.  Paint becomes broken down by the suns rays and salty ocean air.  With pretty much everything having to be shipped to the islands many repairs are forgone that we may normally see in the Continental United States.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Lush vegetation blanketed the islands with various shades of green.  Unique flowers perfumed the air alerting my senses to the fact you were no longer in the Midwest.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

In town there is limited space which results in buildings being stacked upon each other and very narrow sidewalks.  I loved all of the pastel colors, every sidewalk giving you a different pool of colors to swim in.

St. Thomas

The stone work was amazing!  This photo in particular was taken on St. John. but you will find similar construction on both islands.  They make use of every resource they have available to them.  Often there are white shells decorating the grout lines.

St. Thomas

This photo is totally random and altogether not either.  I don’t care if I am in New York or Amsterdam, I always take several photos just like this.  I am totally perplexed.  I understand that it is free advertising to stick a sticker on the back of a metal street sign, but who walks around with these things in their pockets.  These are not little stickers folks. I think I am going to have some We Are Momo stickers made up and start slapping them around when I see something like this….then you will know where I have been, although that would make me a vandal wouldn’t it.

St. Thomas

Lastly, of course there are plenty of places to catch the sun as you stick your toes in the white sand.

St. Thomas & St. John were both beautiful places just a 15 minute ferry ride apart.  The people were extraordinarily friendly and more than willing to point you to their favorite local eateries.   Many families were on vacation on the islands, however this is not a location I would recommend for small children.  It is a bit pricey and everything is a cab ride away rather than a walk.   Pushing a stroller on the beaten down sidewalks would not be recommended for the pusher or the rider!  The islands are known as a yachting paradise filled with relaxing white sandy beaches.  St. John is mostly a national park with fantastic hiking trails.

If you are looking for a romantic get a way filled with sunsets, boat rides, and relaxation, the U.S. Virgin Islands may be just the place you are looking for.  Let me know if you are going to go!

~ Amy Elizabeth

Thanks for reading!  Have a fantastic day today!