Tuesday, July 22, 2014
215TH "COUNTRY" TO VISIT THIS SITE: Saint Barthelemy
Welcome Saint Barthelemy, the 215th entity to visit this blog site. How can this number exceed 196 (193 United Nations members, plus Vatican City, Kosovo and Taiwan)? Google uses country codes, and best as I can tell, there are 260 CCs, so I still have 45 locations to go. Antarctica, Guam and various island communities are included.
Saint Barthelemy (good luck finding it above) has had an interesting history. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 (and named after his brother Bartolomeo), this Caribbean island was first settled by the French in 1648, sold to Sweden in 1784, then repurchased by France in 1877 and placed under the administration of Guadaloupe. However, the street names remained Swedish. In 2003, the people voted to secede, becoming a French overseas collectivity.
Saint Barthelemy, also known as St. Barts, is one-eighth the size of Washington, D.C., has a population of 9,000, speaks French, features high-end tourism, and, lacking freshwater, imports almost everything. The most notable individual was Eugenie Blanchard, who passed away in 2010 at the age of almost 115 as the oldest person in the world.
Hotel Guanahani and Spa starts at $694/night:
140,000 of their 200,000 tourists visit by cruise ship. Good thing, for watch this You Tube clip of why their airport is considered to be dangerous. Another clip. However, this is a safe island. No one has ever been mugged.