Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Old Lyme, CT

Yes this is an art school, but you would think the students would know to rinse in the studios, not the bathroom.  Clearly not! I was here to participate in a brain storming session run by the state to gather ideas for a WPA type project to install outdoor murals in several of Connecticut's largest cities by June of 2012. Ambitious and exciting.

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I-Park: East Haddam, CT

You don't normally see a thermometer in a restroom, but I-Park is that quirky kind of place where nothing is too surprising. And it was a cold night. This was the last Open Studios presentation for this artist residency program for the year.  It is the brainchild of one man and has grown from a 450 woodland lot into a series of houses, studios and art trails.  A fantastic place to come and explore either as an artist or as a viewer.  Check it out at www.I-Park.org.

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Food Works: Old Saybrook, CT

Back home for the holidays and happy to be able to once again go fresh and organic. So happy to have this healthfood store in my neighborhood.  It's great and offers frequent shopper cards! This seems like an appropriate decoration for it to have in the restroom.

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Roti Palace: Main St, Road Town, Tortola

On the way to the house from the airport we asked our driver where the best roti on the island could be found. I had heard it was at Struggling Man's Place- don't you love that name! No, this was supposed to be it.  Can't say I agree, but the experience of talking with the solo proprietress of 35 years of this hole in the wall was well worth the mediocre rotis.  And the bathroom was like none other I have been in there.  It gave punk funk a new meaning.  It did have toilet paper and was not actually all that dirty.  Just old like its owner, but trying to keep pace.

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The Dove: Road Town, Tortola

This won best restaurant on the island for 2010 and it was, indeed, a fantastic meal.  Inventive, subtle tastes and reasonable portions, if not prices.  We were glad to while away an evening of torrential rains in warm ambiance of this converted colonial house.  Are those old ceiling tile samples on the restroom wall or what?

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Jolly Roger: West End,Tortola

This place is right on the water- even has a small dock if you want to come by launch. It's very casual with a lively bar and good food, especially the barbeque.  I adore the ribs and so did my friends.  The only place I ever eat them these days.  Many nights there is live music and dancing. I think you can get a good feel for the place by the sign in the bathroom!

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Sage Mountain Rain Forest: Tortola

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When I decide I need ro vary the beach walks on the island- and get motivated to get in the car rather than just march up and down the hill I live on- there is this lovely rain forest to trudge through.  I always forget how wet, and cool, it is and how caked with mud my sneakers are going to be.  It is not the most spectacular of rain forests, but it does have a variety of habitat and some spectacular views.

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Club House at Frenchman’s Cay: Tortola

This place has had its ups and downs over the years, but it is on a definite up right now. We had one of the best meals of the week in the newly redecorated restaurants which features an open air setting with bamboo blinds that can be unfurled on overly windy or rainy evenings, but keep the air circulating on warm nights. They have rooms if you want a charming place to get away from it all with a small private beach, a little pool and lounge chairs that look like rattan peapods.

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Long Bay Resort:Tortola

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This is supposed to be one of the better resorts on the island and the rooms are fine and those right on the beach must be spectacular if only for the surf affect. The beach itself is a mile long and has also been cleared of rocks this year making it easier to get into the water. The food is good enough and there is a pop up beach bar half way down which gets more expansive every year. Yet the rest rooms remain old and dirty looking and barely functional. Probably because the bus loads of tourists off the cruise ships DO come here!

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Josiahs Bay:Tortola

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This has always been my favorite pocket beach on the island. Never crowded, a destination for afternoon surfers and a perfect little cresecent beach with a dotting of wooden unbrellas for shade. Every year it gets better. Last year they cleared the beach of rocks, made it wider and added some lounge chairs. This year the building which houses the bar has been fixed up and painted, the sandy restaurant has added a tiny gift shop and they have spiffed up the bathrooms in the out building which now are under lock and key. A lovely use of indigenous product for decoration in this one I'd say. Don't tell anyone about this place. I'd hate for the tour buses to start pulling in.

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