7 Links Challenge – A Journey in Posts

Last week, Claudia Looi from Travel Writing Pro nominated us to take on the 7 Links Challenge. Thanks Claudia!

Purpose: “To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.”

Our role now is to select our 7  favorite posts in 7 intriguing categories and then pass on the baton to five awesome bloggers.

Here are the seven links we’ve chosen and the fabulous folks we’ve nominated to carry the torch:… CONTINUE READING >>

Last week, Claudia Looi from Travel Writing Pro nominated us to take on the 7 Links Challenge. Thanks Claudia!

Purpose: “To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.”

Our role now is to select our 7  favorite posts in 7 intriguing categories and then pass on the baton to five awesome bloggers. You can find further details of the rules at The 7 Links Challenge created by TripBase Blog.

Here are the seven links we’ve chosen:

The French Riveria

Your Most Beautiful Post

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ on the Riviera

Driving our little rented Citroën across The Riviera, both French and Italian, afforded us some sensational vistas.


Your Most Popular Post

Life After Kids
This was our first post and lays out our philosophy on travel, exploration, discovery and especially life.


Your Most Controversial Post

Parasite “Kids”
Our thoughts on adult offspring that refuse to take responsibility for their own lives. Were we too harsh? Some folks certainly thought so.

Your Most Helpful Post

Our Year in an RV – What We Spent & How We Did It
Ever want to chuck it all and hit the open road? Here’s how we did it.


A Post Whose Success Surprised You

Pleasing the Palate in Puerto Peñasco
A beautiful, little known spot on The Sea of Cortez in Mexico, but when our video in this post went viral, suddenly a lot of people knew about it.


A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved

The Macabre Human Bone Church of Sedlec, Czech Republic
This is perhaps the strangest place we’ve ever seen and would like everyone to know about it.


The Post That You Are Most Proud of

Genoa’s Ancient City in Pictures
Veronica spent a wonderful day just wandering in Genoa’s ancient city with her camera and simply fell in love.

Now it is our turn to nominate 5 amazing bloggers:

Simply Sailing Nine years ago, Connie and Dave set sail with their three sons and haven’t looked back since! This amazing couple should be on everyone’s must read list!

The Roaming Boomers Dave and Carol write about luxury destinations, travel news, travel gadgets, travel reviews and more.

Wanderplex Reena offers daily tips, tricks and inspiration for world travel.

Fab After Fifty Ceri is passionate about making sure women over 50 make the best of their lives-she is the founder of this inspirational online magazine & community for midlife women!

Eileen Barish’s Monastery Lodging Blog “Heavenly Accommodations at Sinfully Low Rates” – just gotta love it! An award-winning author & travel expert, Eileen writes books on monasteries in Europe.

Now it’s their turn to share with you their 7 links. Enjoy their posts and remember to connect with them.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

St. Croix Appy Crawl #2

For this evening’s Appy Crawl, we have decided to hit three of Christiansted’s most established eateries. To make the crawl more lively, we are hitting the town in the teeth of tourist season—the people watching/meeting was SPECTACULAR! We meet a couple on their honeymoon, escaping the cold of Philly with an interesting toasting style (Cheers, Big Ears). Then, a woman who worked for Frank Zappa in the 70s—a true Gypsy Nester—she has just finished raising… CONTINUE READING

For this evening’s
Appy Crawl, we have decided to hit three of Christiansted’s most
established eateries. To make the crawl more lively, we are hitting
the town in the teeth of tourist season—the people watching/meeting
was SPECTACULAR! We meet a couple on their honeymoon, escaping
the cold of Philly with an interesting toasting style (Cheers,
Big Ears). Then, a woman who worked for Frank Zappa in the 70s—a
true Gypsy Nester—she has just finished raising her son and
now is an artist/botanist/traveler. Kudos! Overheard a foursome
using a beautiful meal as a vehicle to whine about the horrors
of bad domestic help. Accosted by a passionate Italian hell-bent
on trading our condo for his sailboat—apparently, he’s fallen
in love with St. Croix.

Kendricks
David
and Jane Kendrick have a beautiful garden of palm trees,
innovative foods, and fabulous service. Candlelit, dreamy
and a well appreciated menu with a large print! We sat at
the bar tonight and tried out a few appys:

Tuna
Char Sui with Asian Slaw, Soy Wasabi Vinaigrette

A barely there char on a deliciously fresh tuna, nice wallop
from the wasabi

Alaskan King
Crab Cakes with Lemon Habanero Tartar Sauce

Does St. Croix have crabs, you ask? Yep, and people eat them, too.
But they’re land dwelling little fellas and these cakes definitely
benefited from

their Alaskan cousins. The consistency was crabtensive
and juicy. The tartar sauce was yummy.

Wines
A quick note on Italian whites—watch out for the lighter alcohol
content, you get that funny metalic “turned” taste. As
a wise Italian once told us, “Italian white wines should never
cross over the Alps.” If you can’t drink it in Asti, then try
to stick to 12% by volume at least, it handles the plane ride better
than the by-the-glasses we had at Kendricks. We took a peek at the
Kendricks wine list—some really nice whites live there, they
may want to rethink the reds. But who drinks red in the Caribbean
anyway?

Bacchus

Hidden away upstairs past the sign that says “These steps
are ancient and irregular.”These
folks know their food! The staff is aware of culinary nuisances
and are very willing to share their thoughts. The menu has
a fun flair, naming gourmet dishes “Get the Duck Outta

Here” and “Try This Rasta’s Pasta” keeps
it casual. We didn’t miss snooty pretense one little bit.

“Still
Dancing To Our Old Beet”

Pay attention here: A salad of roasted beets, greens, candied pecans,
gorgonzola with white truffle oil. Oh. My. God. Veronica
has been seen devouring a piece of cardboard

drizzled with truffle
oil and a smile on her face, so this salad seriously rocked her
world.

Ravioli of the Day
Tonight’s had lobster, garlic, leeks and other deliciousness. The
pasta was so meaty, it was like eating a steak. The crème sauce
was lovely.

Also, a wonderful spiny lobster bisque and a well rounded wine list.

Rumrunners
On the Boardwalk

A short
stroll to the Christiansted Boardwalk and the romantic,
on-the-water Rumrunners. We loved this place, complete with
huge tarpons swimming right up to shore sniffing around
for scraps. We came in a bit late, but our waitress was
very happy to have us come in for dessert. We snagged a
water-side table.

Flourless
Chocolate Torte

Not messing around, this dessert. Dark, dark, dark and decadent.

Also see: The
Appy Crawl Philosophy

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Czech Food!


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Dumplings, goulash, sauerkraut and MEAT! Oh, and delish street food…mmmmmm! The Czech Republic is a dumpling based society, and good thing we love dumplings! Bread, potato and BACON all of this deliciousness: http://www.gypsynester.com/czechplease.htm

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Fredriksted at San Tropez

 The city of Fredriksted is an oft overlooked spot on St. Croix as it is the designated cruise ship stop on an island with a non existent cruise ship trade. Sadly, Fredriksted has suffered a terrific blow tourism-wise. This once quaint little tourist town has lovely beaches, shops, eateries and a really nice pier that is a blast to jump off of!

Restaurant Le St Tropez is a favorite is a favorite with the people that live on the island of St. Croix. Imagine a Caribbean style open air European bistro ala St. Maartin or St. Barts without the unattractive nude people frolicking about. This is the stuff… CONTINUE READING >>


The city of Fredriksted is an oft overlooked spot on St. Croix as it is the designated cruise ship stop on an island with a non existent cruise ship trade. Sadly, Fredriksted has suffered a terrific blow tourism-wise.

This once quaint little tourist town has lovely beaches, shops, eateries and a really nice pier that is a blast to jump off of!Restaurant Le St Tropez is a favorite with the people that live on the island of St. Croix.

Imagine a Caribbean style open air European bistro ala St. Maartin or St. Barts without the unattractive nude people frolicking about. This is the stuff of dreams.An attentive owner who’s glad to share a glass of wine with you, intimate ambiance and an amazing menu are just the beginning of the San Tropez experience. Though mostly French, menu items include pasta dishes.

We were lucky enough to spend an evening of bliss with three intelligent and humorous couples who enjoy food and conversation as much as we do.

It also happened to be the week that this year’s Beaujolais nouveau arrived on St. Croix. Word was that this was an especially good year, we’re certainly not experts, but it was delicious to us.

Beaujolais nouveau is an annual event, a harvest wine that is only fermented a few months and then served young and lightly chilled. Comes around just in time for the holidays. It works well in the tropics since the weather is still quite balmy this time of year.

We mostly stuck to seafood dishes. Plate trading abounded.

Frog Legs
Ooh la la–until last night Veronica was a frog legs virgin–and her buddy Vern gently insisted on her indulgence of a new thing.
She needed a cigarette afterward.

Escargot
Again, Ooh… little snail guys drenched in butter and garlic. Lovely bread to sop up the dregs. David passed on them. Said he’d had gastropods for breakfast. It was hard to believe though, because I’m pretty sure there aren’t snails in leftover tacos. However, normally, he will eat a snail in a heartbeat. There have been times, after a rain, he’s been seen following a slick with a clove of garlic and a pan full of hot butter.

Lobster Bisque
The consensus was that it was too salty and too watery. Bisque is originally French, but never having tried it outside of US territory, perhaps this is just a cultural difference. We love the thick stuff with chunks of meat, and this was neither thick nor chunky. Since everything else we ordered was amazing, we’re thinking it was meant to be like that.

Moules St. Tropez
A giant bucket of unbelievably delectable mollusks swimming in a white garlicky pool of sin. The bucket comes with a ladle. I think that is just to keep people from just climbing in and swimming around with the guys.

Other entrees involved mahi, scallops-beautiful scallops, shrimp and tuna. Veryfresh with great sauces. But then, French food really is all about the sauces, now isn’t it?

Crème Brûlée with Raspberry and Chocolate and Toasted Almonds
Rich, creamy and decadent–if they have it–get it.

Chocolate Mousse
You might think — hey it’s just chocolate mousse, but this one had some kind of spell cast over it. In fact, in the spirit of the season, we petty much all agreed that Santa really should consider switching from reindeer to this mousse.

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com