Caribbelgium–It’s Better On The French Side

“Caribbelgium is what this island ought to be called,” writes Correspondent Paul Lewis, continuing his New Year’s Caribbean cruising. “Half-French and half-Dutch, St. Martin or Sint Maarten has no internal frontiers, and its two linguistic communities mix freely, united by a common ability to speak English, run duty-free shops, and extract money from visiting cruise-ship passengers. “If only Belgium’s perpetually feuding French- and Dutch-speaking communities could make common cause like those of St. Martin or Sint Maarten. “Legend has it the island was discovered simultaneously by Dutch and French warships whose captains, with improbable good sense, decided not to fight … Continue reading Caribbelgium–It’s Better On The French Side