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Caribbean Ice Cream

Brenda here:

Yes, I know, it’s been a while since we’ve posted. Holidays, traveling, catching up from traveling, what can I say? But I do want to report in on two places we discovered during our escape from the frozen north. On St. Maarten we found not one, but two gelaterias, one within walking distance of our condo! The big GELATERIA sign predictably caught our eye as we drove past, so we made a point of visiting. A sign on the side read “Where’s Ivan?” so we’re assuming that’s the actual name of the place, though we won’t swear to it. We sampled our standard chocolate as well as the raspberry ice. (Hey, it was in the eighties in St Maarten!) The raspberry was fruity and refreshing, but we can’t say the chocolate was up to European standards. Still, it beat the heck out of most store-bought ice cream, so we’re not complaining!

The other place we found was on the boardwalk (well, I guess it’s not really a BOARDwalk, but a nice, wide walkway along the beach) in Phillipsburg, also on the Dutch side of the island, but with much stronger French influence. In case you don’t know, St Martin/Maarten is only 37 square miles, but is two separate countries, French and Dutch. It’s hard to tell when you go from one to the other–no border crossings or anything like that–but they use European power outlets and take euro on the French side, while they use our American 110 outlets on the Dutch side and theoretically take the Florin, though we never saw any currency but dollars.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, ice cream! Vanille & Chocolat Ice Cream Parlor was very French and both the chocolate (dark chocolate!) and the chocolate orange were definitely up to European standards. Excellent, and a wonderful way to take a little break from the sun. Highly recommended.

Brenda & Beth in St Maarten


Posted by on January 14, 2008 in caribbean, europe, france, gelato, ice cream, travel


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Ah, Florence! But then…

Yes, as both Bethany and I posted, the gelato there is exceptional! Our two favorites were Il Granduca Gelateria and Gelateria dei Neri, but Vivoli was excellent as well. Not that there seems to be such a thing as BAD gelato, mind you, but Florence does seem to have better ice cream than most anywhere else we’ve been so far.

From Florence we headed to the Cinque Terre and spent an afternoon hiking four of the five towns and trying gelato at three of the four. Talk about spectacular views, where mountains and the Mediterranean meet! Food for the soul (as well as the belly). More detail when I have more time, I promise.

From there we took the lovely train ride to Nice and yes, we sampled the famous Fenocchio’s gelato, though we were perhaps a bit too full from an excellent and extensive dinner to enjoy it as much as we should have. Still, the flavors there are amazing! Some shouldn’t really be ice cream flavors, like avocado and cactus, but we avoided those and stuck to dark chocolate, rose, lavender, violet and chocolate ginger. Fabulous.

Fenocchio’s famous gelateria

We’re in Paris now, but it’s midnight and I’m running out of internet time, so I’ll add more later. Thanks for coming along on our travels, everyone!

–Brenda 🙂

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Posted by on May 21, 2007 in france, ice cream, italy, nice, travel