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clairebidwell Here's me and Sarah this morning talking about our books on @princesscruises live daily television show. So much fun to share these experiences with a girlfriend. 14min

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clairebidwell Watching the world through her eyes. 4h

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clairebidwell Paddling back from the floating dock. Triumph. 5h
  •   amyguth St Maarten and Anguilla = one of my favorite corners of the world. Enjoy every minute! 3h

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clairebidwell Yesterday Vera and Carson used a raft to paddle out to this floating dock. Carson was the brave one, but Vera debated all afternoon about whether she was up for it, making me carry her out there several times instead. The water was actually quite shallow but to get to the floating dock you had to swim over a big patch of crab-filled sea grass, making the whole endeavor all the more dangerous. Finally, at the end of the afternoon Vera watched Carson brave the journey on his own and then called to him to come back and get her. She joined him on the raft and together they kicked their way out to the dock, laughing and screaming over the "crab pit" and finally climbing aboard the dock where they stood yelling that they were king and queen of the world. I watched the whole thing with happy, nostalgic tears in my eyes. This is childhood. 5h

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clairebidwell Jules in the Caribbean. 17h

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clairebidwell Thanksgiving in the Caribbean. Grateful to be here with my sweet friend-family. 20h

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clairebidwell Bar swings, our new Thanksgiving tradition. 21h

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clairebidwell Thanksgiving day on the French side of St. Maarten. It could not have been more beautiful. 21h

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clairebidwell Thursday morning. Waking up in St. Maarten. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 1d

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clairebidwell Goodnight, St. Thomas. 2d

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clairebidwell Golden girl. 2d

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clairebidwell This. This was good. 2d

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clairebidwell Sarah buried real gold coins in the sand for the kids to find. They're still worked up, thinking they discovered buried treasure. A little while later Vera asked me for some lemonade. "How do you ask?" I replied. "Mom," she said, "pirates don't say please." 2d

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clairebidwell Such a fun day on St. Thomas. 2d

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clairebidwell Vera: What do you think? Carson: Yeah, this looks pretty good. 2d

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clairebidwell Feeling far away from home. And liking it. 2d

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clairebidwell My favorite part of the experience is waking up in the morning and watching the girls stumble out onto our balcony to see where we are. Vera this morning as we cruised into St. Thomas. 2d
  •   tinakeane @clairebidwell puts lots of mosquito repellant on! Just returned and came down with chikungunya fever from the islands. 2d
  •   mamafrankovits Wow!!! 2d
  •   megankathleenheart Love the Virgin Islands! Visit Norman Island and Cooper Island if you have the chance - they are hidden gems! Truly magical 2d
  •   tamarataggart Wow!! 2d
  •   kristineahansen Sapphire Beach, if you can get there, is worth the haul! 2d
  •   letsgomargaret @clairebidwell if this cruise was smart they'd use your posts as a kind of ad--real beauty. Btw, have you ever read DFW's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again about taking a cruise? It's obviously well written but i'd love to know your thoughts on it now that you've done one. 2d
  •   lindsaybennun I love going on this trip with you. 2d

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clairebidwell The kids are obsessed with this glass bottom hallway. 3d

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clairebidwell All kinds of interesting things can happen on cruise boats. This is definitely one of them. 3d

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clairebidwell On the back of the boat. It's crazy windy, the ship tilting back and forth, all of us stumbling around and laughing. I've never in my life spent this much time on a boat. Rocking to sleep at night produces the most magical dreams, and the days are delightfully disorienting. Nothing seems quite real. Grateful for this strange escape from my regular life. 3d
  •   babybythesea That shadow. Sigh. I love this picture. 3d
  •   melinadream I understand exactly what you mean. I was crew on a tiny cruise ship in Alaska. It was surreal, every moment surreal. 3d
  •   amandajosmithh Once you get back home you will still feel the rocking motion for a couple days 3d
  •   sstangland Very good! 3d
  •   karialford I grew up with a family boat and I would get land-sick if we were out on the boat for too many days! 3d
  •   mummyof_four My mum just got back from a cruise and they were all land sick for awhile after it! Lol 3d

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