My wife and I, both seniors, spend five delightful days with Adrian and Jean Pierre Cassotti on their well appointed, comfortable and splendidly maintained sail boat, Le Ptit Poucet. Our below deck guest cabin was roomy, well ventilated and comfortable. The San Blas area is well worth a visit and any good guide book will provide much more information than I can write here.
Don't be turned off by the appearance of the docks and coast line when arrive in San Blas. Just jump in the waiting water taxi with the other tourists and locals and in no time, you will be on board and sailing the beautiful turquoise waters around the islands of San Blas.
From the moment we stepped on board, were welcomed by Adrian and invited to kick off our shoes, we felt perfectly at ease and at home. We were never rushed by our charming hosts, who attended to us perfectly and, at the same time allowed us all the privacy we wished. The laid back days of swimming, trecking around the tiny islands and reading were totally relaxing. Breakfasts of fresh bread and strong coffee and lunches of fresh fruit, cheese and other tasty delights from Adrian's galley were always delicious.
The wifi is a bit spotty, but we were able to connect two or three times to check emails and stay in touch with family and friends.
The highlight of our too short stay, however, were the evening meals and the time spent with Adriana and Jean Pierre. Every evening began with wine and hors d'oeuvres around the small, comfortable table at the stern of the boat. Though neither my wife or I speak much French, Adrian's english was sufficient to converse with us and translate between us and Jean Pierre, who speaks French, Russian and some Spanish. Our wide ranging, dinner table conversations, lasted through dinner and well into the evening.
Adriana would keep the cooking and conversation going while Jean Pierre, who worked as a sound engineer in the 60's and 70's, toured with top flight musicians and spent time at Abbey Road, would offer up selections from his extensive music collection. Le Ptit Poucet is a floating, music lovers paradise.
Adrian's dinners of fresh fish or Lobster with salads and vegetables were always perfect and always accompanied by one of her marvelous deserts and an after dinner drink. The days just flew by.
There was only one sticky issue that I need to point out. We encountered a bit of difficulty with the trip from Panama City to San Blas. Our driver left the country on vacation and failed to let us know or make arrangements for a substitute operator, so we had to scramble around the day before our trip to find transportation. A four wheel drive vehicle is required for part of the two hour trip and there are several operators that provide this service. Just make sure your trip to and from San Blas is confirmed well in advance and re-confirmed a few days prior to the trip.
A superb get away. We look forward to returning.
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