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Current Rock of Residence:

Grand Cayman

Island Girl Since:

The beginning.

Originally Hails From:

St. Thomas, USVI

Valerie is from many rocks – St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, and now Grand Cayman. She spends her time researching and writing about life on the rock 50 to 100 years ago. With over 10 generations from the West Indies, she has a unique perspective and many vintage photographs to share.

Valerie loves digging through old newspapers to find clippings that shed light on her family’s photo collection of visiting dignitaries, beautiful ocean liners, and early explorers and aviators who passed through the Virgin Islands during the early 20th century. If you’d like to follow along and see what life was like on the rocks many years ago, check out her website, Vintage Virgin Islands.

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Sunkissed Christmas

Sunkissed Christmas

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Christmas on Saba

Christmas on Saba

It’s quiet out. And dark. The colourful street lights are up in each of the four villages of Saba, Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas is playing, the tree is up, half hiding the presents underneath and the house smells of home-made cooking. It’s Christmas time...

In Praise of Real Food

In Praise of Real Food

Island food culture is a wonderful riot, to be savoured and enjoyed. When we first came on island I was surprised by the food fusion between American, British and Caribbean fare. You would easily find an overblown pot of peanut butter alongside a similar-sized jar of...

How To Be An Annoying Tourist

How To Be An Annoying Tourist

The cruise ship horns are blasting. The streets are bustling with wide-eyed people donned in Hawaiian print. The smell of aerosol sunscreen spray fills the hot tropical air and stings your eyes. This can only mean one thing...peak tourist season is upon us. The...

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