|*St. Kitts is part of the 2-island nation of St. Kitts & Nevis
*Columbus named it in 1493
*Cricket is the national sport; holding regional matches while we are here
*lots of abandoned sugarcane fields (no longer lucrative)
*has the only remaining narrow-gauge sugarcane train; gives 2-hr. open air rides
*capital city is Basseterre ('Bass-terr')
Our shore excursion:in a van with 9 of us; excellent driver/guide but very difficult to understand!
Caribelle Batik Studio: on the old Romney Manor [site of 17th century sugar plantation]. Showed. very little of the process but had an amazing array of colorful fine quality clothes and decorative items. Lovely gardens surrounding the studio.
Brimstone Hill Fortress: 18th century; 2nd largest fort in the Western Hemisphere; “Gibraltar of the West Indies”; sits at 800 ft. above sea level; a UNESCO World Heritage site and enormous! and sprawling with 2 miles of steep winding road up to and through it. Built of volcanic rock and limestone mortar; took over 100 years to build. (This was a favorite site, especially for Ivan.)
Returned to the ship for lunch and then walked into town to see the pretty green Victorian clock tower in the center of the city's main traffic circle called the “Circus”; Independence Sq. built in 1790 for slave auctions, lined with colonial buildings.