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Jan 23, 2016 - St Lucia

Sat, Jan 23rd, 2016 St Lucia, West Indies Marilyn & I awoke just as the ship was pulling in to port in Castries, St Lucia, in the West Indies. Eddie & Jan joined us for breakfast before we left the ship. It wasn’t much longer when we found ourselves hiring a taxi driver named Phillip, to give us a private tour of the Island. Phillip was very knowledgeable about the history and other trivia about this beautiful island. I mention that the island is beautiful because St Lucia is easily one of the most beautiful islands we have ever...

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Nov 13, 2014 - St Lucia

Up at 5:30 looked out my cabin window and saw we were just passing the tip of St Lucia where the twin pitons are located took a couple pictures from my cabin then hurried up on deck for better pictures was great seeing them as we headed on to the port of Castries. Got a cup of coffee and a couple rolls as I head back up to the top deck to watch as we come in to the port. As we come into port we past the the runway for the airport just glad no planes were landing or taking off check out the pictures, lol. We were at the dock at 7:30 then I...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Castries, St. Lucia

4/23 In 136 miles we were in Castries, St. Lucia. We hired a taxi with Carla and Wade for the day. While touring the island we visited a wood carving studio, rum distillery, a number of roadside venders (where we tasted banana catsup and banana BBQ sauce – not bad), a couple of fishing villages, a drive-in volcano and the city market. We all had a great time.

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Mar 13, 2014 - St. Lucia

Thursday St. Lucia St. Lucia was settled by the Arawak Indians in 200 – 400 B.C. They were defeated and exiled by the violent Caribes who took control from 800 – 1000 A.D. There is disagreement about which European actually discovered St. Lucia. But, the Pirate Francois le Clerc put the island on the map in the mid 1500’s by using the island as a base for his attacks on Spanish galleons. Then, over 150 years, the island changed hands 14 times between the British and French. The Brits finally prevailed. The island gained its independence in...

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Dec 1, 2012 - Carribean is a foodie's paradise

The St Lucia day trip was a bit different as I went to a property that has preserved the natural habitat and was of the St Lucian people. We saw an old grass hut similar to those that their ancestors would have lived in. We were introduced to different plants that were either eaten or used for medicinal purposes. Then we met the owner of the property who in an old creole woman with the most warm nature. She had cooked us sweet bread and crab cakes to try. Yummm.

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Mar 20, 2012 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten

March 20 - St. Marten/Sint Maarten *PICTURES ADDED 4/13* *this is the smallest land mass governed by 2 nations: the Dutch and the French, since 1648. *they share quite a bit but have their separate languages, interests and vibes. *island's original name was Soulougia (Salt Land) because of its valuable salt flats *one of the earliest islands to open up to tourism (its main industry) *Dutch side has many casinos; French side gourmet restaurants and expensive shopping *no border checks; just a short obelisk to indicate the change in...

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Mar 19, 2012 - Castries, St. Lucia

St. Lucia (Loo-sha) *one of the lushest of the Caribbean islands, with thick tropical rain forests and mountainous terrain (but not quite as rugged as St. Vincent.) *its main landmark are the two volcanic rock pyramids called the Pitons (about 2,500 ft.) *rule changed 14 times between France and Britain before England won it in 1814! *1942 – a German U-boat sank 2 British ships in the capital city (Castries) harbor *1979 – won its independence from England *seems more French – its patois, Creole cuisine and names of places *also NOT named...

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Carol-IvanTravels

Feb 12, 2012 - St Lucia/St Lucie: Twin Heritage and Twin Peaks

The Express des Isles catamaran slams into the waves on another rough crossing, this time coming from Martinique across the St Lucia Channel, but after passing Point du Cap on the northern tip of St Lucia the waves abate and soon enough the ferry turns left into Castries harbour bay and, as it slows down, sets lower in the water to dock at the Passenger Ferry Port on the southern end. I follow the same route as Jacques du Parquet, then French Governor of Martinique, did in 1643 when he established the first French settlement in Soufrière a...

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Dec 20, 2011 - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone and have a safe and happy holiday! we are "on the hook" in Rodney Bay and loving the cool breeze,the winter tradewinds are upon us. Its 30 Celcius and in the eve.is 24 celcius,so sleeping is nice,with all the hatches open and no bugs to be found! Sandals resort is directly in front view,they play their steel drums to the christmas carol tunes. With all the activity going on here,Seadoos and dinghies zooming past,Hobie cats and Lazers,Timex is learning to accept it all as normal.Much more excitement here than...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Back in St.Lucia

hello Families and Friends: We are back onboard "Sweet Surrender" We flew to Ontario for 5 weeks,so we were busy with family. I gave my parents(Essie and Larry) an unexpected surprise just showing up like I like. Also while I was home,I gave my parents a kitchen makeover,with my Sister Bevs help,we worked together alot of the time and came up with nice ideas.Which we implemented. We now are working on the boat,putting everything back together after we hired a local workman do re-finish and varnish all interior wood.(Amazing job!!!) John has...

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Aug 23, 2011 - Settling in to Marigot Bay,St.Lucia

Hello Family & Friends, Well we've been to the southern tip of St.Lucia,and now back at our safest hurricane hole(Marigot Bay)which is the middle of the Island. John is wearing his jamaican headband to try and blend in,so we stop getting mistaken for tourists,but they still offer taxis etc. Everyone here is so friendly,just like home,sometimes too friendly,trying to sell their fruits and wares. In the morning small brightly colored small skiffs come to our boat and offer fruits,coconuts,grapefruits,avacodoes,breadfruits,and more,,,if they...

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Aug 3, 2011 - staying in St.Lucia

Hello Families and Friends, We can stay for 6 months,then simply go for a sail,return to pay the fee,then stay for another 6 months if we want. Our first week in St.Lucia has been all about learning where and when to find stuff,prices etc,the currency is the Eastern caribbean dollar,2.6e.c to 1u.s. Also the tropical storm Emily had everyone stressed and concerned,but the more you prepare the more likely the storm will not affect you,at least thats what I hear? Two days ago was Emancipation Day,which marks the anniversary of the final...

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