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Jan 28, 2020 - Soufriere, St. Lucia

The land excursion today took us up and inland to a plantation and chocolate boutique where the Fond Doux Plantation Resort is located and has been there for over 200 years. Chocolate from the native coco bean trees is a major industry on St. Lucia with tourism the number one income producer. Bananas are also an agricultural product. Banana Ketchup is a strange refinement of the curvy, yellow fruit, but we never got a chance to sample it. The tour of the flora in the winding paths was a bit tiring, but the chocolate lab proved to reinforce...

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Jan 28, 2020 - St Lucia

This morning was another early rise, but without the drama of yesterday. We were getting ready when breakfast arrived. We ate and got ready. We watched the ship dock with no sensation f hitting the dock it was done so smoothly. There were several boats about, as there appeared to be all day. The call for disembarkation had not come by the appointed time, so we decided to head down to the gangway deck, but discovered it was not open. We had to wait one deck up which was becoming quite crowded with people like ourselves, anxious not to be...

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Jan 21, 2020 - Tuesday in Pigeon Island (St. Lucia) Painting

The ariel tram tour was cancelled because it was broken down. Instead, we went on a painting excursion at a seaside studio. Our patient and encouraging teacher, Simeon Brizan, displayed a sunset/boat picture and we set out to copy it in our own style. First was made a drawing on the canvas and then added the colors (only 4 - white, yellow, red, and black). He was helpful with suggestions on how to blend to get the effect of the reflecting sunset. The boat was silhouetted against the brilliant sky and filled in with back. Some of us added...

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Jan 19, 2020 - Lazy Sunday in Anse Mitan (Martinique) & Monday in Castries (St. Lucia) Making Chocolate

Sunday was a day of rest for us as we wound down from boarding and the excitement of the first sail off. While our ship has two jibs, 4 main sails and a mizzen, we motor most of the time with the sails furled. Our day in Martinique was truly lazy with great food and super weather. Monday we were more ambitious and headed out early for a chocolate making excursion. As we were driven up the hill to the chocolate extravaganza, we passed some of the local color in the town of Castries. The chocolate making began with how the cocoa is...

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Apr 8, 2018 - Lovely St. Lucia!

We ran into another transportation snag after debarking in St. Lucia. We had hoped to take a local bus from our port city of Castries to the more beautiful former capital of Soufriere, in the south. However, that plan was quickly scrapped because the local buses don’t run on Sunday. Instead, we decided to bite the bullet and take the pricey “Sea and Land” tour, which turned out to be a perfect day for us. They provided a large (aka stable and dry) boat down to Soufriere, pointing out a bay and even a boat where Pirates of the Caribbean was...

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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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