Discovering St Pierre
Date 2300 – 10 February 2011
A small move of position; keeping a good look out first thing in the morning meant that we saw a large catamaran with a prime position next to Sulana leave the anchorage. We quickly moved to occupy the space which put us well out of the way of any ferry and safe to leave the boat to go ashore sight seeing.
With Alan and Sue and David and Ginny from Sulana we mounted a tourist
Whilst the town has been rebuilt there remains a great deal of evidence of the destruction caused with shells of buildings a poignant reminder of the 29,933 people who died.
Whilst some people were able to escape before the eruption most stayed either because they did not believe that it could happen or they had nowhere to go and no resources. Reputedly there was only one survivor and he was imprisoned in this cell which reputedly saved his life but left him with such severe burns that he became a circus attraction.
Sulana’s crew being of the walking inclination we set off to
climb up to another of
To prove that we made it:
The inscription on the plinth is a reminder of the disaster:
The descent was a rough footpath which took us past the remains of an 18th century battery complete with cannon:
And finally into a beautiful tropical garden that has been especially planted to attract butterflies.
A bus ride back to
The day was very pleasantly finished off with supper on board Sulana – Thank you!