1800 – 2 April 2011
A quick move was made back towards Charlestown and a mooring buoy; there are
literally hundreds of them, off the Sunshine Bar where our taxi was to meet us.
Unfortunately with the swell still running the waves breaking on the shore
would have made landing a very wet occupation; fortunately by landing a little
further up the coast we were able to use the shelter provided by the Four
Seasons Hotel breakwaters and arrived to meet “Teach” and his taxi
almost on time.
Teach, aka Solomon, was a retired teacher and made a most excellent
guide for our tour. His driving speed was unusually moderate which
resulted in our becoming an obstacle at times for the Triathlon biking event
taking place as the athletes overtook us.
First off was a tour around the outskirts of Charlestown,
a visit to the old Jewish Cemetery and then a stop at the hot springs. Charlestown
had one of the first hotels in the Caribbean and the hot springs were the attraction; and very hot
they were too. Volcanic activity in this part of the world is not far
under the surface.
The next stop was the site where Admiral Nelson married his wife, Fanny
Nevis is a dry island and
lacks the robust vegetation of some of the others that we have visited.
Some of the attractions are the old plantation houses now converted into up
market hotels and we visited four of them in the course of our tour. Very
nice but probably not our sort of holiday. We did however enjoy a morning
refreshment break in the Hermitage.
Nevis was first settled at about
the time of the English Civil War and plantation houses and churches date from
that period. Each plantation is absolutely unique; this one was a
substantial stone building.
Churches feature as an important part of Nevis
life and the Anglican ones have survived hurricane feast and famine. This
one is relatively modern dating from 1750.
Wildlife on Nevis includes monkeys;
unfortunately the closest that we got to them was this, now added to my
collection of unusual signs.
Our trip ended up back where we started in time for a late lunch.
Taking trips either by taxi or local bus is a great way of getting a feel for
each island and “Teach” gave us a great trip.
On return to the boat we headed north again to get out of the swell and
this time anchored in Oualie
Bay for the night.
Sundowners were on Let it Be celebrating a good day out together.