Christmas in the Caribbean
Terry/ Nicola Flinn
Fri 29 Dec 2006 21:01
Bob and Marilyn, Eric and Judy moved into a villa near Rodney Bay Marina and, as it came with its own private mooring, we decided to join them and moor the boat there. Nicola did an excellent job of making the boat look festive.
Terry and Nicola on board Flinesse were awakened on Christmas Day by carol singers and then we opened huge Christmas stockings lovingly prepared by Helen and Jenny. We also had a great laugh watching a video featuring messages from all the family back home; Jenny and Andy clearly have a future in the movies!
It was decided that we would prepare a traditional Christmas Day meal complete with turkey, stuffing and roast potatoes, but complemented by local exotic vegetables like yams, christophene and bacon wrapped plantains to add a Caribbean flavour to the meal; it was a great success and we spent the rest of the day swimming, playing games and generally relaxing.
On Boxing Day, we took everyone on board and sailed over to Pigeon Island. We had a bbq on board and took the opportunity to go swimming and snorkelling in the warm, clear water which was teeming with pretty tropical fish.
We decided to sample some of the more touristy parts of St Lucia. We hired a local taxi driver who took us in his minibus on a trip to explore the rain forest where we hiked for about an hour along a trail through tall trees and lush vegetation.
On another expedition, we visited Soufriere and Marigot Bay, explored volcanic sulphur springs, visited a lovely botanical garden and admired the breath-taking views over the twin peaks of the Pitons. On the way home we had a meal in a small cafe and really enjoyed the local meal of Creole fish. We liked the local cuisine so much that we asked 2 local ladies to come to the villa one evening and cook us a Caribbean meal. They served up the national dish of salt fish, with steamed vegetables, potato salad, dasheen and yams; it
Even though our families were far away, we all agreed this, indeed, had been a very special Christmas.
Early in the New Year, we will continue our voyage when we sail south towards the Grenadines.