Another short hop down the coast of
St Lucia to the town of
Soufriere. We were met by a welcoming committee of local boats, all keen
to help take your lines, sell you bananas, whatever, all for a few EC
dollars. Our assigned helper guided
us into where we wanted to go, which was to anchor off the Hummingbird
Under instruction, we dropped 25
metres of chain which appeared to drop straight down without touching the
bottom, then motored backwards towards a rough concrete dock. The bottom obviously came up towards us
rapidly as the anchor set and we moored stern-to with a line to the
Nutmeg anchored next to Saeftinghe,
Soufriere, St Lucia
This place is close to paradise
(this phrase is going to become well worn I can tell). The beach is lovely soft warm sand, the
sea is as warm as a bath, the view is stunning – the Pitons, two steep conical
mountains – are right next to us.
The Hummingbird reataurant has
everything one could wish for – great food, cold beers, incredible views, and a
lovely pool. It is named after the
hummingbirds that flit around the frangipani blossom in the gardens around the
pool. We admired the view of the
Pitons whilst drinking Piton beer!
Whilst the kids swam in the pool, we waited to see if we could see the
green flash when the sun went down – the waitress swore she saw it regularly but
funnily enough we couldn’t see it.
Perhaps more alcohol is required.
Sorry, I know there is a credit
crisis and Europe is in the depths of winter
and it’s back to work and its January and the trains are probably late. But this little corner of the world is
blissfully isolated from the worst of the doom and gloom, and long may it
last. If its any consolation,
sterling is so weak that it’s more expensive here than in the
UK. But who