Out and about in St Lucia
Saturday 29th January 2011
Goodness, time just flies by and I think I haven’t done the blog for a couple of days, only to find it’s actually a couple of weeks!!
We spent 10
days in the marina in
This turned out to be a very enjoyable, if sometimes a little sobering, day. The island is very green and beautiful, with tropical rainforest at its centre. We tried to follow a road into the rainforest to visit a waterfall, but were scuppered by a palm tree which had come down across the road.
Lush and green Palm tree fallen across the track - on foot only from here!
We drove along the coastal roads and made many stops at viewpoints, where we were often met by hawkers selling jewellery. A turtle necklace caught my eye at one stop and by the time I’d finished bargaining for it we were off again and I’d missed the view! We stopped for lunch beside the Deux Pitons – conical pieces of land which rise out of the sea, and watched hummingbirds hovering to drink nectar from the flowers. It rained on and off all day – usually when we stopped for a photo opportunity – but when it is warm between the showers you soon dry out and don’t mind too much.
Bay - in the
Marigot Bay - in the rain! The Pitons
Piton across Soufriere
Can't remember the name of this lovely flower in the botanical
Petit Piton across Soufriere Bay Can't remember the name of this lovely flower in the botanical gardens
go in this river - too much sulphur from the
Can't go in this river - too much sulphur from the volcano Diamond Falls
The sobering aspects of the day were the places that had been affected by Hurricane Thomas last autumn. Vision showed us a mud slide where a house had been completely washed away – a friend and his family had been inside at the time and neither the house nor the family have ever been found. We saw where rivers had burst their banks and the devastation the water had caused, and bridges and roads that had been damaged or completely washed away. In places there is still no running water and people are collecting filtered water that is being pumped to standpipes from rivers full of debris and mud. Sobering indeed.
road was completely washed
Clean water being pumped and filtered using generator
The road was completely washed away Clean water being pumped and filtered using generator power
Sarah & I went across the inner lagoon to the shopping mall which has two good supermarkets, to stock up on fresh food – we both still have a boatload of non-perishable stuff to use up or store away for future passages. We also wandered around the other shops which mainly sell souvenirs or designer clothes, but didn’t see anything worth buying...until we came across the Haagen Das shop! We were able to report back to Steve & Rob that the cake and ice cream were delicious!