Castries, St. Lucia

Anse la Raye —  Who knew?

St. Lucia is the second port that was added after the cancellation of our West African visit.  It was our first visit here.

Our tour took us on the World Heritage Route, which went to the Sulfur Springs Park and a plantation near the town of Soufrière.  We had several stops along the way for photo ops, including the Governor General’s residence, Marigot Bay where at least one movie was filmed, a fishing village, and a viewpoint for the famous Pitons, a pair of peaks reminiscent of the Grand Tetons (see photo below).  The sulfur springs reminded us of being at Yellowstone.  They are part of the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano.  We had a special guide here who gave us information about the area.  

We also stopped at a fishing village called Anse la Raye.  The picture above contains an interesting detail.  After we returned to the ship our friend Ron gave Susan a shell he found on the same beach.  It turns out to be the one in this picture.  It is to the right of the boat and dog.  It is a huge conch shell (it weighs 5 pounds).  It shows the wear of many years in the sea.  Since we are such shell hogs we couldn't believe we actually were within seeing distance of the shell and didn't notice it.  Thanks Ron!!

At the plantation we got to see a replica of an old Carib village, saw a demonstration of how cocoa beans are processed, saw their small sugar mill that is operated by a donkey named Noel (who is apparently now a sugar junkie - he gets spent sugar cane for treats every couple of times he walks around the mill), were introduced to some of the local fruits and vegetables, saw a coconut husking demonstration, and also learned about many of the plants that grow on the plantation.  At the end of our tour we had a snack (really a light lunch) that included a nice rum punch.

The bus ride for this trip was quite long, but the tour was a good one, and St. Lucia is a beautiful island.  It is a volcanic island which has rainforest in the higher elevations that includes many huge tree ferns.  This is an island that would be worth returning to, to see what else it has to offer.

There are additional photos in the photo album.

The Pitons

© Susan L. Stone 2015