21/12/11 – St Lucia has been wonderful…..

Going ashore in St.Lucia wasn’t as strange as we expected….no swaying on your feet or ‘land sickness’. Rodney Bay marina was very well decorated with ARC flags and other flags and signs of sponsors, all very colourful. There was often a display of local dancing and fire-eating going on and many ‘happy hours’ at the numerous bars and restaurants along the board walk. We were quickly led astray, away from boat cleaning, by Simon and we went aboard Casamara for a very happy day anchored out in the bay, with lunch ashore on Pigeon Island.

Some of the local entertainment, limbo-dancing……..and fire-eating……

Getting into the pace of the Caribbean……………lunch at Jambe de Bois with Casamara…

A couple of days later we set out in ‘flotilla’ with Impulse and Casamara for a fabulous sail down the coast to visit the stunning and historic anchorage at Marigot Bay and then on south to pick a mooring in between the Pitons, one of the most famous sights in the islands. We loved it so much we stayed an extra day.

Aztec and Casamara at anchor in the Marigot Bay……….ashore for a wander….

Amanda in her swimming hat makes her way to…….drinks on Impulse…

Approaching the amazing Pitons………….moored in between Gros Piton and Petit Piton

Bob bravely drove a hire car in to the interior of the island and we visited a plantation, botanical gardens, waterfalls and took a zip-line tour through some of the jungle, which was a little different. I found the plantation particularly interesting, having just read ‘The Sugar Barons’.

The varied vegetation at the plantation……….Original donkey powered sugar cane crusher…

View from the old plantation house………………sulphourous falls in the botanical gardens..

All equipment sport this zip-lining……………..is it a bird….yes….it’s Lincy disappearing into the jungle.

We will all remember St.Lucia for the cheerful people (apart from Customs, obviously!) and the colourful sights…..and for the sociable days spent with friends, new and old (no offence Russell!).

Aztec, Impulse & Casamara out for a curry at Razmataz…buying fruit from a colourful boat boy….

So tomorrow we head back to the UK for Christmas. Should be a bit of shock to the system, as we are reliably informed that the temperature is just about zero! …..but it will be good to be home.

Needless to say, we’re a bit disadvantaged on the Christmas card front….I think we’ve missed the last post…so a very Happy Christmas to you all and all the best for New Year 2012.

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