Blogs from Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, Central America Caribbean


Our last couple of days were quiet, mainly because the weather turned to warm, very windy and cloudy. Also because Steve had a problem with his foot (suspected Gout - very painful) and that put the kibosh on a planned rainforest walk. Still we were able to get some interesting things done: Friday night is street party night in Gros Islet, with lots of street food, street bars and VERY LOUD music. We travelled by local bus, had a cocktail, surveyEd the long queues for food and, as we had done previously at Shirley Heights, decided to go elsewhere to eat. The elsewhere was Rodney Bay Marina, only a walk from our hotel and home to several very attractive restaurants. We have eaten well in St Lucia but English Harbour was better.... On Saturday we had ... read more
Friday night Street food at Gros Islet 2
This a Bob Marley Birthday cocktail
Steve enjoys said cocktail

Our last night in Antigua involved a return visit to Restaurant Incanto....fabulous food in a delightful setting, although it was a bit blowy that night. Our hostess in Antigua let us check out late which was great as we were able to have a full day before our evening flight to St. Lucia. This was interesting on a small 50 seater aircraft. We flew at about 18:00 heading south and looking west. As we flew the sky turned redder and redder finally fading to black as we landed. Spectacular but not really photographable. So, all good except that the taxi we ordered to pick us up failed to materialise so we had to find a cab and got into our new hotel later than planned. We’ve moved from a small B&B in the Antiguan hills to ... read more
We’ll miss the breakfast view in Antigua ... English Harbour in the distance.
Poolside at the new place..note clouds
Local beach...less cloud

November in Calgary can be drab and dreary; cold and snowy waiting for the ski hills to open, so we headed south to Saint Lucia. We have a small suite in a private residential area of Gros Islet at the very north end of the island, Lime Tree Cottage. We have a small private garden with our own coconut tree. Yesterday a lineman from the power company came to trim the branches and cut two coconuts for us to try. He cut the tops off with his machete and we drank the coconut water straight from the shell. Doesn’t come any fresher! Even the local birds, that resemble colourful pigeons like to drink coconut water straight from the shell. We walked to the remnants of the fort at the top of Pigeon Island where Rodney, the ... read more
Local birds
Causeway to Pigeon Island
Rodney Bay

It's my last day! Yesterday was my last full day here, so we spent the day at Windjammers, and then the evening at the Gros Islet street party. Windjammers was really good. It's a shame I didnt have any goggles, because there were loads of fish this time, and some big, colourful ones too. The water is really clear and calm, so I could see them pretty well even without goggles. Then they started to circle me like sharks and it freaked me out a little so I had to swim away and get out of the sea. I've tanned as much as I can, so we'll have to wait and see how dark I am compared to everyone at home. I went to the Gros Islet street party with Olivia, her boyfriend, her mum and ... read more

It's my last full week here, time has definitely flown by. Just trying to catch up with a few touristy things before I go next week. On Tuesday, it's 2-4-1 drinks at a bar in Rodney Bay, so we all went there - me, the girls, the boys and some new medical students from Cambridge and Leeds. We had a great time and had quite a few daquiris. We even made it onto the bar's instagram page, because the waitress took a photo of us. Today, we went on a boat cruise. Some of Errol's family were having a family reunion, and as part of it, a lot of them went on this boat cruise. They were really nice and said Errol and I could come along as well. So we sailed down to Soufriere, went ... read more

So today we went to Pigeon Island. It was really hot and sunny, and probably the best day weather wise we've had since we've been here. It's not really an island anymore, because they've built a causeway to it. It's not very big, it just has two peaks, and some beaches at the bottom. It was used in the 18th Century by the British, who built a fort there to spy on French ships. It was also used in WWII by the US as a base. There are still ruins of the fort, some old canons and a few plaques with some information about the island. It's quite interesting, but they haven't played up to the history as much as something similar in the UK would, like an English heritage site. There were only about 5 ... read more

Woke up feeling a little stiff and sore this morning. I can walk fine, but stairs are very difficult, both up and down. And sitting down and getting back up are also very difficult, especially getting up from a sun lounger. I also have quite a few mosquito bites. I used a lot of repellent, but I think I just kept sweating it off, and the trail was very humid with loads of mosquitoes about. So they're bothering me a bit today. I'm quite sore, and I think it will be even worse tomorrow, so not looking forward to that. Luckily tomorrow is carnival! So it's a bank holiday and I don't have to go into the hospital, so I can rest my muscles whilst watching the carnival parade. We decided to rest ourselves today at ... read more
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I got invited to do some more touristy things with the other students today. So after hospital we went to watch the cricket. It was Windies vs Sri Lanka test cricket. This was day 2, and it was already 4 hours in before we came. The stadium was pretty quiet because all of the locals will still at work, so apparently the weekend is a lot busier and a better atmosphere. It was quite good fun to watch, but after about 15 minutes of cricket, it started to pour it down with rain, so they had to cover the field with tarps and stop the game. The rain only lasted 5 minutes, but they then spent almost an hour drying the field, rolling over the whole field with like a mini steam roller. So after about ... read more

As you will see from the photographs, here at our Reduit Beach condo, we are surrounded by flowers and fauna in a uniquely quiet and lush tropical environment. All the photographs depicted are from our property. We are blessed to be steps away from Saint Lucia's best beach and yet easy walking distance to the shopping and night life of vibrant Rodney Bay Village. Personally, we are exceptionally blessed to be able to enjoy vacationing in this paradise and still be part of the social life of this country through the warmth, hospitality and sincere appreciation expressed to Jeanette and me in so many varied ways. Whether it is lunch, dinner, sitting at the Turquoise Bar of Landings St. Lucia or strolling Reduit Beach while the gentle bubbles of surf caress our naked toes, it is ... read more
Retired Quavers Combo members.
Lunch at the condo.
Gee with friends at the Turquois Bar.

Hé oui enfin, nous sommes de retour sur notre belle corneille. Elle nous a attendus durant dix-huit mois, au gros soleil et à la poussière du chantier. Nos désirs de travaux n’ont pu être réalisés qu’à moitié; en effet, nous voulions faire refaire la peinture de la coque au complet, œuvres vives et côtés, mais la CARRA en a décidé autrement. Nous n’avons pu que faire refaire les œuvres vives. Absaroque doit donc garder son vieux « plumage ». Ce contrat a été très bien effectué par Kelly Bernard au « Rodney Bay Boatyard ». Le travail a été très dur, je dois avouer que je suis bien contente de ne pas avoir eu à le faire. Donc, nous sommes descendus à Ste-Lucie le 1er novembre, moi pour une semaine et JP pour la saison; mon ... read more
Et voilà le travail...
La coque avec sa nouvelle peinture anti-salissure

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