This is the view from our balcony as the sun goes down.
We visited St Lucia briefly. It was an interesting experience. We saw the tourist zone, which was fabulous and you can see in the photos. We also took a rental car and drove some of the roads and saw fairly sour looking islanders. It was more of the split personality of the caribbean- poverty and wealth side by side. Debbie and I drive a fiat panda, similar to a lot of the islanders. However its not that uncommon to see BMW X6’s and brand new range rovers hogging along the tiny roads. Anyhow in my Saint Lucia driving experience I found the roads were some of the hardest I have ever driven, and that’s saying something considering the roads here in Guadeloupe.It’s harder because in St Lucia they are driving English style, on the left. But even so the roads were fantastically twisty, narrow and with deep ditches or good sized drop offs without guard rails. So you definitely want to be paying attention.
We went to Barbados for a visit. To go there we took a ferry from Guadeloupe to St Lucia, stayed in St. Lucia for a couple of days and then flew to Barbados from there. All in all we were on the ferry for about 7 hours. The ferry has a downstairs enclosed area that is air conditioned and has movies playing. The upstairs has an open air seating area and an area out back where you can stand out on the deck. We stopped very briefly in Dominica and in Martinique – both very beautiful islands. And there was a spectacular rainbow at one point which I was able to catch part of on camera. By the time we arrived at St. Lucia it was getting dark. Here are a few photos of the trip there.
Kite Surfing is fairly popular here- not something I have tried yet, but it sure looks fun. We have a tiny apartment right on a beach and lagoon that is a popular kite surfing spot. There is a steady strong breeze that blows in pretty much every day. The surfer saw me trying to get some shots and I think he tried to put on a pretty good show. I would say his highest jump was close to 30 feet off the water. Pretty impressive! (click a thumbnail to see the gallery)
Well, we took a trip on a large catamaran to a small uninhabited island called Petit Terre. There are 2 parts to the island. One half is a bird and wildlife sanctuary. The other half has beautiful beaches with white sand and very clear water. The trip out to the island was a bit over an hour. On the trip out it was a bit overcast and it rained briefly. But by the time we got to the island it had cleared up and was beautiful. The island is inhabited with iguana.
In fact we had lunch with on small, very cute iguana who munched on some bananas while we ate a nice meal of grilled fish and salad. They are vegetarians and are not dangerous at all. Afterwards we went snorkeling – my first time and Wayne hasn’t snorkeled since he was 10 years old! It was incredible!! There were all kinds of fish – angel-fish that were about a foot high, green fish, blue fish, transparent fish, striped fish. And we saw a baby sand shark! The water was crystal clear and warm. We were out there for hours. We finally got tuckered out and came back just in time to get ready to go back. The trip back was so soothing and calm that both Wayne and I passed out for a bit. We had a great time.