12.27.2010 - 12.27.2010
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA
It's a good idea to take pictures of place names! Two of the lecturers onboard this cruise are memory experts, Dr. Fred Chernow (from Long Island) and Michael Dispezio (from Cape Cod), but taking a picture of signs is one memory aid we thought of ourselves!
There are beautiful buildings as well as the poor and run down - all part of the island scenery in the lush hillsides.
This is the view from the port side (the side our cabin is on) - the skies are iffy, with rain forecast. The island had very heavy rains for their Christmas weekend.
Today is also a holiday - not many folks walking around - this is the central park' Derek Walcott Square, named for their native son, who won a 1992 Nobel prize for literature.
Big waves at Rodney Bay - the water was too churned up for snorkeling but we took a swim (I got tumbled around getting out of the surf!) then we enjoyed the sun and surf from the shade of an umbrella.
A green paradise does come with a price - the weekend rains are still being absorbed. We lucked out, though - four hours on the beach with no rain and no sunburn!