Almost to Africa

Just a little time left to quickly cover St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados and Tobago, before reporting on Brazil.

We have been to ST. LUCIA before and had an awesome tour of most of the island, including the Pitons, volcano crater, botanical gardens and a great place for lunch.  So, this time we decided to see something of Castries, the port city.  We walked off the ship into instant squalor.  Sidewalk vendors crowded the streets, buildings were shabby and run down, a vast difference from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Things looked up a little when we found Derek Walcott Square and the cathedral next door.

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MARTINIQUE was beautiful but the excursion we took turned out to be the Hike from H–L for me.  It was listed in the ship’s catalog as a “Hike in the Rainforest” and was captioned, “Not for guests with mobility concerns.”  Now, I have reduced heart function compared to most, but I regularly walk 3 to 5 miles and have hiked in moderately rugged terrain, including rainforests in Brazil and Belize.  I am a bit slower than others, but I don’t consider myself to have “mobility concerns”.  However, nothing in the description prepared me for the reality.

This was a strenuous and occasionally dangerous hike, all uphill, sometimes so steep one had to grab handholds above.  The path was narrow and very muddy, and a rusty, slippery 12″ pipe ran along and occasionally across the trail.  When there were steps (which occurred frequently), they were so high I couldn’t lift my knee high enough.  I became so exhausted a fellow guest, the ship crew member accompanying us and the Martinique guide (a husky young man) had to variously support me and help me keep my balance.  I could not possibly have made it on my own.  The pictures don’t do justice to the difficulty.

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My hero helpers!

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After that hike, we walked into town (yep; I’d recovered that quickly), bought some Euros for future use on the cruise and saw some of the sights.

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We had also been to Barbados previously, so we walked into town along a beautiful waterfront drive.barb2barb1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our son is named Adam; we didn't recognize the significance of this shot until we reviewed it!

Our son is named Adam; we didn’t recognize the significance of this shot until we reviewed it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tobago was also somewhere we had visited previously, so once again we walked into town, visited a supermarket for local beer, bought a postcard, and took some photos — then back on to the ship.

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We ran into the Captain's wife, pretty as a picture!

We ran into the Captain’s wife, pretty as a picture!

I wanted to buy this dress for Betsy, but she said, "Maybe 50 years ago!"  Problem is, 50 years ago she was too shy to wear it!

I wanted to buy this dress for Betsy, but she said, “Maybe 50 years ago!” Problem is, 50 years ago she was too shy to wear it!

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We were fascinated by the wiring -- it takes a genius or a mad man to figure it out

We were fascinated by the wiring — it takes a genius or a mad man to figure it out

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Next — Devil’s Island and Brazil.

 

Don Horner

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2 Responses to Almost to Africa

  1. Adam says:

    That is funny with the “Adam Son” sign….what are the odds to get just that angle!

  2. chichansen says:

    Nice post, Don. Sure is fun to look back upon our wonderful journey. BTW – enjoyed talking to you today after brunch!!!!

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