02 Dec 2010
The morning started slow with no particular plans. It was obvious from high on the ship that Castries is much more developed than the previous Caribbean islands I had recently visited. I decided to venture into the capital for a look around. I must say I was not very impressed – it was not as friendly and it was all about sell, sell, sell.
The only highlight I could find was the Catholic Cathedral – very nicely done on the inside with the painted wooden roofs. I wondered 3 blocks from the cathedral (away from the city centre) to an area that was still extremely busy with people (although by now only locals) and was advised by a policeman that I should turn back for my own safety. I took his advice.
That afternoon I took another cruise tour called “Scenes of the North & Beach”. It is a lovely island with plenty of vegetation, however has nothing on the Dominica rainforests (that I saw). We visited Pigeon Island for a brief photo shoot and onto Rodney Bay for a swim. Rodney Bay hosts some “very posh” houses and resorts and it's hard to believe you are in the same country as Castries. We stopped at the Windjammer Landing Beach Villas (a beautiful time-share facility) for my first swim in the Caribbean - the water was lovely and I could have spent all day there.
That night all the lecturer’s went to the Yacht Club for a goodbye dinner – lovely meal and lovely company. On the way back to my cabin I stumbled across the cabin stewards erecting the Christmas tree in front of reception. Very funny to watch 15 men working on the one 12 foot tree (photos still to come).
No doubt if I ever return it will have to be to one of these wonderful resorts on the north of the island.