July 19th, 2013

Fond memories of the Caribbean

Today is my last day of holiday in the Caribbean, where I have been lucky enough to escape for a short while on the Island of St Lucia.

When I arrived, ten days seemed like a long time. Each day on the beach, in the sea or exploring by boat or on foot, has seemed to merge with the next. For me, that is what holidays are all about, forgetting the time (the Caribbean people do this brilliantly!) and just absorbing what is around you… getting away, stopping, relaxing, sleeping for hours more than normal, spending days and evenings with family, experiencing the different colours, foods, culture and ways of doing things – these things really do change your mind, and your relationship with time for a while.

Now, the fact that today is the last day, has suddenly made me focus in on everything for one last time, noticing all the details, which have made the holiday.

 

The vibrant colours…

Collage of vibrant colours

Collage of vibrant colours

Colonial style house near Castries

Colonial style house near Castries

The brightly coloured shutters, no “neutrals”!

Bright blue shutters in the Dragon Fly restaurant, Windjammer and in the lobby

Bright blue shutters in the Dragon Fly restaurant, Windjammer, and the yellow version in the lobby

 

The lobby at the Windjammer

The lobby at the Windjammer

The hungry bird that kept us company at breakfast each day…

Friendly bird at breakfast

Friendly bird at breakfast

The tile detailing on steps and in water features/pools…

Mosaic tiles on steps

Moroccan style tiles on steps

and more mosaic tiles on steps...

and more tile detailing on steps…

and in water features

… and in water features

The “Pitons”, “friendly pilot whales” and my favourite tree (which I have now forgotten the name of…)

The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in a World Heritage Site in Saint Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.

The Pitons – two “volcanic plugs” in Saint Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high.

Friendly pilot whales

Friendly pilot whales

 

Aquamarine blue...

Aquamarine blue…

Favourite tree - if anyone knows the name please shout...

Favourite tree – if anyone knows the name please shout…

And finally, no holiday would be complete without the local wine, cuisine, sunsets and titanic moments…

Whale watching in the Caribbean

Titanic moment while watching friendly pilot whales…

Freshly caught "Mai Mai"

Freshly caught “Mai Mai”

Sunset over Labrelotte Bay

Sunset over Labrelotte Bay

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