Sunday 30 December 2012

The Caribbean

It had startd to snow when we left New York a week ago. Once we had cruised a few days down the coast it began to warm up and for the past 5 days it has been a glorious 29-30 degrees C. To date we have explored St Kitts, Dominica, St Lucia and am now in St Maarten. Each  island is absolutely unique and all can boast of incredible vistas, beautiful beaches, rainforest areas and markets where a similar thread runs through each market.
The Christmas Bush seen at the Dominica Botanical Gardens. It flowers only in December and dies back until the following Christmas.

We experienced the most amazing street parade in St Kitts, where the locals were celebrating Christmas.

The reggae music from the truck reveberated through my bones and the singing and dancing had to be seen to be believed. This was the local people celebrating their youth, their origins and their music. This has been one of the highlights of the trip - to see the people in their natural environment and not a tourist experience.

One of the  beautiful bays of St Lucia, where some of the rich and famous have homes

So tomorrow is another day in this incredible part of the world. We have met so many wonderful and interesting people, I have managed to do a few sketches which I will post later, but it is always a race against time.
More later - and a visit to St Thomas tomorrow.

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