St. Lucia

@garymarsh6 (12364)
United Kingdom
January 15, 2017 5:42am CST
St Lucia was another island I was looking forward to. We docked in the Capital Castries and I had arranged a tour prior to leaving England to take us around the island. St. Lucia is a volcanic Island still with an active drive through volcano down in the south of the island at Soufriere. Behind that is the national forest and park which contains the famous twin peaks of Le Petit Piton and Le grand Piton for which St Lucia is so well known. We drove right down to this area to see the drive through volcano. The smell of sulphur hung heavily in the air as bubbling mud pools released pockets of steam and gas. Imagine it smelt like rotton eggs. Not a nice smell but after a while we got used to it. It was very warm here in fact steaming and humid. The temperature of the water here is 340F or 170C. This area is called Gabriels hole for reasons I will explain. The guy who was taking us on the tour was very pleasant and told us many stories including the story of one man who was guiding a group of tourists around the volcano, Gabriel and stood on the area where the mud pools were. Sadly, the crust cracked and he fell through the thin crust up to his chest. He was badly burnt by the scolding water and spent several months in hospital recovering from his burns. Luckily he was able to go on and father two children. The Island was discovered by the Dutch but it changed hands several times to the British and the French in fact seven times each. Many of the small towns have French names and there is a local patois spoken that is based on French with a mixture of English. The drive back to Castries took quite a long time and although at one point we could see Castries the terrain is very mountainous so you can imagine it was not a straight road. The minibus had to negotiate some very steep gradients especially when we started the trip from the port. Climbing higher and higher via snaking roads. The view from the top of the hills around Castries was breathtaking. The photo is of The Pitons and the small town in the valley is Soufriere where we stopped to have lunch. I have never seen so many different kinds of vegetables on the plate. Most of which I had never tried before. Some were delcious whereas some were quite bland and unremarkable. To be honest,I could not really identify them but our guide did. The one thing that did stand out in my mind was plaintain which was delicious probably the only vegetable on the plate I could identify! We sailed away from the island in the cover of darkness but watched from our cabin as we passed the Pitons sillouetting the sky with the moon behind it as we sailed away to our last and final destination!
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@Asylum (48095)
• Manchester, England
15 Jan 17
Volcanoes do have a seriously potent sulphur smell. I remember visiting one on the Greek island of Nisyros and we could smell the volcano one hour before we reached it.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
Some people are like that too Barry. Are you back from your travels or still lapping it up in the sunshine?
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@Asylum (48095)
• Manchester, England
15 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 I fly home tomorrow. As far as I know there is snow where I live, so I may need to book a quick somewhere for a while.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
@Asylum OH dear can you not extend your stay?
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@SIMPLYD (75885)
• Philippines
16 Jan 17
Oh my , it is dangerous to be standing by the place where a guy fell into the crust where he is standing . It must be so horrible for him recovering from the burns he succumbed to .
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
Yes how horrific to have fallen through the crust like that! Still at least he recovered from his nasty injuries.
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@Tampa_girl7 (22203)
• United States
15 Jan 17
I love the mountain peaks in the background.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
They are St Lucia's famous sights
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@DianneN (62827)
• United States
15 Jan 17
My son's inlaws stayed there two years ago for one week. Their hotel was magical and magnificent. It only cost them $30,000 with airfare for the week.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
I should jolly well think so for that kind of price.
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@PainsOnSlate (19652)
• Canada
17 Jan 17
What a beautiful word picture you painted on this discussion, I could imagine everything you talked about. It's was a lovely tour and thanks for taking me with you. Hopefully I will get there some time...
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
Thank you. I took to writing about my travels many years ago telling my mother all about the places. It was one of the things she would have loved to do. I used to describe all the sights smells and sounds so she could visualise the places I went to, I wish she had lived longer than she had as we would have loved to have taken her to some of these wonderful places I have been to.
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@xFiacre (7223)
• Ireland
15 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 Poor old Gabriel. As least he was reproductably able afterwards, that's the main thing. Apart from that St Lucia sounds ok.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
Quite an interesting place oh yes and of course the birth place of hotel Chocolate
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@tzwrites (4018)
• Romania
15 Jan 17
The volcano seems like a very interesting thing to see. As for the vegetables, I'm sure I would have no idea what many of them are either.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
They were delicious. I knew I had seen someone else from Germany. My Friend @MALUSE is from Germany too. She is a brilliant writer. I hope that you will make her acquaintance.
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@Gillygirl (15685)
• Sutton, England
15 Jan 17
It's a another stunning photo. Unlike Antiqua I always wanted to visit St Lucia. Reading about the cruise is very enjoyable. I hope you are going to write about your final destination.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
HI Gilly. Yes our last stop was Barbados a beautiful island and the most friendliest people in the Caribbean in my humble opinion.
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@Gillygirl (15685)
• Sutton, England
22 Jan
@garymarsh6 Ah, another place I would have liked to have seen. I have watched a few programs where people have bought holiday homes there. It looks amazing, The rum would appeal to me too.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
@Gillygirl OH yes spiced rum boy it is nice and very appropriate to drink there!
@Kandae11 (29168)
15 Jan 17
I like the view of the Pitons. Plantain is one of my favorites. I like the ripe ones boiled or fried- and the green ones I use to make a lovely porridge with coconut milk and cinnamon. In Guyana the green plantain is also used to make a meal called -"foo foo"
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
I like the sound of your porridge, I think I shall make that for breakfast tomorrow morning!
@Kandae11 (29168)
15 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 The plantain will have to be grated and mixed with a tablespoon of flour(I prefer wholewheat) in order to hold it together.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
@Kandae11 OK thanks I will it that way!
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@Bluedoll (17208)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
Such a nice thing to look at and must be to visit. I am also impressed how some knowledge can make the journey more rewarding.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
I usually do quite a bit of research before I visit a place so that makes it more enjoyable.
@Bluedoll (17208)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 thanks for sharing this post. It makes a person wants to travel. You so right it can be educational as well as a vacation.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
@Bluedoll Travel broadens the mind as does mylot. It gives you a window into the lives of others! I hope that you get the opportunity to travel too.
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@just4him (95755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Jan
It sounds like a beautiful island and the picture is breathtaking. Gorgeous!
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan
Thank you. It was a pretty island but very mountainous!
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@just4him (95755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Jan
@garymarsh6 It sounded like it from the snake-like roads.
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Jan
It looks like a lovely area although I don't really know where it's located. I could look but am not at this point, lol. Where I work we sell quite a few vegetables that are bland when not cooked with anything else. Some of them I've learned to saute with basil and add tomatoes afterward. I've always considered plantain bananas to be a fruit rather than a vegetable. In fact, I did look that up to see fo rmyself and it is a fruit although it's served like a vegie.
The plantain is a deliciously diverse food that can be eaten in many ways, and is a staple food in many countries around the world.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
Generally they are fried or boiled. They are quite tasty. They are good for you because they contain potassium. They are very filling too and much better than eating a chocolate bar.
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Jan
@garymarsh6 I had them when I visited Guatemala a few years back. I didn't really like them much. I think I'll stick to regular bananas for my potassium.
• China
16 Jan 17
This post is a great travel note.The mountain in the picture reminds me of Guilin Scenery in China.I wonder if you were nervous about the drive through volcano.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
I was a little nervous. Guillin is another place I would love to visit in China. Hopefully one day I will get there to see it.
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• China
22 Jan
@garymarsh6 It is karst topography with many limestone caves.
• Trinidad And Tobago
15 Jan 17
Well, I am not sure if this is a new experience for you. Or if you are enjoying it. But you are having an eventful holiday. Are you touring the Caribbean? Sulfur always have a terrible smell.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
It is about a recent trip I made to the Caribbean, It was great there and we had a wonderful time!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
15 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 Well, glad you enjoyed it.I was wondering if you were writing from there! Lol
@LoriAMoore (9821)
• United States
16 Jan 17
Yes, I enjoyed St. Lucia when I was there as well.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
It is a beautiful island but very mountainous,
@amadeo (51153)
• United States
15 Jan 17
that is cute there on the plate o plantain.That was it.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
Plaintain has a delightful taste.
@marlina (64792)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
I think that I would skip that one because of the smell.
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@garymarsh6 (12364)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
You got it Marlina rotten eggs is not the best smell eh!
@jstory07 (59743)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Jan
St. Lucia sounds like a nice island.