S: Our Honeymooon - St. Lucia - June 2011
BC: St. Lucia 2011 . Honeymoon
FC: Sean & Roxy's | Honeymoon | St. Lucia June 2011
1: The population of 174000 is evenly divided between rural and urban areas, however the capital, Castries (where our resort was), contains about a third of the population. Historically St. Lucia changed hands many times between French and British rule. It is now an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations associated with the United Kingdom. Therefore it's official language is English, however 95% of the population speaks a French-based Creole known as Patwah. The airport is south in Vieux Fort and Sandals is north in Castries. | . | The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is 27 miles long by 14 miles wide. This volcanic island features a drive-in volcano and is more mountainous than many other Caribbean islands, with the highest point of Mount Gimie at 3120 ft above sea level. Two other mountains, the Pitons, form the islands most famous landmark and rise around 2000 ft above sea level.
2: Bye-Bye Wichita, KS | Bye-Bye Miami, FL USA
3: Filling out customs forms | I think I see pitons! | Flying over the Bahamas
4: Hello St. Lucia! | Atlantic side of St. Lucia. | Bus ride on a hilly, curvy road to the resort put Roxy to sleep on Sean's shoulder. | We got off the plane and waited in a long customs line full of other newlyweds.
5: Sandals Halcyon Resort
6: Our Room | Sean's first experience sharing a closet with Roxy | The "Ocean View" we had to turn to see but could hear ocean waves at night :)
7: We arrived late afternoon. This was our view while having dinner the first night. | The Pier Restaurant | Cute wild cats begging for food made it feel like home.
8: The first day we took it easy at the resort. We swam, kayaked out to Rat Island, and rode a water trike. Captain Sean's favorite was the little catamaran. Sailing it was so much fun. Turning it was hard because we had to duck under the moving sail.
9: Sandals Grande St.Lucian | This picture of the shuttle bus schedule kept us on track all week. This second night we took the shuttle to have dinner at Grande.
11: Barefoot by the Sea Or favorite dinner location. Good food, candlelight, sounds of crashing waves, bare feet in the sand.
12: Day Two Private tour of the Island with guide Disco Dave. First stop was Castries Cathedral, built in 1899.
13: Living outside the cathedral was a 400 year old tree in a square named after a Nobel Prize winning St. Lucian.
14: Looking over Castries
15: Governor General's Mansion | Disco Dave showing us Calabash/or Breadfruit. He gave us some jelly made from the fruit. They also use it to make bowls, glue, gum, and tea from the tree's leaves.
17: Banana Plantation | I've always wanted to try fresh coconut milk. It didn't taste anything like I expected. It was sour, and the floppy fresh coconut tasted more like an almond than coconut.
18: Marigot Bay | Wow, Camera Zoom!
19: A famous bay used to film some movies like the 1967 versions of Dr. Doolittle. It is also an historic landmark, having been the site of a number of battles between the French and British navies. | Sean wanted a picture with the Porsche...
20: One of Roxy's post card shots above. Disco Dave stopped at a bakery to get us a snack. The picture to the left was over the door so we were skeptical...but the bread was delicious we ate it with the breadfruit jelly.
21: Hopping off the van to check out some Piton views.
22: Sulphur Springs Volcano | World's only drive-in volcano, this view is inside the caldera. The crater emits steam, sulphur, boiling mud and water. The last eruption occurred in the late eighteenth century so the volcano is considered dormant.
23: Coco Beans | Cashew Fruit! | Boiling Mud
24: World Heritage Site | Botanical Garden
25: Wax Apple | Christmas Candle
27: Soufriere lunch view We had chicken and tater style plantains | ^ Volcano Caldera
28: Rum Distillery
29: Fishing village | Church | Scene from the opening of the first Pirate's of the Caribbean
30: That night we got back to our resort and got dressed up for dinner | at Mario's Italian Restaurant. Our favorite food at Sandals.
31: Then we played Lawn Chess in the dark. | Roxy lost...
32: Day Three Took a group sea cruise down to Soufriere and the pitons. When we boarded the catamaran there was a carnival ship docked in the marina. | Wow! What a massive ship!
34: This tour took us to a different botanical garden called Diamond Botanical Gardens. | Nutmeg & Mace
35: Then we had another lunch overlooking the pitons and the town of Soufriere. | This restaurant was up on a cliff and had a swimming pool right in the middle with tables all around it.
37: Sean liked the lighthouse. | Party cruise back to Castries. | Dinner at the Pier Restaurant. One of our least favorite places. Would be better at lunch.
38: Day Four Took the shuttle to the biggest Sandals resort, the beautiful La Toc. We spent the morning on the beach, had lunch and the afternoon at the pool. Then went back to our resort to change and then go back to La Toc for dinner. We wanted to go to the Creole restaurant, La Piton, we heard was so good but when we got there it was closed and all the restaurants were serving at a street party. We went to the street party disappointed to be in a crowd rather than a romantic meal by ourselves. We made the best of it and enjoyed the food, music, dancers on stilts, and impressed the other couples with our swing dancing skills. | Roxy had fun with artsy beach photos. Especially trying to get a good feet on the beach photo.
40: When we got there we found the last open beach cabana, then Sean left to find drinks. When he returned Roxy said, "Man go hunt for food, Woman set up shelter." We laughed.
42: That evening we took a walk from our resort to Mega Jays with a list of supplies and souvenirs. | It ended up being more like a Sam's with appliances, rather than a WalMart as we were told, so we didn't get anything but sunscreen! | Sunset photo fun while waiting for the shuttle back to La Toc.
44: A two engine, 10 person BN-2B Islander | Excursion to the Grenadines | Bye Sandals Halcyon | Bye St. Lucia | Oil Storage Tanks for millions of gallons of oil. A transit station between Venezuela and the US.
45: Got a good look at the Pitons | Island of Canouan | Island of Mustique Playground for Royalty and rich and famous like Mick Jagger.
46: Palm Island | The little plane landed on Union Island, then we got on another catamaran boat to tour the small islands. First stop was Palm Island.
47: Short rainstorms passed by all day.
53: Pirate's scene here... Rum Rum, where's the rum!
54: Snorkeling this time we saw one lonely sea turtle! We watched it for about 5 minutes eating sea grass and surface a few times. Sean got close enough to touch it. The power of its stubbly neck was amazing and its massive size with its effortless movements.
55: Bye Grenadines :(
56: Flight back to St. Lucia. | Dinner at Kimonos, the tepanaki style Japanese Steakhouse restaurant. | Even with the delayed flight we amazingly made it to our photo shoot with the resort photographer.
57: Breakfast delivered to our room the last morning. | A little bird wanted to join us for breakfast. We also threw some bacon to cats below. | Made it home to Wichita!