Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nevis, Day 5 in St. Kitts and Nevis

The first four of our five days in St. Kitts and Nevis had us focused on St. Kitts... our last day there would fix that, as we had a tour booked to see "Nevis, lovely Nevis..." (NEE-vis, not NAY-vis as Lonely Planet incorrectly states).

We board the ferry to Nevis in Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Busy day for cruise ships in port at St. Kitts.

Including the Queen Mary 2.

A third cruise ship, late to the party.

The missus.

Ugliest / stupidest selfie ever?

St. Kitts

St. Kitts

St. Kitts (with Nevis on the right)

St. Kitts

St. Kitts with Nevis in the background.

Edge of the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts.

St. Kitts

St. Kitts

Booby Island, in between St. Kitts (to the left) and Nevis.

Nevis Peak, the highest point on the island, shrouded in clouds.

Nevis

Nevis

Nevis

Nevis

Nevis

Nevis

St. Kitts in the background

Pulling in to Charlestown, the local capital.

The "Welcome to Nevis" sign says "Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton" underneath.  Yes, THAT Alexander Hamilton.

Charlestown and Nevis Peak

Charlestown and Nevis Peak

A row of flags welcoming you to Nevis.

The Alexander Hamilton Birthplace and Museum (his actual birthplace was just to the right of this building).


St. Paul's Anglican Church

Typical street of Charlestown (much calmer than Basseterre).

This street reminded me of England... could have been the white guy.

Our tour guide was Lester, aka Smoothie.  He was a great, passionate tour guide, and like other people we had met from Nevis, his accent was much easier to understand than some of his St. Kitts counterparts.

This firetruck was a gift from Taiwan.  St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the few nations on Earth that formally recognizes Taiwan, and as such they reap huge economic benefits.

We finally got to see the flower of the flamboyant (poinciana), the national flower (tree?) of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Regal building, Nevis

Sheep, not goats (notice the long tail of the young one).

Mineral baths, which we were encouraged to use (I didn't come prepared; for the record, I asked the local lady if I could photograph her before I did so).

This guy cracked me up.  The water was pretty hot.

Awww...

Run away!

Nevis Peak

Looking back to St. Kitts.

St. Thomas Church??? (not sure of the name or denomination)

Montpelier Estate, location of the wedding of Lord Horatio Nelson to local girl Fanny Nisbet in 1787 (the actual wedding happened a few yards down the road, but you get the idea).  This was also where Princess Diana stayed with her sons, if you're interested in that sort of thing.

Montpelier Estate

This tree looked as old as the 300-400 year old tree at Romney Manor, but was only about 50 years old.

A copy of the "weather station" at the Marriott in St. Kitts.

Time to go in...

Really nice facilities, naturally.

I could easily have stayed here in terms of relaxation (dollar wise, not so much).

Artwork inside Montpelier Estate

Montpelier Estate

Montpelier Estate's windmill ruin.

You can dine privately inside the windmill.

Montpelier Estate

The snazzy pool at Montpelier Estate

Next stop, Golden Rock Plantation Inn.  Like Montpelier Estate, it's a hotel built around old ruins (a plantation, as you may have guessed from the name).


We had a great time hanging out with the family in the photo here (Lester is gesturing).


Ruins of Golden Rock

Golden Rock

Golden Rock

Bird of Paradise, Golden Rock

For lunch, we ate at Lime Beach Bar.  Good food, REALLY strong passion fruit rum punch.

Lime Beach Bar

Lime Bear Bar with Greg and Lovie from Baltimore, MD.

Next door to Lime's is Sunshine's, home of the Killer Bee (basically a rum punch with a twist).

Sunshine's Killer Bees

Sunshine's Killer Bees

Sunshine's

Sunshine's is on the beach.

Pinney's Beach

We opted to spend just a moment at Pinney's Beach, given the weather...

...and went quickly downtown to see Alexander Hamilton's Birthplace.

Alexander Hamilton Museum

Yup, that's him.

Alexander Hamilton, American founding father, was born out of wedlock in Nevis (a scandal at the time).

Museum

Alexander Hamilton's actual birthplace (probably not in the more modern building, but you get the idea).

Aaron Burr... all I could think of was the Got Milk? commercial.

Intriguing quotes...

VERY intriguing.

Immigrant experience

Time to head back to St. Kitts for the night... this was my last photo in the federation.

Coming up - an afternoon in Miami.  Stay tuned.

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