Sunday, January 4, 2015

St. Kitts, Day 4

On our fourth day on St. Kitts, my wife and I took an island tour courtesy of Pereira Tours.  We declined the southeastern peninsula part of the tour, having already been there (though in hindsight, one really can't get enough of those views), so we began in Basseterre, the capital, before continuing around the island in a clockwise fashion.  Here are the photos.

View from our hotel (Timothy Beach Resort) in the morning.

Two cruise ships in town that day.

The National Museum, Basseterre.

The Berkeley Memorial, in the center of town (The Circus).

The Circus

Basseterre

Basseterre

Basseterre

National Museum on left, and I forget the significance of the nice building on the right.

National Museum, Basseterre

Basseterre

Basseterre reminded me of a grittier New Orleans.

Hey look, we're tourists!


The Berkeley Memorial, dating to 1883.

Full credit to my wife for pointing out this shadow.

Independence Square, Basseterre - the site of the old slave market.

Fountain, Independence Square

Fountain, Independence Square

Catholic cathedral, Independence Square, Basseterre

Catholic cathedral, Independence Square, Basseterre

Catholic cathedral, Independence Square, Basseterre

St. Kitts is actually an abbreviation of St. Christopher, which is still legally the island's name.  Considering our son's name, we thought our Caribbean island selection was appropriate.

Nope, not in London...

Egrets, north of Basseterre.

Egrets in the trees.

St. Kitts has several universities affiliated with US schools.  Here's the nursing one...

...and here's the famous veterinary school hosted by Ross University.

This may not look like much, but Bloody River was named for the massacre of 2000 Caribs in 1626.  Blood ran down the river for three days, hence the name.

Welcome to Old Road, settled by Thomas Warner in 1624.

Brimstone Hill in the distance.

We saw the ruins of Wingfield Estate, adjacent to Romney Manor.  It was devoted to sugar cane and rum.

Wingfield Estate

Wingfield Estate

Wingfield Estate

Wingfield Estate

I really should know what these are, but I don't.

That didn't stop me from touching them, however.

Wingfield Estate

Romney Manor

Romney Manor

Romney Manor

Romney Manor

300-400-year-old tree in Romney Manor

The botanical gardens were nice.

Check out the length of that branch.

The tree at Romney Manor


St. Thomas Anglican Church, the first Anglican church in the Eastern Caribbean.

St. Thomas Anglican Church

On the grounds are the resting places of two interesting individuals.

Thomas Warner's grave.  He settled St. Kitts in 1624, making it the first English colony in the Caribbean.

Samuel Jefferson's (also spelled Jeaffreson) grave is next to Warner's.  He was the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson... or so it is told.  There's a good possibility, at any rate.

St. Thomas Anglican Church

Interior of St. Thomas Anglican Church.  Notice all of the fans.

The highlight of the day was going to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It's an interesting drive up to this vantage point (narrow gates making it hell for vans).

Speaking of vans, we had an excellent one and an even better driver (Johnathan, from Nevis, who lived in Ipswich, UK for close to 30 years).

This is a variation of the standard Brimstone Hill photograph.


Steep!

But Suz did the Great Wall of China while pregnant, so she was up for this.


Somehow I got ahead of her...


Quite a fortress.

Saba in the far distance and Sint Eustatius in the near distance.



Saba (left) and Sint Eustatius.






Time to actually go in!

Views from the Gun Deck.





At the end of our self-guided tour, we walked back this way to explore lesser ruins and get different perspectives.


Pretty incredible place.

Painting seen further north on the island.

It was Carnival time in St. Kitts (they're the only Caribbean island that does theirs in December).  Sadly, this was all we got to experience of the revelry (we're boring people, deep down).

Beach on the Atlantic side.

Black Rocks is the location of dramatic volcanic formations on the coast.  The people of St. Kitts are justifiably fond of this location.

Mt. Liamuiga's lava came down here to create the formations.



Back near our hotel, we asked Johnathan to drop us off at the Marriott, just so we knew what it was like (other than that it was BIG).

537 rooms, so I read.

Cute...

Standard luxurious resort...

With a beach (on the Atlantic side, not the Caribbean side).

Decent views toward the southeastern peninsula.

Suz and I agreed, however - Timothy Beach Resort was more our speed.

Coming up next - a day in Nevis.  Stay tuned.

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