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Castries Quarter

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  • Day449

    Ein Tag auf St Lucia

    January 19 in Saint Lucia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Über Nacht haben wir wieder bei ruhiger See, praktisch im Schlaf 💤🛏🚢😴, die Insel gewechselt. Wir sind morgens im Hafen von St. Lucia direkt bei der Hauptstadt Castries eingelaufen.🚢🏝🏞
    St. Lucia liegt nur 33 km südlich von Martinique und 146 km nordwestlich von Barbados.
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lucia
    Für Marc war heute um 08.00 Uhr Treffpunkt zum Tauchen.🧞‍♂️🧜‍♂️🏊‍♂️ Zwei Tauchgänge standen auf dem Plan. Und ich dachte darüber nach, was ich machen will und buchte mir kurzentschlossen eine Panorama-Tour über die Insel, bei der auch die Pitons, das Wahrzeichen St. Lucias, auf dem Programm standen.
    Unser Guide erzählte uns, dass St. Lucia erst französische und danach englische Kolonie war. Die Franzosen haben den Orten die Namen gegeben, die die Engländer übernommen haben,....nur dann englisch ausgesprochen.
    Seit 1979, nun 40 Jahren, ist St. Lucia mit seinen 166.000 Einwohnern unabhängig und lebt vor allen Dingen vom Tourismus und dem Export von Bananen nach England.
    Wie unser Guide immer wieder betonte gibt es mittlerweile Direktverbindungen von Kanada, England, den USA und Deutschland nach St. Lucia und rührte ordentlich die Werbetrommel für seine schöne Insel mit Traumstränden🏝🏖🏜 im Nordwesten, Vulkanen🗻🌋, Regenwald🌳🌲🌴, Wasserfällen, heissen Quellen, fantastischen Tauch-und Schnorchelplätzen🐠🐡🐟🏊‍♀️🧞‍♀️🧞‍♂️, freundlichen Menschen😊😀 und schönem Wetter.☀️☀️
    Für das schöne Wetter und in dem Sinne für den blauen Himmel steht die hellblaue Farbe als Grundfarbe der Flagge St Lucias. Das Dreieck in der Mitte steht für die Vulkane Piton, das gelb im Berg für Sonnenschein, das Schwarz und die weisse Umrandung für die Kulturen, die hier leben.
    Wir erfuhren auch, dass es in St. Lucia 22 % Arbeitslosigkeit gibt, hier aber keiner verhungern 🍍🍌🍊🍉oder erfrieren müsse.☀️☀️☀️ Unterstützung bekäme St. Lucia auch von China, mit einer neuen Schule und der technischen Ausstattung für das Krankenhaus.
    https://www.urlaubsguru.de/reisemagazin/st-lucia-karibik/
    Auf unserer Fahrt hielten wir zwischendurch in einem kleinen Fischerdorf, an einem kleinen hübschen botanischen Garten, an verschiedenen Aussichtspunkten und an einem Wasserfall.📷 Als ich am frühen Nachmittag zurück kam, war Marc bereits da. Er hatte zwei schöne Tauchgänge vor den Pitons in einer bunten Unterwasserwelt.🐙🦀🐚🦐
    Eigentlich wollten wir noch auf die Halbinsel Pigeon.🏝 Doch das war zeitlich nicht mehr zu schaffen. So bummelten wir noch etwas durch die Duty Free Geschäfte im Hafen und telefonierten.
    Mit einem Mal hatte es Marc sehr eilig auf's Schiff zu kommen. 🏃‍♂️🚶‍♂️ Er hatte solche starken Schmerzen😱🤕 im rechten Arm🙋‍♂️, dass er auf direktem Weg zum Doktor🤓🧐 ging,....und dort blieb er die nächsten Stunden auch, angeschlossen an ein Sauerstoffgerät, einen Tropf und ein Überwachungsgerät.😲 Er hatte, obwohl beim Tauchen alles richtig gemacht, Stickstoff im Blut, die Taucherkrankheit.
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekompressionskrankheit
    Die Schwestern waren telefonisch auf der Suche nach einer Dekompressions-Druck-Kammer. Hhhhmmmmm.....🤔🤔🤔 irgendwie sind wir schon davon ausgegangen, dass wenn Tauchen von der AIDA aus angeboten wird, dass dann auch bekannt ist wo eine Druckkammer ist.🤔🤔
    Zum Abend durfte Marc die Krankenstation verlassen, musste aber die ganze Nacht wieder am Sauerstoffgerät liegen.
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  • Day133

    Castries, St. Lucia

    April 26, 2015 in Saint Lucia ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    We took the final bus tour of our trip today. We went down the west side of the island and saw the "drive in" volcano, some botanical gardens and waterfalls and had lunch at an old plantation. Lots of fun but riding around those hills in a little bus was hair-raising. Better to sleep through it as I did. :-)Read more

  • Day3

    Dives, sun burns and bloody towels

    February 4 in Saint Lucia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    The morning started well - S. and I had left our blinds and windows open and we woke up very nicely arena 7am with the sun, the blue skies, the birds chirping, and the ocean a stones throw away. I managed to faff for long enough to throw off S’s strict “breakfast y 7:30am schedule” and so we had to shovel a bowl of something which looked like cold porridge but my oh my was it a delicious concoction of fruit, nuts and creaminess. Then off to our very first dive of the holiday! The calm and collective people that we both are, neither S nor I had any qualms about the situation (haha yeah right). The drive to the dive-site was, as tends to be, a bit of a “trust the fact your driver isn’t died yet” situation, and we got to our destination with a body full of adrenaline and joie de vivre at the simple fact of having got there alive (I am being a little bit dramatic - it was a little nerve-wracking but nothing like that hell-ride in Naples. Ugh, Naples).

    When we got there my hear did sink a little bit, since they only had short wet-suits, and I feared for my propensity to hypothermia. Not wanting to make a big deal out of it, however, and thinking that mind over matter was a real thing (it most certainly is not) I picked up the smallest size I could find and shuffled onto the boat with a matching tiny BDS.

    The boat ride was pleasant, and the gentle-people working are always kind, funny and have a constant air of amusement at the things their visitor’s get up to. The other people on the boat were cool, and despite my anti-social tendencies they were a nice-kinda chatty. There were also two britons on board which were too tanned to be Britons and I firmly believe they were international spies.

    The dives themselves: The Vicky-B and Lesleen M as well as South Beach. What is there to say? S. and I were both a little (very) nervous before jumping into the water, but as soon as we went under we realised that there was little to it that we hadn’t done before. In a Quarry. In Wales. At 10 degrees celcius. Compared to that the dives here were a dream, with clear and warm waters, coral reefs, fish, eels, an absolutely photogenic model-puffer fish, and a couple fo chubby squid.

    Predictably though, by the end of the first I was shivering, and despite the hour-long surface break and the scorching sun I was loath to get back in for the second dive. I managed, because mind over matter, but boy oh boy was I cold. I got out shivering to the point that our dive masters and boat captains ushered me to the roof deck and assured me they’d take care of disassembling my gear.

    The boat journey back was relaxed, and I happily sung the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune as we sped past mountains of lush greenery and the Caribbean ocean all around.

    Back at the hotel Samwise and I had that desorbitantly expensive massage booked, so we decided to take it abysmally easy until our booking and have some lunch, followed by some pool-side time on shaded loungers - something I usually refuse to do (why the hell would you sit by the pool when you have a private beach right next to it?!) but to be honest the sea was a little sillty, and the thought of having a constant stream of cocktails sent to our loungers was very appealing. And so, by the pool we went. In about three minutes my shins, which had been exposed to the only strip of sunlight on my lounger, were glowing red, and I ushered Sam to a more protected set of loungers - with a view to the mountains rather than the sea - but a much safer option in regards to avoiding my knees becoming the glowing red Rudolphs of the resort.

    The night ahead promises more balcony and champagne soaks, fire-breathers, fire-limbo, Caribbean dances, and a sushi dinner to boot. Excitement is rife.
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  • Day4

    Dive Number Two

    February 5 in Saint Lucia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I want to start today by saying how incredibly good our sushi dinner was last night. When it comes to all-inclusive I wasn’t surprised that the dinner-menus consisted of a set starter-main-desert option, which although not necessarily stingy, wasn’t quite the restaurant experience I usually enjoy. Not so with the sushi place. Soy had a generous menu of sushi, sashimi, rolls, nigiri, specialties, soups and salads, and a sake-based menu - all of which were unlimited. As an absolute sushi-freak who has to curb her enthusiasm because man sushi is expensive in London, I was absolutely on-board with the situation. Add to it the you saw the chef prepare your dishes in front of you and the two or three sake-cocktails I ordered, and last night was a good night let me tell you.

    Anyway! Tuesday morning brought us back to the meeting-point for our second dive-trip of the holiday. S. was a little less anxious about time seeing as the day before despite the 7:50 meeting time the dive-bus didn’t get to s up until 8:30. So breakfast today was a lot more leisurely. We had more delicious cold porridge which had nuts and peeled mandarin slices in it, a stuffed omelette from the egg-bar (oh yes) and about three different smoothie options because, well, because they were there. It was good.

    At the boat docks the cheerful and grandfatherly captain Mickey recognised us and greeted us with an “Andrea!” and I felt immediately warm and happy. I don’t know exactly what it is about this man, but he feels like the group carer, the feel-good take-it-easy man who god forbid you hurt any of the people he cares about (John Wick anybody?).

    The dives were good. We did the Anse La Ray Wall and the Honeymoon Reef. They were both good, and we saw a few sea-critters. I do have to be honest: I think I was spoilt when CM and I went to Mexico, because we saw sea-turtles and little mental rays almost every single day. Although here the exotic sea-life didn’t seem quite as common though, what I did notice is a lot more colour to the reefs. Purples and yellows and greens, glowing with a strength that seems unreal for an underwater life-form (a coral is, in fact, an animal). We also saw two lobsters snuggled up together, and later on the boat S. excitedly (and adorably) told me that lobsters are immortal - apparently their cells regenerate at a rate faster than they decay, so they do not naturally age. “this is why,” S. tells me, eyes shiny with happiness like the romantic he is, “for lobsters, mating for life is really mating for life.”

    When we got back to the hotel, we finally, for the first day, relaxed. We lounged on a canopy bed for most of the afternoon, and I rediscovered the fact that I am no good at relaxing. I was fidgety, and felt like I simply did not understand how to relax. “Do we just sit here and stare into space?” I asked S., slightly frustrated that this didn’t come naturally to me. “Just relax Andy, look at the sea and the trees, just chill.” I tried doing that for a little while but to no avail. “Literally, just stare into space?” S. gave me a look loaded with murderous intent, and suggested i take my magazine and entertain myself if I was incapable of relaxing on a relaxing holiday. Finally, I could relax! Sitting on a canopy bed, palm trees above us, sea in front of us, art magazine on my lap - that I could get behind (although I have requested we go paddle-boarding and kayaking the next time we have a whole free afternoon ahead of us. S. had little choice but to agree).

    That evening we were going to Kimono, a tapanyaki restaurant (think Benihana in the UK) and it was delicious, portions were generous, and sake was rife. After that another tub-champagne-office routine to round up the night, before crawling into bed and dozing off the latest we had done yet: 22:30. Goals.
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  • Day158

    Castries, St Lucia

    November 13, 2018 in Saint Lucia ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Our final day out together. We headed to the closest beach which was Vigie beach. Definitely not the nicest beach we’ve been to but we walked down past all the chairs and had a nice spot under a massive tree all to ourselves. I rained off and on but we were wet from swimming anyways.

  • Day74

    Castries, Saint Lucia

    April 11, 2017 in Saint Lucia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After the photography department hosting a very successful Under the Sea party last night I was very tired this morning. I however had a tour to get to that I was very excited for. Today's tour was an aerial tram ride and then a bit of a hike through the woods. I included a picture of the car we were in. It was not very wide with two people sitting side by side and did not look all that safe. It however was a very smooth ride and it was really nice. The ride took over an hour and I got some really good photos. After that we did the mini hike that took about half an hour. Which was not the easiest walking path but had some great plants and flower to take pictures of.Read more

  • Day9

    St. Lucia

    November 16, 2018 in Saint Lucia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute haben wir um 7 Uhr in Castries angelegt. Mit noch 2 Pärchen haben wir uns am Hafen einen Taxi Guide gesucht um eine Tour über die Insel zu machen. Es ging zu den 2 Pitons ( Vulkane) die die Wahrzeichen von St. Lucia sind. Dieses Mal war es viel fahren durch den Regenwald und durch die Berge . Wir kamen auch durch einige Dörfer und vorbei an Bananenplantagen . Anschließend haben wir noch ein Stopp am Stadtstradt gemacht . 🏝 .Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Castries, Castries Quarter, District de Castries, Quartiere di Castries, Kastrio kvartalas, Кастри, 卡斯特列斯區

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