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Visiting St Kitts

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Only a few miles from Nevis, this island is part of the same former colony. The welcome could hardly have been better. Obliged to go into the tiny marina for the night, no sooner were we tied up than the dockmaster and his friend, plus another yachtie were educating us to the St Kitts version of Carib beer. (In brown bottles, apparently not to be confused with the ‘other’ brew in the clear bottles – ‘water with a bit of colouring’!).

Tottering back to our boat, we dedicated our supper to the small tuna that had sacrificed itself on our trailing line on the way over. Excellent!

One reason for forcing ourselves into the marina was so we could make an early trip on the much-publicised train/bus ride round the island. Complete with scenic carriages, this takes one round the island partly based on the original narrow gauge track used to move sugar round from the various plantations. Unfortunately the publicity fails to mention that it only runs when there is a cruise ship in town, and enough passengers had booked in advance, and today there are no ships……..

So onto  a local (mini)bus for a trip up to Fort Brimstone, a UNESCO Heritage site in the North of the island. Built by the British in the 1600’s to inflict pain on the French, it is staggering to see the scale and endeavour of the construction. ‘Only 10 minutes’ quick walk up the hill according to the locals on the bus, we were very grateful for the lift given part way up by one of the staff. After a wander round the steep site, it took us a mere 30 mins to walk down!  Yes, I know it makes us sound like wimps, but staggering up steep roads in this heat is not for the faint-hearted, honest!

But again the overwhelming impression of the island is its delightful people. They are just so friendly and just make you want to return.

Postscript – just to make us feel good, we found out in the afternoon that the train had run that day… TIC (This is the Caribbean…!)

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This entry was posted on May 29, 2015 by in Caribbean Wanders, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , .
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