St. Lucia with The Colorado Traveling Ducks

First time for all of us in St. Lucia.   Here is the plan for humans and ducks in St. Lucia.

St. Lucia. Beach time.

St. Lucia. Beach time.

Add a little shopping, enjoying the scenery and sunshine, and stop for lunch somewhere Caribbean.   But, it is a drizzly day.   We wait a couple hours, but the sun shows no sign of emerging.   OK, no beach, no sunshine, so what now?   The humans leave the beach bags, head off the ship and hire a taxi.   Peter, our driver, leaves the capital city of Castries.

Passing Derek Walcott Square on our way out of Castries

Passing Derek Walcott Square on our way out of Castries

Then we drive through the hills.   That is our ship, Carnival’s Fascination.

Our ship

Our ship

We love the waterfalls, or fast steam.

Waterfall

Waterfall

Next stop is outside the Residence of the Governor General.

Residence of the Governor General

Residence of the Governor General

Behind us we see the venders protecting their merchandise from the light rain.

Vendors protecting merchandise while raining.

Vendors protecting merchandise during rain.

Maybe it will stop raining soon?   The calabash tree is fairly common in St Lucia.

Calabash tree

Calabash tree

Peter says you cannot eat the fruit, but the hard shell of the fruit is used as a vessel to carry things.   Wikipedia says that sometimes the fruit and leaves are used for treating respiratory problems.   Here is a salmon tree.   It is at least 450 years old.

Salmon tree

Salmon tree

The University of the West Indies has a campus in St Lucia.

University of the West Indies

University of the West Indies

These buildings are now part of the University.

Former fort now part of the University

Former fort now part of the University

This was an old fort used during the many fights between the French and British.   Both countries ruled St. Lucia, with power changing countries several times.   We ducks think the foliage here is beautiful.   This was another stop to view the harbor.

Panorama

Panorama

There is a little shop up here, and it is open.   So humans and ducks do some shopping.

Let's look. Maybe get something to take home?

Let’s look. Maybe get something to take home?

Continuing through the mountains, we see this steep path to a house.

Steep path to get home

Steep path to get home

Built on the side of a mountain, the back of the house touches the ground, but the front of the houses have stilts.    A very good way to build houses here.   Aren’t these cute Christmas decorations?

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

We like them.  It is still mostly rainy, but we are in St. Lucia.   The humans and ducks really want to see the beach.

Finally on the beach in St. Lucia

Finally on the beach in St. Lucia

We love beaches.   After this photo, mom moves to the other side of ducks to take a photo looking the other direction.   Hey mom!

Are we swimming alone? Mom!!

Are we swimming alone? Mom!!

We, Zeb, Soapy, and Bucket, are being washed out to sea.   Fortunately Bucket’s mom rushes in to save us.   Thanks!   Peter was right.   He told us the waves were rough today.

Rough waves

Rough waves

But, we are all safe and back to the shopping area by the ship.

Safe, dry and hungry in St. Lucia

Safe, dry and hungry in St. Lucia

Now we are just waiting for our snacks.

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