We then made our way on a very twisting turning road to the rain forest which was gorgeous. We stopped at a banana plantation and ate bananas just picked off the trees. James said that these were “sweet bananas” sold to England only and not available to the US. They did taste a bit different. G seemed to enjoy seeing the banana trees. She loves bananas!!
We drove past the Pitons (which I learned is pronounced Pee-tawns not Pie-tons as I’d always believed), through an extremely poor village where there were women washing selves and clothing in a dirty little river and eventually to a beautiful botanical garden and waterfall. We also passed by some of the devastation from Hurricane Thomas which blew through there last October. The side of a mountain came down taking with it several homes and a few families. Apparently the bodies have not and will not be recovered due to being buried by so much earth. Very, very sad. We also went through a fishing village –which looked fascinating. I’d love to spend a day there just wandering the narrow roads filled with shops and homes. It reminded me a bit of the Hutongs in Beijing. BTW, Rastafarians are everywhere. I asked James about it and said “ah yes, they love the gangi, mon”. Too funny! We then drove back about an hour and half on the same twisting turning road. I had to ask to stop once due to queasiness. Like I said, it was a very long day. I’m glad we did it but I wouldn’t repeat the experience. Too tiring.
My overall impression of St Lucia is that it’s just a very poor place. People are really scrapping to make a living here and it shows. We encountered by far the most aggressive vendors at the various stops. The people, however, were kind. I asked James if it would be safe for tourists to wander in the fishing village area alone and he assured me it would be. In fact, I did see several tourists (read as white people) and they seemed just fine. I’d like to visit St Lucia again but, like most of our stops, now that I know a bit more I’d probably do it differently.
Dinner was the best we’d had so far. I started with the antipasti plate and seafood risotto followed by a fantastic rib eye and cheesecake for dessert. G had her usual shrimp cocktail and then the always classic grilled cheese and fries! Bobby had two shrimp cocktails (hey, they’re small and he’s on vacation, right?), turkey with pasta (I think), and also the cheesecake. Yum!!
As always, G was dying to see the show which starts at 9pm. W always get there early to scope out a good spot –although I don’t really think there’s a bad spot in this particular theater which is very nice. At about 8:30 I looked over at Bobby and told him I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. I was so tired from the long day. But G really wanted to see the show and, of course, she’d taken a pretty long nap in the car that day so she’d had some rest. I remember the show starting –some kind of electronic xylophone player guy --but about 20 mins later Bobby tapped me on the shoulder. G and I had both fallen asleep!!! I guess party animals we are not.