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St Vincent: My First Visit
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St Vincent: My First Visit

It was my first time visit St. Vincent. St. Vincent is part of the 32 islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Located 90 miles from Barbados, St. Vincent is the largest of the islands. Only eight inhabited and four of them have a small airport.

There were 15 in the tour van and Gary was our funny guide. He kept us laughing pretty much throughout our four-hour tour.

Our first stop was at Ft. Charlotte. I wondered whether the van was going to get through the entrance. It was a tight squeeze. After we got out of the van, we walked toward a cannon facing inland. That was unusual as cannons face toward the sea. But in this case they had to fight the Caribe Indians.

The view of Ft. Charlotte was spectacular. This fort, named after King George’s wife, built in 1806. We looked out toward the sea as the tour guide mentioned the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed here. What a spectacular view with the turquois and blue sky.

Our next stop was St. Vincent’s Botanical Gardens, established in 1765 by General Robert Melville, then Governor of the Windward Islands. There was plenty to see though we had a short visit. Our tour guide pointed out the highlights such as Soufriere Tree, the national flower of St. Vincent.

We passed by a Hawaiian tree which our guide joked about Tarzan and Jane swinging on the vines at night. We saw a rubber tree that makes gum, erasers and, the tour guide joked, condoms. There were a lot of snickers then.

Plenty of other trees we saw such as tall palm trees, garlic trees and a tree which leafs are rough enough to file nails or a shaver.

We passed by a Gazebo, surrounded by trees and flowers. That would be a not so bad place for a wedding for those that like botanical gardens theme.

Near the end we saw a Cannon ball tree where the flowers grown here only last 24 hours.

As we passed by Kingstown, the capital, making our way back toward the ship, the driver pointed out how the hospital leads to the cemetery beside it. People chuckled. I loved the colonial buildings and cobbled streets of this capital show of its past history.

There was so much more I needed to see that another visit maybe be the order someday. Perhaps on a cruise ship, or maybe just take a week or two and explore some of these lush green warm islands.


Street Talk

Thanks for sharing your trip. I would love to see a rubber tree up close!

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  about 7 years ago
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