Getting the dirt on Saint Lucia

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Well, mud actually not dirt. The volcanic mud of the Soufriere caldera on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is reported to do wonders for your skin. The Soufriere caldera is located near the city of the same name adjacent to the Pitons, the twin mountains Saint Lucia is most known for.

The weather was so spotty. I was never able to get a good shot of the twin Pitons. They are located on the right side of this photo. 
The east coast of the island is full of coves just perfect for snorkeling.
One and a half of the famous twin peaks. I was never able to get a shot of both peaks the clouds just wouldn’t bend to my will.
The two peaks of the Pitons are Gros Piton and Petit Piton. In this picture, Petit Piton stands majestic and defiant of clouds
While one is Gros (large) Piton and the other is Petit (little) Piton, there are only about 150 feet of difference.  Both are at least 2400 feet above sea level.
Castries the capital city of the nation of Saint Lucia
The Globetrotting Grandpa gets dirty
To wash off all that mud a refreshing bath in the hot springs
A Saint Lucian feast with fresh fruit, fried plantains, grilled chicken and fish and beans and rice.
Once the evening came the clouds cleared and the sea beckoned us on to our next adventure. 

3 Replies to “Getting the dirt on Saint Lucia”

  1. Well, this post really triggered me. We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2004 with my daughter and her significant other. Santa Lucia was a scheduled stop, and we were supposed to have a stop at the east end of the island. It got cancelled. The cruise director strongly advised us not to go into Castries from the ship, but to stay near. Naturally, I had to defy this advice.
    So my spouse and I went down the street towards downtown. We were shocked by being met with a hoard of men each of whom had a different item to sell, which I declined firmly. One man offered to come to the USA with us and be our personal attendant. We declined that offer, too. Finally, they gave up and trailed into the distance as we walked on along a kind of canal towards downtown.
    Many adventures were in store for us. The very first thing that happened was that Stephen dropped a contact onto the filthy street with sewage water running in the gutter. He retrieved it and finally put it back in in a drugstore that provided water. We found a Carnegie Library build in the 20s. There were reading classes going on with children, and we watched one of them. We made our way a few blocks to The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which has a beautiful interior. Also the market was quite interesting because there were no tourists, just locals shopping. I got good pix of the cathedral, market and a sunny view of the Pitons as we sailed past on our exit. Thanks for this post.

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