Caribbean Islands Adventure 2022 – Part 5: Barbados

January 17 – 18, 2022

It was an dreary, overcast morning when our ship docked in Bridgetown, Barbados for a two night stay.

Our excursion the first day was a photo adventure guided by producer/director and award winning photographer Ronnie Carrington. His photography tips and interesting commentary about Barbados history and culture made for a wonderful experience.

As we passed through several villages we learned about the history of the island. He told us the history of Chattel Houses in Barbados and stopped the bus so we could take photos up close. These houses were small wooden buildings set on blocks so that they could be easily moved from one location to another. The homeowners did not own the land so if they changed jobs and moved, they took their house with them.

Chattel house, Barbados

Our tour continued through villages with colorful homes to the Scotland district on the Atlantic coast. We stopped for a look at the Atlantic Ocean where the only thing between us and Africa was the ocean and clean, fresh air.

Scotland District, Barbados
Nothing between us and Africa except the Atlantic Ocean and good, clean air
Wandering Dawgs in Barbados

Our journey continued when we stopped at a park on one of the Atlantic Beaches. I don’t remember the name.

Beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Barbados

Bathsheba Beach is lined with huge coral rocks. The header image at the top of the page and the next one were taken there.

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

As we traveled to our next destination there were Barbados Green Monkeys beside the road and this one looked like he was posing for me.

Barbados Green Monkey

The best rum punch of the entire trip was at the Atlantis Hotel in the fishing village of Tent Bay.

We had heard that Barbados is THE place try a flying fish sandwich so when Henry asked Ronnie if it would be possible to get a flying fish sandwich he answered “you can’t leave Barbados without eating one.” He pulled out his cell phone to call ahead to order one from this little beach restaurant. He went inside and brought back this delicious Barbados treat. We enjoyed every bite! Ronnie wanted everyone to taste a fresh Barbados banana so he bought a bag of bananas at a fruit stand and passed them around the bus. So delicious!

Ronnie has published a book of his photography and poems. I bought an autographed copy.

Back on board the ship we watched another glorious sunset before enjoying another fabulous dinner.

Sunset in Barbados

The next day Henry went for a ride in the Atlantis submarine. I’m claustrophobic and opted out of the tour but I enjoyed hanging around the marina until the tour returned to the dock. While I was watching the boats going in and out at the marina Henry was watching schools of small fish through the submarine windows.

This boat took the passengers to the Atlantis Submarine
This is the kind of submarine used in the tour, Barbados

Our two days in Barbados were filled with adventure. Where will we be next?

Caribbean Islands Adventure 2022 – Part 4: St. Lucia

January 16, 2022

Another day, another gorgeous, tropical Caribbean island. Our ship was docked in the capital city of Castries. The above image shows some of the colorful buildings in Castries as seen from the ship.

Castries, St. Lucia

There is so much to see in St. Lucia it would be impossible to see it all in one short shore excursion. The 237 square mile volcanic island is very mountainous with lush green tropical foliage, most of the island is covered in rain forest, and the waters surrounding the island provide many opportunities for boating, scuba diving and snorkeling.

We had been to St. Lucia twice before on dive trips. Both times we stayed in Soufriere on the western side of the island. When we weren’t scuba diving we were exploring around Soufriere, taking in the spectacular scenery, and enjoying the delicious local cuisine.

On our previous trips we didn’t get an opportunity to visit the northern part of the island so we chose to take a bus tour to see it. As our bus climbed the hills on steep, narrow roads with hairpin turns we were treated to jaw dropping scenic views and learned about the island from our guide Amelia. Tourism is the number one economy on St. Lucia.

Our destination was a private home called Stony Hill with magnificent views and beautiful gardens. We enjoyed listening to a steel drum as we relaxed with a cold fruit juice and delicious snack of banana bread and coconut cake.

Stony Hill, St. Lucia
Pigeon Island, St. Lucia – the island is a National Park
St. Lucia

I love lighthouses so I had to capture the Vigie Lighthouse as we cruised out to sea at the end of the day.

Vigie Lighthouse, St. Lucia sits high above the Caribbean Sea guarding the entrance to Castries

Fun things to know about St. Lucia:

  • St. Lucia is the first country to be named after a woman
  • St. Lucia has the world’s only drive-in volcano
  • St. Lucia is the home of the Pitons Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage site 
  • Some scenes from the movie “Superman II” with Christopher Reeve were filmed in St. Lucia. In one scene he is seen flying by Petit Piton. One of the dive sites at the base of Petit Piton is nicknamed “Superman’s Flight” (yes, we dove it many years ago)

Where do you think we’ll be next? Stay tuned…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #187 – Water

Our host Sofia chose water as our challenge and asks us to “please show us your water fun and tell us about it.”

This challenge topic is a subject near and dear to my heart. I have always been a lover of water. Salt water, fresh water, oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, mountain streams, waterfalls, I love them all.

Lucky for me my husband Henry shares my love of water. We have lived within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean for most of our life and are surrounded by salt marsh and salt water. Almost all of our travels have revolved around water of some kind. Usually, we stay somewhere near water but until this January we had never taken a cruise ON the water. These images show some of the water fun we had during our Caribbean cruise.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bathsheba Beach, Barbados
We hiked up steep stone stairs to see Trafalgar Falls in Dominica
We watched planes land at the airport from Sunset Beach Bar, St. Maarten
Sailing on a catamaran to a snorkeling spot in the British Virgin Islands
The bow of the ship was our favorite place to watch the water as we cruised through the Caribbean

Many thanks for Sofia’s challenge Lens’Artists #187: Water

Caribbean Islands Adventure 2022 – Part 3: St. Kitts

January 15, 2022

Welcome to the next edition of our Caribbean Islands Adventure.

Our daily routine aboard ship – wake up in the morning in a new port, eat three delicious meals, take a shore excursion, take a dip in one of the pools or relax in one of the many lounge areas, enjoy cocktail hour in the Explorer’s Lounge in the bow of the ship just a few steps from our stateroom, watch the ship sail out of the harbor, watch the sunset, sleep while the ship is cruising to our next port.

First View of St. Kitts as we prepare to dock in the capital city of Basseterre

St. Kitts is one of the two islands that make up the country of St. Kitts and Nevis. Our shore excursion of the day was a ride on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway.

Our tour began with a 12 mile bus ride through the capital and into the countryside before boarding the train. Our bus driver told us some history of the island and pointed out places of interest. The island’s number one industry used to be sugar cane. Today it is tourism.

Our tour started with a scenic drive to the scenic railway
Kalinago Rock Drawings, St. Kitts
Goats crossing the street in St. Kitts

The narrow gauge railway makes an 18 mile journey around St. Kitts. As we rode along in the open air second deck our guide pointed out interesting sights and we learned a little more about the island. The train passed through former sugar cane fields where the sugar cane still grows wild. In the villages, school children waved as we went by. The ride was bumpy with lots of turns and gorgeous views.

Waiting for passengers to board
St. Kitts Scenic Railway

Two young dancers played music and danced as we rode along.

Ruins from Sugar Cane Plantation, St. Kitts
St. Kitts Scenic Railway
Black Beach on St. Kitts

Back on board our ship, we were treated to another beautiful sunset. The crab cake appetizer at dinner was one of my favorite dishes of the entire trip.

Sunset leaving St. Kitts
Crab Cake Appetizer

Where will we go next? Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #186 – Low Light

In this weeks challenge Sofia has asked us to share our experiences, good or bad, with low light photography. I have always struggled taking photos in low light and have plenty of fails to show for it. Usually, when I succeed it’s just pure luck.

There was a beautiful full moon the night we were sailing away from St. Lucia on our recent Caribbean cruise. The header image is of the full moon over St. Lucia. A little while later I captured the Pitons on St. Lucia in the below image.

The Pitons, St. Lucia

The rest of these images are a few of my attempts of taking photos inside with low light.

Lounge chairs on Viking Sea
Dining room in Aberdeen, Scotland
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California

Many thanks for Sofia’s challenge Lens’Artists #186: Low Light