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Stampin' Up! Cruise 2010 - St. Lucia day 4, pt 2

Stampin' Up! Cruise 2010 - St. Lucia - Day 4

Together, my son and I took almost 2,000 photos on our Stampin' Up! cruise .. and I've narrowed it down but still have over 40 fab photos to share from St. Lucia... so I'll break it up into more than one day on my blog :)

DAY 4 - ST. LUCIA - part 1

One of my favorite parts of each cruise is being up early to watch us dock in each new port.. on day 4, as I was heading onto our balcony to watch us dock, I saw THIS coming in next to us!!  This is the Ms Noordam which we actually sailed to Alaska on in 2006 for our 20th anniversary (our only non-SU! cruise)... too cool, huh ? 

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We met up with Jan and Doug Wakeland and hired a taxi/van to take us on a tour of the island... THAT is another whole story.... think of"Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at Disneyland..... 

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From our taxi/van, as we climbed the hills, we could see our ship and the Ms Noordam in port.

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We quickly learned that these taxi drivers are obligated to stop at multiple outlook stops.... and each one has a variety of locals selling everything from necklaces (that looked like they came out of the Oriental Trading company catalog), to clothing, to food, to bananas, .. you name it...  and they were all very persistant about showing you their wares...
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Bananas and sugar cane abound on the island... they wrap the bananas in plastic bags to keep the insects away. 

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Below are several shots, very typical of what we saw on our 3-1/2 hour tour...

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um... narrow roads?

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On our way to "Diamond Falls" and the "drive through volcano", this was one of the scenic outlooks.. this is the Twin Petons in the distance.  You can also see the necklaces and other items on display in the foreground.. another pit stop opportunity to shop...  (we didn't get out).

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We were supposed to keep driving all the way over by the Twin Petons.. we'd already been driving an hour and a half on very windy, steep roads... so we opted to go to the Diamond Falls and head back to the ship .. not sure any of us could have weathered several more hours in this van on these roads.

Tomorrow I'll share our great pix from Diamond Falls.

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Comments

Laurie Gibson

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.... toooo funny!! I have been on that ride so I empathize with you about your taxi ride :)

I never have enough sales to earn the cruise so I appreciate you sharing these photos. Seems like a very "poor" country and yet absolutely beautiful!!!

Ronda Paugh

my husband and i went to st. lucia on our honeymoon and I can imagine exactly how that trip felt. It was an 1 1/2 trip to the resort from the airport and we drove fast on little tiny roads. ANd the wares, oh many times I was dress by the people wanting me to buy their wares. They actually put clothes on you. I hope you got a chance to see the anorexic cows they have tied up along the roads.

Lisa Martz

I've been to St. Lucia and thought it was one of the most beautiful places I've visited! We explored the falls and the volcano. I can't wait to cruise with my family this August!

Wanda in NC

Thanks Patty for sharing all the great pictures. I'm sending your link to your blog to my sister to go thru these pictures. We are planning a cruise to Hawaii - so guess I need to find your pictures of Hawaii to share with her. LOL Great picture taking!

Carey Rogers

I am getting car sick just imagining what it must have been like on those little windy roads. Yech. But I bet it was well worth the effort. Thanks for sharing this.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Melanie

Did your taxi driver just beep the horn as he went around the corners on the skinny windy roads? Brings back scary scary memories!! I never thought I would see my home again when we were on that ride!

Trish Hoffman

Oh, I think I would have kept my eye's closed and just hoped for the best on the taxi ride with the winding roads. Beautiful pictures. It is so neat to see different cultures and how they live and work. I am just blown away by those houses. Thanks for sharing.

Cyber hugs, Trish in Wisconsin

Monica Klos - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Hi Patty. I've been to St. Lucia on a cruise about 10 years ago (during the week of 9/11--yikes!). I would've loved to have earned the incentive trip though. This was probably my favorite port. We did the rainforest tour and a boat tour. Barbados was beautiful too. Thanks for posting your photos so I can relive my trip too. :)

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