Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beautiful St. Lucia

We spent a fabulous and relaxing day in beautiful St.Lucia. The weather could not have been better for our day on this lovely island~~

Some early morning harbor views. St. Lucia is one of my favorite ports to visit. The beautiful harbor is truly so picturesque.


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The Gardener and I, along with our friend Jan, hired a private boat driver to take us to a resort where we spent the most fabulous day. Jan's husband, Bob went on a diving expedition that day.




The Gardener clowns around with one of our boat drivers.



The boat that brought us to this wonderful resort~~

look at that gorgeous blue water!



Jan's new best friend!



We spent a quiet, peaceful, relaxing day here on this beautiful beach.

2000 people on our cruise ship~

we were the only ones from our ship here on this beach.


this is how crowded it was the entire day!



The resort sits up on top of the cliffs.

You can see the bungalows up on top along the edge of the cliffs.


the beach bar restaurant.

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we ate our lunch at this table

what a view- huh?

~~ one of the "locals" selling shells on the beach.

He went right out in the water and brought these in to polish and sell.

the Gardener wants to show you his new underwater camera!

His favorite thing?

the "orange life preserver" that I got him for the camera!!


the water was wonderful and warm

ahhh!

another view of the resort on top of the cliffs~

I took this photo while standing out in the water

There are 110 steps that lead from the beach up to the top of the cliffs where the resort is located.

(OK - if you are going to be whiny about it - you can call for the shuttle)

I have a thing for stairs - seriously - I love to climb stairs - so off I went - had to see what was at the top~~

Here is a view looking down at the beach from the first landing~


and from a little further up~~ I am at tree top level here~~

the view from the top of the stairs!

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love this shady deck that overlooks the beach below


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the bar for the resort~ what a beautiful view!

the open air restaurant at the top of the stairs~

beautiful!

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a cute little pool area

I took this photo while standing just outside the restaurant

the sitting area that adjoins the restaurant

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So - you got to see what was at the top of 110 steps and you never even had to climb!

Did you like the tour? I wanted to stay there longer than our time allowed!

Sadly, our day had to come to an end. Here is a view of the resort as we are leaving - headed back to our ship.

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almost back home to our ship~
We sailed out of the beautiful port of St. Lucia just as the evening sun was beginning to set. The good thing about a cruise is that you get to visit so many wonderful places. The bad thing is that you never get to stay as long as you want. I could have stayed on that beautiful beach until the sun was set below the horizon~~

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Up next - some photos of our wonderful day spent in Barbados. I will treat you to some of the Gardener's underwater photography - (we went swimming with sea turtles!)


Vicki

28 comments:

audrey said...

It looks to me like you spent a day in paradise. What a gorgeous place, Vicki. I would have wanted to stay there longer, too. How can the water be SO blue? I am enjoying the beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing.
♥ audrey

Sandie's Patch said...

Loved it!
What a great 'day out'!
We have just had a break in our glorious sunny weather here, but great for only March!

Looking forward to the next 'installment'!

Sandie xx

Lois Evensen said...

It is such fun traveling with you through your images. :) Very nice!

Deb said...

Morning, Vicki! I'm home from SC along with Granny, and we're just unpacking and getting settled in today. I will HAVE to call her in here to see your beautiful pics! Thanks for taking us on the tour. Your pics make us feel like we are walking right along with you. Everything was gorgeous! I KNOW you had fun!

This is funny...I was scrolling down your sidebar to see if you had added anything new...saw the picture that's been there all along of The Gardener and His Flowers. Only thing is my eyes played a trick on me and I thought it said The Gardener and his Followers. LOL! I thought, "now your husband has his own followers without being a blogger!" :)

I enjoyed your post today, as always!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

How have I missed St. Lucia? It is a paradise. I see why you didn't want to leave. Love your photos! xxoo Jenny

SuZeQ said...

Oh Vicki, such spectacular photos. Thank you so much for sharing. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those madras tablecloths, don't you? Can't wait to see The Gardner's photos next.

PoetessWug said...

What beautiful pictures Vicki, but where were the people?! You guys must have caught the island just at the right time!! I have friends from St. Lucia. I know how rare that is!!...Looking forward to underwater shots and sea turtles! ^_^

Sherri said...

Vicki, thank you for taking us along on your St. Lucia adventure! The water is such a gorgeous shade of turquoise-I wish I was there!

gigi knits said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Enjoying the music..

Shirley said...

Vicki, Thanks for my trip today. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and the water is such a beautiful blue. It makes you want to go and spend several days instead of just a day. I am looking forward to my next trip with you. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

sophie...^5 said...

2000 people on the ship....I can see why you loved every moment on the the deserted beach. St Lucia is a dream world...you are so fortunate to have been able to experience this lush place.

Carole said...

opps guess my comment didn't go thru...darn.
Just loved seeing your trip and can see why my friends go to the islands 3 times a year.
The tea looked like a lot of fun. I think I would have overindulged myself and a diet would be in my future too. Mine never ends:)
Thanks for taking my along.

xx
Carole

riverview said...

Paradise was exactly what that day and beach was to me. Thank You for allowing me to be the third wheel. LU, J

Jody Hammer said...

What a beautiful beach!!! Ahhhhhh, makes me want to go the beach. Maybe I'll go tomorrow. *sigh*

Karen said...

Wow! I love the pics of the beach you visited in St. Lucia. I bet it felt good to swim in the warm waters after the long cold winter you've had at home this year.

Jo said...

I feel like I have been on a trip to the tropics as I sit here in my trackie pants, slippers and a blanket over my legs as it is a bit cold. What a beautiful spot and thank you for sharing with us.

CinLynn Boutique said...

Wow your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them!

yaya said...

I swear my computer room got warmer and I could feel the island breezes! Thanks for the trip and the photos are superb! Glad you had such a great time!

diane said...

Mr. Romance and I just returned from a cruise with friends, too. Our ships might have crossed paths. We started in Los Angeles and went through the Panama Canal. We ended in Ft. Lauderdale.
Looks like you had a beautiful time.
Welcome Home.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Vicki, wow oh wow! Anyone still bogged down with snow at the moment will love seeing your cruise to the islands. Gorgeous! It is amazing how the landscape and views are quite different between Antigua and St. Lucia. Absolutly fantastic! I love stairs too! I love hiking. Daily hiking is required when their is daily indulging involved while travelling. :)

I'm glad you liked the soup. I use a vege extract to season mine with. Never found any like it in the States and can't seem to cook without it now. Makes everything so tasty.

Have a great week. Tammy

Life Ramblings said...

what a perfect getaway. i'd love to visit St Lucia someday. thanks for the gorgeous photos. i enjoy these very much.

Kathy said...

Vicki girl!
Spent a good amount of time catching up with you and the Gardner this evening.
Love going traveling with you both...you go to such wonderful places, with WATER!!!!!, My favorite.
You look wonderful, so TAN and sun kissed.
Glad your ignoring all this snow and heading to warmer destinations.
Enjoy every moment, Hugs,
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

myriamkreativ said...

Hi Vicki,
just seeing your wonderful pics is a little "short time break" lol. Thank you for sharing. Oh, how I miss the sea.... unbelievable. Our weather is quite good at the moment - 19 degress and sunshine... hope it will stay.
The layout with the butterflies shows my little one with her first sunglasses - during a show-bus-ride in Philly 3 years ago - nice isn`t it?
Hope everybody is well at your home...
Hugs & kisses Myriam

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a paradise! I've always heard it is gorgeous...and I would love to go! I mentioned you on my blog today so I thought I would hop over here and see what you are up to! I'm glad I did! ♥♥♥ Have FUN!♥

Bumpkin Bears said...

so idyllic! I too have just had a wonderful break, having recently had some bad news of serious illness in my family, we took a last minute break to a Red Sea Resort in Egypt! The water was also warm and so clear and blue, we could see all sorts of tropical fish just walking in the ocean, we could have done with that underwater camera cover! Hugs, Catherine x

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Thank you, I am SO enjoying your trip to the warm and beautiful Caribbean! It sounds like such a treat; would love to be there now.

myriamkreativ said...

Hi mi dear Vicki,
... htank you for sharing another wonderful day in paradise *sigh*! I love sea turtles - aren`t they gorgeous? I bet you loved your holidays...
And - no it was salad with the frog inside... one can only wonder how this little thing got in there... I think thats bio food *lol*.
My garden smells wonderful too and I love to be outside.
Thinking of you my dear friend while having my latte on the veranda.
Hugs & kisses Myriam

Lili said...

What a paradise! I'm having trouble getting all the pictures to load, but I really enjoyed pouring over all these gorgeous images. It's amazing how you had these places practically to yourself. I can't imagine how wonderful it must have felt to leave all the cold and snow behind and end up plunked right down into the middle of that heaven on earth place! xoxo ~Lili