Here’s another epic post from our Cruise. Be ready for picture overload!
Today we got up before the alarm went off. We were coming in simultaneously with a P&O cruise ship. We got dressed and went down to Mermaid Grill for breakfast buffet, then went down to our cabin and packed for the day. We were ready to go before they made the all clear announcement. We went down to get off the ship but since the Jewel of the Seas cruise ship was just then docking we had to wait for it to dock.
Once we were cleared we hopped off the ship and took a short walk to Avis rental car where Rob and I rented a car for the day. Here we are inspecting the car. Notice the driver sits on the right side of the car. And they drive on the left side of the road, so it’s the complete opposite of what we’re used to.
So many gorgeous views and bright colored buildings and homes. St. Kitts is 69 square miles, most of which is non-commercialized. Streets are not well-labeled so it took us a bit to figure out if we were going the way we wanted to.
We happened upon this gorgeous church, so we pulled over on the side of the road and got out. This is St. Thomas’ Church, which is the oldest Anglican Church in the West Indies.
The sign says: “Site of the first anglican church in the eastern caribbean, its cemetery hold the remains of Thomas Warner, the first English Governor of the West Indies, who launched colonization of the islands, and Samuel Jefferson, ancestor of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.”
This is the rectory which was damaged in a hurricane in 1990. It is now used for committee meetings and social events.
These signs were throughout the island introducing neighborhoods with a brief statement of information.
While researching the island, we had read about the historical importance of Brimstone Hill Fortress. We decided to take the time to go see it. This was after we turned in and started making our way up the mountain to it.
The sign above points to this, which is a lime kiln that was used to make cement out of limestone.
We continued all the way up to these amazing views.
In the 1690’s cannons were mounted on Brimstone Hill, which helped the British recapture Fort Charles from the French.
View of the Prince of Wales Bastion
We were a little taken aback by the fact it cost $10 a person to get in to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, but all these gorgeous views and learning a little about its history made it worth it.
He snapped me while I snapped him. 🙂
Artillery officers quarters and cookhouse
We were so lucky we got there early, because when we left it was there were lots and lots of tour buses with lots and lots of people!
Narrow path through these arches.
Narrow super curvy roads call for you to need to honk to make sure no one meets you on the other side head on.
After leaving the fortress, it was back on the road to explore more of St. Kitts.
We happened upon this cool looking place; St. Kitts Eco-Park. We didn’t get out of car, but just drove up in there to see if we could see anything. We couldn’t see much, but later learned that it’s a cooperative project between Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis. There is a rose garden, a multi-functional greenhouse, a labyrinth, and much more. It costs $8 per adult.
So many interesting sites as we drive along.
Another beautiful church
Just a random goat on the side of the road
This southern part of the island is amazingly gorgeous is a different way as you can see.
Wild Monkey on the side of the road. We saw several monkeys crossing the road as we drove around the island.
After more driving we were trying to find a place to eat. We ended up driving a ways and finally finding a little bit more developed area with a few restaurants. We chose to go a beach side bar restaurant called Shipwreck.
While waiting on the restroom, I noticed this Auburn tag and it just made me so happy. Can you spot it?
Nice views as we relaxed and waited for our food.
Rob ordered the Mahi Mahi sandwich and fries and Pirates Punch. I had the Mahi Mahi tacos, rice, and salad with a couple strawberry daiquiris. Food was excellent and drinks were superb.
We walked around after we ate and checked out the place.
They had a plate of scraps to feed to wild mongeese.
After leaving the restaurant, we needed to get the car back to the rental car place and walk back to the cruise port.
We had to get gas before returning the car. We didn’t realize it wasn’t self-serve.
Entertainers we watched on the way back to the cruise ship. They wanted you to tip them if you took pics or video, so I was sneaky about it.
That’s our ship on the right.
After returning to the ship, we sat at the bar for awhile and watched and talked to the bartenders while laughing at this old drunk guy who kept asking me if I was sad. He was so slurred and I didn’t understand what he was saying. He would say “yes or no?” Then when leaving the island we went out to deck to take some pictures.
That night back on the ship, I had the St. Kitt’s meal with Chicken appetizer and Spinach appetizer, Mud Pie for dessert. I don’t remember what Rob had. We went to the Magic Show, but he wasn’t able to finish because of technical difficulties. We saw the end of the comedy show after dinner with Al Katz and stayed for the next adult show by Spike Davis.
Here’s a video from a few highlights today:
I’ll post to Carnival Fun Times for the day as soon as I get it scanned in.