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Mar 09, 2024 10:00 PM Tortola British Virgin Islands

Tortola British Virgin Islands Sunny day and great scenery. The Port of Roadtown is surrounded by green mountains. But they fdo not have a space for us at a single, tiny pier. We will be tendering - it takes extra time and waiting. I have been here few times already - Visiting nearby Virgin Gorda or climbing mountains for the views. Today once again I decided to hike up! The road to the central part of the range was step and windy. But after 1,5 hours I reached the steel mast on the top of the mountail. I checked an altitude with GPS - it was 450 m above the sea there. Probably the highest point of Tortola! Unfortunately the mast was fenced and no lookouts around... I enjoyed anyway the hike through the thick vegetation, and there were interesting views on the way - see our ship taken from the mountain road!

Mar 07, 2024 10:00 PM Pointe-a-Pitre - no celebration!

Pointe-a-Pitre - no celebration! Our ship after 1-week loop is back on Gwadeloupe. Passengers are disembarking and new-ones - embarking. I said goodbye to Antonella - she is flying tonight to Rome, where she lives... See you in the eternal city!
Crossing the city I did not see any occasional posters, flags or music. They do not celebrate?! So I am dooing that for them: all the best dear ladies on the occasion of International Women's Day! Tomorrow we will spend a day in the sea - on our way to Sint Maarten...

Mar 06, 2024 10:00 PM 2,70 euro for Round-trip to Balata

2,70 euro for Round-trip to Balata I am again on sunny Martinique. I decided to go by city bus to Balata village which is uphill from Fort-de-France. City bus 25 gors there from the street near the cemetery and there is a ticket window just round the corner. It is a/c bus, so half an hour juurney is pleasant. There are two reasons to go to Balata: Botanic Garden with a poscard view of two green peaks, palm, fern trees and canopy walk (10 segments tree to tree). Second raadon is Sanctuary Sacre Coeur - a church up on the hill - poor miniature of Montmartre Basilica, but withe a nice view of the coty and bay from the terrace... Between these two places there is 4 kms or so mountain road so better use the bus for relocation. In the garden there are comfortable paths. They charge hefty 16 euro entry fee. Much too much but the place with plants and flowers is interesting. It was 4 pm when O returned to the city. It was another nice day!

Mar 05, 2024 10:00 PM Bird - eye view of Castries

Bird - eye view of Castries I am again in the capital of St Lucia. The sun is not so strong, and we experience pleasant breeze. Yesterday at sunset on the top deck I met a nice young couple from Martinique: Lia and Nathan. I gave then the advice to go on St Lucia to picturesque Marigot Bay today for the nice beach pictures.
How about me? I decided to climb the hill overlooking Castries Bay (about 200 m up) to the former residence of British Governor. The road is step and narrow with heave car traffic so you have to take care... The residence is locked - you can take the pictures only through the gate. But the views from the level of 100 and 200m are great and wprth the effort. The next island - Martinique is visible on tje horizon. We will be there tomorrow...

Mar 04, 2024 10:00 PM Dominica, not Dominican Republic!

Dominica, not Dominican Republic! The sea was little rough in the night but right now is a lovely, sunny morning and I enjoy gret views of Dominica. It is poor but independent country with the green landscape similar to St Lucia. When I was here last time I was hitchhiking to the twin Trafalgar Fall. Today I just enjoy the easy -going capital city of Rouseau, its market and botanic garden... The tour in the taxi or microbus around the island costs 35 USD per person... I have a new friend - dr Stefan from Slovakia is also travelling on our ship alone!

Mar 03, 2024 10:00 PM Ship's meeting on Barbados

Ship's meeting on Barbados Strong sun since early morning. It is rare case, but in the port of Bridgetown there are 4 cruise ships of different companies: all white, elegant and... crowded. Imagine 10 000 plus passengers in the small town...
I took the walk to the centre of the town to use the free internet in the Gold Park near bus terminal. On the way I made the stopover at Fish Market to see how the locals clean the fish for sale - among them huge tunas and mahi-mahi. See my gallery for pictures.
Yesterday I have been invited for the Captain's Cocktail on our ship. Only 25-30 passengers deserved that... We were drinking champagne, dancing and enjoing meeting with the new fellows...

Mar 02, 2024 10:00 PM Tobago after 10 years

Tobago after 10 years This is lovely and friendly island! They have just one, tiny pier for the cruise ships but great music and people in the historic costumes were waiting for us on the land. Like 10 years ago I took a long walk to the well-restored King George Fort. It offers beautiful panorama, pictures with the old cannons, little museum in the former officers quarter (entry 4 USD)... US dollar is widely accepted. Taxi drover asked me 10 USD for the ride to the fort (they always cheat you - worldwide) it was good exercise to walk uphill and I saved 10 dollars for the next bottle of rum :). Once downhill it was worth to walk to the botanical garden in Scarborough. I have a good time...

Feb 29, 2024 10:00 PM I am boarding second ship of this voyage...

I am boarding second ship of this voyage... Just after sunrise, at 7 am my next ship, Costa Fortuna appeared at the entrance of Pointe-a-Pitre port. I know this ship - once I was sailing on this ship from Singapore... This is the oldest ship in Costa fleet. But it is very cozy and without a crowd aboard.

Feb 27, 2024 10:00 PM Fish market - come early!

Fish market - come early! Today it is raining from time to time in Pointe-a-Pitre. But these short showers are welcomed - they make day temperature (normally - 30 deg Celsius) little lower. I woke up earlier to go to the inner port to see the morning fish market. Fishermen are selling their night catch from 6 to 9 am - later it is too hot for the fish even if they put some ice on it. I was impressed not by the size of the offered fish (although there were also few 20-kilo tunas) but by the variety and colors of the fish. Octopuses were also on sale! See more pictures in my gallery...

Feb 26, 2024 10:00 PM Closed tourist office...

Closed tourist office... Guadeloupe is a popular tourist destination. In the corner of the main Victoire square there is nice colonial building housing tourist info office. But it is firmly locked since few days - the paper on the gate says that they repair something inside. Tourists are disappointed - no info, no maps... Why they do not pitch a tent in their garden to distribute maps and to help foreigners? But this is lazy Guadeloupe! They have a website but it is worth nothing...
Since my last visit something new appeared in the landscape of the city: MACT - memorial of slavery and human trade. There is conference center and exhibitions. Entry costs 15 euro! But it is worth to be here just to enjoy its modern architecture...

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