Our Caribbean cruise aboard MS Braemar took us to Castries, St Lucia on
14th January. An unvisited confluence within a mile or so of the port
was just too good to miss!
Although it was only a short distance away, it was 200m above sea level,
and the map of local roads had lots of wiggles in it. So, at 8:30 AM
local time, my wife and I set off to the taxi rank wondering just how to
explain this odd request to a taxi-driver much more accustomed to
showing normal cruise passengers the sights or the beaches.
In fact it was almost ridiculously easy. My printout of the Mapquest
street plan did help - the taxi dispatcher was able to identify the
position as near to the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
This helped a lot, since the campus is picturesque, having a viewpoint
on top of a hill and is much visited in its own right.
So, off we go, with a driver who seems to go along with the scheme -
even though he's clearly baffled by these eccentric tourists - and about
ten minutes later I'm asked left or right - we're about 500m away now.
The left fork is uphill, so we go that way.
A few bends uphill and we're within 100m of the spot!
The road is a quiet one, almost in a suburb of Castries, with houses
dotted around. The actual confluence lies on rough ground just below the
road. I got to within 25m to take my pictures, since beyond that the ground
shelves steeply down to what appears to be a private lawn.
The local residents (ah, that explains the condition of the ground...) took a passing interest in my photographic antics.
After visiting the confluence, we indulged the taxi-driver by paying a
visit to the College grounds, where there was indeed a splendid view of
much of the west of the island.
St Lucia is a beautiful island, visited by many cruise ships. The day we
were there, there were two 2000-passenger monsters in as well as our
modest ship and at least one smaller vessel. We would have liked to have spent a longer time there.