I have to tell you, I was beginning to have issues with this cruise. Did you ever see that old film “If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belgium”? It’s about a bus tour in Europe that sees like 10 countries in 7 days (or something silly like that). Well, that is how I was feeling and I was beginning to feel a bit of resentment. When I would go ashore there was a ton of shopping – duty free is the flavor of the month. Diamonds and other gems, not my cup of tea nor do I associate these types of goods with the Caribbean. So, I was feeling very dissatisfied.
Yesterday I went ashore like the good little cruise-taker. Walked through a spate of duty free shops and stood in line for the bus to downtown. And I didn’t want to go. I really didn’t want to see one more shop with a silk-screen print, another bottle of perfume, another bottle of booze, another designer purse. And I thought to myself, “so, what do you want to do”? And I decided what I really wanted was to go back on the boat and spend the day on my balcony watching the ocean, knitting and reading. So I did – and it was one of the best days ever!
Last night the sun set was amazing…
Today I’d booked a trip to the botanical garden on St Vincent. It is the oldest botanical garden in the Caribbean and I love gardens. So at 9am I was on the bus ready for the tour. It was a small garden and as a flower lover I was disappointed since the majority of this garden is trees. And it wasn’t what I was anticipating. But our guide works full time for the forest ministry, and does tours on the weekends, and was full of information. Not only about the trees and the plants but of the island history as well. Then we set off for a second garden.
Traffic wasn’t bad, and it was interesting looking out at the sights…
And after winding our way over some mountains we arrived at the second garden. This one had been privately owned by a Welsh man who bought the disused land in 1991 and turned it into the tropical oasis of today – 7 1/2 acres of lush, tropical gardens.
And tonight I shall sleep wonderfully!