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St Lucia Holiday

Last March Vicki and I decided to take a little holiday. What with the stress of having left her old job and the new beginning and fresh start of her new job it seemed the right way to start things off.

We flew into the southern end of the island to the town of Vieux Fort and and stayed at Coconut Bay an all-inclusive resort of reasonable expense.

These pictures were all taken on my Mamiya (Old School 2) film camera.

This was a typical view from the beach.

Vicki with some relaxing reading near the lazy river.

This was a hill near the hotel entrance. Part of it was being quarried away.

The hotel was situated in an old coconut plantation.

This is the town of Vieux Fort. The island was contested many times by the French and British so while it has close ties to Britain as a Commonwealth country there are many signs of French influence. There was also a long history of piracy here.

The Pitons are two distinctively shaped mountains. They form part of the flag and are featured here on the side of bar in the Piton beer labels. The yellow and gold are the national colors which can be seen everywhere. There is a great deal of local pride.

Here is a run down building. Economic conditions are difficult as exhibited by the buildings but every child goes to school which are evident everywhere.

We took a guided tour of the island. Here we stopped at Castries the port city where the cruise ships stop.

Here is a colorful scene from the souvenir stalls.

This is Marigot Bay where part of Doctor Doolittle was filmed. Interestingly other parts were filmed in Castle Combe which is a few miles from Bath.

We ate lunch on Marigot Bay. This is the view from the restaurant.

Here an arch that featured in the Pirates of the Carribean movie.