St.Kitts

It took us not for so long to get to St.Kitts from Nevis. Approaching the port we were looking for an anchorage but could see nothing attractive but busy open area… so we went on moving inside the small (as we could judge by navigation chart) lagoon where there were some docks. And it turned to be a really small and busy place mostly had been used by charter catamarans and fishing boats

As we had been not so experienced with docking and maneuvering in tiny areas by that time so we had got a stressful but useful experience. Victor had to make the boat stay in one place what was not easy because of the wind and current and this boat had no this fancy things like sky hook or joystick, or even bow thruster… and at the same time I had to put fenders in right places (oh my, from that time I can tie this knot with my eyes closed) and make lines ready! Someone from ashore called us and pointed to one of our he spots. Of course we didn’t take care of reserving the dock in advance

After check in at dock masters office we went for a walk to see around.

It got late. We stepped in the empty streets looked like shopping plaza. Only couple of cafes was opened with few visitors who enjoyed their drinks and snacks. Now we recognized Port Zante! We had visited it when cruising on a huge cruise ship once. Now I recalled! We had been visiting the number of Caribbean islands during couple weeks and St.Kitts was one of the destination! Actually traveling like this you have no time to see the life on the island. You have to choose from sightseeing tour around the island or visiting one place of interest, or going to the beach, or snorkeling… traveling by our own boat we do all this things when visiting island by island on our way. And this time it was fun to see how it organized in fact.

The economic on the island is kind of depends on whether cruise ships arrive or not. And in fact they have built the district for cruise ship tourists full of duty free gift shops, souvenir stalls and outdoor cafes that look nice

Usually they stay closed and return to life when cruise ships scheduled. Local people are happy! I don’t know what they really think of them when asking to buy some goods and offering discounts or seeing them off to sailing or diving adventure, or sightseeing tour leading the group of cheerful, well-fed and well-behaved cruisers. Satisfying the expectations of tourists they can get some money for living. Because the life on the island is not so good and simple. You will see it ones you step out from this fake district to the streets of Basseterre (bass-tear) – St Kitts’ bustling Capital, with a compact downtown next to the cruise-ship terminal in Port Zante.

Next day we took a half day van ride around part of the island. About 10 miles northwest of Basseterre, Romney Manor and its botanical garden and the adjacent Wingfield Estate that offer a view into St. Kitts’ colonial and pre-colonial past. Romney Manor was a 17th century sugar plantation and is now home to Caribelle Batik, a batik art studio that opened in 1974

This is unique and fabulous place to visit and enjoy the abundant tropical flora and fauna, including vervet monkeys. The Wingfield Estate was a 17th century sugar plantation that utilized a water wheel and aqueduct in sugar processing. The ruins of the aqueduct still exist. This estate was owned by Sam Jefferson, the great-great-great grandfather of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

We watched the process of batiking cloth using wax and fabric dyes – an ancient fabric art form orginating in India. And then took a wonderful walk around.

Aside from the batik shop, the grounds are absolutely beautiful with lush greenery and vibrant coloured flora. A 400 year old Saman tree is worth a look as are the many unusual flowers. This is definitely a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Couple years ago we made a rainforest school project and now kids could experience seeing it by their own eyes

While Alena and me were enjoying the lecture Victor, Alisa and Max went further and discovered the old original rum distillery. It had been buried for many years and out of order now. But it was really old and had established in 1681

The grounds still contain remarkable masonry, which includes: aqueduct, chimney, mill house for crushing cane, boiling house, distillery, lime kiln, subterranean tunnel, and so much more

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