St.Croix

St.Croix

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

Absolutely unexpectedly we found ourselves approaching one of the US Virgin Islands – St.Croix.

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboardActually that time we had started from St.Thomas and hoped that in spite of the weather forecast we could reach St.Martin… but Prediwind usually gave quite accurate weather prediction so we resigned ourselves to the inevitable and set the route right to Grenada. This was the long way for 4 day across the Caribbean Sea. St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

And after several hours I got exhausted and seasick. So our Cap decided not to pass by but go to the island ahead I was looking at with the hope and drop the anchor!

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard      St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

 

St.Croix lies pretty far (about 40 miles south) from the other Virgin Islands.

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It reach in history, charming and less crowded than other US Virgin Islands.

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

Though we stopped only for one day it was the amazing time and great experience! St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

The place had peaceful and friendly vibes.

We walked around the quiet town that looked historical with lots of Churches, ruins and points of interest on the way.

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Also there were some nice shops. We dropped in at one of them – Larsen Mitchell Studio – where were sold handcrafted art pieces made of colorful glass. Here we met a wonderful woman who created them by herself. Her name was Jan R. Mitchell.

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboardActually she was a well known and recognized in narrow circles sculptor and working with glass materials was her hobby. She welcomed us and was so kind to invite in her workshop where she showed us around, introduced girls with some techniques of mixing colors and baking glass panos and told stories of her life. It turned to be even more interesting and warm acquaintance when we told that we were sailing as her husband had been sailing around the World too!

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

And then he fell in love and decided to settle down on her home island.

St. Croix. Sailing Manakai. Kids onboard

Of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the imposing Fort Christiansvaern which was complete with cannons and dungeons and also had a museum inside of the island history.

For over 270 years Fort Christiansvaern protected Denmark’s interests on St.Croix.

It warded off attacks by pirates and privateers, garrisoned soldiers and officers, defended against slave revolts, and served as a jail for Christiansted and the day island’s plantations.St.Croix has been under seven flags, most notably Denmark. Honestly, the Fort Christiansvaern was the most taken care of we’ve ever seen!

P.S. It was a story of our last year’s visiting of St.Croix. And at the moment we’re getting there again! We decided to start from visiting another big town on the island, the town of Frederiksted. Check out the next post! 🙂

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