Together, my son and I took almost 2,000 photos on our Stampin' Up! cruise .. and I've narrowed it down but still have over 40 fab photos to share from St. Lucia… so I'll break it up into more than one day on my blog 🙂

DAY 4 – ST. LUCIA – part 1

One of my favorite parts of each cruise is being up early to watch us dock in each new port.. on day 4, as I was heading onto our balcony to watch us dock, I saw THIS coming in next to us!!  This is the Ms Noordam which we actually sailed to Alaska on in 2006 for our 20th anniversary (our only non-SU! cruise)… too cool, huh ? 

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We met up with Jan and Doug Wakeland and hired a taxi/van to take us on a tour of the island… THAT is another whole story…. think of"Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at Disneyland….. 

From our taxi/van, as we climbed the hills, we could see our ship and the Ms Noordam in port.

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We quickly learned that these taxi drivers are obligated to stop at multiple outlook stops…. and each one has a variety of locals selling everything from necklaces (that looked like they came out of the Oriental Trading company catalog), to clothing, to food, to bananas, .. you name it…  and they were all very persistant about showing you their wares…
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Bananas and sugar cane abound on the island… they wrap the bananas in plastic bags to keep the insects away. 

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Below are several shots, very typical of what we saw on our 3-1/2 hour tour…

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um… narrow roads?

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On our way to "Diamond Falls" and the "drive through volcano", this was one of the scenic outlooks.. this is the Twin Petons in the distance.  You can also see the necklaces and other items on display in the foreground.. another pit stop opportunity to shop…  (we didn't get out).

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We were supposed to keep driving all the way over by the Twin Petons.. we'd already been driving an hour and a half on very windy, steep roads… so we opted to go to the Diamond Falls and head back to the ship .. not sure any of us could have weathered several more hours in this van on these roads.

Tomorrow I'll share our great pix from Diamond Falls.

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