Seaview Inn is rather under-advertised place with a great location for an independent or business traveller. In all honesty, the title is misleading; first, none the rooms are facing the sea and second, the terrace (which has the privilege to do it) is barred from facing it by a newly-built Chinese grocery store. The rooms are conventional, so there is no added bonus on this front either. But what is most important in the hotel business, where there is no tangible product but the perception of it, is the atmosphere created by the employees. On this key aspect of hospitality the Seaview Inn excels. The personnel were not only flexible, understanding and completely void of sales-driven impudence; they were genuine in their sincere effort to help when needed. No more details are going to be divulged for the simple reason of anonymity but the bottom line is that this place’s staff are going to provide you with assistance that otherwise might cost you arm, leg and lots of nerve cells.
Independence Square on a bright sunny afternoon is a glorious place. The sun underlines the elegance of the colonial houses lining the square and points out the meaning their builders wanted noticed right away – I am important and I know it! The so called “co-cathedral” must be the climax of this prose in stone since it has the statement right up your... nose. The “co” business is rather interesting considering the fact that only negligible percentage of the populace adheres to the catholic rite. The magnanimity of the Protestants is admirable but considering their dwindling support it is probably not surprising. The cathedral is flanked by two beautiful structures dutifully assigned to the respective big wigs but hey, they’ve got to live and work somewhere too.
The National Musuem of St. Kitts is located in a single large room on the ground floor of a the old Treasury Building in downtown Basseterre. On display are old maps, photographs, tools and artifacts which highlight St. Kitts' culture and heritage. Although the exhibits are not of the highest professional quality they tell a fascinating story of discovery, war, slavery, sugar, independence and all the many elements that have made this island gem what it is today.
Admission: $1.00 US or $1.00 EC (Eastern Caribbean Dollar)
I've visited many cathedrals, great and small, all over the world, but never heard of a co-cathedral until coming to St. Kitts. It is part of a diocese which encompasses many island nations in the Carribean. The church was built in 1927, to replace an earlier structure dating back to 1856.
On our Cruise through the Caribbean, the Evil Stepmother wanted to visit this Batik factory/tourist location, and so it sounded like fun. It is located on the grounds of the old Romney Manor, ruins included, (once owned by Sam Jefferson 11---great,great,great grandfather to Thomas, then bought by the Romneys). The grounds are incredible for photo ops, and the tour is very short---just watching a couple of ladies doing Batik---then the shopping! I bought a cool hippy-like Tshirt---they have a large shop with mostly womens' stuff...
St. George's Anglican Church is a very impressive edifice of black stonework, first built by the French as Notre Dame Catholic Church in 1670. The structure has been burned or damaged by earthquakes and then rebuilt at least three times. Today the church is officially named The Parish Chruch of St. George with St. Barnabas.
On the Saturday afternoon that we stopped by the church we were fortunate to find the doors open, and an young lady inside was playing a magnificent pipe organ in the otherwise empty building. Perhaps she was practicing for Sunday services the next day. At any rate, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting in a pew and listening for a few minutes to the inspiring music.
Mass is held on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., with Evensong at 6:00 p.m. Midweek masses are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 a.m.
Independence Square is a Georgian-style plaza which was built in 1790. It covers an entire city block of 3 acres and offers a beautiful lawn, large shade trees, and flowering shrubs, surrounding a central fountain. At the time of our visit the fountain was dry and seemed to be broken.
The Square was once known as Pall Mall Square, and was the site of slave auctions until the mid-1800s. The name was changed to Independence Square when St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent nation in 1983.
The narrow gauge railway in St. Kitts is a rewarding experience. It is available as a shore excursion.