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THE FLAG OF SAINT LUCIA
When my guide first started to explain the Saint Lucia Flag to me, he said it was beautiful. I kept thinking that it was more interesting than beautiful. As he explained I started to realise that the natural beauty of the island it represents and the meanings of the design really are beautiful. The flag was designed by a local artist named Dunstan St. Omer, who has been called the Michelangelo of the Caribbean. He actually won a national flag design competition. The flag was originally flown in 1967, but not officially adopted until 1979. This may sound odd at first. Saint Lucia gained self-governing autonomy within the British Empire March 1st 1967. They gained full independence on 22 February, 1979. There are 3 slight differences in the flags. The newer flag is wider, has a darker blue background and the triangles are narrower. You will see both versions across the island.
The design itself consists of:
• Cerulean Blue background
This represents the surrounding Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans with a deeper meaning of Fidelity
• The Black and Gold Triangles within a white border represent the dramatic twin volcanic ‘Pitons’ on the southwest of the island
• The Gold color represents prosperity and sunshine
• The Black and White colors represent racial harmony and the origins of the island inhabitants
• The 3 triangles together also represent the aspirations of the Saint Lucian people
Officially the flag is 6 feet and 9 inches by 9 feet and 4 ½ inches.Related to:
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I love Rum Punch. From the minute I first tried one I was in love. Each island has its own version of Rum Punch and I love trying a new version when I travel. I have to say that the Rum Punch here on St. Lucia has been one of my favorites during my travels. Maybe it is their particular local Rum; but it is the best and a must try when visiting the island.
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The national Rum of St. Lucia is Bounty. The rum has been enjoyed by islanders since 1972. During our trip we enjoyed several rum drinks made with Bounty that were very good. The Rum makes a nice gift for the folks back home and is available duty free in the towns, resorts and airport shops.
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Piton Lager is the local brew of St. Lucia. It's brewed and bottled on the island and is raher good.
During our last visit to St. Lucia I enjoyed many Piton while at the pool or beach. It's light and refreshing when laying out in the heat.
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Ask don't remain silent on buses
When taking the bus at any point on the island, it's best to tell the driver where you are going before sitting on the bus, that way when he gets to your destination he can stop for you, or if you already know the stop ask the bus to stop when you get to a certain point by saying "bus stop" or "stopping here".
Also check the price list stuck inside of the bus, you may find it on the window or hanging behind the drivers seat, then you can know the exact amount you should pay for your journey. Asking a local can also be helpful, as some of the drivers can overcharge you. Through my knowledge they tend to do that to tourists a lot. But some of them are really nice.Related to:
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Washing clothes in the river
We were told by our taxi driver that often the women wash clothes in the rivers (like in other countries I've visited). He said this when we were driving through Souffriere, and the river would still be warm from the hotsprings, up river. I'm not sure if he meant only the women in Souffriere, or all over the island. I suspect it's island-wide.
Block party, Gros Islet
this fishing village, not far from the Rex Hotel,
transforms itself every Friday night into a colorful carnival scene, featuring soca and reggae music and a "jump up" (dancing in the streets).
It can be a very crowded place and some times you may not feel safe. Don't bring much with you and you should be o.k.
We went there and it was o.k nothing spectacular...Music is good though..
Market in Castries
For an adventure straight out of National
Geographic, go see the piles exotic fruits and
veggies at the Castries Market and Vendors
Arcade. In the centre of the capital is Derek Walcott
Square, named after St Lucia's Nobel Prize for
Try a local brew!
I'm not a big beer drinker. But, after having a couple of rum-punches out in the sun, these tasted just dee-licious!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Saint Lucia Hotels
Used to be called Sandals Regency - I've stayed here twice. Grounds are well-kept, rooms are clean...more
100 Anse Chastanet Rd, PO Box 7000, Soufriere, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Rodney Bay Lot B, Gros Islet, 9999, LC
Good for: Couples
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