Before moving on to Nevis, let me catch up with a few more photos I missed on my post yesterday from St. Kitts.
As we approached St. Kitts at the northern end of the island, Dutch-owned St. Eustacia was on our right marking our entry to this particular sweep of volcanic tip islands, starting with Saba in the north-west and sweeping in an arc through Stacia, St. Kitts, Nevis, Redonda (more on that one later) and ending at Montserrat about 80 miles to the south-east.
|St. Eustacia - fondly referred to as Stacia.|
|Brimstone Hill, home of the UNESCO Brimstone Fortress site. The Drydock 'marina' below hauls boats and with a travel lift right across the main highway to their yard.|
|Looking up at the 1000' hill, the fortress site is really extensive and we're only seeing a part of it.|
|We had a good laugh, but were glad we were able to pick up the bits that fell off the car as we left the lot.|
|In Basseterre, Independence Square. The fountain was dry but quite pretty and the trees in the garden created lots of shade for locals to come and 'lime'.|
|We're starting to see Flamboyant trees in flower all over the island - so stunning!|
|Cruise ship in town today so the vans and buses are out in force.|
|Old buildings abound in this little capital, although many of them are quite shabby. The museum puts on quite a show.|
|St. George's church was open for visitors.|
|I love the simplicity of these island churches and they are quite astounding in their constructions when considering the elements they must survive against.|
Now on to Nevis, sister island in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. Similar to St. Kitts, Nevis is a volcanic island, top blown off to form a crater that is often shrouded in clouds. This brings up the origin of the name of the island which comes from Columbus who originally named it Nuestra Señora del las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows), some say because the clouds reminded him of the snows on the Pyrenees Mountains and others as the name of his favourite church. Regardless, Nevis is the result and the clouds are a constant that affect the view and the weather.
|Nevis Peak, with a light dusting of clouds.|
|Anchored among the fishing boats at Charlestown.|
In the meantime, a quick tour around this charming little town sufficed and after a visit to the tourism office we followed a little self-guided tour to see the sights.
|Another beautiful Flamboyant tree in the central 'square' - triangle? of Charlestown.|
|The Nevis Museum is housed in the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.|
|Charlestown Methodist Church - built by ex-slaves after emancipation, although it is reported that they used child labour to complete the construction!|
|The Jewish Cemetery - in 1720, 25% of the white population was Portuguese / Spanish jews.|
|Alexandra Hospital - the most auspicious residence in town and once home of the local governor.|
|The Flamboyant Nursing Home - not sure this name would go down well at home ;-)|
|Loved the local 'fire station dog' - he was flat out.|
|Finally got a good pose from one of the Vervet monkeys. They move on so quickly.|
|More local 'wildlife'.|
|Nevis hot springs or The Baths as they are known.|
|Remains at Fort Charles.|
|Mowzer still sitting pretty in the once well defended bay|
|Bleached out tree - such a ghostly spectre.|
Thursday morning we’ll check out of St. Kitts & Nevis and head for the final island in this chain, Montserrat.