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  • Floating like an emerald tear-drop

  • between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean

  • and the Caribbean Sea is the island nation of St Lucia.

  • At 27-miles long and 14-miles wide,

  • it’s one of the second largest of the Windward Islands.

  • Named in honour of St Lucy of Syracuse

  • by early French colonists,

  • you may be surprised to learn

  • that this is the only country on the planet named after a woman.

  • But then again,

  • it will all make perfect sense

  • once you feel the warm embrace of St Lucia’s beaches,

  • forests and mountains.

  • St. Lucia has long been a place of shelter:

  • her surrounding maze of hidden coves

  • and bays providing safe harbours throughout the ages.

  • For centuries the original

  • Arawaks and Caribs made their homes around the island's northern bays,

  • In the 1550s, the notorious buccaneer,

  • Peg Leg Le Clerc, became the first European to settle here.

  • From his hilltop hideaway on Pigeon Island,

  • he and his fellow swashbucklers

  • would swoop on passing Spanish galleons.

  • After the pirates came the plantations,

  • and the bittersweet years of sugar and slavery.

  • Between the 17th and 19th centuries,

  • St Lucia was pulled back and forth fourteen times

  • between the French and British,

  • before finally gaining her independence in 1979.

  • While the British brought their rule of law,

  • the French blessed the island with a sense of style

  • that mixed perfectly with the Carib and African cultures.

  • For, just like a woman, St Lucia has always been a place of creation.

  • Right in the heart of the capital, Castries,

  • the main square pays tribute to two of the island’s Nobel Prize winning sons.

  • Relax in the shade of the 400 year-old monkey pod tree,

  • and take in the soft pastels of the surrounding streets.

  • Just across from the park, visit the basilica,

  • filled with murals that blend the colours and traditions of Africa,

  • the Caribbean and the West.

  • At the Central Market,

  • taste the fruits of this island’s rich, volcanic soil.

  • Enjoy some real St Lucian home cooking.

  • Then spend some time seeing crafts,

  • lovingly made by local hands.

  • An easy mile to the south,

  • the creation story continues,

  • at Eudovik’s Art Studio.

  • Watch as master carvers transform tree roots

  • from deep in the forest into sensual works of art,

  • a true collaboration between Mother Nature and man.

  • On the south-west coast,

  • the town of Soufriere is cradled by some of the island’s greatest natural treasures.

  • There’s a relaxed style here too,

  • along the waterfront and streets of this sleepy French colonial town.

  • St Lucia, is a place that can take your breath away,

  • and breathe new life into your soul.

  • Which is why the island is a favourite with honeymooners and lovers of all ages.

  • Take a short boat ride from Soufriere

  • to one of the island’s finest resort beaches, Anse Chastanet.

  • Stay right by the sands,

  • which are caressed by the warm Caribbean Ocean.

  • Or stay high on the hill,

  • where the islands iconic peaks of Petit and Gros Piton feel so close,

  • you can almost reach out and touch them.

  • Nestled between these two volcanic spires,

  • is one of the west coast’s most secluded hideaways.

  • At Sugar Beach, fine sands,

  • crystal waters and some of the island’s sweetest views await.

  • St Lucia is a place of rejuvenation too.

  • Not far from Soufriere,

  • take a soak at Sulphur Springs

  • and coat your body in healing mud that comes from deep within the Earth.

  • When it’s time to cool down,

  • take the Tet Paul Nature Trail, into the high country.

  • From here, look down upon an island of possibilities,

  • for this is a place of endless mystery too.

  • Shelter,

  • creativity,

  • beauty,

  • rejuvenation

  • and mystery;

  • these are the things that make this island

  • so easy to love.

  • So come and feel the embrace of one of the world's greatest islands:

  • St Lucia.

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    Eric Wang posted on 2017/10/11
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