Last Updated 29-MAR-2006

Basseterre, St. Kitts

This was our second time to St. Kitts.  The last time was in 1997.  I was amazed and how much they have improved the
port facilities and the downtown area.  And no mention of China...

In 1997 we docked at a industrial area but now you come directly into the town.

Since we were coming from the south (Barbados)  We pass to the west of Nevis
Looking back at Montserrat (U.K.) Where they are having very active volcanic issues right now.
Approaching St. Kitts
Looking North to the 300 year old Brimstone Fortress located on a volcanic cone along the coast.  In the background you
can see the island of St. Eustatius (Netherlands)
A room with a view
Welcome to St. Kitts
Around Independence Square downtown Basseterre. The Baobab tree...

I love these little trucks.  Only 1,000 cc motors yet we followed one up a hill at 50mph. Never seen them in the states.
But, When gas gets to $6 a gallon I bet we will !
Nice town with only a hint of raw sewage flowing down the street.  Looking up towards St. George's Anglican Church.
The "Circus" from the web:

Today Basseterre's French heritage is not nearly so prominent as its British colonial past. The centerpiece of the city's
evocative Georgian architecture is its Circus, a diminutive roundabout modeled in proper Victorian patriotism after
Piccadilly, in London. In the middle of the Circus stands the bright green bronze of the Berkeley Memorial Clock, an ornate,
cast iron tower with four clock faces and more than a little architectural decoration.

A frigate bird
The Maasdam
The narrow gauge (30") St. Kitts Scenic Railway

We took the The Rail/Bus Combo Tour which consists of a 18 mile train ride and  12 miles by Bus.  This options provides 
you with opportunity to see the island by Rail and Road.  The tour is timed to take 3 hours and 30 minutes total, with 2 hours
30 minutes spent on the rail trip.

We really enjoyed the trip.  Was worried that it would be like the Durango, Silverton trip in Colorado where you started to 
wish it would just end.  Not in this case.  It was the right amount of time with plenty to see.

The only bad thing is that because of limited time we were not allowed to look at the engine.  I would have liked to get some
photos of it.
The trip was very 3rd worldish...  As we went along various access doors on the engine would open and slam shut.
Also, the operators were standing on the side of the locomotive and looked worried about something that was about to break.
We saw backyards full of junk, chickens, hogs, goats...Friendly people always waving, or kids asking for money--which the 
train discourages.

About a mile in front of the train they had a small work truck driving on the tracks that must have been inspecting as we went 
along.  Also, a large utility truck followed us on the roads with extra parts and he would block all of the intersections. 
None of the crossings were automated.
St. Eustatius and Saba on the left
Old sugar mill from the slave times
Sugar and St. Eustatius. The smokestack is on the left. St. Kitts no longer exports sugar, because they were losing money.
Views along the way
Why not hang off the side of the engine and repair it while we are moving
Door open
Old stone church
Good advice...  Too bad that 99.9% of Americans don't understand it at all !
Another high bridge
Very scenic.  Now we are on the Atlantic side of the island

Also, had some good cuts along the way
The highest bridge.  The informative narrator is a beautiful, tall native artist in batik dress, in 4th photo.
Along the Atlantic.  Looking south to Nevis and large cacti. This is the desert side of the island. We had hiked in the
rainforest on a previous trip.
Departing for San Juan, PR
Looking at the desert part of St. Kitts and Nevis
Where we docked in 1997
Heading into the setting sun
One last look SE to Nevis
St. Eustatius and Saba on the left.
Brimstone Fortress, a very crowded ship
Sunset time again

Messing with a 20 second exposure at the radar antennas spinning on the mast. The white spots are stars.
Going by St. Eustatius (Netherlands) where they have a large oil storage facility.  They also had three oil tankers
waiting to dock.
The next island above St. Eustatius is Saba.  One of the places that I want to go.  The two times we have gone by it was
at night.

Some info from the web on Saba:

Saba the smallest and greenest island of the Dutch West Indies is a divers paradise! It is not called "the unspoiled queen"
for nothing. Caribbean-pure and natural!

The island of Saba emerges out of the Caribbean sea like a fairytale island from long ago. The volcano "Mount Scenery"
is also known as "Hollandís highest mountain" because the island of Saba belongs to the Dutch West Indies. The island 
of Saba is an oasis for nature lovers along with those who want to spoil themselves with a little rest and relaxation

Points of Interest: Saba belongs to The Netherlands Antilles. It is the smallest of the 5 islands being 5 sq.miles, 
lying approx. 28 miles south of St. Maarten/St Martin, and has approx. 1500 inhabitants.

Roads: There is only one main road on Saba, which was actually built by hand between 1933 and 1947. The island first had 
television in 1965, and a 24hr. electrical system was established in 1970.
Tonights critter is a pig ???

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