Things to do in St Lucia

Besides the gorgeous views, St Lucia has a lot to offer for everyone. Whether your goal is to lay on the beach, snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean waters or explore the rainforest, you will find plenty to do.

As I mentioned in my previous post, if you stay at an all-inclusive, the resort will have many options available for exploring the island. If you decide to venture out on your own, you will enjoy the sites far more if you hire a taxi, via your hotel.

While we were on the island, we stayed on the northwest side of the island in Rodney Bay. We visited the volcano by taking a cruise along the coast. I highly recommend the cruise because you develop a better appreciation of the beauty of the island. If you travel via the extremely winding road, even if you don’t drive, it is difficult to relax. We cruised to Soufriere and from there took a small bus to the volcano. Some members of the party chose to relax in the mud baths while the rest of us enjoyed a short, though interesting history of the volcano.

Another activity I would recommend is a visit to the rainforest. I booked the aerial tram tour which takes you through the rain forest. I read reviews about the tram tour before booking it and some people were disappointed by the lack of colorful vegetation and birds. I found it very calm and relaxing. Often on trips, we are so busy trying to do everything that we tend to forget this is a vacation and that it’s okay to relax. On the way back through the rain forest, my son and I decided to zip line down the mountain.

I mentioned in a previous post that if you visit the island of St. Lucia, try to dine at the Pink Plantation House. It has phenomenal views and delicious food. It is difficult to find on your own. We stopped at least three times to get directions from the locals. It was well worth it, once we arrived.

 

 

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St Lucia

St Lucia is a sovereign island country in the east Caribbean Sea. It is a volcanic island, so you can see the pitons (shown in the picture above) and enjoy a lush tropical rain forest. St Lucia is also known as a honeymoon destination.

Before we headed to the island, I read that St Lucia is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. It also has a drive-in volcano. I wasn’t sure what to make out from the last description. As we saw, you can drive up and through the crater of the volcano. The last picture is of steam flowing from the crater.

If you go to St Lucia, I do not recommend driving. My husband, who loves to drive and has driven all over the world, was not comfortable driving because the roads are extremely narrow with extreme drop offs and many sharp turns. I recommend that you book a shuttle service or taxi through your hotel.

Many people who visit St Lucia stay at all-inclusives. We love to explore on our own. If you eschew a tour and explore on your own, be sure to book a driver through your hotel.

Blue Monday

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This morning in yoga class, the instructor informed us that today is Blue Monday. I know I’ve mentioned that I’ve been struggling this month. Today was affirmation that my fellow class members feel the same. It’s the middle of January and we’re all in a depressed state of mind whether due to the holiday let down, the cold weather, or some other explanation. The exercises today were geared toward lifting our bodies up, and hopefully our minds as well.

Some suggestions she offered consist of reading something entertaining or listening to catchy tunes. Laughter can be the most powerful remedy of all. With that in mind, she handed out homework. The homework is to find a funny joke about dads.

This is the joke she shared:

What did the papa buffalo say to his son on the first day of school?                                       Bi son.

Yes, we all laughed. We’re easily amused. Do you have any uplifting ideas? Feel free to share.

 

 

Excuses

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(Photo from Pixabay)

It’s still January! Boy is this month going by slowly. The wonderful starts I planned for January have yet to be realized. I find myself making excuse after excuse. I know I’m not the only one as friends lament to me reasons why they haven’t started a diet, new exercise routine, decluttered their house/work space, etc. Why is it so hard to get into a routine besides the routine of making excuses?

I’m hoping my blog will help. One of my goals is to post something on my blog at least once a week. Two times a week would be lovely. Next, I want to write a minimum of 5,000 words a week. I’ve finished one book, I’m half done with the second and I started on the third. Since we’ve moved, over 8 months ago, I’ve only written 2,000 words. I love to write so you would think this wouldn’t be a problem.

Last, I’m trying to improve my photographic skills. The big joke in the family is that if you want the picture to turn out bad, hand your phone over to mom. It’s amazing the amount of blurry photos I’m able to take. The good news is that my photographic prowess is better then my mom. She either cut off my head or half of my body.

Besides the resolutions listed above, my new resolution is to keep excuses to a minimum. I have a feeling this may be the hardest resolution to keep.

What’s your resolution? What are your excuses?

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year Let Down

It’s January which means a new year. In contrast to feeling excited and eager about this month, there is a feeling almost akin to depression. I find myself waxing nostalgic about loved ones who are no longer alive and past memories that keep haunting me. As I glance at the calendar on the wall, yes, I still have one, there is no holiday or event to spur me on.

The frigid temperatures do nothing to cheer me up. From talking to others, I realize that I’m not the only one stuck in this state of mind. So, what to do? My first challenge is to get back into a routine. I didn’t say this would be fun or easy. I’m also trying to find small events and dates to encourage me through this long, dreary month. A visit to a museum, going to the movie theatre to view a comedy, listening to a local concert, even visiting a local library serve as diversions. I also enjoy viewing pictures from tropical locations. Enjoy the pictures and let me know how you get motivated after the holidays.

Tahoe Inspiration

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When my husband and I were at Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago, we decided to drive around the lake one day. The drive itself, without stops and clear road conditions, takes approximately 3 hours. It took us slightly over 6 hours because we made numerous photo stops and had lunch in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe is where the majority of shops, restaurants, hotels and of course, Heavenly Valley Ski Resort can be found – oh, and beaches.

The Christmas season can be so hectic and anxiety filled. These pictures (I’m working on my photographic skills which are poor) instantly soothe my psyche. Enjoy these photos and take a moment to breathe.