This is a very special island for Ian and I.
A couple of weeks after we got engaged, we flew to St. Kitts for our first vacation together, and that was 25 years ago, this year, (OMG, I am certainly dating myself).
So, it was very nice to return here, but we wanted to see and do different stuff to last time, which included hiking up and into the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga. So we signed up for the Rail and Sea excursion. St. Kitts has the last working train in the West Indies.
Originally built between 1912 and 1926, this railway, called ‘The Sugar Train’, was once used to transport sugarcane, but now transports visitors along the coastline of St. Kitts.
Double deck cars give you the choice of sitting up top in the open air, or downstairs in the air. Well of course, we sat up top. It was wonderful to sit in comfort (and the free drinks certainly helped) as we viewed the scenery, while traveling around the coastline of the island.
black sand beaches,
and quite a few abandoned windmills and chimneys, provided picturesque sights on the way.
The bridges were a little scary
don’t look down. Another interesting idea is the ‘cuttings’,
as the train did not have enough power to run uphill, hills were ‘cut’ through, and all by hand, that must have taken forever.
A catamaran waited for us near the Brimstone Hill Fortress, (another attraction we visited on our first trip),
we had a wonderful view of it as we sailed past.
Arriving back at Basseterre, we had a look through Port Zante, an open air shopping ‘mall’ between the ocean and the old city.
We also walked through Brasseterre enjoying some of the interesting architecture.
I am not sure how I feel about this,
Ian hates it, feels the monkeys should be in the wild, but they sure are cute
look at these guys with their St. Kitts t-shirts.
Next stop, St. Maarten…