Unfortunately as repairs, boat chores and consulting work took priority, we had little time to do any of the hikes we had planned or explore this lovely island aptly named Madinina, the Island of Flowers, by the Caribs, the original inhabitants. It is a French island and feels like France except for the the presence of fourteen rum distilleries, exotic tropical vegetation which is decidedly Caribbean and an active volcano.
French rhum agricole. is made directly from sugar cane and not from molasses like most other Caribbean rums. It has a distinctive aroma and flavor which we have come to enjoy above all others (sorry Richard) and in our humble opinion, is best enjoyed in aTi-punch*. Ann and Steve introduced us to a quayside bar during our stay which serves this delightful libation for a mere 1 euro during happy hour most evenings. As the wifi in the marina was not working and this place offered wifi to its customers, it became our evening hang-out of necessity and the perfect way to unwind after a busy day. Although we had to be careful as too many ti-punches are notorious for ‘unwinding’ one a bit too much…there is a reason it’s called ‘punch.’
This is the first time we will be visiting St. Lucia although not the first time we had plans to go there. Fourteen years ago, we were booked to go on vacation there with my family, but were forced to cancel because Patrice had a heart attack and had to have bi-pass surgery the month before. We thank God that he is alive today and will finally be able to make it there.