As we sailed down the western shore of St Kitts towards Basseterre we clearly can see the old sugar plantations with the tall chimneys still standing.
The Brimstone Fortress stood out on the hilltop commanding a perfect view of the surrounding waters.
Arriving is Basseterre there was no available space in the marina, which would been a nice treat after a bumpy ride, so we anchored in the bay just noth of the marina – no other boats were there and Maryse was questioning whether we should be here or not – if nobody else is here???? Within 20 minutes of us anchoring, the bay had filled with 6 other yachts! At least we now have company!
There are two HUGE cruise ships in town today and the entire town is buzzing with activity. There is a shopping mall type set up where the cruise docks are and there must be a dozen shops selling jewelry at 90% discount (huummm) t shirts and trinkets from China but the truckload. The cruise ship folks fill the shops and streets.
We took advantage of the quiet of the Sunday morning for our walkabout through town. All the shops were closed not even a coffee shop open. A real collision of both British and French architecture and city design.
They even have in the town center a circle called The Circus modelled after Piccadilly in London. All the activity that we found was around all of the many churches. The folks all impeccably dressed for the morning masses and congregations. Very impressive indeed!
I really had my heart set on visiting the fort that we had seen from the water yesterday and with a bit of hunting we found a taxi that would provide a city guided tour, a trip to Brimstone Hill Fortress. Our guide Rolly was a wealth of information as we toured his home town. St Kitts remains a very religious island and everyone is still respectful of the Sunday as a day off for everyone – except a few taxi drivers!
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|Green = Fertility, Red = Blood. Yellow = Sunshine and Two Stars for St Kits and Nevis|
Rolly dropped us back at the marina and we gladly paid him the US$60 plus tip that he charged us for the 4+ hour tour.