"Our Lady of the Snows."
That is what Columbus called this Island
because of the ever present mist/cloud at it's peak,
when he did a "sail-by" back in the day.
Nevis is a small, lush paradise situated in the Caribbean
2 miles across a channel from the more well known Island of St. Kitts,
and a 1 1/2 hour puddle jumper flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
From the air the Island has the shape of a out of round frisby
with Nevis Peak rising 3000 feet into the air from it's center.
A paved road follows the coast line for 360 degrees.
It would be a stretch to say the roads heading inland are paved.
If you're looking for a Island vacation with lively music
and good shopping
If you need a little rest and relaxation
in a beautiful, no, gorgeous setting where your blood pressure
drops by 10 points just by being there
then set your sights on Nevis.
The locals greet you in the morning with a "good morning"
and in the afternoon with a "good afternoon."
Everyone I spoke to asked if I was enjoying their Island.
Always my answer was yes.
They are very proud of Nevis.
You can drive around the whole Island in about 2 hours.
That time may change depending on how many herds of goats
or wondering cows you come across in the road on your journey.
To be clear, the animals have the right of way.
Charlestown is the only real 'town" on the Island.
In a nut shell the Island was a territory of England from the early
1600's until 1983, when, together with St Kitts, they formed a separate State.
The Island produced sugar in the good times with Sugar Mills dotting the Island.
The volcanic soil was said to produce the most sugar per acre in the world.
It is those renovated sugar mills that have been turned into Inn's and restaurants today
that keep the economy going now.
We stayed at an old plantation called Golden Rock Inn,
and I can't begin to put into words the beautiful setting this Inn sat in.
Golden Rock's dining area below
where we enjoyed our mornings before venturing out for the day.
One of the guest rooms at Golden Rock.
Before heading to the beach a morning walk
through the rain forest would get the blood flowing.
Our afternoons usually ended on one of the many beaches.
And many of the local critters would gather
and keep us company.
I'm trying not post all 544 photos I took on this trip.
I will continue about this Island in my next post.