February 18, 2013
Yesterday, we spent most of the day at Spiaggia di Santa Lucia a wonderful beach. And for this time of year it was not all that crowded.
We woke up around noon and hung around in the room for an hour or so and then went for fruit, a salt fish sandwich and a Piton beer. A great night and a better start to a new day yesterday invigorated us and got us on the road to new places. There are so many places on St. Lucia that I love I want to show her every one of them. Spiaggia is a great place to do nothing on a Sunday afternoon and we did a lot of that. The weather was fabulous and we spent the entire afternoon with our feet in the water, holding hands listening to a mix of Buffett, John Reno, Jambo Joe Bones and a little bit of Hugo Duarte.
As the sun went down we switched to Marley and we lay there on our beach sheet as the stars filled the sky. Soon we were alone and a warm breeze covered us like a blanket. I don’t really know how long we were there, but I do know it was long after the last person left the beach that we left. We found a small local place to eat and enjoy a bottle of wine and each other’s company as the night went on. Last night was not nearly as long a night as Saturday night was but it was enjoyable and very quiet.
As for today we headed north to a place I have written about before…Rodney Bay. We went to one of my favorite places for lunch in Gros Islet. The Eagles Inn has to be the model for every Caribbean hangout wannabe restaurant along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast. It is a place to remember. I guess you will have to forget everything I ever said about me not liking touristy places. Eagles Inn is a tourist destination but it is still a fun and interesting place. There is a cross section of world humanity in there. If I were a betting man I would bet more than twenty countries were represented in the restaurant today for lunch. Each table was its own little socio-economic micro-nation. We enjoyed the company as usual and the food was great, though we really only ate appetizers as we watched the traffic on the water just feet from our outdoor table. On your next trip, find your way here. I am sure you will enjoy it.
St. Lucia never seems to be as touristy as other islands but this year it really seems less so than others. I don’t know if the economy has slowed the travel or if people just aren’t here. What ever the reason, I am happy to have more space and less snow birds.
We decided to celebrate a week of Valentines’ this year so we are heading to the beach to work on our tans but I think we plan on heading back to The Eagles Inn around dark to pick up where we left off with an entrée and a little more celebrating before we go to our room.
William Fair Roberts…on island time in paradise.