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Saint Lucia. P.1.

mff • 5 minutes read • October 3rd, 2015
Saint Lucia is a former British colony (and before that, it belonged to the French) in the West Indies.

Castries

 is the capital city, it was founded by the French as far back as 1650! Castries was named in honor of Marquis Charles Eugène Gabriel de La Croix de Castries. It's a pity that such a beautiful, long name hasn't survived till our days (although the full name of Bangkok, Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, still remains).

Here are streets of Castries:

This is a shoe repair stall:

This is Castries, Central Square:

I was amazed with this artistic map of St. Lucia in the center of 

Castries

:

Here are R2D2 yellow edition and his friend R2D2 green edition: 

Bai Yun (Digicel!)

Here's a unique food truck: the decorative body is fixed to the minibus - and it serves as a part-time stall:

Soufriere
Friends, it's great that you've read to this point! I'll now reveal the most interesting details:  
There are two towns in Saint Lucia: the modern capital, Castries, which has nothing left because of fires and active development, and the historic capital of 

Soufriere

, which, by some strange whim of history, retains the aesthetic from 2 centuries ago.
Soufrière from Romanesque means 'sulfur', and the Caribbean is a volcanic arc, so there is a lot of that 'Soufriere' (e.g., the Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent, the Soufrière Sills volcano on the Caribbean Montserrat).

Here's Joana's Midnight Star Bar:

Soufriere is infinitely cool: the town has a rich history, but not enough money to destroy itself by running down old houses for commercial buildings or to hide them from plain sight. 

This is the agitation of the infernal working party:

There was no torrents or iTunes:

In every third world country, rules concerning school uniforms are very strict:

This is the Main Square: here in 1790, under the French, runaway slaves were executed by progressive guillotine, but not by the outmoded gallows, like their English neighbors in the Caribbean region used to do:

As on the neighboring Islands, locals earn money by reading, to the unexpected tourists on the ATR-42, inscriptions from memorial plaques: cruises don't stop in Soufrière, so it is like this place doesn't exist. 

Here's an agitation car.

Soufriere is so infinitely good that it is not even clear what to comment on.  

When local citizens don't see any tourists, they switch from English to the native Creole/Patwah language - a mixture of French, English, the language of the Caribbean, and some West African languages.


Locals on St. Lucia don't like to be photographed, as well as in the neighboring Caribbean Montserrat, Barbuda, Antigua, Grenada, and St. Vincent.

This is De Belle View.

To be continued.
Author: MFF
Source: mff.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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