Thursday's Child: Soufriere, St. Lucia

Thursday, November 8, 2012


This month, I’m writing about memorable walks we’ve taken on our travels.  Although we stayed at a resort when we visited St. Lucia, we didn’t want to miss visiting the nearby town of Soufriere, so we took a Saturday morning walk to see the town, its market, and its buildings.

The hike into town was truly lovely.  The day was already warm by mid-morning, and we had a different view of the Pitons (the island’s twin peaks) every time we turned a corner.  It was a pleasant downhill walk, although the grade was steep at times and we had to watch our footing.

In Soufriere we visited the bustling market, watching the locals barter with the vendors for fish, fruit, and household goods.  We didn’t take many photos here because most of the salespeople asked us not to, but I won’t forget the vibrant colours of the produce and the lively banter that we overheard. 

We enjoyed exploring the rest of town, too.  The lovely church, which was built in the 1950s, sits next to the town square where a guillotine was once stationed.  The church was simple and lovely, and I was sorry that we weren’t there on a Sunday to hear their beautiful choirs.

At the end of the tour, we stopped in a few local shops and the grocery store.  The latter had a good selection of both international and local goods, and we saw locals and tourists shopping there.  And at the end of our walk, given the midday heat and the long uphill climb, we were happy to take a boat back to our resort.

24 comments:

Valerie said...

For a few moments I was transported away from the cold, grey weather, and I took in the sights and smells (and warmth) of Soufriere. Thank you, Beth. :)

Joanne said...

St. Lucia = what a wonderful trip. It sounds like you made the best of your stay.
Good healthy down time.

Rita said...

What an interesting post; that is one island we didn't visit. Soufrière sounds wonderful.I missed your travel tours.
Rita

Velva said...

What a beautiful Island country. I love experiencing local culture of new places I visit. Love it.
Thanks for sharing.

Velva

Beth said...

Thanks, Rita! It's great to see you blogging again.

Jemi Fraser said...

So pretty! It's so much fun to travel via your blog!

Congrats to your beautiful daughter re her grad in the previous post! I've never heard of a graduation so late. In our area, all of the grads are held during the last week of school in June!

Bonnie said...

i too love to walk into local villages. That is where you truly get a feel for the area. Yes, when you talked of the downhill walk, I couldn't help but think of the uphill return. Thanks for the tour. Bonnie

Quay Po Cooks said...

This island look so beautiful. When I go to a new place, I always like to try the local food and experience the local culture. Looks like you enjoyed your trip and thanks for letting us tour the place though your eyes.

bakewithjill.com said...

The first photo is gorgeous! I can see why your walk was so memorable.

yummychunklet said...

Looks like a really pretty place!

Catherine said...

Nice pictures and pretty place.

cquek said...

Thanks for sharing

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

I've been to St. Lucia and absolutely loved it there! This totally takes me back to my own explorations of Soufriere. Too cool that you've been there, too!

Belinda said...

Looks so lovely and romantic...and WARM!

Guru Uru said...

WHat a beautiful and relaxing location :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Elaine said...

It looks like a great place to visit. The views on your walk are just lovely.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, I must say that you have visited the most interesting and intriguing places! I really enjoy looking at your lovely pictures and reading all your wonderful posts!
Have a great weekend!

grace said...

i'm so envious of all your travels, beth!

nancy at good food matters said...

Wow! You and your family have indeed traveled widely, and visited so many wonderful places around the world. Beautiful images.

Jess said...

My sister went to St. Lucia with her husband for their honeymoon~ she loved it and has very sweet memories of their time there.

Lizzy Do said...

That top photo is just gorgeous!!! Thank you for taking us along on your travels...I think I can honestly say that I want to go everywhere you've been!!! Happy Sunday~

Gloria said...

the pictures look lovely!

Food Gal said...

That's one of the best perks about traveling -- just walking around leisurely and letting the place unfold around you. Greatest way to get a feel for a new place.

profiterolesandponytails said...

St. Lucia looks like a beautiful island. I love it when you can get out and about exploring, rather than just lounging at the resort. I guess not all islands are safe to do so, but obviously St. Lucia is safe to explore. I'll have to add it to our list of places to visit.

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