We have just come back from our honeymoon in St. Lucia having spent 2 weeks in "Paradise" soaking up the sun and taking it easy. Major decisions each day involved deciding which of the 6 restaurants to choose for breakfast, lunch and dinner and whether to start the day with a Pina Colada or the local cocktail called "No Pressure". More energetic pursuits included snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and hobie-cat sailing (a two person catamaran). Sue and I also played 3 rounds of golf on the course at the resort with Sue almost making a hole-on-one at the eighth hole on the final round!
We met a couple from Ireland on the bus from the airport who were getting married at the resort. Her parents were supposed to be coming with them but her father had a heart attack 3 days before they left. (He's fine now).They asked us to be the witnesses at the ceremony and so I ended up "giving the bride away" and Sue was chief bridesmaid. Another couple from Canada that we had made friends with also attended and the six of us celebrated the wedding in style partying well into the night. The obligatory "skinny dipping" by the men led to the equally obligatory "stealing the men's clothes" by Sue resulting in much running about the beach looking for our pants!
We left the resort a couple of times to do some sightseeing, including the "drive-in volcano" and the botanical gardens. Following a recommendation by Michael Winner in the Sunday Times we also had lunch at a restaurant called Dasheens which must have the most spectacular view from any table anywhere in the world. Set 1,100 feet up in the hills one can look out over the Caribbean sea between the two amazing peaks called the Pitons. The restaurant also has 24 bedrooms all of which only have 3 walls with the fourth side being completely open to offer the same fantastic views. Absolutely unforgettable!
Back home to the cold and gloom of Gatwick airport on the Monday morning it seems incredible that only 7 hours flying time away is a place where the sun always shines and the meaning of life is "No Pressure, No Problem". We have already started saving for our next trip back to Paradise, let's hope it is not too long!
Ian and Sue
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If anyone's interested, I used a little bit of software call 'IrfanView' to do this 'thumbnail' stuff. It's free - look here.