SVETA LUCIJA – SAINT LUCIA

Dijamantski vodopadi-Diamond Falls

Dijamantski vodopadi-Diamond Falls

Drvena karipska kuca pastelnih boja-A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvena karipska kuca pastelnih boja-A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvena karipska kucica pastelnih boja - A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvena karipska kucica pastelnih boja – A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvena karipska kucica pastelnih boja-A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvena karipska kucica pastelnih boja-A wooden Carribean house in pastel colours

Drvene karipske kuce pastelnih boja-Wooden Carribean houses in pastel colours

Drvene karipske kuce pastelnih boja-Wooden Carribean houses in pastel colours

Jedrenjak u suton-A sailing boat at sunset

Jedrenjak u suton-A sailing boat at sunset

Katedrala u Kastrisu-The Cathedral in Castries

Katedrala u Kastrisu-The Cathedral in Castries

Katolicka crkva u Sufrijeu-Catholic Church in Soufriere

Katolicka crkva u Sufrijeu-Catholic Church in Soufriere

Ostrvski Nobelovac-Nobel Prize Lareate Derek Alton Walcott

Ostrvski Nobelovac-Nobel Prize Lareate Derek Alton Walcott

Ostrvski Nobelovac-Nobel Prize Laureate Sir William Arthur Lewis

Ostrvski Nobelovac-Nobel Prize Laureate Sir William Arthur Lewis

Parohija Svetog Josifa, zastitnika radnika-St Joseph the Worker Parish

Parohija Svetog Josifa, zastitnika radnika-St Joseph the Worker Parish

Plaza Jalousie izmedju dva Pitona-Jalousie Beach between two Pitons

Plaza Jalousie izmedju dva Pitona-Jalousie Beach between two Pitons

Pogled na Pitone, vulkan i gradic Sufrije-Pitons, drive-in volcano and Soufriere

Pogled na Pitone, vulkan i gradic Sufrije-Pitons, drive-in volcano and Soufriere

Pogled na selo i plazu-A view of Anse la Raye

Pogled na selo i plazu-A view of Anse la Raye

Trg kraljice Elizabete u Sufrijeu-Queen Elizabeth square in Soufriere

Trg kraljice Elizabete u Sufrijeu-Queen Elizabeth square in Soufriere

Ulicni zivot u Sufrijeu - Street life in Soufriere

Ulicni zivot u Sufrijeu – Street life in Soufriere

Ulicni zivot u Sufrijeu-Street life in Soufriere

Ulicni zivot u Sufrijeu-Street life in Soufriere

Na završetku obilaska svih karipskih državica, mogu s pravom reći da je ova najlepša. Možda ovo malo nepravedno zvuči jer su sve one skoro podjednako lepe i atraktivne, ali, ipak, svaka na svoj način.
Dva Pitona, Mali i Veliki Piton, jesu dva brda koja se, kao sa neba, spuštaju na obalu i tako čine jedinstvenu i prepoznatljivu atrakciju. Tu se nalaze najlepši hoteli, sa bungalovima koji gledaju na brda, iza kojih se nalazi more. U toj intimi, iz mreže za ljuljanje, posmatrate oblake oko vrhova Pitona sa jedinom brigom: da li će tog dana pasti nežni i kratkotrajni tropski pljusak. Između brda je jedna od najlepših plaža na kojima sam bio, sa veštačkim belim peskom, ali šta je, uostalom, danas pravo? Mesto na kome se nalazi plaža i gde se Pitoni ogledaju u svim nijansama tirkiznog mora tako je prirodno lepo, da je zaslužilo da mu se plaža nadoknadi. Idealan ambijent za intimne trenutke i karipsku kuhinju.
Od tolike lepote poželite da prošetate nekim gradićem kreolskog ukusa i mirisa; tu su odmah dva najznačajnija: glavni gradić Kastris na severu i Sufrier, njegova kopija na jugu, kao i brojna ribarska mestašca duž lošeg i vijugavog puta koji ih povezuje. Sve miriše na začine, dok lepe kreolke prolaze u širokim raznobojnim haljinama i uvijenim maramama na glavama, uz stalnu prijatnu muziku koja liči na mešavinu regea severnih Kariba i kalipsa južnih ostrva. Drvene kućice pastelnih boja upotpunjuju taj ambijent, u kome samo još treba da se pojavi i zapeva Hari Belafonte. Kako se ipak ne bi desilo da vam previše romantike pokvari uživanje, iznenada se u luci pojavljuje neman ogromnih razmera u vidu broda koji krstari Karibima i na svakom ostrvu izbacuje hiljade, uglavnom američkih turista, na poludnevni izlet. Mogu se Karibi obići i na ovaj način, ali mislim da ga nikada ne bih izabrao.
I, na kraju, kako ne bismo pomislili da iz ove zemlje stižu samo začini i prirodne lepote, u glavnom parku u Kastrisu ugledali smo dve biste. To su Nobelovci Derek Alton Walcott, za književnost 1992. i Ser William Arthur Lewis za ekonomiju 1979. godine, koji su potekli iz ove male zemlje.
Neke, mnogo veće i značajnije, nemaju ni jednog.

Novembar 2008.
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Having visited all the little Caribbean states, I can justifiably say that this one is the most beautiful. Maybe this sounds a bit unfair as all of them are almost equally beautiful and attractive, and yet each one in its own way.
The two Pitons, the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton, are two volcanic plugs (hills made of lava), that appear as though they have been dropped from the sky straight into the sea, and they represent a unique and easily recognisable landmark. This is where the best hotels are nestled, with bungalows overlooking the hills, behind which is the sea. In this atmosphere, lying in a hammock, you observe the clouds gathering around the Pitons, with only one worry in the world – is today going to be graced by a gentle, short tropical shower? One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen is hiding behind those hills; in truth the white sand on it is artificial, but what is not these days? The spot where the beach is located and where the Pitons reflect themselves in all the nuances of the turquoise sea, is so naturally beautiful, that it deserved for its beach to be improved. This is an ideal ambiance for intimate moments and Caribbean cuisine.
All this natural beauty inspires you to take a walk in a small town full of Creole scents and flavours: the two most important ones are nearby, the capital Castries in the North of the island and its copy, Soufrière, in the South, as well as many fishing villages along a bad, winding road which connects them all. Everything smells of spice, while beautiful Creole women pass by in wide colourful dresses and head scarfs; all is accompanied by constant, pleasant music which is a mixture of the North Caribbean reggae and the calypso of the Southern islands. This ambiance is completed by wooden huts in pastel colours; only Harry Belafonte is missing, it seems he can turn up at any moment and start singing.
Yet, for fear of too much romantics spoiling your pleasure, a huge monster in the shape of a cruiser appears in the port, spewing out thousands of mostly American tourists while cruising the Caribbean , who spend half a day on the island. You can see the Caribbean this way too, but I would never choose it.
And finally, as though we should be reminded that this country is famous not only for spices and natural beauties, in a park we spot two sculptures. They are the Nobel Prize winners, Derek Alton Walcott for literature in 1992 and Sir William Arthur Lewis, for economics in 1979; they both came from this tiny country.
Some bigger and more prominent countries cannot boast a single one.

November 2008

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