Rachel & Nate 6/20-6/25
6/20 – Thursday
Arrived around 5:00pm. Janus came to greet us and gave a tour of the villa. It so happened we arrived on a Holiday so no stores were open. But Janus was kind enough to bring us some eggs, juice and Mac & Cheese. Once we got settled we walked down to the Soufriere Ocean front. We found one open restaurant. Gem Mwen- enjoyed 2 Pitons and a very cheesy pizza for E.C $45. We’re totally in love with the villa. The view is spectacular.
We got up this morning and headed to The Tet Paul Nature Trail. We heard it was beautiful but it really was breathtaking . We got a view of the Piton Mountains and also a panoramic view of the farmlands across the island. Our guide lisa was very knowledgeable and let us take our time to appreciate the view. After we took the car back to the villa and went by foot to Fedos. Both of us got the fish of the day (tuna) and fries. The staff was friendly the fish was okay. From there we decided to walk to the Botanical Gardens. It was pleasant. The variety of plants was impressive. You know it’s a botanical Gardens, haha. We had the falls to ourselves it was really nice to enjoy a moment together. Heads up- someone will be waiting for you at the exit to sell you beads. We then walked to town and stopped at Erolines for groceries and then headed back to the villa for the rest of the day. After so much waling we were very ready to relax by the pool.
We got up early and drove to Anse Chastanet. When we arrived at 8:00am, no one was there, really. Perfect time to snorkel. We rented snorkel gears for US$12 each for 1 hour. Swam around the roped-in portion, it was super cool. I tried to count all the different kinds of fish I saw but I couldn’t there were so many. After snorkeling we walked over to Anse Mamin and rented 2 chairs. Anse mamin was more peaceful and offered more space. 2 chairs were us$12 each, they were just chairs not under a cabana. Apparently to sit under a cabana was more but we chose 2 chairs and sat under the shade. It was perfect. Around 2 pm we walked back to Anse chastanet and ate at the restaurant there. It was really good and prices weren’t bad. After that we went back to the villa and chill. Th around dinner time we walk back to town. Walked by Orlandos and it looked pretty dead. We ended up at the Hummingbird beach resort and it was also not busy at all. We were sat right away. Hence we were still pretty full from lunch. We just got 2 cocktails. King fish fritters, a salad and finally chocolate rum cake with ice-cream, came to about $59.00. Food was good! Later that evening we both realized we’d gotten sun burns on our backs from snorkeling, we thought since it was so early in the morning we didn’t need sunscreen. Not the case. Lesson learned.
today we had planned on hiking the Gros Piton but we woke up to heavy rain outside, since it didn’t seem like it would stop we decided to try the hike tomorrow instead. Also apparently today and tomorrow was Carnival. There was a lot of loud music coming from town started like 6:00am. HAHA! We drove over to the Sulphur Springs to check it out. It was pretty cool. We just did the tour and skipped the mud baths. It smelled so bad. Our guide said rain actually makes the smell worse. Since it was raining so hard we gave up trying to do anything else and headed back to the villa. On the concrete road heading back to the villa I accidentally drove into one of the drains and got the car stuck. Woopps. We called Janus and he was there in minutes. He got some group to pull the car out. He told us it happens to everyone but I think he was just trying to makes us feel better. Haha! For dinner we went over to Boucan, our reservation was from 6:00pm which was perfect. We got to appreciate the gracious view before the sun set. Like others have said the food was amazing . I think the best thing we ate was the scallop appetizers, it wasn’t as expensive as I thought either.
today the weather was perfect again. So we went to Gros Piton. Got there about 8:00amPaid the us$50.00 each and set off with our guide. Definitely got extra water at the refreshment stand. You will sweat a lot. Get some Pitons to. I regretted not getting once we got to the top. Our guide wasn’t overly talkative but she was nice and didn’t rush us. We took plenty of time at each of the rest stops on the way, it was definitely gets hard right before you reach the halfway mark. You will climb 2 stone staircases. Heads up this is pretty much what the entire second half is like. In the end it was very rewarding and we’re glad we did it. We’re also very glad we didn’t do it in the rain. Honestly we think it would have sucked. We got back to the villa around midday and relaxed by the pool. For dinner we walked back to Hummingbird. On the way we got caught up in the carnival parade. It looked like lots of fun. Lots of people dancing in costumes (and one embarrassing drunk white guy. Ooff) Dinner was good again, this time we tried the enterees. The shrimp in coconut sauce was amazing. This was our last day, leaving tomorrow morning. Everything has been great. We’re sad to leave.
Thanks for everything Janus.
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