I arrived on the cruise ship, which docked at the Pointe Seraphine in Castries, St. Lucia, and was optimistic of what I will see when touring the town. After I left the ship, I soon realized that although, Castries is the largest town on the island of St. Lucia, there were not many tourist attractions to see.
On the self-guided walking tour, I saw government and municipal offices, small supermarkets, a mall and a few duty free stores. There were landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Derek Walcott Square where I bought tamarind stew from a local vendor who was selling pastries on the side of the street.
The restaurants offered a wide array of dishes ranging from Chinese and Thai to curry chicken roti that filled the air with its tantalizing aroma. Since I was not hungry, I ordered a delicious coconut smoothie made with fresh coconut juice and then continued on my tour.
One of the highlights of my trip was walking through the Castries Market. Inside the market there was countless vendors selling a variety of men and women clothing, locally made arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, blended juices and much more. After touring for a while, I was about to leave when I met a little Lady by the name of Agatha Winifred.
Winifred is a vendor who sold fresh chocolate and cinnamon grown from the soil of St. Lucia. She was friendly and kind and explained all of the seasonings and spices that were neatly organized at her station. After her presentation, Winifred spoke about the beauty of the beaches and her peaceful drive through the hillsides from Castries to her small quiet cottage that she inherited from her parents. She loved her job because she enjoyed meeting new people on a daily basis. Meeting Agatha Winifred was one of the best parts of my trip!
Eventually, I thanked Winifred for her time, bought two cylinders of fresh cocoa and headed back to the cruise ship!
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