13 January 2020

Black beaches

The Caribbean usually conjures up images of pristine beaches, crystal blue water and the even bluer skies. One does not think of volcanoes. But St. Kitts has a (dormant) volcano in Mt. Liamuiga (Mt. Misery). The effect of prior activity can be seen on the north east side of the island. The beaches are filled with volcanic rock and the sand itself is black in color from those rocks getting pounded by big waves for centuries.

13 January 2020

Brimstone Hill Fortress

This is an impressive large structure (the part you see here is only one portion) made on top of the hill. Dates back to the 17th century. Apparently, this fort has never been conquered except once when the French lay siege on the British soldiers here.

13 January 2020

“Last of the railways in the West Indies”

One of the lasting legacies of British Empire has been the railways they always built in their colonies. Even for a tiny island like St. Kitts, there is a railway that used to take sugarcane to the processing factories in Basseterre.

Now, I believe this is the only surviving railway that operates a train. Only for tourism purposes though. It is still narrow gauge!!