The islands are very close together and it did not take us more than an hour to get there from where we were… the anchorage in Charlotte Amalie Harbour (the main city … named after the Danish Queen of the time) was unexpectedly good! Well protected … in spite of the ferries and big cruise ships coming and going … it was actually very pleasant and being so big – it offered plenty of options! By the way … it was quite a surprise to learn that the Island once belonged to the Danish before America took it off them!
This is the first City like town we have seen in all the Caribbean! It is very built-up and huge – I mean enormous hotels and resorts. The main drag is aimed to take your money and they depend heavily on the Cruise Ships for business! The prices are great being a tax-free island (and many Americans only come for the shopping!) Camera’s and jewellery (diamonds and watches) are the main trades!
So the Captain had to get himself a new camera! At least I have now some hope to be on some of the pictures from now on! Lol! What worries me is the size of his extra lenses! It might reveal parts and places on me that I did not even know about! 😉 … and might cause arthritis in his shoulder
The architecture in Main street specifically have all their shops in the original old Danish infrastructure that was still left intact and has so much character and is quite beautiful! …
it is really charming to see all the old walls still in use for all the new shops and restaurants with the narrow alleyways and trellises and tiny balconies . There is an interesting looking Forte – it was shut unfortunately? – reminds us of the Old Forte in Cape Town! And then there is the famous Bluebeard Castle!… I remember that gruesome story from my early childhood days!
It was very rainy both the days we were there, with clear skies just at the right moments (for photography and taking groceries back to the boat!) But tell you what – when it rains the drops are as big as a drop bear and buckets full of it lasting for quite a while!
We (and our bank manager) would be glad to leave Charlotte Amalie behind – heading for the Spanish Virgin islands …. In contrast with St Thomas – with hardly any shops or infrastructure … will be great to go back to basics and nature again!
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