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TT: What’s your favourite thing about the is­land so far? Yvonne: I love the homey feel of it all. It feels like home al­ready, you see peo­ple hang­ing laun­dry on the lines out­side, just like my mom did when I was lit­tle. All the houses are lovely and well kept, chil­dren play­ing out­side, it just feels like you’re vis­it­ing some­one’s home and that’s a lovely thing to do.

TT: Is this you first time to the Caribbean? Yvonne: I’ve been to Ja­maica and Ber­muda also vis­it­ing my friend. She changes coun­tries with her job ev­ery two years and I’m lucky enough to go visit her ev­ery time she goes to another coun­try so I feel quite blessed. Ja­maica was a lit­tle more dan­ger­ous; I didn’t feel nearly as se­cure as I do here.

TT: So you feel safe in Saint Lu­cia? Yvonne: Ev­ery­one I’ve spo­ken to has smiled back at me and that’s in­cred­i­bly kind. I like this rus­tic feel in St Lu­cia, it feels more like home.

TT: Will you come­back for a sec­ond visit? Yvonne: Oh yeah, it’s beau­ti­ful. My friend said prob­a­bly Jan­uary would be the best time to come. That would be ideal for Cana­di­ans, Christ­mas is over and we can re­lax.

Yvonne From CANADA Yvonne was shop­ping for sou­venirs at the Castries Mar­ket. Gu­drun and Rainer

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TT: What brings you to St Lu­cia? Gu­drun: We came here on a Caribbean cruise, we just came from St Vincent and now we’re head­ing to St Kitts. It’s a great feel­ing to take in a lit­tle bit of what all the dif­fer­ent is­lands have to of­fer; they’re all very unique. The Caribbean is won­der­ful. It’s our first time here.

TT: How’s your visit to Saint Lu­cia so far? Rainer: I think Saint Lu­cia is a very nice is­land. We spent the day here and now we’re about to head back to the cruise ship. We had a re­ally good time and it was beau­ti­ful.

TT: What do you like about the is­land? Gu­drun: We took the time to visit Soufriere to­day. We took a trip to the drive-in vol­cano, which was amaz­ing, and the Sul­phur Springs and that was very good. We also spend some time ex­plor­ing Castries, meet­ing the peo­ple and found that it was very friendly and en­joy­able.

Gu­drun and Rainer stopped off in Saint Lu­cia on a cruise. Alis­dair and Gill from Eng­land live on their yacht Star Charger IV, and were vis­it­ing Saint Lu­cia for sev­eral weeks when TT caught up with them.

TT: Life on the ocean wave – how great! What brings you to the is­lands? Alis­dair: We just com­mis­sioned the boat last year, and sailed across the At­lantic in Fe­bru­ary to Bar­ba­dos where we took part in the round is­land yacht race. After that we sailed to Saint Lu­cia and have been spend­ing some time en­joy­ing the is­land.

TT: What has your ex­pe­ri­ence been like? Gill: Well it’s so beau­ti­ful – ap­proach­ing the south of the is­land by yacht is an amaz­ing way to see it for the first time. We were blown away by the colour of the sea, es­pe­cially ar­riv­ing off the coast of La­borie and Choiseul – it’s ab­so­lutely turquoise.

Alis­dair and Gill From ENG­LAND

Alis­dair: We’ve been re­ally happy with the help we’ve re­ceived from the lo­cal fish­er­men and boat­ing guys who help find us se­cure dock­ing when we visit dif­fer­ent spots, and so far we’ve felt re­ally wel­come.

TT: Any favourite spots in Saint Lu­cia? Alis­dair: Oh, def­i­nitely Jambe De Bois at Pi­geon Is­land! Awe­some spot, beau­ti­ful view of the north­ern coast, friendly staff who re­mem­bered us after day one, su­perb rum punch (which they also re­mem­bered!), the food is very nice and rea­son­ably priced. It’s our favourite place for a sun­downer ev­ery day.

Vis­i­tors to Saint Lu­cia find plea­sure in the sim­ple things, like re­lax­ing at the beach, near the pool or tak­ing in a lit­tle shop­ping. TT caught up with some new is­landers who were out and about ex­plor­ing

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