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Castilia, St Lucia
December 18, 2008
Pete's Pics > Castilia, St Lucia
 
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A hangover from Imperial days - General Post Office was the original moniker for the British post office and obviously permeated the Empire. With no formal street address systems in Saint Lucia, a lot of mail ends up being held at the GPO


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The First Caribbean International Bank - another enterprise stressed by Allan Stanford's shenanigans


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Ministry of Justice building housing the Police & Allied Workers Credit Union


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Oh that our city fathers were so frugal


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This awesome tree provides shade to a large part of Derek Walcott Square


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Castries Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated its centenary in 1999


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Another good looking interior although the wooden structure takes some getting used to


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A side chapel


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The decor overall is pretty upbeat and colorful. The mural is by St. Lucian artist Dunstan St. Omer


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Back in the real world, the Parish Centre, that provides support for parishioners, looked in need of some help itself


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Methodists are also represented, although perhaps not in such numbers as Catholics


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Construction, new or refurbishment, is approached quite casually. No warning signs or traffic pylons to protect the scaffolding or the workers


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A street in the business district all decked out for Christmas


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Anywhere that tourists were likely to pass was festooned with merchandise and lined with hopeful vendors


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This upscale vendor even had Obama tee-shirts for sale


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It seems a worldwide trait in small towns - to be successful, beauty parlors are in rundown, scruffy buildings in a poor part of town


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This shack is the Golden Touch Beauty Salon and the lady in yellow unleashed a torrent of abuse and moved into attack position when she saw us taking pictures. Is that a chicken's foot in her hand...


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Plenty of opportunities again for turned ankles, broken legs etc. Imagine, people being responsible for their own wellbeing instead of suing the city - how backward!


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What! No handrail, no wheelchair access, no warning sign, no zebra crossing and no traffic light - it's a wonder anyone is still alive


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Back at the quay, we began to feel like poor relations. We had been tendered in on one of the little red boats at bottom left. Meanwhile, these other two cruise ships were docked. Pretty cheesy if you ask me
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