We were very happy to leave Marigot Bay and head south to Soufriere. Our last breakfast in Marigot lasted for 2 hours...not because we wanted to take our time either. So after waiting 2 hours for our breakfast we were glad to leave.
Dave (our original driver from the airport) was prompt in picking us up. He was absolutely wonderful and suggested we take a quick drive up to check out the capitol, Castries. Luckily it was a stunning, clear day and we were able to see the entire city.
Of course we had to take a few posed shots in front of the beautiful view.
After Castries Dave drove us south along the coast. We made a quick pit stop at Anse La Raye, a small fishing village. Anse La Raye hold a fish fry every Friday. They shut down the main street next to those green roofs and locals and tourists all come to enjoy the food, music, and dancing. Unfortunately our first Friday the fish fry was rained out, but we were able to make it the night before we left (pics in an upcoming post).
Dave was such an amazing driver that I had to get a picture of him and Andrew.
On the south mountain of Anse La Raye there's a 'snake man' who will let you take a picture with his snake if you give him a tip. Andrew went first and made it look so easy.
I, on the other hand, was a little more squeamish about holding the snake!
But I soon calmed down!
We said our goodbyes to the snake man - Dave kept his distance from the snakes - and we headed off. A little further down the road we stopped and bought some cassava bread. It's a local bread made out the cassava root. The bread has only minimal ingredients and is denser than a brick. We chose one plain and one chocolate to share. They were quite delicious. The closest thing I could relate to it would be eating coconut bread. The texture and the taste were pretty similar. (We ate our bread so quickly that I forgot to take a photo!)
The view from the cassava shop was quite incredible.
With full bellies we trekked on down the road and caught a glimpse of the pitons.
As we drove on we eventually came to the mountain to the north of Soufriere. Soufriere was the capitol of French occupied St. Lucia and remained the capitol until a fire wiped out most of the city.
Dave brought us through Soufriere and over to the other side, where we ended up at Ladera - our final resting spot. From the moment we arrived at Ladera we were treated like kings. We were greeted with a glass of Ladera punch (a delicious concoction that tastes incredible) and shown around the resort. We were then escorted to our room and we were met with this amazing view.
Ladera is known for only having 3 walls, with the fourth side open to the views.
After our guide left us we both geeked out a little and went straight for the fresh fruit plate!
Not having a fourth wall isn't for the squeamish. We had a few house guests over the course of the week we were there. This is Andrew's friend Burt (yes he had a friend names Ernie too)!