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ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES






WELCOME TO ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES!!!
St Vincent - the main population centre - is mountainous and lush. Rainforests thrive in the interior and La Soufrie, an active volcano, dominates the north.
Of the many islands and cays that make up the Grenadines, Mustique, Palm Island and Union Island are haunts of the rich and famous - offering yachting, diving and fine beaches.



HI, I AM KATIE FROM GUYANA.I AM FOURTEEN YEARS OLD.THIS IS MY BLOG ON ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES.


St.Vincent and the Grenadines
Motto:"Pax et justitia"(Latin)
"Peace and justice"


Map of St.Vincent and the Grenadines


Coat of Arms


Full name: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Population: 121,000 (UN, 2005)
Capital and largest city: Kingstown
Area: 389 sq km (150 sq miles)
Major languages: English
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 East Caribbean dollar = 100 cents
Main exports: Bananas, arrowroot (starch), nutmeg, mace, coconuts
Anthem:St.Vincent Land So Beautiful
St. Vincent, Land so Beautiful is the national anthem of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The song was first officially used in 1967, and was adopted as the national anthem at the same time as independence in 1979. The lyrics were written by Mrs. Phyllis Punnett.

The lyrics to St. Vincent, Land so Beautiful are as follows:

Verse I:

Saint Vincent, land so beautiful,

With joyful hearts we pledge to thee.

Our loyalty and love and vow to keep you ever free.

Chorus:

Whate'er the future brings.

Our faith will see us through.

May peace reign from shore to shore,

And God bless and keep us true.

Verse II:

Hairoun, our fair and blessed isle

Your mountains high, so clear and green

Are home to me, though I may stray

A haven calm serene

Verse III:

Our little sister islands are,

Those gems, the lovely Grenadines.

Upon their seas and golden sands,

The sunshine ever beams.



ARROWROOT


Arrowroot is cultivated on the island of St. Vincent.

Arrowroot Starch
True arrowroot is a marantha root that is specifically cultivated on the island of St. Vincent. The roots are dried and ground into a fine powder so they can be used as a thickening agent for sauces, pudding, pie fillings and gravies.

Arrowroot is tasteless and becomes clear when cooked. Unlike cornstarch, it doesnít have a chalky taste when undercooked.


The National Flower of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Soufriere Tree.



THE NATIONAL BIRD IS THE ST.VINCENT PARROT.


FOODS

The National Dish of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is roasted breadfruit and Jack fish.
CALLALOU SOUP
SOUSE(PICKLED MEAT OR SEAFOOD)
RED SNAPPER
KINGFISH
LAMBI(CONCH)





ANNUAL CARNIVAL
Central Carketplace






Kingstown Market


A bustling, vibrant market carrying a superb selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Particularly well stocked on Fridays and Saturdays. Local arts and crafts are frequently displayed in the courtyard.


Ferry to Bequia from Kingstown, Saint Vincent




Bequia harbor

THE LARGEST OF THE GRENADINES INCLUDE BEQUIA,CANOUAN,MUSTIQUE,MAYREAU,AND UNION.


VIEW OF THE ISLAND OF BEQUIA


View of the city



Fort Charlotte

On Berkshire Hill, just west of town, and over 600 feet above the bay, is Fort Charlotte. Named after King George IIIís wife, the fortification was constructed in 1806. In its heyday, it supported 600 troops and 34 guns. Some of the old barracks now house a museum with the colourful history of the Black Caribs depicted on its walls.


The Leeward (west) coast of St. Vincent leads to many interesting sights. A visit to the Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, is a favourite stop for both visitors and locals. Here, rare and exotic flowers, plants and trees abound.



bank corner



Hamilton Fort


Guarding the harbour at the opposite end of Admiralty Bay and offering stunning vistas, is the site of Hamilton Fort, built in the late 18th century.
The French and English canons which mark the site were retrieved from the waters surrounding Bequia.






Fort Duvernette

Alongside Young Island, this fort (built in 1800) is situated 195 feet above the sea and was originally intended to defend the anchorage at Calliaqua Bay. Transportation to the fort can be arranged with the ferry at the dock on Villa Beach.


Sporting activities are centered around the water. Visitors can choose from deep-sea fishing, sailing excursions, windsurfing, water-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and beachcombing.


BEAUTIFUL ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES!!




a steel drum band




Historical Churches of St. Vincent
Kingstown Methodist Church
Sparkling coloured glass in its windows and a massive intricately detailed pipe organ in the choir balcony opposite the altar accent the brightly coloured.

St. Georgeís Anglican Cathedral
Built in the early 1800s in the Georgian architectural style it features spectacular stained-glass windows, one of which was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria to hang in Londonís St. Paulís Cathedral. Eventually the window found its way to Kingstown as a gift to the bishop.

St. Maryís Catholic Cathedral
Built in 1823, and rebuilt most recently in the 1930s by a Flemish monk, the cathedral displays an amazing mixture of styles, including Moorish, Romanesque, and Georgian, all fashioned out of dark volcanic-sand bricks.

Arts and Crafts

Most of St. Vincent's arts and crafts are displayed at the National Exhibition (in December), the Christmas and Carnival Arts and Crafts Fairs and special events at the Cruise Ship Berth in Kingstown. At such showcases for the island's cottage industries and artists' studios discover an eclectic array of beauty, function and whimsy, from oil paintings and conch shell galleons to egg shell mosaics and coconut helicopters.


Young Island is an appealing private resort lying just beyond the shores of St. Vincent.


MAYREAU


UNION ISLAND


SOUFRIERE VOLCANO
Soufriere of the island of St. Vincent is about 180 miles (300 km) south of the volcano with the same name on Guadeloupe. However, Soufriere on St. Vincent is a far more dangerous volcano. Soufriere St. Vincent is the northernmost and youngest volcano on St. Vincent Island. It is a stratovolcano with a crater lake. Violent eruption occurred in 1718, 1812, and 1902. The 1902 eruption killed 1,600 people.


BALEINE FALLS


Activities
Diving


The five cays are uninhabited and is a National Park protected by the government in an effort to ensure that the Tobago Cays continue to offer an unrivaled marine experience in its spectacularly clear turquoise waters and shallow reefs.

Since primeval times, St. Vincent has been blessed with lush mountains, volcanic-rich soil and unspoiled landscapes of brilliant flora and beautiful crystal clear waters. Add to this the idyllic islands and deserted cays of the Grenadines, and the entire country emerges as a prime eco-playground.

Thereís something here for one and all Ė from sailing and dolphin-watching, to hiking the nature trails and swimming in waterfalls. You can climb to the top of a volcano, or explore the fascinating underwater gardens surrounding this pristine archipelago.


PEOPLE ON THE ROAD CARRYING OUT THEIR DAILY ACTIVITIES.


There is no question that the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer one of the most unique destinations in the world.St. Vincent, referred to as the mainland, as well as the Islands of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau and Palm Island offer accommodation ranging from small family-owned guests houses, self-catering apartments to all inclusive resorts and luxurious villas.

Added to this, itís a yatchmanís paradise with some of the best sailing conditions in the Caribbean.



Wallilabou Bay


This picturesque bay is a good diving spot and reliable line handlers are available to help secure yachts.
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