Brimstone Hill – 4

Extract from Julian’s Journeys Heading north from Brimstone Hill, the visitor next comes to the second largest town on St Kitts, Sandy Point, which was the focal point of the island’s tobacco trade and many of the old tobacco warehouses are still standing. Further along the coastal road is Rawlins Plantation, a great place forContinue reading “Brimstone Hill – 4”

Brimstone Hill – 3

Extract from Julian’s Journeys Nowadays visitors can discover for themselves how this ‘Gibraltar of the West Indies’ received its name. The Brimstone Hill Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors will notice the officer’s quarters pointing westwards, their outer façade being a series of arches. The officers were sheltered from the prevailing winds unlikeContinue reading “Brimstone Hill – 3”

Plum Brandy – 4

“Ja, Bonev gola,” he said holding up two fingers to indicate Bonev had scored twice. A feeling began to creep over me that he might be right. I drank the clear liquid quite slowly this time. It was slivovitz. It was strong. I then thought about English teams playing against Bulgarians and remembered: Liverpool 5Continue reading “Plum Brandy – 4”

Lake Bled – 6

When I had taken my picture of the bell-tower, to the accompaniment of more failed wishes, I walked over to the church and went inside. The Hungarians were pulling on the rope together. They tried twice and managed to make the bell toll twice, but then decided they had had enough. My travelling companion thenContinue reading “Lake Bled – 6”

Brimstone Hill – 2

In 1628 St Kitts was divided between the British and the French with the two nations sharing the South East peninsula and its salt ponds. In 1629 a large Spanish fleet captured the island and deported the British and French settlers to their respective countries. However, the settlers soon returned and re-established their colonies. DuringContinue reading “Brimstone Hill – 2”

Plum Brandy – 3

The man with the cap was sitting at a small table, with a pen and paper lying on it. The table was under a plum tree. He patted the seat next to him. I sat obediently. He poured some liquid from his bottle into two medium-sized glasses. “Bulgaria,” he said pointing at himself and swallowedContinue reading “Plum Brandy – 3”

Lake Bled – 5

After half-an-hour of fairly vigorous oarsmanship, we landed on the island. One other boat was leaving as we arrived, so we had the island and the bell all to ourselves. We walked up the stairway, built in the 17th Century, past the Chaplain’s House and the Provost’s House towards the 14th century Baroque church andContinue reading “Lake Bled – 5”

Brimstone Hill, St Kitts – 1

The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis is a long name for the smallest country in the Americas both in size and population. Although it’s small in stature St Kitts and Nevis was forged by some mighty historical factors: Empire-building, the horrors of slavery, the burgeoning sugar cane industry, and the American War of Independence.Continue reading “Brimstone Hill, St Kitts – 1”

Plum Brandy – 2

The door opened and a lady of around fifty-five appeared, patting down her graying hair, as though I had arrived ten seconds too early. She gave a slight curtsy and beckoned me in very trustingly. “Yullian?” she said. “That is me,” I said, “Julian.” “Me Yulchka,” she said, “Your room there,” and pointed down theContinue reading “Plum Brandy – 2”