Thursday's Child: Anse Chastanet Beach, Saint Lucia

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sometimes I have a complex reason for choosing a travel post to write about. Maybe I've read a poem that reminds me of a trip we've taken. Maybe a country is in the news because of politics or natural disaster, and I'm thinking about the people we met there. Some months I've chosen a theme (like places of worship, or museums) and written about four experiences we've had on that theme.

The motivation in choosing today's post was pretty straightforward. I had never even heard of the phrase "polar vortex" until a week or two ago, and now my life is defined by it.  When we visited our friends on Lake Simcoe last week, the thermometer read minus thirty two degrees. Earlier this week in Toronto, the wind chill hit minus forty degrees. I wore snow pants on my five minute walk to Pilates class. It is very cold.

All I wanted to do today was remember a time when I was warm. It's that simple. So, ladies and gentleman, welcome to the beach in St. Lucia. Wish I was there now.






24 comments:

allieksmith said...

Polar vortex. I wish I never heard of that word. It was -9*F here in Pittsburgh. I think that's the coldest weather I can ever remember. I wish I was at the beach right now, too! Especially Saint Lucia. Your photos are stunning!

Caroline Taylor said...

How pretty, you've got me needing a holiday!

Claire Davis said...

These pictures are glorious. I needed to see something warm today!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Oooh, I love Saint Lucia! I went a few years ago and absolutely adored it. It got crazy cold in Nashville, especially for our area - down to the single digits - and I would've loved to be on the sunny beaches of St. Lucia instead. =)

Deb said...

An old boss of mine has built a small resort there and now you post these photos...I must get there one day. In the meantime I will have to make do with exploring the South Pacific Islands until we are spending more time in Canada. It's crazy how inexpensive it is to go to places like Fiji and Samoa etc. Will definitely take advantage of my new location! I also find it very interesting that while you are experiencing a Polar Vortex, Southeast Queensland has just recorded the hottest summer in history! No matter what, I was destined to be in an extreme climate this month!!!

Beth said...

It sounds like you've been having an amazing time, Deb, and I'm envious of your warm weather! Enjoy the South Pacific, and I hope you blog about those trips.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for letting us dream of being warm. I'm always amazed at all the beautiful places you go to.

Julie said...

St. Lucia is on my list of places I want to go. Looks beautiful. Love those warm memories. We're off to create come of those warm beach memories in a couple of weeks. Have a great week.

Liz Berg said...

We had those -40ยบ windchills, too...the worst weather I can remember! A trip to St. Lucia sounds heavenly!! Keep warm, my friend!

Valerie Gamine said...

Beth, we experienced the same dreadful weather. There seemed to be no respite, not even indoors - I've never been so miserable...
Thank you for the warm, lush, happy photos! xo

Julia said...

What a beautiful place! Love the photo with a triangle-shaped mountain - it looks like a scene from Avatar! :)

Elzbieta Hester said...

A very warm post indeed. Here, at the Baltic Sea, we've had a warmest Winter since I can remember, some flowers are even blooming. Just watching on TV how you guys are freezing there...Stay warm! :) ela

bakewithjill.com said...

I wore snow pants to walk to the end of our driveway! It would be pretty fantastic to be sitting on a beach right now.

Jemi Fraser said...

Even if we're just imagining it's nice to visit somewhere warm! Our temps are up today - only at -5 I think. So nice!!!

Joanne said...

Oh how I wish I were there instead of here!

Jess said...

Yikes, so sorry about the freezing temperatures! If you decide to go back to Saint Lucia, can you mail me a ticket??? :)

Angie Schneider said...

Looks so pretty!

I Wilkerson said...

My youngest got two days off of school due to the cold but thankfully in a bit of a thaw (albeit brief)! You pictures are lovely--though it does look like a different planet right now!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I could use a beach at the moment, too! Although our weather has gotten warmer and much of the snow has melted. Great pictures! When I grow up I want to go to all the great places you've visited!

Sue said...

What a gorgous, "postcard perfect" place!

Sue said...

*gorgeous :)

grace said...

...and i was complaining about -18! you must be a tough cookie!
i had some friends just go to st lucia for a wedding and they haven't stopped talking about it since they returned. :)

Catherine said...

Dear Beth, It looks beautiful. Blessings, Catherine

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

So gorgeous, looks like postcards!

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