Diamond Botanical Gardens,Waterfall...in Soufrière

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Etlinger elatior(Pink Torch Ginger)
The Soufrière Estate,a former sugar plantation dating from 1713 when given to the Devaux brothers by King Louis XIV of France is located  about fifteen-minutes walk from the town square in a natural gorge that begins at the Soufrière volcano sulphur springs.
There are beautiful tropical gardens(in particular ginger specimens) planted thirty years ago(with signs all over about every plant),a small waterfall featured in Superman II,an ancient trail once used to transport harvested coconuts,a restaurant in an old sugar mill  and a waterwheel built in 1765 originally used to crush the sugar cane and that has generated the first electricity of Soufrière.
The Mineral Baths built in 1784 for the troops of King Louis XVI of France have the same properties as the baths in the French Aix-les-Bains or Aachen in Germany.Recently restored and open to  the visitors,they may have therapeutic effects in chronic rheumatism and respiratory complaints.
entrance fee:around 20 EC$
open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
        Sunday:10am-3pm
tel: 758/459-7565
www.diamondstlucia.com

nice place to stroll but bring some bug spray!

sylviandavid says:
Bugs seem to like tropics...
Posted on: Jun 20, 2010
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Etlinger elatior(Pink Torch Ginger)
Etlinger elatior(Pink Torch Ginger)
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon
Chenille Plant(Red Hot Cat Tail)
Chenille Plant(Red Hot Cat Tail)
Ixora
Ixora
Bois Bandé,a famous Carribean Aph…
Bois Bandé,a famous Carribean Ap…
Pandanus
Pandanus
cashew,Anacardium occidentale
cashew,Anacardium occidentale
my fav plant!(it was hot!)
my fav plant!(it was hot!)
Soufriere
photo by: bernard69