Lunch at the Pitons

After our visit to the volcano, we headed for lunch high up in the mountains at the Dasheene Restaurant, part of the world famous resort, Ladera, voted “The Best Hotel in the World” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The hotel and restaurant overlook the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea beyond, a view that takes your breath away. Getting up to the restaurant was a bit of a challenge for Joy as it required climbing a set of stone stairs with no handrail, and the steps were damp and covered with moss. The climb was certainly worth the effort, and lunch here was a most rewarding experiences. You can find some stunning photos of this resort on the web.

Lunch at Ladera
Lunch at Ladera

Sitting in relaxing armchairs right at the edge of the patio, we look out over the steep drop to the town and harbor below. We almost felt as if we were hanging out in our own home. Our waitress was extremely pleasant, and she never intruded without invitation. She was pleased though, to talk with us about our visit to St Lucia and our other cruising adventures. We could easily have spent the rest of the afternoon here, but too many other places beckoned, and we wanted to take in as much as possible.
The Pitons
The Pitons

Driving back towards the marina, we stopped several times for photos and for a bit of fresh air as the ride in our little torture machine was getting to us. Kind of like getting whipped around on a circus ride for hours on end. We vowed to never rent this small a car again. 
Driving on the Left
Driving on the Left

 Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that driving is on the left making negotiating the sharp curves even more of a thrill. Joy just loved having her door scrape the bushes as we hugged the edge of the road to avoid big trucks like the one coming our way. 

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