Island # 4-They saved the best for last
Jun 21, 2005
Jul 03, 2005
This ended up being our favorite of all the stops. It's a small island who's population has gone from 3,500 to 750 in the last few years due to emmigration of it's young people, mostly to Australia(go figure). That has made the island a very sleepy one, where the sun and flowers reign supreme, instead of tourist shops. We saw our favorite ruins in the form of a castle that is being reconstruted in a way that retains its original feel. The castle was not so much a fortress as a place for the natives to seek protection from the pirates. The former capital city was sacked and burned to the ground by Barabosa in the 1500s. CG finally got to swim in the Mediterranian. The sun was a bit too harsh for me so I took a time out back on ship. Too much togetherness can be a dangerous thing. We had dinner with some lovely people who were university administrators.