Independence Day for St. Lucia is Today

Independence Day for St. Lucia – February 22


Nautical Jigsaw Puzzle
The Pitons of St. Lucia

It’s Independence Day for St. Lucia, that beautiful southern Caribbean island nation where you’ll find the twin peaks of the famous Pitons rising out of the sea.  See images of the Pitons, and other Pictures of St. Lucia today as you mentally send your best wishes for a Happy Birthday to the warm and wonderful people there.

It was on February 22, 1979, the very first Independence Day for St. Lucia, that the Caribbean nation finally came into its own, becoming an independent state of The Commonwealth of Nations.   

This popular cruise destination has a lot to offer, from tropical beaches to the pitons, to a rain forest, to a drive in volcano

If you’ve not been there, you should put St. Lucia on your list of places to visit.  Until then, I hope the two lenses mentioned here will serve to give you some of the tropical flavor of this fascinating place. 



Independence Day in Barbados is November 30

Independence Day in Barbados is November 30

Next Wednesday is Independence Day in Barbados, one of my favorite places in the Caribbean.  The island nation gained its independence on November 30, 1966.  So that will make the independent state and commonwealth realm 45 years old in just another week.

Barbados Coastline Scene
Palm Tree Postcard Barbados



If you’ve not been there, why not celebrate Independence Day in Barbados by taking a few minutes to find out a little about it, and see some wonderful Pictures of Barbados on this lens?  You’ll see some wonderful photos, pictures and designs featuring scenes from Barbados, and find out some interesting facts, too.

What a beautiful place Barbados is.  And in more ways than one, too.  The people are warm and welcoming, and totally proud of the place they live.  And well they should be.  The climate is ideal (unless you love things like blizzards, of course) the beaches are fine, and the diving and snokeling outstanding.

Here’s something you may not know about Barbados:  According to UNESCO, the literacy rate there is higher than that of some of the greatest nations on earth, including the United States.  When we were there, we saw groups of school children on their way to school, all wearing their freshly pressed school uniforms,  They seemed happy to be making their way to class.  Wonder what secret Barbados has discovered about keeping school kids engaged?  Must find out!

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Nautical Tote Bags, Custom Cruise Bags, and Other Travel Bags

Nautical Tote Bags, and Custom Cruise Bags

Nautical Tote Bag
Anchors Aweigh Personalized Tote Bag

 The Nautical Tote Bags and custom cruise bags shown on this new lens – Nautical Tote Bags and Cruise Travel Bags  –   provide you with great gift-giving options for your sea-loving friemds and family members for birthdays, holidays and other occasions.   Many people love nautical themes, and there’s surely someone like that in your close circle.  A nautical tote bag in a size and style suitable for their favorite activity is sure to be a hit.

Canvas totes are among the most versatile of bags, and they come in a near unlimited array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles.  smaller ones can be used as handbags, will larger ones make perfect beach bags.  I like to tuck an extra canvas tote into my luggage when I cruise to use as a shopper for port days, or to carry my beach and snorkel supplies when I am ready to plunge into the beautiful Caribbean water. Larger nautical tote bags are just perfect for both!


If you’re planning yuor first cruise, I also have several  simple cruise packing tips for you that will help you out most especially on the first day when you board your ship, and on the last full day when you attack the sad task of packing to leave the ship.

And, don’t forget that, if you’re cruising, WalMart is NOT just around the corner when you are at sea, so be sure to check out the expandable luggage and  handy travel accessories Ive included, too.


This is the fourth in a series of lenses showcasing various items with nautical themes.  All of these items are perfect for your next cruise, but also make great gifts for anyone who loves cruising, beachcombing, the sea, boating, or anything nautical.  The other three lenses in this series (so far) are:

Nautical Ties and Mens Cruise Wear Accessories

Nautical Jewelry and Sea Life Jewelry

Nautical Cruise Wear for Kids



Make Your Own Luggage Tags

Make Your Own Luggage Tags

Make your own unique luggage tags
Make your own luggage tags

If you make your own luggage tags, you can dress your bags to match your personality.  Not only that, but on those crowded airport luggage carousels or cruise terminal luggage retrieval areas, you’ll have a neat way to quickly identify your bags. 

Let’s fact it – the ‘trick’ of tying a pice of red yarn or an orange pom-pom arond the handle is a pretty tired idea.  Everyone does it.  Yep, there very well could be another black bag with a piece of red yarn tied on it.  The chances of that happening are pretty good. So, why not make your own luggage tags?

Set yours apart in a way that is more distinctiely YOU –   Make your own luggage tags!

There are quite a few ways to do this.  One involves sewing, and there’s a nifty how-to video with easy to follow instructions to make your own luggage tags on my Luggage Tags by You lens. 

But, if you would rather find a simpler way, on this lens, I show you two other easy methods that don’t involve any sewing at all!  And then, you could always buy a ready made that suits your own special style or interests.  It’s up to you.


Food on Cruise Ships – If Like Food, You’ll Love Cruising

Many Passengers Focus on the Food on Cruise Ships

To say there’s a lot of food on cruise ships is an understatement.  Depending the size of your ship, and the cruse line, you’ll foat  the main dining room (at least one), the buffet, alternative restaurants, snack bars, ice cream stands, casual lunch spots, pastry counters, and even strolling waiters with trays of hors d’oeuvres.  And then, thre’s room service, too.

Food on cruise ships
In a cruise ship's alternative restaurant

It’s no wonder that, when a non-cruiser askes a cruiser what it’s like to take a cruise, one of the things mentioned is inevitably the food on cruise ships.  And, it usually gets more than just a mention. 

It’s safe to say that, for many passengers, food on cruise ships is honestly a focal point.  M husband and I have truly been fortunate, in that we have been on our share of cruises.  And I can honestly say that, for him, anyway, the food is one of his ghreated pleasures when he is on board a ship.   He takes full advantage of the opportunityes to sample ldirrerent things, and especially enjoys the wonderful sugar-free deserts. 

Me, not so much.  I’be even been known to skip a meal or two during a week long cruise just as I would do during a week at home.  I just don’t share his fascination with food and eating.  I’m just eager to get away from home, smell the sea air, and plunge in to the ruisay waters of the Caribbean for a swim or  a little snorkeling. 

And, that, for me, is one of the beauties of cruising.  There’s something for everyone – foodies and non-foodies included.  And everyone is free to enjoy their time on board in exactly the way they want. 

I sure am looking forward to our next week at sea!