Today was a great day in St. Vincent….. We arrived earlier than scheduled by about 1 ½ hours which gave us a bit more time to enjoy the day. Today was the celebration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Independence. Brad, Leslie & I headed out as soon as the ship was cleared and we hooked up with a driver named Allan. Our first stop was the Independence Day Parade in Kingstown. It was a very festive affair with most of the island people wearing the flag’s colors. After watching the parade for a while we headed for the Botanical Gardens, said to be the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1763. The grounds were well maintained and very lovely. I would have like a few more flowers but hey, they didn’t ask me. Next we went up to Fort Charlotte which was built in 1806. It certainly wasn’t as impressive as Brimstone Hill Fortress that we saw yesterday but nice nonetheless. The views from here were fabulous…. We then ventured back toward town and continued past it toward the Mesopotamia Valley which is known for growing an abundance of produce. St. Vincent is always a great place to visit… this is one of the most lush islands that you will find. The people are wonderful and of course the fact that today was nice and hot and sunny helped…. WE got back to the ship around 1:00 and it was straight to the pool for me. Tomorrow we arrive early in Bridgetown, Barbados…. I am so predictable, it is straight away to the Boatyard for me. Great beach!