SABA - NETHERLAND ANTILLES

i just adore Saba as it is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean chain.  The entire settlement is nestled down inside of a very large crater so that from the windows one can only see mountains and not the sea - very unusual for the Caribbean.  I have visited Saba once before, a decade ago, and was not surprised to see that very little had changed.

 

Saba is famous for its lace making and I did buy a few handkerchiefs from a lacer who was out in the street selling her wares.  We struck up a conversation.  She not only told me the history of lace-making in the country, on which I will write an article, but also her back problems and how she needed the money from the handkerchiefs I bought for her doctor bills.

 

 

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WE ENJOYED A GREAT LUNCH AT SCOUTS PLACE AT THE TOP OF WINDWARD, THE HIGHEST VILLAGE.  I WAS AMUSED AT THE GIRL ADVERTISING DIVING (to the left) AS SABA IS A GREAT SPOT FOR DIVERS.  

 

I ALWAYS TRY TO VISIT CHURCHES AND CEMETARIES AS I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE WAYS PEOPLE WORSHIP AND BURY THEIR DEAD TELL YOU A LOT ABOUT A CULTURE.  SABA HAS 1100 PEOPLE AND NINE CHURCHES OF ALL DIFFERENT

FAITHS.  THEY ALSO HAVE AN EXCELLENT MEDICAL SCHOOL.

OUR DRIVER WINSTON BELOW WITH TOUR MATES DONNA MARIE AND ALICIA, WHO WERE FROM TRINIDAD.