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April 9 - ST. BARTS/GUSTAVIA, FRENCH WEST INDIES

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Palm Sunday 9am service in St. Bartholomew's Anglican Episcopal Church (with history dating back to the 1850's)

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We made it in time for most of the service after taking the ship's first tender to shore.

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The safe harbor is attractive to luxury yachters.

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Stairs to one of the four forts built during the Swedish period. Yup, Sweden owned St. Bart's for almost 100 years starting in 1784.

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Great location for the City Hall!

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World War I memorial

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A modern sundial

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Hitching a ride

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Gustavia is small, with a population of 2,300 people of French, British and Swedish descent.

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More "art" - it's a pogo stick!

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St. Bart's was the first and only Swedish colony in the West Indies. Swedish street names are preserved, though no one uses them.

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Shell Beach - within walking distance from the tender pier

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The Swedish bell tower (now a clock tower) is the oldest building in town.

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A look out the window of the tender as we return to our ship to lead the afternoon Palm Sunday service.

Posted by Swenigale 12:05 Archived in Saint Barthélemy

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