Today was our final stop, St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Technically American turf, St. Croix is a bit of an anomaly due to its rich history. At various times it was occupied by Spain, France, Britain, Denmark and even the Knights of Malta, each of which left their mark with place names, architecture and other reminders.
Driving on St. Croix is on the left, which confuses Americans who think they are "home", especially since most of the vehicles have the driver's seat on the left where we're used to it. We were told that the government tried to change it after the U.S. took over, but the residents couldn't get used to it and it caused too many accidents.
|St. George Village Botanical Garden|
The first was the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Located on a former sugar plantation, the garden is a rich oasis of plant and animal life, explained to us by a knowledgeable guide as we strolled around the grounds. Among the more curious finds were giant caterpillars who only feed on a particular type of tree, and a 15th-century Danish worker's grave.
|Lawaetz Family Museum|
Our guide for this tour was a transplanted New Yorker who moved to St. Croix several years ago with the intention of writing a novel, a work that is still in progress.
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