We arrived at the capital city of Charlotte Amalie just in time for a downpour. Charlotte Amalie is also the largest historical town in the United States and there has been a debate regarding the correct pronunciation of its name, which was originally Charlotte Amalia. Due to error in historical documents the spelling was changed to an e. But the official and original pronunciation is Charlotte "Amalya".
The town is full of nice old historical colorful buildings and the lower levels of these buildings have been converted to shops. Like any port cities, this is a great shopping destination. This is where we split with out travel buddies. They had some serious shopping to do - jewelry shopping and we were into some serious browsing. And since the rain was not letting up, the only thing we could do was duck into stores and browse.
Not into jewelry, we found a "general store" kind of shop and looked around at the many souvenirs on display. The shop has a sizeable wine and spirits section and they offered us to sample some fine only in US Virgin Islands flavored rums. I am a wine lover and have not developed the taste for rums and other liquors. Until this time. I fell in love with two flavored rums that I bought a bottle of each. Later on when we met up with the friends, we got them to try these out and they too had to buy two bottles of each. They were good.
When the rain relented, the opportunity to explore this area on foot arose. We walked around a bit, entering narrow alleys and even had the chance to simply sit under a tree and watch life go about.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY