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Most countries in the world are named after tribes. However, about 25 countries owe their names to saints, mythical heroes or significant people from their past. And, among them, only one country was "sponsored" by a woman!
Saint Lucia, sometimes called Santa Lucia, is a small island nation in the Caribbean, in Central America. It is located on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers an area of 617 km2 and is home to just over 165,000 inhabitants.
It was a British colony, and gained independence on February 22, 1979. Today she is a member of the British Commonwealth and Francophonie.
This country was named after a Roman Catholic saint - Saint Lucia of Syracuse, and there is an interesting legend about how it came about. Namely, before the arrival of the Europeans, the local tribes that inhabited the island called their country Jouanalao.
And then came the Europeans - the French. According to tradition, that happened on December 13, when, according to the Gregorian calendar, the feast of St. Lucia is celebrated.
Namely, it was about shipwrecked people floating in the ocean with no hope of salvation when, on December 13, 1502, they finally saw the land. They attributed their rescue from the clutches of certain death in the depths of the sea to the saint and named the land on which they landed after her.
The island first fell under French rule, but the British soon arrived. The two countries have clashed over Santa Lucia as many as 14 times. The British finally prevailed in 1814 and held the island under their rule for the next 165 years.
However, the name remained, and in the meantime, December 13 was turned into the most important national holiday on the island, and that is how it is still celebrated today.
Although the Caribbean is full of challenging honeymoon destinations, Santa Lucia is probably one of the most beautiful islands. Not only are there countless white sandy beaches, but also those covered with black volcanic sand in the south.
There are also beautiful green mountains - the most famous of which are the two recognizable peaks of Gross Python and Petit Python. Like nearby Martinique and Dominica, Santa Lucia is a reflection of the old Caribbean where movie stars and royal families came to relax and have fun in relative anonymity.
Most of these resorts are located around two capitals on the island, both of which are located on the west coast: the capital Castries which has a rich nightlife and interesting restaurants, bars and shopping malls; and Soufriere, a sleepy seaside town considered "true Santa Lucia."
So a honeymoon on that island can be a somewhat more intimate and peaceful experience than it would be on some other Caribbean islands. It also offers a number of interesting activities.
Thanks to the warm waters, visitors can enjoy water sports, and the coral reefs offer excellent conditions for diving and underwater photography.
Santa Lucia is also widely known for its good restaurants that combine very specific elements of French and Creole cuisine into unique dishes such as callaloo and special stew.
The mountains add a whole new dimension to the honeymoon in Santa Lucia. In addition to having good hiking trails and breathtaking beauty, romantic rides are organized on them.
Although the narrow paths, sharp turns and dramatic abysses evoke fear, the spectacular view of the panorama of Santa Lucia makes up for it all.
Seven times British, seven times French. "
The history of that island can be reduced to the saying of the local population: "Seven times British, seven times French".
However, although the British were the last in power, the French definitely had a stronger influence: many of the cities and waterways have French names - Anse Chastanet and Anse La Raye - where “anse” means “bay”.
Although the locals speak English with a Caribbean accent, they also have their own dialect of French.
One of the most popular places to visit in Santa Lucia, Diamond Botanical Gardens has stone planters under the plateau that Louis XVI built for soldiers to wash at the source of the "water of youth".
The name Lucia is of Latin origin, derived from the Latin word lux which means light. As the meaning of the name suggests, Lucia sounds bright and friendly, worldly and intelligent, poetic and melodic. The right choice for every happy girl.
Lucia is the protector of the blind and she is a symbol for the “path of light”. Born in the late 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, she converted to Christianity and rejected her pagan fiancé. Rejected and furious, he will seek her execution. When the guards came to take her to the execution, at first they could not move her body because it was so heavy and filled with the Holy Spirit. Nor did they manage to burn it. Finally, frustrated guards dug out her eyes. It is therefore considered the protector of the eyes and sight.
St. Lucy is celebrated on December 13th. It is customary to monitor and record the 12 days from Lucia to Christmas. Folklore says there will be such a weather in each of the 12 months of next year.
The name Lucjia is cosmopolitan and is widely used in Europe - especially in Italy and Spain, but also in the United States for more than a century. In Spain, the name Lucia is an absolute hit and is in a convincing first place.
At the end there is another wonderful song and a wonderful video about the state of Saint Lucia