Friday, August 31, 2012

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life

These words by Charles Darwin speaks to my chaotic life at the moment. Sometimes taking a break from blogging and prioritizing what is important is necessary, specially when school and work is involved. Anyway, let's move from the boring stuff and get to more pictures from my recent travels.

When I travel, I tend to gravitate to my favorite things in the world, the 3 FAF: Art, food and fashion. So, when I was vacationing in St. Lucia and St. Kitts Islands, I discovered some of the most renowned artists and designers in the Caribbean, if not the world live there. In St. Lucia, we went to visit Eudovic's Art Studio, owned and operated by Internationally renowned master carver, Vincent Joseph Eudovic. His studio is a beautiful display of his wood carvings, I think I kept asking 20 different questions and taking a picture every second. Sadly, we did not get the chance to meet him in person, but we did speak with his son and few of his apprentices. Here are some of the pictures I took inside of the studio:

 Vincent Joseph Eudovic son, Jallim Eudovic.

Many of his sculptures represent the culture and gender nuance of present day Caribbean. So this picture to the left speaks to the burden of women carrying on what used to be traditional male responsibility, while the one to the right is about love and unity. Mr. Eudovic artistic carvings is very much about St. Lucia's culture, everyday life and history.

On the other hand, in St. Kitt's, we had way too many options with limited time. So, we decided to focus on certain places. One of those spots we had to visit was the Romney Manor, a 17th century former sugar estate that ones belonged to the great-great-great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. However, since 1964, its been the home of local designer, Caribelle Batik. She sells beautifully handmade batik wraps, dresses and paintings. If you are not into fashion and shopping, then its worth checking out the Romney Manor, just to tour the stunning architectural and landscape design of the surrounding gardens, guarded by a majestic 350 years old saman tree.

 there is a little shop, where you can watch how these colorful fabrics are made.
I so regret not buying the above dress.

Here are few snapshots of the surrounding garden.

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