ll October - December 2008 lime 51 St Vincent l27 Botanic Gardens, Kingstown The story of the mutiny on the Bounty is famous, but less well known is that six years later Captain Bligh actually made it, in the Providence, with 400 breadfruit trees for the gardens in St Vincent. You will see many other species too – cannonball trees, the velcro tree, lipstick palms and spices such as cinnamon, citronella and clove. l28 The Soufriere, St Vincent The Eastern Caribbean is a line of active volcanoes, which blow once a century or so. Several can be climbed, but the Soufriere in the north of St Vincent is very special. You start in coconut plantations and pass into rainforest, then into cloudforest, with stunted trees before reaching the lip of the crater, for a magnificent view. A walk through the Andromeda Gardens, Barbados, run by the National Botanic Trust Kathy- Lynn Ward Gardens in St Vincent ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURE
travel 52 lime October - December 2008 Trinidad l29 Night Mas, Port of Spain Carnival may be famous for its outrageous, sequinned, soca- driven street parades, but try Night Mas in St James. It takes place on Carnival Sunday night into Monday, starting at around midnight. The music is all steel pan. The bands come out from the Panorama final two nights before and play their hearts out. l30 The Asa Wright Nature Centre The verandah at the Asa Wright Nature Centre is one of the largest you'll ever see, but more importantly it is the finest location for bird- watching in the Caribbean. You can expect to see 30 or 35 species before breakfast. Hummingbirds dogfighting, tanagers, oro pendulas in their stuttering flight and bell birds that say ' Boing!' l31 The Pitch Lake From one perspective, the Pitch Lake seems like a massive, slightly springy car park. From another it is the largest naturally occurring supply of pitch in the world. Made of clay, bitumen salt water and ash, it churns constantly, swallowing anything and then turning it up decades later.