Friday, March 1, 2013

Travel Videos from US Virgin Islands

Here you will find travel videos from US Virgin Islands and suggested activities when visiting the Islands.

See the videos from:

- Walking through Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
- Seaborne Seaplane trip to St. Croix 
- Walking tour in Christiansted, St. Croix
- Walking tour in Fredriksted, St. Croix
- A day-trip to St. John

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI

See video from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI 
The city is named after Charlotte Amalie queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a famed cruise ship port.
When walking down Main Street the buildings on the sea side of the road are narrow and long with alleys separating them. These buildings were warehouses for storing goods during the heyday of the Danish Sugar trade in Saint Thomas.
Continuing to Government Hill and to Government House in Kongens Gade - Passing the 99 steps - These steps were built in the mid 1700s, by the Danes, to Haagensen House and Blackbeard Castle.
Located on Tolbod Gade is Emancipation Park with the statue of Danish King Christian IX. 

See map and a list of the most important sights in the following post.

Charlotte Amalie Sights

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This is a suggested sefl guided walk through Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

1) Legislature Building
Originally a barracks for Danish troops, dating back to 1874.

2) Fort Christian
This National Historic Landmark was completed by Danish settlers in 1680. Built originally to protect the colony from hostile marauders, It has housed a jail, a governor's residence, a place of worship, and a police station. Currently under renovation and scheduled to be completed some time in 2008.

3) Emancipation Gardens
Commemorates the emancipation of slaves by Danish Governor Peter von Scholten on July 3, 1848.

4) Frederick Lutheran Church
Established in 1666, the same year Erik Smidt took formal possession of St. Thomas in the name of the Danish West India Company. The present building rebuilt in1826.

5) Hotel 1829
This structure offers an ideal example of classic island architecture. It was built as a townhouse for a French sea captain and now serves as an exclusive in-town hotel.

6) Government House
This is the official residence of the Governor of the Virgin Islands. The building was constructed by the Danish Colonial Council between the years 1865 and 1867.

7) Seven Arches Museum
Once a Danish craftsman's residence, it was built in the 19th century featuring a total of seven arches to support the staircase.

8) 99 Steps
One of several 'step-streets' built by the Danes to solve the problem of getting around the town's hilly terrain. The bricks were brought from Denmark as ballasts in the holds of trade ships. Walk to the top (actually 103 steps) and you will find yourself near the foot of more stairs leading to Blackbeard's Castle.

9) Haagensen House
A restored home built in the early 1800s by island entrepreneur Hans Haagensen.The salons and chambers are furnished with period antiques. 9) Blackbeard's Castle Also located just above 99 steps is this Danish watch tower built in the late 1600's. The view from the tower offered a perfect vantage point to spot enemy ships entering the harbor.

10) Blackbeards castle

11) Post Office Square
A full service United States post office is located within the strategically located building that marks the beginning of "Main Street."

12) St. Thomas Reformed Church
Not only is this the oldest congregation in the Virgin Islands; it is also the longest standing denomination with a continuous ministry in the United States.

13) St. Thomas Synagogue
This National Historic Landmark is the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. The original synagogue was built by Sephardic Jews in 1796 and was rebuilt in 1833.

14) Market Square
People come here from all over the island to sell fresh fruit, fish, sauces, and vegetables. Traditionally, the busiest market day is Saturday; vendors arrive hours before dawn

Seaborne Seaplane flight from St. Thomas to Sct. Croix

Join me in my flight from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to Fredriksted, St. croix by Seaborne seaplane, Seaborne Airlines.
The Seaborne seaplane operates between downtown Christiansted, St. Croix and downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas with 35 daily flights with their DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft with WipLine floats
The flight is only 18 minutes long, and the convenience of downtown to downtown ports is unsurpassable. The views out the window as we take off and land on the water is amazing.
Follow the take off in the harbour of Charlotte Amalie to the the landing in Christiansted, St. Croix.
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter - C-FBBW (cn 588)
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Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI

Christiansted is small town on the island of Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands.
Christiansted was the capital of the Danish West Indies from 1755 to 1871 and is a charming town with distinctive Danish architecture.
On the video you will see the the old Danish Customs House and Fort Christiansvaern - Well-preserved Danish yellow brick fort from the late 1700s , continue the Scale House, Steeple Museum - walking through Company Street and passing the old pharmacy building to the market Square, and back through Main Street passing the Catholic and Protestant churches - passing the Government House and through Strand Gade.

Fredriksted, St. Croix, USVI

Frederiksted is a town on the west end of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is home to Fort Frederik, constructed to protect the town from pirate raids and attacks from rival imperialist nations. It was named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies in 1754.
The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed on July 3, 1848, at Fort Frederik on the waterfront.
Frederiksted maintains its original seven street by seven street city design and is host to several historic structures. Among them are the protestant Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church built in the 1840s and its new renovatedprimary school, the Customs House, the 19th Century Apothecary,

St John, United States Virgin Islands

St. John, the smallest & most idyllic of the three United States Virgin Islands, is best known for its perfect white sand beaches, turquoise bays abounding in colorful corals & rainbows of tropical fish & endless vistas of green velvet hills.
Getting around the island is easy. Cruz Bay, the major town where the ferry docks, is on the west end of the island facing Red Hook in St. Thomas. The view from bordeaux mountain, Annaberg Plantation, as of 1780, was one of 25 active sugar producing factories on St. John. Other products produced at Annaberg were molasses and rum. Annaberg translates to Anna's Hill, and Trunk Bay

Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Hotel

Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Hotel and resort at St. Thomas, USVI

Shopping Ferries, Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott

The Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott in Charlotte Amalie, St, Thomas USVI, has its own dock, and the two shopping ferries 'Morning Star' and 'Evening Star' shuttles guests from the hotel to downtown Charlotte Amalie.
The 10 minutes ferry service is provided both ways and ferry departs from the hotel's boat dock and Charlotte Amalie waterfront every half hour.