US Virgin Islands
The flag of the US Virgin Islands contains a simplified coat of arms of the United States with the golden eagle and red, white and blue shield against a white banner. In its talons the eagle is clutching an olive branch signifying peace and three arrows representing the three main islands–St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. The letters ‘V’ and ‘I’ flank either side of the eagle, which represent ‘Virgin Islands’.
Caribbean Paradise! —
The first stop on our Caribbean cruise was the Caribbean paradise of the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Our ship docked at the terminal in Charlotte Amalie, the island nation’s capital and largest city, and we walked to our eagerly awaited destination–Skyride to Paradise Point. The #SkyridetoParadisePoint is a cable car ride that rises up some 213 meters (700 ft) to Paradise Point for a remarkable bird’s eye view of St. Thomas Harbor below.
After spending a few hours awestruck by the views atop Paradise Point, we took a cheap taxi into the heart of Charlotte Amalie. We walked all across the city and along St. Thomas Harbor. It was a lovely day and we had a great time during our day on St. Thomas in the USVI.
Facts & Figures
— Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ the Virgin Islands in his second voyage to the New World; apparently he was not overly impressed and moved on to Puerto Rico after a short stay
— The USA bought the Virgin Island from Denmark in 1916 as part of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies; the sale price was USD 50 million in gold coins (over USD 500 million in today’s dollars)
— Do not confuse the USVI with the British Virgin Islands, which lie immediately east of the USVI; both sets of islands are part of the Virgin Islands Archipelago that also includes the Puerto Rican Virgin Islands (or the ‘Spanish Virgin Islands’ of Culebra and Vieques)
— Charlotte Amalie was founded in 1666 as Taphus, which means ‘beer hall’; in 1691 she was given her current name after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel of Denmark-Norway who was married to King Christian V
— St. Thomas is a beautiful Caribbean tourist city; people were very friendly and helpful and we had absolutely no problems getting about
— The USVI is the only location in the United States where driving is on the left!
— The unit of currency for the US Virgin Islands is the US Dollar (USD/$)
Psalms 68:19 – New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in this arms.
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