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Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Lameshur

For this, my fourth year doing the challenge, I've decided to share place names from the Virgin Islands. For such a small spot in the ocean, it seems like every rock, cove, hill and house has been christened. The names are a unique mix of Spanish, Danish, French, Dutch, English, and African to name a few.

Lameshur, St. John
This is the beach my family loved to go to when we wanted to get away and have a picnic. Back in the 1950s it was far away and difficult to get to, the road being a torturous dirt trail that required four wheel drive-low transfer to crawl over. It was a sure guarantee we'd be the only people there. 

Other L Names:
Lavendar Hill, St. John
L'Esperance, St. John
Leinster Bay, St. John: At one time there was a boys reform school at Leinster Bay. It was noted for having the first flush toilet on the island.
Lovango Cay: A small island off St. John that was first settled by one William Gandy in 1728.
Lilliendahl, St. Thomas
Lindberg Bay, St. Thomas: Named after Charles Lindberg who landed on the flat stretch of land behind the beach when he was mapping stops for Pan Am. Where he landed is now the airport.
Lizard Rocks: A group of rocks off the north shore of St. Thomas.
Louisenhoj, St. Thomas: Louisenhoj (pronounced Loo-ee-sen-hoy) is a lovely old estate house that overlooks both down town Charlotte Amalie on the south and Magens Bay on the North.

Lillie Maho, St. John where we once had a guest house.

Lillie Maho, taken in the late 1960s, early 70s. That's Francis Bay in the background.

Lind Point, St. John is the hill to the right. You pass it going and coming on the ferry, which you can see headed into Cruz Bay from St. Thomas, the island in the background.

Lerkenlund, St. Thomas is high on the North Shore, in the rain forest and overlooks Magens Bay. The large cay is Hans Lollik. The two smaller ones to the right are Big and Little Tobago, BVI. The island to the far right is Jost Van Dyke, BVI.

Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church, St. Croix
After a slave march many thousands strong, it was from this church, on July 3, 1848,  that Governor-General Peter von Scholten declared, "All unfree in the Danish West Indies are from today free."

Last, but not by any means least, Happy Birthday to my sweetie, Stan the Man. May there be many more!


  1. Great photos today. Your family must have had an adventurous time driving to that beach.
    Happy Birthday Stan.

  2. lovely lovely photos - oh that paradise! Happy birthday to your sweetie.
    Jan Morrison

  3. What a great birthday present to your Stan. Here's my best wishes to him as well.

    Today's post made me want to pack a lunch and find a secluded cove for a picnic!

  4. I love how much character all the buildings have.

  5. Another tropical respite. Thanks. And Happy Birthday to Stan!

  6. Beautiful church! Bet that beach was a treat without the crowds. The beaches here are just wall to wall people, most of whom should not be in public in a bathing suit.

  7. That beach does look like a lovely secluded spot and I bet the water is great for a swim.

  8. Beats every other picnic spot I ever saw. !st flush toilet at the reform school -- interesting factoid.

  9. Wow, this place looks amazing! A place to make great family memories :)

  10. What a beautiful beach, and happy birthday to your man.

  11. I love the pics! I especially love the green surrounding the lovely beaches (beaches where I live are lovely, but there's almost no green), and I enjoyed the info about Charles Lindberg.
    New follower; great post! :-)

  12. These are great photos! The beach looks beautiful.

  13. In that first pic, that beach, those clouds = AWESOME.

    I love that church on STX. A quick story ~ I was only on island a few days and with in downtown C'stead while a funeral was taking place in the Lutheran Church, when they started to sing 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' its was incredible. I could feel my teeth rattle. An experience I will never forget. Also, a song I had never heard sung at a funeral before.


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