Postcard from the Grenadines

Grenadines Union Island harbour

What does the name Grenadines conjure up for you? Exotic islands in the Caribbean? Of course. Calypso music, soca, even reggae? Yup.  Long, sandy beaches and the deep blue sea? That, too. In the early 90s, you’d also find deserted islands. Sailing along, there they were – beaches so white it hurt your eyes, and not a soul in sight. So utterly romantic.

That was then. I suspect the chance of finding deserted islands in the Grenadines now might be somewhat slimmer. But then again, you might stumble upon Johnny Depp, which isn’t a bad trade-off.

Pirates of the Caribbean (The Curse of the Black Pearl) was filmed here. Not that these islands aren’t used to pirates. A few centuries ago, they were among the last bastions of the Caribe Indians, as more and more Caribbean islands were taken over by the French and the British.


Contrary to what one might think, the 32 islands of the Grenadines do not belong to Grenada. Rather, they form part of the neighbouring country St Vincent and the Grenadines. Back then, we never reached St Vincent. Sailing among the Grenadines, particularly the Tobago Cays, was enough. No further exploration felt necessary. Who knows – perhaps treasures are buried beneath the sand here… I didn’t search. The beach, the sapphire sea, the sail boat and everything on it was more than enough.

The island-hopping days of my youth are long gone, but the Grenadines remain firmly rooted in my mind’s eye.

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I’ve played with Aviary again, flickr’s new, extremely easy-to-use photo editing tool. For these photos, I particularly liked this green vintage effect.



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  1. Have explored most of the Caribbean, but haven’t got to the Grenadines and a few others in the south…Great pics!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1250 - Reply

      Thanks, Deej.

  2. ItalianNotes 16 May 2012 at 1639 - Reply

    Sounds like a perfect dream, so now you’ve got me curious and I’ll have to find out how big those islands actually are, how many inhabitants they’ve got, and whether they’ll be swarmed by tourists by the time my savings allow a transatlantic flight:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1256 - Reply

      Well, the country has about 111 000 people today, but most of them live on St Vincent. I expect you’ll find a few more tourists now, but probably just as beautiful islands.

  3. Denise 17 May 2012 at 0106 - Reply

    I wish!!!!

    I do love the Flickr filter too. It creates such a wonderful mood.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1257 - Reply

      Yes, I liked that effect, too.

  4. What a beautiful, scenic island shots! Sadly, we haven’t been to the Grenadines. I think most cruise ships bypass them. I love the vintage feel you gave to these pictures.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1258 - Reply

      I think you’re right, it’s not a major cruise ship destination, more for laid back Caribbean sailing holidays.

  5. Easy Hiker 17 May 2012 at 0746 - Reply

    I see you’ve been having loads of fun playing around with Aviary. Grenadines look great. I wouldn’t mind some company on those beaches.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1259 - Reply

      So long as there’s the company of just a few…

  6. Annie - FootTracker 17 May 2012 at 0903 - Reply

    wooo, I did not know flickr has that new tool….now I am going to try it! (Love your third photo btw, it looks like a photo from the clothing or perfume magazine ad)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1300 - Reply

      Why thank you, Annie.

  7. Louise 17 May 2012 at 0943 - Reply

    Beautiful islands – and, if I may say so, beautiful man!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1300 - Reply

      Right on both counts 🙂

  8. Vi 17 May 2012 at 1109 - Reply

    Long, sandy and EMPTY beaches, that is what I love 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1301 - Reply

      Not so easily found anymore, those beautiful, empty beaches…

  9. Nancie 17 May 2012 at 1440 - Reply

    Gorgeous shots. I haven’t tried Flickr’s new photo editing software. I’ll have to give it a go.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1301 - Reply

      It’s fun to play around with.

  10. Bob R 17 May 2012 at 1450 - Reply

    When I see the word Grenadine, I think of a cool cocktail. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1301 - Reply

      There’s that, too 🙂

  11. Lisa 17 May 2012 at 1542 - Reply

    Haven’t been to the Grenadines but your pics certainly make the islands look beautiful. Love the use of the filter – I really need to take some time and learn how to use an editing program.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1302 - Reply

      This one is incredibly easy – and relatively fast, a huge improvement over flickr’s old one.

  12. Jackie Smith 17 May 2012 at 1629 - Reply

    Beautiful shots – with and without filters. Makes me want to head to the beach – one of my favorite places.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1303 - Reply

      Thanks, Jackie 🙂

  13. I wish I was on that sail boat or one of the gorgeous beaches!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1303 - Reply

      I wouldn’t mind going back either 🙂

  14. Sabrina 17 May 2012 at 1918 - Reply

    I had no idea pirates was filmed here. So beautiful!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1304 - Reply

      Yeah, Pirates have brought in quite a few visitors, I think.

  15. Leigh 17 May 2012 at 2051 - Reply

    What a fun way to give your old photos a new look.
    And no I haven’t been to the Grenadines; as I get older I prefer moderately warm not hot weather and I’m less and less of a beach person – except of course at sunset.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1306 - Reply

      I usually say I’m easily bored on the beach, but when I think about it, that’s mostly true of crowded beaches.

  16. InsideJourneys 17 May 2012 at 2227 - Reply

    Planning to head there later this year, will let you know what the beaches are like now. The sailing looks like fun.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1306 - Reply

      Looking forward to hearing about the Grenadines of 2012.

  17. Cathy Sweeney 17 May 2012 at 2229 - Reply

    Love the photo editing you’ve been doing. I’m tempted to try it myself. Haven’t been to the Grenadines, but love the Caribbean!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1308 - Reply

      Have a go; it’s fun and easy.

  18. jade 17 May 2012 at 2235 - Reply

    Gorgeous shots, Sophie! You are making me wish I was on a boat on vacation right now!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1309 - Reply

      Wouldn’t mind being on a sail boat right now, myself.

  19. Gorgeous photos and a unique back story as always!! Happy Friday!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1309 - Reply

      Thanks, Becca 🙂

  20. Michael Figueiredo 18 May 2012 at 1721 - Reply

    Very cool. I’m glad you put the map there….I wasn’t exactly sure where the Grenadines were!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1310 - Reply

      You’re probably not alone 🙂

  21. Alex Jones 18 May 2012 at 1944 - Reply

    I’m trying to remember what photos looked like before Instagram…

    (Actually I’m just jealous)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1311 - Reply

      Haha, yes, it’s easy to carried away with photo editing tools these days.

  22. Dick Jordan 19 May 2012 at 0838 - Reply

    Sailed in the BVI during February about 25 years ago. 15-18 knots of wind, 75-85 degrees, day and night, sailing in T-shirts and shorts. Perfect sailing.

    We’re into “summer” here on San Francisco Bay: 20-25 knots of wind, 55-65 degrees with the wind chill, wearing your “foulies” as spray shoots over the bow, rail down, every directions seems to be “to weather” instead of downwind. Perfect sailing of another kind.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1238 - Reply

      Ooh, I do love a bit of rough weather sailing, too. That’s how it usually is up here, as well.

  23. Sara 20 May 2012 at 1243 - Reply

    This place is breathtaking! I’ve never been here but I’m surely going to put this on my bucket list. Nice photos by the way. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 May 2012 at 1249 - Reply


  24. Wanderplex 21 May 2012 at 1831 - Reply

    No, I haven’t been, but your pictures definitely have me craving a trip there! I like that the beaches look pristine and not built up with touristy infrastructure!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 May 2012 at 1627 - Reply

      Definitely not many tourists back then. Perhaps a few more now…

  25. Angela 23 May 2012 at 1204 - Reply

    Lovely pictures and lovely editing! What a paradise this looks to be 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 May 2012 at 1627 - Reply

      It really was (and probably still is 🙂 )

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