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Palmiste Ridge is on the Waitukubuli National Trail, a 115-mile system of trails that goes from one end of Dominica to the other. Gorgeous scenery accompanies the hiker all along the way.
Palmiste Ridge is on the Waitukubuli National Trail, a 115-mile system of trails that goes from one end of Dominica to the other. Gorgeous scenery accompanies the hiker all along the way.


Dominica: a beautifully kept secret in the Caribbean

By Patti Nickell - Contributing Travel Writer

February 12, 2012 12:00 AM

Updated February 13, 2012 02:55 PM

As journeys go, this one didn't have the most promising beginning. Starting with a wake-up call at an ungodly hour to make my very early morning flight, it continued with a taxi driver who arrived 20 minutes ahead of schedule and then seemed miffed that I wasn't quite ready. The climax came at the airport, when the ticket agent at the U.S. Airways counter asked me how I wanted to pay for my bag.

I explained that I was flying international and didn't need to pay for my bag, to which he replied, "U.S. Air doesn't consider the Caribbean international. May I see your passport, please?"

Um, OK. (U.S. Air also doesn't consider Canada, Latin America, Bermuda or South America, except Brazil, to be international either, according to .)

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The bright spot was my final destination: the beautiful island of Dominica. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica (pronounced DOM-i-NEE-ka) lies between the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the southern Caribbean.

Of the 103 countries I have visited, this is one of the most beautiful.

It has frequently been said that if Christopher Columbus, who first sighted it in 1493, were to return to the Caribbean today, Dominica is the only island he would recognize.

Dubbed "the Nature Island," it has an abundance of natural riches: two coasts (Atlantic and Caribbean), six major mountains (the highest, Mont Diablotins, is 4,747 feet), 16 waterfalls, the world's second-largest boiling lake (the largest is in New Zealand), a virtually untouched interior rainforest, and three national parks (one of which, Morne Trois Pitons, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean).

If Antigua boasts 365 beaches, Dominica counters with 365 rivers. No other island, however, can claim a snorkeling spot like Dominica's Champagne Beach, where, because of activity from volcano-like fumaroles, bubbles spiral toward the surface, giving one the feeling of swimming in a flute of Perrier-Jouët.

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Am Valentinstag überraschen sich verliebte Paar mit Blumen und kleinen Geschenken. Aber woher kommt eigentlich dieser romantische Brauch?

Seither haben sich über die Jahrhunderte die verschiedensten Bräuche entwickelt. Besonders in England und Amerika erfreut sich der Valentinstag großer Beliebtheit.

Der erste, der zum Valentinstag Blumen geschenkt bekam, soll der englische Schriftsteller Samuel Pepys gewesen sein. Bereits 1667 schrieb er seiner Gattin einen Liebesbrief, worauf sie ihm begeistert einen Blumenstrauß schickte. So wurde es in der gehobenen britischen Gesellschaft Tradition, am 14. Februar einen Brief und Blumen zu versenden.

Englische Auswanderer brachten den Valentinsbrauch in die Vereinigten Staaten und nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg kam die Tradition durch US-Soldaten schließlich auch nach Deutschland. Seitdem spricht man auch hier offiziell vom Valentinstag.

Der Ursprung des Valentinstags wird heute auf den christlichen Priester Valtentin von Terni zurückgeführt, der als Märtyrer hingerichtet wurde. Nach der Überlieferung traute er mehrere Brautpaare - darunter auch römische Soldaten, die nach damaligen Recht unverheiratet bleiben mussten. Auf Befehl des Kaisers Claudius II. wurde er am 14. Februar 269 enthauptet. Heute gilt der Heilige Valentin als Schutzpatron der Liebenden.

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