Jamestown Museum

Jamestown Museum

I must say this museum is quite a pleasant surprise and worthy an hour or more of your time. It is a very modern, well maintained, museum opened in 2002 to coincide with the Island’s quincentenary celebrations. Continue reading “Jamestown Museum”


Sandy Bay and the Inebriated Chinese Pig

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay is the name of a relatively large district on the opposite side of the Island to Jamestown, the capital. However, when tourists refer to Sandy Bay they inevitably mean the small bay and beach area in the centre of a long extinct volcanic crater. Continue reading “Sandy Bay and the Inebriated Chinese Pig”

St Helena – The World’s Most Expensive Coffee

St Helena Coffee

I am certainly someone who enjoys a good cup of coffee but prior to getting to St Helena I didn’t realise that coffee was grown there and I certainly didn’t realise it was one, if not the only product exported by St Helena. St Helena coffee is one of the world’s rarest and most expensive coffees – the former perhaps accounting more for the latter than the taste though I don’t mean to underrate the quality. This coffee – St Helena Green Tipped Bourbon – retails for around US$90 per pound or over US$200 per kilo, of the island. Continue reading “St Helena – The World’s Most Expensive Coffee”


Prince’s Lodge and the Castell Collection

Prince’s Lodge

Prince’s Lodge is a beautiful colonial house belonging to, English born St Helena historian, Robin Castell (who actually resides in South Africa), who, in addition to numerous other books on St Helena, publishes albums of photographs illustrating the history, geography and sociology of Saint Helena. Continue reading “Prince’s Lodge and the Castell Collection”


Farm Lodge Country House Hotel: “Great Any Time of Day”

Farm Lodge Country House Hotel

Generally I feel having a cup of coffee and a few biscuits in an establishment hardly justifies a write-up of that establishment.

We called in for coffee but spent a couple of great hours here. Continue reading “Farm Lodge Country House Hotel: “Great Any Time of Day””


Plantation House – The Governor and Jonathan

Plantation House

Plantation House is the official residence of the Governor of Saint Helena. The Governor is the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom’s overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The Governor’s office is in the Castle, down in Jamestown. Continue reading “Plantation House – The Governor and Jonathan”


Napoleon I – His St Helena Tomb

Napoleon’s Original Tomb on St Helena

In my review on Longwood House I left the reader to ponder a question. Did he (Napoleon) really die from the wallpaper? If you do not jump to the immediate conclusion that I am mad and move on  immediately I will explain shortly. Continue reading “Napoleon I – His St Helena Tomb”


Briar’s Pavilion – Napoleon’s Bedsit

Briar’s Pavilion

My Reader will be aware (if only from my earlier review – Famous Visitors and Napoleon) that following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon was exiled to St Helena.

The Governor of St Helena was advised of Napoleon’s exile to the Island when he was already en route. Where was his uninvited guest going to stay? Continue reading “Briar’s Pavilion – Napoleon’s Bedsit”