Kingstown is the capital of the small Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

It’s quite a shabby place that appears run down. However, visitors can catch the ferry from here to Bequia (pronounced Beckway), Mayroun, and Union Island, some of the Grenadine Islands. There are some ATMs on Grenville Street and Halifax Street, although I had time to obtain my cash from the ATM at the airport. These two streets have colourful properties along them that contrast with the other dour buildings.

There are two cathedrals along Grenville Street, St George’s Cathedral from the Anglican diocese of the Windward Islands, and the truly dark St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, which was hosting a fully attended service on a Tuesday afternoon.

Most of Kingstown is built on land below sea level and many locals fear that the town will be inundated by a tsunami when the undersea volcano Kick’um Jenny bursts through the surface, as appears inevitable, in the next few years.

Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at