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New Years Day in Dominica

Where we broke the scooter


View 2018-Christmas and New Years Cruise on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We did go up to the Lido buffet for breakfast about 7:30.
Panorama Buffet at breakfast

Panorama Buffet at breakfast


I had a grapefruit, a bagel and rice pudding.
Breakfast in the Panorama buffet - Grapefruit, Rice Pudding and a bagel

Breakfast in the Panorama buffet - Grapefruit, Rice Pudding and a bagel


We have been to Dominica before. In 2006, on one trip we did the Aerial Rainforest Tram, and on the other trip we went to the little museum and I shopped a bit, and then in the afternoon we had an excursion to a waterfall (which included a stop at Morne Bruce which is when I saw the cemetery we are aiming for).
Cemetery from the Morne Bruce heights in 2006

Cemetery from the Morne Bruce heights in 2006


We left the ship - the walkway to shore was EXTREMELY rough. They had a carpet down, but it did not disguise from the scooter the fact that the boards were wildly varying levels. I could not get the ap to give me a way to walk to the cemetery. It just would not do it. I went down to ride out along a curb cut and a lady wanted to sell me fabric flowers and I said I wanted to go to the cemetery and she didn't think much of that idea. So we set off - me in the street because the curbs were unreliable and the sidewalk was more uneven then the street.
IMG_2847.JPGWorld War I monument

World War I monument


There wasn't much traffic. We did make one wrong turn and ended up at the Office of the President of Dominica.
State House Entrance

State House Entrance

Gate to the Office of the President of Dominica

Gate to the Office of the President of Dominica


We went past the Our Lady of Fair Haven Roman Catholic Cathedral
Renovation of Our Lady of Fair Haven

Renovation of Our Lady of Fair Haven


which has no roof on it and is being renovated - they were meeting in another building which was right by the cemetery gate. We could hear the mass from the cemetery. (It IS the Catholic cemetery.)
e0e4e1e0-1a90-11e9-94f1-b163395a584c.JPGRoman Catholic Cemetery gate

Roman Catholic Cemetery gate


We got to the cemetery a little before 9 and split up to take photos. I was on the main path/road
Bob's photo of me in the cemetery

Bob's photo of me in the cemetery


and Bob was over by the cemetery wall. Someone in a house next to the wall kept singing the first two lines of "I'm leaving on a jet plane..." and then he would pause a bit and sing it again.
Blue building with the man singing behind a gravestone

Blue building with the man singing behind a gravestone


When I got opposite the house where he was, he waved and we wished each other a happy new year.
Crucifix

Crucifix


A lady stopped and asked me was I looking for someone specific, and I said no, and explained.
Roman Catholic Cemetery

Roman Catholic Cemetery

Gravestone

Gravestone


I got finished taking photos (that is the path became too rough and uneven for me to go farther) about 9:30, so I sat in the shade of a palm tree and waited for Bob. He was at the far end of the cemetery, and about 20 minutes later he came back up to where I was. Together we took about 380 photos. I had thought he might go to the Public Cemetery which is across the street from where he was, but he did not.
Carribean from the cemetery

Carribean from the cemetery


We walked back to the ship,
Mirror on the corner

Mirror on the corner


Bob walking back to the ship

Bob walking back to the ship

Essential oils and spices

Essential oils and spices

Gas station in town (mostly for motorcycles)

Gas station in town (mostly for motorcycles)

Francois Security advertisement

Francois Security advertisement

IMG_2993.JPGPacific Princess at the end of the street

Pacific Princess at the end of the street

Roseau map in front of the museum

Roseau map in front of the museum


and by now we have the routine down. After I negotiate the gangway (which sometimes has a big bump in it at one end where the scooter hangs up), I give my phone, camera and the little pocketbook with water and camera batteries to Bob or to one of the crew, and then I scooter through the magnetic doorway and get patted down.

We went to the room - Bob was soaked with sweat. So we changed clothes. We went to 11:00 trivia and we didn't do well. We couldn't remember who killed John Lennon or the name of the group that sang the song "The Wall" at the Berlin Wall (Pink Floyd) and we thought riboflavin was B12 and it was B2.

We went up to the Brunch buffet in the dining room. There were three buffet areas, and I only got to see one of them. One of the crew did help me with getting my food. I had a nice omelet, and a little roast beef which was kind of gristly, a kind of croissant with chocolate in the middle, a piece of cheese and a soft roll, potatoes, and some spaghetti which was impossible to eat as the strands of spaghetti were all short and slippery. The man helping me gave me too many potatoes, so I didn't eat all of them. Then Bob got us ice cream.
Brunch

Brunch


On the way back to the room, I stopped off at the Excursion desk to see if I could do the excursion on Virgin Gorda. She said that excursion had been filled for some time. There was an officer there, and I asked him about the flags we saw when we were in the Grenidines. We saw the Bahamas flag, the Princess flag, the courtesy flag for St Vincent and the Grenidines and two other flags. One was diagonal red and yellow stripes and the other was a red flag with a yellow cross. He did not know, so he called the bridge. He said that they were the flags that were flown when they were tendering.

We came back to the room and I worked on photos and we watched/listened to the Rose Bowl parade and game. Bob rinsed out some handkerchiefs and put the wet shirts to dry by hanging them on the handrails in the shower (since there is no clothesline in this bathroom). We went up to 4:00 trivia and we did not know the colors of the flag of Iraq (we forgot that there was black there as a color), and we did not know the name of the evacuation of the British Army from Dunkirk. (Dynamo) or the name of the official residence of the head of government of New Zealand. That last was a trick question as it was Buckingham Palace. Afterward I took the scooter around the running/walking track and looked at the pool which was empty
Zumba on the pool deck

Zumba on the pool deck

Drained pool and hot tubs

Drained pool and hot tubs

Track on deck 10

Track on deck 10

Dominica from the ship

Dominica from the ship


Clouds over Dominica

Clouds over Dominica

Rainbow over Dominica

Rainbow over Dominica

Library

Library


and we went into the library (which is quite a nice one). Bob suddenly said that the seat of the scooter was crooked. And he tried to fix it and could not. So we came back the room and tried to fix it again and again could not.

We went up to dinner. We both had the
Frosted Strawberry soup

Frosted Strawberry soup


and then I had the
Iceberg wedge with boiled egg

Iceberg wedge with boiled egg


and I had a second time the
Chicken and leek pot pie a la Curtis Stone

Chicken and leek pot pie a la Curtis Stone


This time the waiter took the top off for us. Bob had left his lactaid pills in the room so he couldn't have his usual ice cream, so he had the Princess love boat dream (chocolate mousse) and I had ice cream.

We came back to the room and Bob took the seat raising mechanism apart and thinks he has fixed it. So we will probably take the tender to Virgin Gorda tomorrow. But I am somewhat concerned that it won't stay fixed.

We got our disembarkation information. We are to vacate the room by 8:00 am and our group is to be called at 7:50 to go down and get our luggage. We are at dock 21.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:43 Archived in Dominica

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