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Two Days at Sea

December 23 and 24

For some reason I was unable to send a message using the Mindspring program through Agent which is the program I usually use to send emails to friends and family. So I sent a couple of the messages through AOL

Bob thinks this ship really rides funny. It makes funny noises. (Funny as in strange, not funny as in ha-ha)

December 23rd

We went up to breakfast about 8 in the dining room (we have not seen the buffet yet). We sat at a table with two other couples. We didn't get their names but one was a black couple from Las Vegas and they have been on the ship since it left Barcelona and are going to stay on the ship to go through the canal and get off in LA. She said she had 59 cruises on Princess. Both of us had half grapefuit and I had Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict


without the Canadian bacon and also a chocolate chip muffin. Bob just had scrambled eggs and bacon. They did give me cranberry juice although it was not on the menu.

At 10 we went up for the presentation on the first three islands.
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The lecturer (Dr. Dean Papavassiliou) was, as you might expect from his name, Greek. His presentation was disjointed and his accent was hard to understand, plus he mixed up the excursions. He gave the Iles de Saintes excursions in St. Barts, and he gave the Martinique excursions in Iles de Saintes. He did OK with Antigua.

At 11 we went up for Trivia and paired with a couple from Michigan (Steve and Carrie) and one from NH (Ann and Don). We did pretty well - got 19 out of 25. They had the last 5 questions as photos of movies and we missed the last one which was "The Matrix". We also missed a trick question about how many eyes does a vampire bat have (2), and the name of the movie that Steven Spielberg made from Peter Pan (Hook). The first question was what do they call the art of arranging dance movement and everybody said "choreography" but I thought it was terpsichorogrophy. But I thought everyone would say Choreography so we put that, and it was correct.

At lunch we sat with someone who was pretty much blind and her husband had COPD, and another couple who was going to be on the Royal Princess after this cruise and she had 8 pairs of shoes with her in her luggage. I had a
Selection of fresh fruit from the Brunch menu

Selection of fresh fruit from the Brunch menu

and the Brunswick Stew

and the Brunswick Stew


forgetting completely how lame Princess does Brunswick stew. It was even more lame than the Star Princess as the chicken was grey. Bob had a
Hamburger.

Hamburger.


I had
Chocolate bread pudding

Chocolate bread pudding


for dessert (it was better on the Star Princess) and Bob had the
Fruit sundae cup

Fruit sundae cup


which was to have almonds and did not. Although one of the other ladies complained about the lack of nuts and they brought her a whole cup full of nuts.

Bob said he went up to the laundry room and it is more trouble than it is worth. It need tokens and the token machine will take your money and not give you the tokens so you have to come down to the desk to get the tokens.

We met the lady in the handicapped room next to ours in the hall. She had dropped the little tag that you put on your door to say do not disturb and couldn't get it from her chair. Bob picked it up for her.

We took a nap, and then we met the same people for Trivia again at 4. We missed 3 questions - the name of the Wii game where you stand like musical statues (Just Dance), the name of the most downloaded Beetles song in 2010 (Here Comes the Sun) and the trick question about how a male cricket chirps which we all thought was legs, but turns out to be wings. There were four groups with the same score so he asked us to guess his age, and he was 28 and we put 29, so we were out of it. Then he asked them the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in feet, and the one closest (165 - it was 200+ feet) won. The prizes were coasters so it wasn't a great loss and we had a good time.

Then we had to rush back to the room to get dressed for formal night. Our table companions
George and Ann

George and Ann

John and Joann

John and Joann


I had the
Crab and monterey jack cheese quiche

Crab and monterey jack cheese quiche


and I really could not taste any crab, although it was good. Bob had the shrimp cocktail (as usual) and then he asked for the chilled sweet pea soup. The others said they like hot pea soup but did not know how they would like it cold. But Bob said that when it came it was hot and not cold. Then Bob had the everyday salmon, and I had the
Lamb

Lamb


I should have had the tiger shrimp which I liked on the Star Princess, but the lamb was very good and had nice potatoes and green beans and a tomato with it. The MDR is called the Club Restaurant, and the Club part is before you get to the regular restaurant and is a kind of My TIme Dining area for Club class. When we leave and go through that area I see pans which show that they have had cherries jubilee or spaghetti cooked in them.

For dessert Bob had the make your own sundae, and I had
Chocolate Journeys - chocolate cake with raspberry creme brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Journeys - chocolate cake with raspberry creme brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse.


Actually it was mostly mousse with an inner core of raspberry. I had this on the Star Princess but there wasn't any raspberry in it but there was more cake to it.

I was disappointed that Bob did not go to the show. We both came back to the room.

December 24th

I am again able to use the Mindspring email program, although at present the internet says it is down. Today was a wash. We went up to breakfast and the menu had
Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine


which I usually like, but the eggs were kind of soupy - like soft boiled. I had to borrow Bob's spoon to eat them - a fork would not cut it. I also had some fruit bread and a half grapefruit. Bob had hot chocolate, and oatmeal with brown sugar and then scrambled eggs and bacon - his usual.

Then I took the laptop up to the computer guy and he figured out how to get this program to get email. He also put AOL back on my phone so I can access those emails on the phone now as I have not been able to do since June when my granddaughter fixed the phone so that I could send emails on mindspring.

But we missed the morning trivia. We went to lunch (we didn't do the pub lunch which we probably should have done) and there were three other couples at the table with us. One of them must be the youngest people on board except for a baby and a boy who looks to be about 4 (no children's club on this ship). They were married in 2014 and live in Seattle. There was a lady who was legally blind and her husband, and two other couples. We both had the
James Beard French toast

James Beard French toast


and Bob had the
Cold gazpacho

Cold gazpacho


I had a
Chef salad

Chef salad


and mostly ate the lettuce and tomatoes which I found I was craving. Bob had
Cherry trifle

Cherry trifle


and I had
Blueberry roulade

Blueberry roulade


This was a kind of blueberry jelly roll with a dollop of blueberry syrup with whole blueberries in it on the side. We talked so long that we completely missed the Cruise Critics meeting which was up in the steakhouse where the pub lunch had been.

Then Bob forgot that trivia was at 3:45 instead of 4:00 and so we got there late. I was able to tell them what the name was of a male crab (Jimmy), and I sort of knew that the other name for the Bank of England had Threadneedle Street in it (The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street). I couldn't remember what fugu was although as soon as I heard it I remembered.

At dinner I had
Alaskan seafood soup

Alaskan seafood soup


which was a clear broth with some tiny shrimp and slivers of carrot and some other squares of some meat. Then I had Short ribs

Short ribs


which were good. Bob had shrimp cocktail as usual, coconut soup, and his usual salmon. He had his usual Sundae for dessert

Sundae for dessert


and I had what was billed as
Frozen chocolate praline torte with almond florentine crisp

Frozen chocolate praline torte with almond florentine crisp


The crisp was like peanut brittle, only almond. The 'torte' was a piece of cake with two chocolate cake layers and in the middle was a chocolate nut ice cream and there was chocolate frosting on the top.

Tomorrow we are in St Barts

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Christmas In St. Barts

Documenting Cemeteries


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St Barts is always a tender port. When we were here before, we rented a car at the airport but since it was Christmas, I was not sure the car rental would be open, and I thought I might have a problem getting to the airport to pick up a car. Plus we had a lot of trouble driving in St. Barts due to the narrow twisty roads.

The alternative would be a taxi. But I thought (correctly) that I might have trouble getting a taxi. All the tours on St. Barts were canceled and I suspect it was because none of the drivers wanted to work on Christmas. I had contacted a taxi driver named Laurent who said he spoke good English but he had another job to do on the 25th. I asked if we could just have a couple of hours in the morning, and he said that he needed to be at the other job at 11:30 but he would come at 9:30. So we felt that we had to get on the first tender to have the maximum time with him. I realized that I did not know his name, so I looked it up and found it and his phone number and what kind of car he had (a Mercedes).
Our window in the morning

Our window in the morning


We thought that we should eat in the buffet because the service is kind of leisurely in the dining room. But the buffet on this ship is tiny and although the staff will bring you something to drink, they never offer to help me with my plate. You can get omelets made for you, but other than that, there's scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, cold meats, cold cereal and some fruit and not much else. I did see bread pudding as I was leaving (and never saw it up there again). But the bacon was tough and chewy and I didn't like the sausage.

We got to the Casino Bar where they were giving out tender tickets before 9 - we were to anchor at 9 (and we did) and they were going to start giving out tender tickets at 9:15. Although usually the tours get the tickets first, all the tours for St. Barts had been cancelled. The guy who was giving out the tickets gave those of us who were there in advance the tickets first and we got #19 and 20. We went down to deck 3 and Bob folded up the scooter and I went down 3 steps to the tender docking area and got on the tender. They put the scooter on last.
Scooter folded up on the tender

Scooter folded up on the tender


Waving goodbye to the tender

Waving goodbye to the tender


We got off just about 9:30 and unfolded the scooter and I went down to the end of the taxi rank where there was a Mercedes
Laurent's taxi

Laurent's taxi


and said to the man standing there "Are you our taxi driver?" And he said maybe he was. It turned out that I had neglected to tell him my name or how he might recognize us, although I had told him about the scooter.
Lighthouse from town

Lighthouse from town

Sign wishing you a Happy Holiday

Sign wishing you a Happy Holiday


He was very nice and very helpful and took us to the other four cemeteries (In addition to the beaches, the cemeteries are one of the sights of St Barts) which we had not been able to visit on our last trip. The first three were down in an industrial area. I got out and took the scooter in to see the
Ancien cimetiere de l'epoque suedoise (Old Swedish Cemetery)

Ancien cimetiere de l'epoque suedoise (Old Swedish Cemetery)


The oldest Swedish cemetery was in Gustavia north west of the hospital. It was used between 1785 and 1799 and later moved here to the beach in anse de Public. The rationale behind the move was a Swedish law stipulating that cemeteries should be placed outside urban areas. It was also much easier to dig graves in the sand rather than in the gravel found at the old cemetery. The new location was, however, more exposed to wind and water. Governor Johan Norderling's report written after the hurricane in 1819 which states that not even the dead got spared when violent waves dug up and destroyed the coffins. The new cemetery fell to ruins and was not renovated until the 1970's. The large monument in the center of the cemetery was raised after the renovation.

In order to get to this cemetery, I had to go through the modern cemetery #1, and I took about 25 photos
Cemetery #1

Cemetery #1


In the meantime, Bob on the other side of the road was in Cemetery #2 where he took about 100 photos
Entrance to Cemetery #2

Entrance to Cemetery #2

Cemetery #2

Cemetery #2


Beach

Beach

The next place we went was Cimetière Saint-Jean which was opposite the airport.
Gate of St Jean cemetery

Gate of St Jean cemetery


Looking in the gate of St. Jean cemetery

Looking in the gate of St. Jean cemetery


We took a sampling of photos here - about 80. Then we wanted to go to Cimetière Lorient Haut (we had done Cimetière Lorient Bas when we were here before), but it was briefly raining,
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so he drove us through the marine sanctuary area to Cul de Sac Bay (which I think is a funny name).
Getting ready to parasail at Cul de Sac Bay

Getting ready to parasail at Cul de Sac Bay


By then it stopped raining so we went back to
Lorient Haut

Lorient Haut


Gate of Lorient Haut

Gate of Lorient Haut

Grave of a young man

Grave of a young man

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It was too sandy for the scooter and we were under a time constraint so Bob just took about 70 photos. We also got to see two planes land at the airport.
Plane coming in for a landing

Plane coming in for a landing

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Plane has landed

Plane has landed


Landing strip from the road at the top

Landing strip from the road at the top


And at the roundabout at the top of the airstrip, we saw
It is Savaku, the soul of St Barths.

It is Savaku, the soul of St Barths.


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


He took us up by the lighthouse, but it was closed due to hurricane damage, and he said we could look at the fort, but it was the police station, so if I wanted to go in, I'd have to do something bad.
Fort Oscar (formerly Gustav Adolph)

Fort Oscar (formerly Gustav Adolph)


He said hurricane Irma destroyed about 80% of the island - he lost his house and everything he owned. The island was only back in operation for about 3 months. His afternoon job was for a family that came at Xmas every year and since cabs are so hard to find at that time of year, he worked for them every day from 11:30 to after dinner for that week.
Anchorage from the hill

Anchorage from the hill

Pacific Princess anchored

Pacific Princess anchored

Pacific Princess from the hill and a road mirror

Pacific Princess from the hill and a road mirror


We got back to the port a little before 11:30 and I paid him in euros on a credit card machine. It was 150 euros for the tour, but this is an expensive place. A coke was 10 euros according to the people at our table. Bob was really really happy not to have to drive on the very narrow twisty roads.
Anchorage from the beach

Anchorage from the beach


We just missed a tender so we sat and waited and then when the tender came Bob folded up the scooter and went to stand in line, but my back started to hurt so I sat on the railing. It was stainless steel and was quite sturdy. But they didn't want me there so they found me a chair and then I was first on the tender and sat by the window so I could take photos of all the big fancy yachts - reportedly some belonging to the Russian mafia.
Large yachts med-moored

Large yachts med-moored


At least two of them had their own helicopters (I didn't get a photo of them) and a lot of them had boat garages.
Large boat with two boat garages

Large boat with two boat garages

Yacht with a big water slide

Yacht with a big water slide

One of our tenders from another tender

One of our tenders from another tender


There was a very fat man getting onto the tender and it took 3 or four people to get him down each of the steps and onto the tender. But I did not see any mobility device for him. I didn't see him get off - I decided to wait until after everyone else had gotten off to get off. I hauled myself up the steps and Bob commented that it was like when I went up the steps at home.

We were in time for lunch and we had a good lunch. I had the matzo ball soup (which was a bit salty) and potato latkes,
Grilled potato latkes

Grilled potato latkes


and Bob had a triple decker chicken club sandwich. We were both hungry not having had much breakfast. We had ice cream for dessert.

I got to work on the photos, and then we went up for trivia. We usually get 10 or 11 and some group on the other side of the room gets 15. We would have gotten one more if they had taken my answer for the name of the straits between the North and South islands of New Zealand. I said they were the Cook Straits, but I didn't know how I knew that so I wasn't positive and they said Wellington and they were wrong.
Anchorage from the ship

Anchorage from the ship

At dinner they gave us little green paper crowns to wear and we each had a cracker
Cracker

Cracker


Inside the cracker was a prize and a joke

Inside the cracker was a prize and a joke

Butternut Squash soup

Butternut Squash soup

Scallops, crayfish and shrimp appetizer

Scallops, crayfish and shrimp appetizer


They had the traditional turkey dinner at night, and Bob ordered it, but he was having a problem swallowing so he did not eat any of it and left early. I had the
Pan seared halibut

Pan seared halibut


I usually leave my scooter along the mirror by the Club Dining room section and one of the waiters brings it up to hurry us along so they can get the table turned for the late seating. We talk a lot at our table and the service is slow.

When we got back to the room, we each had a little Christmas stocking filled with a few chocolates.

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Documenting Cemeteries on Boxing Day in Antigua

26 December 2018


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Antigua is not a tender port, so we had a nice breakfast in the dining room and then proceeded to get off the ship. We have been to Antigua twice - the first time we went to the usual places that people go to - Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights. The second time we did a helicopter tour to Montserat. So I didn't need the usual tour. I had an email exchange with a guy in Colorado who comes to Antigua often. He had given me a list of cemeteries that could use some work, and I had written them down on the Antigua handout.
Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess


We went out to the taxi drivers place, and I said to the guy with a clipboard that I didn't want the usual tour, that I wanted to go to these four places. So they talked among themselves and looked at the list and then one of the guys who I think was named Joseph, said he would do that for $200.00. We got into his van. I was struggling to get into the front seat. I had my foot up on the step and was trying to get momentum up to get up into the seat. The van driver grabbed me by the hips and boosted me into the seat. It was surprising but effective.
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Driving through the streets of St Johns

Stop lights

Stop lights

Creche at the end of the street

Creche at the end of the street


We started out for the cemeteries. He said it would be best to go to the St John Public Cemetery first in case there were funerals later.
St John's Public Cemetery gate

St John's Public Cemetery gate


So we did and Bob and I took about 180 photos. Bob said he had to be careful not to fall into a grave,
St. John's Public Cemetery graves

St. John's Public Cemetery graves


but I was on the "road" on the scooter so I didn't have that problem.
St John's Public Cemetery road inside the cemetery

St John's Public Cemetery road inside the cemetery


He not only took us to the four that I had on my list (two of which were new for FindAGrave), but he also showed us four more that were not even on my list. We drove out along the north side of the island.
Farm fields

Farm fields


To an area called Bethesda where there was a Donkey Sanctuary. Our driver said the sanctuary was to keep the donkeys off the road.
Welcome to Bethesda - Donkey Sanctuary

Welcome to Bethesda - Donkey Sanctuary


The first cemetery we saw was the
Bethesda-Christian Hill Cemetery

Bethesda-Christian Hill Cemetery


which is between the communities of Bethesda and Christian Hill. We didn't stop to take photos. Then we went to the Newfield Enon Moravian Church which my friend had told me about.
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Moravian church

Moravian church


We stopped here and got out and Bob took about 30 photos of all the graves in the cemetery.
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The above are a sample of the photos he took. We drove by the
Liberta Village Cemetery

Liberta Village Cemetery


but we did not stop here. We drove by a whole field of solar panels and the taxi driver said that the island was trying to use more renewable energy. Apparently this field of solar panels was built and commissioned by PV Energy, is now the largest solar installation in the state.
Part of the Solar panel field

Part of the Solar panel field


We bypassed English Harbour and drove briefly through the parking lot of
St. Barnabas Anglican Church

St. Barnabas Anglican Church


This is a historic church located in Liberta which was originally built between 1824 and 1842 as a Chapel school. It is one of the most photographed buildings in Antigua because it is built of a uniquely Antiguan basaltic green stone.
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We saw this church for the first time on a previous visit. It doesn't have a cemetery associated with it.
St Barnabas from 2007

St Barnabas from 2007


My friend had told me about
IMG_2397.JPGOur Lady of the Valley Anglican Church

Our Lady of the Valley Anglican Church


but while it looked interesting, I decided not to stop there for photos as it had already been entered on the website. We went to the Swetes area where our guide showed us the catholic church cemetery
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery in Swetes.  The sign says "This is a burial ground.  Please do not throw garbage"

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery in Swetes. The sign says "This is a burial ground. Please do not throw garbage"


The gate was locked, so we didn't go in but just took photos from outside the fence.
Then we visit a cemetery in the John Hughes district which was somewhat barren and rocky.
Bob in John Hughes Cemetery

Bob in John Hughes Cemetery


Bob took photos of all the stones.
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Above is a sampling of the photos. From here we drove through the
Jungle

Jungle


and then along the coast
Montserat in the distance

Montserat in the distance


Sea and cliff

Sea and cliff

Walking on the beach

Walking on the beach

Water toys

Water toys


Down to an area called Old Road to the
Old Road Wesleyan Holiness Church Cemetery

Old Road Wesleyan Holiness Church Cemetery


This was our last cemetery and we then drove back to town
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St John's


We got back to the ship about 12:30, and I decided that I would go swimming. So I went swimming while Bob had lunch in the buffet. Then I had some ice cream. There is no place in this room to hang something to dry. There's no line in the shower like in most ships.
Two Royal Caribbean ships at the dock

Two Royal Caribbean ships at the dock


As I was working on the photos and with the GPS locations etc, another ship came in on the other side of the pier. The next pier over had two RCCI ships - the one on this side was Serenade of the Seas but I couldn't see the name of the other one. The ship that came in next to us was a Costa ship- we were on the dock side so we could see it come in (although I didn't take any photos). When we went up to trivia, Laurie said that people were coming back to the ship, and trying to get on the wrong one. She said she had been at a port with 9 ships in port that day and there were 4 Princess ships - the Princess ships were every other one, and they had all hands escorting people to the correct ship as passengers couldn't figure out which Princess ship they were on.

Again I had the correct answer to the question but didn't insist - it was what sea animal, when stressed, will start to eat it self, and it was the octopus. But one of the groups got 15.5 because one of the questions was to give the scientific name of a goldfish and they got half of the name correct.

At dinner Bob stuck to the Apple soup, and his salmon and ice cream and he had no trouble eating that. I had the surf and turf (shrimp and steak)
Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf


in addition to the chilled Granny Smith and cider soup. They no longer give straws with the soup (being politically correct because of the straw thing) although they still serve it in glasses. Then I had the chocolate mousse cake, which was a little bit dry.
Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake

Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake


We are in Guadeloupe Ilse de Saintes tomorrow - another tender port.

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Tiny Terre-de-Haut - Îles des Saintes

Guadaloupe


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Anchorage

Anchorage


Our stateroom window has been cleaned, just in time for us to watch all the goings-on in the anchorage.
Our window has been cleaned

Our window has been cleaned


We ate breakfast in the dining room this morning. Bob had his usual - hot cocoa, half a grapefruit, and oatmeal with no milk but with brown sugar and raisins. Every morning they have one or two specials and one of them is usually some kind of eggs. I had todays special which was scrambled eggs with asparagus and Swiss cheese and potatoes au gratin and I didn't order anything else.
Asparagus scrambled eggs and Potatoes au gratin

Asparagus scrambled eggs and Potatoes au gratin


Terre de Haut is a very tiny island. It is less than two and a half square miles. It has most of the population of the archipelago, but this population is less than 2000 souls. Terre-de-Haut is separated from Terre-de-Bas by a narrow half mile channel. The island is mostly vertical. That is there is not much flat land and there is only about 40 inches a rain a year. Historically, this means that there was no big sugar cane plantations and therefore slavery never took hold here. But the island has lots of beaches and good food so it is a magnet for French tourists. It is the sort of island where some hotels don’t even bother with room keys. Terre-de-Haut has only one village, which goes by the same name as the island. It consists of just two streets that run parallel to the water,
Terre de Haut village from the ship

Terre de Haut village from the ship


We got a tender about 8:45 - there were only 8 of us. Three of us on the tender were a man and his wife and a little boy of about five years. They were going take the challenging hike up to Fort Napoléon des Saintes. As we came in, I thought I saw a fountain on the waterfront, but there was a man in the water next to the dock where the tender was heading and he was splashing water up into the air. Perhaps he was afraid that the tender would run over him.

I had intended to go to the Tourist Office and ask about a taxi, but Bob was too impatient for me to find it on the map. He insisted on going in a different direction than I wanted to go up to the street for vehicles that was parallel to the water, and when we asked about a taxi, we were redirected to the pedestrian street going up the hill to an area in front of the Les Saintes de Terre-de-Haut (Catholic Church).
Les Saintes de Terre-de-Haut

Les Saintes de Terre-de-Haut


There were some taxis there and one of the men tried to explain to me in broken English that to get to one of the cemeteries on my list I would have to take the 45 minute ferry to the other island. I was being very stupid and he gave up. I figured out what he was trying to tell me about 15 minutes later. The one cemetery on the island was up a steep hill which was probably too steep for the scooter.

People were renting motorbikes and mopeds and we saw them being fitted with helmets and the man explaining to them how to turn them on. There were also little electric cars or golf cart type things for rent and there were regular and motorized electric bikes zipping around.
Motorcycle

Motorcycle

Motorcycle rental area and No Parking sign for cars and bikes

Motorcycle rental area and No Parking sign for cars and bikes


I saw one fashionable lady in strappy sandals and a nice outfit which displayed her pretty legs on one of the motorized bikes going up the hill by the church, and then 10 minutes later she came down the hill, whizzing along - I'm sure at least 40 mph. Taxis that were parked there did not appear to be manned - they had no drivers. The ferry seemed to run about every half hour. There were a lot of people with suitcases which were not from our ship.
Motorcycle rental on the right and ferry passenger with suitcase

Motorcycle rental on the right and ferry passenger with suitcase

Street corner opposite the church with statue

Street corner opposite the church with statue


An ambulance went down to the docks. Finally I saw an actual taxi which had a driver and some people in it and I said "Taxi", and the lady driver said she had to take those people to the beach but she would come back for us. And she did. She said it would be 15 Euros to take us to the cemetery, wait 10 minutes and then come back.
Town square

Town square

Some kind of little all terrain vehicle

Some kind of little all terrain vehicle

Street going to the cemetery

Street going to the cemetery


When she got back, we followed the ambulance and she said they were taking whoever it was in the ambulance to the airport to be flown out because there was no hospital on the island.
Following the ambulance

Following the ambulance


She drove down the Impasse de la Plage (Impass Beach?)
Impasse de la Plage Beach

Impasse de la Plage Beach

Street near the cemetery

Street near the cemetery


and then turned around and backed into the cemetery gate.
Entrance to the cemetery

Entrance to the cemetery

Cemetery gate

Cemetery gate


Bob and I got out and took over 100 photos. I observed that they used conch shells as edging
Conch shells around a grave

Conch shells around a grave

Cemetery main 'street'

Cemetery main 'street'


I could not go off the main path so I just went down to the end where there was a
Memoire des Marins

Memoire des Marins


Bob observed that they used artificial turf over the sand.
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Road back to town from the cemetery

Road back to town from the cemetery


She took us back to the church and I accidentally gave her more euros than I had intended to do - I think instead of 15 euros, I gave her 40 or 50 euros. We went back down to the tender dock
Cafe with Ice Cream Cone

Cafe with Ice Cream Cone

Kiosk selling jewelry

Kiosk selling jewelry

Side of the square at the ferry dock

Side of the square at the ferry dock

Other side of square of ferry dock

Other side of square of ferry dock

Ferry dock

Ferry dock


and got back on a tender. This time I sat in the center where the breeze goes through and I took photos of the scenery we passed.
View from the tender

View from the tender

Houses on the hillside from the tender

Houses on the hillside from the tender


There was a red buoy which had two round things on top
Booby on a Buoy

Booby on a Buoy


and I took a photo of it as we went by and when I looked at the photo, there was a booby sitting on it.
Wind sailor

Wind sailor


We were in time for morning trivia which was at 11:00. None of our regular group was there so we joined another group. (There were only two groups this morning). We did pretty well although none of us could remember the name of Roald Dahl's first book. Actually we could not remember the name of any of his books. The title that was wanted was "The Gremlins". In any case the other group and our group almost came to blows over two questions. One question was "What sport requires a fletcher for the equipment?" They said "Arrow point" and we thought that the point of the arrow was not the part that the fletcher had tp do anything with. The other question was "What sport awards the Stanley Cup" And we said NHL hockey. They said that only Ice Hockey was acceptable, that just hockey was not. But even though they disallowed our answer to the question, we still won. They gave us little books with blank paper inside to write on as a prize. I went out on deck afterward and took some more photos.
Island and yacht from the ship

Island and yacht from the ship


Ferry

Ferry

Cliffs from the ship

Cliffs from the ship

Ship tender going to town

Ship tender going to town


While we were at trivia, a Silversea ship came in and anchored nearby.
Silverseas ship

Silverseas ship


We went to lunch at the Panorama Buffet.
Panorama Buffet

Panorama Buffet

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You could eat outside, but Bob does not like eating outside and we try to stay out of the sun. I had potato salad, chicken gumbo
Chicken gumbo

Chicken gumbo


and a piece of pizza. I don't think the pizza was as good as the Star Princess because it wasn't as cheesy. (This ship does not have an International Cafe and lot of people miss that). I went and got apple crumble with vanilla sauce for dessert and I did it by myself because on this ship, they don't help people in wheelchairs or on scooters with your plate.

After that we went down to the cabin and I worked on the cemetery photos and email for a bit and Bob napped. Then he spend some time watching the antics of the sailboarders of a big French yacht (sailboat) with black topsides that was anchored across from us.

We went to tea at 3:30 - they had tea, little sandwiches, pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam and cookies.
Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea


I had one of each. Then we went to afternoon trivia, which we didn't win but we had a good time. We went out on the promenade deck but most of it was blocked off because the tenders were being used.
Promenade deck when the tenders were out

Promenade deck when the tenders were out

At dinner I had the
Asparagus appetizer

Asparagus appetizer


(which was good) and the
Cold borscht (no sour cream)

Cold borscht (no sour cream)


which I didn't care for. I like it better hot with sour cream. Bob had the
Watermelon fruit cocktail

Watermelon fruit cocktail


and his usual salmon. I had
Herb roasted chicken

Herb roasted chicken


We both had ice cream for dessert.

Tomorrow is Martinque

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