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Five cemeteries and a hot dog in Martinique

From A HIgh Priced Expedia Tour


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The ship is rocking and rolling tonight because we have a NE wind of about 20 knots on our beam. The Captain gives us a rundown each noon and each evening, but Bob can't understand a word that he says. I guess his being deaf makes the accents harder to understand. This cabin is quite noisy. Every now and then it sounds like they are moving furniture overhead on the promenade deck. But also we hear less identifiable ship moving noises.
Fort de France in the rain

Fort de France in the rain


This morning we were in Martinique. We were to meet our guide for our private tour at 8:30. We had breakfast and did not ask to share so that we would not have to wait for a table to fill up to give our order. I decided to have the same as Bob except that he has hot chocolate and I have cranberry juice. So I ordered a half grapefruit and oatmeal, and he just said "the same". I didn't order eggs this morning and neither did he. The bacon on this ship is just plain tough. I don't like it and I don't like the sausage either and I think it causes Bob problems. He started his grapefruit (which had a green grape in the middle this morning instead of a purple one) before he had his hot chocolate and he had a problem swallowing it, so he had to start over. But the rest of breakfast went well.

Just as we exited the ship, and started down the very long dock, it started to rain. I put the camera in its raincoat which I have fastened to my camera vest, but the rest of us got wet. It rained all the way down the dock and then more or less stopped when we got to the end.
After the rain

After the rain


We found our guide right away, a really nice blond girl named Sophie. We also met Leslie who was the owner of the company that does the tours. I found out when she gave us her card that the company is called 'beyondthebeach.fr'. I made the reservation through Expedia. They had a tour called the Best of Martinique, which I thought I could do, but the tour absolutely refused to take the scooter. So I had to make reservations for a private tour and I paid the full price for a full van of people. I never told Bob how much I paid for it.

Sophie had a van which had plenty of room for the scooter in the back. I got into the front seat after a struggle (Bob gave me a push the same way the guide in Antigua did). Bob relaxed in the back.
IMG_2510.JPGStreet of Fort de France

Street of Fort de France


She said her car is a Suzuki and an automatic and the van is manual (cheaper) and twice as big as her car. Bob observed that the car had 6 gears and asked if she ever got into 6th gear as he did not see where that would be possible. On the flat areas there was a lot of traffic and the rest of the country is all uphill. We went first to the "rich people's cemetery" (Cimetière de La Levée)
Cimetiere de La Levée gate

Cimetiere de La Levée gate

Grave in Cimetière de La Levée

Grave in Cimetière de La Levée


and Sophie let us out at the bus parking and parked the van someplace. We took about 80 photos and then she brought the van back and this time I had no trouble getting in as I was standing on a curb and that made all the difference. The next cemetery was the "poor people's" cemetery (Cimetière de Trabaud) and it was raining again so I just took a photo of the entrance and then we went on.
Entrance of Cimetière de Trabaud

Entrance of Cimetière de Trabaud


She drove us up the hill to the Balata church which was constructed to be like Sacre Coeur,
Balata Church

Balata Church


Balata tower

Balata tower


and about a block away there was a cemetery.
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Bob got out and took almost 200 photos there.
Painting on a wall near where we parked

Painting on a wall near where we parked

Street scene

Street scene


Street near Terreville cemetery

Street near Terreville cemetery


Then we went to Cimetière Terreville which was a nice open cemetery with above ground tombs in three rows with paving in between the rows
Cimetière de Terreville

Cimetière de Terreville

Terreville map

Terreville map


I had some difficulty here because the top of the tomb was about level with the top of my head when I was on the scooter.
Photo from my scooter

Photo from my scooter


Bob's photo of Graves in Terreville

Bob's photo of Graves in Terreville


Terreville cross

Terreville cross

IMG_8992.JPGSophie putting the scooter in the car

Sophie putting the scooter in the car


Then we went to another cemetery called Case-Pilote. The cemetery of Case Pilote is about 0.44 hectares. It is having problems from infiltration of sea water. It is one of the few cemeteries in the département to have a columbarium. Bob went in and took photos
Cimetière de Case-Pilote gate

Cimetière de Case-Pilote gate


The first photo Bob took was the
Grave of Victor Sévère at Cimetière de Case-Pilote

Grave of Victor Sévère at Cimetière de Case-Pilote


According to his memorial Victor Sévère held various offices in Martinique, mostly mayor of Fort-de-France.
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Electric company towers

Electric company towers


and last we went to Bellefontaine. Bob went in and took photos here too.
Gate of Cimetière de Bellefontaine

Gate of Cimetière de Bellefontaine


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Then we drove back to town.
Fisherman

Fisherman

Street market

Street market


Sophie wanted to take us somewhere to eat lunch. We went to a local fast food place called Elize. Bob refused to eat anything but I persuaded him to go in to use the bathroom.
IMG_2663.JPGMenu on the wall

Menu on the wall


But the bathroom had a combination lock and he didn't have the combination.
Hot dog box

Hot dog box


I got a hot dog (3 Euros) and with that, he got the combination. (It was on the bottom of the register slip)
Houses on the hill

Houses on the hill


Then Sophie took us back to the ship, showing us the important buildings in town on the way back.
Church from the expressway

Church from the expressway

Political poster

Political poster

Building in Fort de France

Building in Fort de France

Prefecture of Martinique

Prefecture of Martinique


She was most anxious to show us the
IMG_2683.JPGBibliothèque Schœlcher

Bibliothèque Schœlcher


Built in 1887, this public library houses the collection of the abolitionist Victor Schoelcher. He was a famous abolitionist, who donated his private library of about 9,000 books and 250 musical scores to the General Council of Martinique in 1883 on the condition that a public library be built in the colony. Schœlcher was a humanist and a famous opponent of slavery who fought all his life for abolition. He was a member of parliament and subsequently a senator for Martinique and participated in the drawing-up of the abolition decree of 1848. The library was designed in 1884 by the architect Henri Picq who succeeded in combining different materials - concrete, wrought iron and wood - to overcome the hazards of the swampy land of the town of Fort-de-France and the many risks facing Martinique, such as hurricanes and earthquakes.
Driving back to the ship

Driving back to the ship


When we got back to the ship a huge P&O ship named Britannia was parked behind us, dwarfing our ship. (3600 passengers).
P and O ship behind the Pacific Princess

P and O ship behind the Pacific Princess


This time we we came on board, one of the crew men took my camera and other stuff from me and put me on one side and sent the stuff through the scanner and then patted me down while I sat on the scooter. Then they brought my stuff back to me.

Bob went up and got something to eat in the buffet but I didn't go. I was busy organizing the photos (Bob took over 600). I found I did not have the name of the next to last cemetery and I tried to get in touch with the travel agency but couldn't send a text message, so I called. And after about 10 minutes, Sophie called me back and spelled the name of the cemetery for me. (It was Cimetière de Case-Pilote)

George and Ann, two of our table companions are having their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow and they celebrated at a specialty restaurant last night. So he brought a bottle of champagne to the table tonight to share.
Champagne at dinner

Champagne at dinner


Bob had the mango cream soup and salmon, and I had what was billed as
Chilled Virgin Bloody Mary

Chilled Virgin Bloody Mary


This turned out to be a lot of tiny shrimp in a spicy cold tomato juice with a celery stick on top. It was not a drink like I had thought it would be. Then I had the
Chicken and leek pot pie a la Curtis Stone

Chicken and leek pot pie a la Curtis Stone

.
Which was good. And then for dessert, I had the
New York cheesecake

New York cheesecake



Tomorrow we are in Tobago.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 09:45 Archived in Martinique Comments (1)

All the Hairpin Turns in Tobago

Tour Too Long


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Yesterday was pretty much a success but today was not. We were to have a tour in a small bus of the island. I did not realize that the tour was to be 7 or 8 hours. We really only have energy enough for about 5 hours. I booked the tour through another member of Cruise Critics. She said we should meet in the Club Bar at 8:15 and she would collect the money.
Club Bar where we met

Club Bar where we met


It was $80 each which is not a lot in the scheme of things since it included lunch. And it was less than I paid at St Barts, Antigua and Martinique. But Bob says he is running out of cash money. I tried to get some cash from the ship ATM this morning but they were both broken and the casino cash desk is of course closed when we are in port.

Anyway I decided to get a shower this morning and Bob was anxious to get to breakfast so I told him to go without me, and I just had some trail mix. After we were all together, we all went down (after one false start when we went down to deck 3 on the aft elevator and could not get to the forward gangway) and we found our driver. There were 14 of us. 3 younger couples, 2 other older couples (one of the men was using double crutches as canes) me with my scooter and Bob, and a lady with a folding wheelchair and her husband.
Our group

Our group

Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess


First obstacle. The bus steps were at least a foot tall. I got on and the younger man in the front offered me a single front seat which I took. The wheelchair lady had gotten on before us and was sitting the second double seat on the other side.

The driver was very nice - it was his bus. We drove out of Scarborough
Scarborough

Scarborough

Neon Green Store in Scarborough

Neon Green Store in Scarborough

Tobago House of Assembly

Tobago House of Assembly

Fish Market

Fish Market


up the Caribbean coast.
Fishing boat

Fishing boat

Caribbean shore and boats

Caribbean shore and boats

Caribbean coast

Caribbean coast

Penny Saver - Western Union

Penny Saver - Western Union


and then he told us about the goat races.
Starting gates for the goat races

Starting gates for the goat races

Grandstand for goat races

Grandstand for goat races

Goat racing track

Goat racing track

Racing goat mural

Racing goat mural


And he also showed us the
Sunday School Club

Sunday School Club


Sunday School Dance Hall sign

Sunday School Dance Hall sign

Caribbean shore

Caribbean shore

Water Safety

Water Safety


Black Rock Moravian Church sign and mailbox

Black Rock Moravian Church sign and mailbox

Black Rock Moravian Church

Black Rock Moravian Church


We stopped at Fort James. Bob and I did not get off here - I didn't get out because I didn't want to do the bus steps any more than I had to.
Fort James

Fort James

Fort St James sign

Fort St James sign


One of the ladies showed me a vase or candle holder she bought made from bamboo and it was very nice.
Carved bamboo stand at Fort James

Carved bamboo stand at Fort James


But very soon we were on very narrow and winding roads with double hairpin turns. I found I needed to hold on with both hands and brace myself with at least one foot in the aisle to avoid sliding out of my seat on some of the turns. Bob was in the back with the scooter and he said the back of the bus was cracking the whip and he was almost car sick. Motion sickness is something neither of us has a problem with as a rule.

Then we went up to Plymouth and stopped there. Some of the people got out at the Mystery Grave and other places in Plymouth.
Kevin and our driver

Kevin and our driver

Mystery Tombstone sign

Mystery Tombstone sign

Mystery gravestone

Mystery gravestone


Tobago sheep in a cemetery in Plymouth

Tobago sheep in a cemetery in Plymouth


The sheep in Tobago do not have the woolly coats of the sheep in Scotland. The only way to tell them apart from the goats is by their tails. Goats have tails that stick up. Sheep tails are down.

Then it took us from 10:00 to 12:45 to get from there up to Charlottesville at the other end of the island where we were to have lunch. The driver was very informative, telling us about the birds and trees that we passed
Jungle covered mountains

Jungle covered mountains

Mailbox with paper box on top

Mailbox with paper box on top

Rufous-vented Chachalaca (Local name : Cocorico)  one of the country's two national birds.

Rufous-vented Chachalaca (Local name : Cocorico) one of the country's two national birds.

Roots of the Silk-Cotton tree where spirits and duppies live

Roots of the Silk-Cotton tree where spirits and duppies live

Looking up at the silk cotton tree

Looking up at the silk cotton tree

Roots of the silk cotton tree

Roots of the silk cotton tree

House on the Edge

House on the Edge

Caribbean side beach

Caribbean side beach

Caribbean shore (west)

Caribbean shore (west)


and pausing at some overlooks for photo ops
Stop for photo op

Stop for photo op

Beware

Beware

Caribbean beach

Caribbean beach

Coast

Coast

Pizza oven

Pizza oven

Tobago blackbirds

Tobago blackbirds

When we got to the lunch stop
Restaurant where we had lunch

Restaurant where we had lunch


it turned out that there was a long series of steps to get up to it.
Stairs at the restaurant

Stairs at the restaurant


So Bob and I and the wheelchair lady and her husband stopped at a small terrace that was halfway up. We had lunch - it was a nice lunch - either fish or chicken and we both asked for tea.
Tea cup

Tea cup


The other lady drank a Smirnoff ice and he drank beer. The lunch was apparently family style. Bob went up and got just the chicken fish and potato salad for us.
Part of lunch - Chicken and fish

Part of lunch - Chicken and fish


At 1:45 we got back on the van. I refused to leave my chair until the van got there because while I can walk some, I can't stand for long without pain. The other lady said she wanted to use the bathroom but would not get up until there was no line. We drove down the south side of the island and it was a slightly straighter wider road. The driver played a video about Tobago (including the information on diving and snorkeling) which lasted about 10 minutes.
Video with driver reflected in the mirror

Video with driver reflected in the mirror

Video on Tobago - diving

Video on Tobago - diving


Atlantic shore

Atlantic shore

Surf on the Atlantic side (east)

Surf on the Atlantic side (east)


Bridge

Bridge


We got to Fort King George at about 3:15. Some people got out and went to the bathroom. There was a wedding there and people were dressed up in fancy clothes but I didn't get any photos of them.
Bell Tank on right

Bell Tank on right

Cannon at Fort King George

Cannon at Fort King George


Then we went to a home-made ice cream place and people got ice cream. We were too tired to get out and Bob was really anxious to get back to the ship.
Homemade ice cream stop

Homemade ice cream stop


Electric service in Scarborough

Electric service in Scarborough


We got back to the boat about 4:00. They had the scanning to get on the boat out in the terminal this time which was easier than right at the end of the gangway, but Bob, who was already cranky because of the length and stress of the trip, thought we would have to do it again at the ship (we didn't) and complained.

After we got back and downloaded the photos (which were not very good as they were taken from a speeding bus through reflective windows-I have included less than 1/3rd of them here as that's all that were in any way reasonable), I went to the Excursion desk to see if they thought I could take the Land and Sea excursion in Virgin Gorda and the bus tour of Bequia. If we can do that, it would take some of the on-board credit we have, which we will otherwise lose as I have not bought anything except internet. One of the ladies this morning while we were waiting for the tour said what we should do was go to the casino, put money on our card, play a little bit and then cash it out.

For dinner I had
Boston Bibb lettuce salad

Boston Bibb lettuce salad


(as I find I am craving lettuce),
Strawberry sorbet Intermezzo (partly eaten)

Strawberry sorbet Intermezzo (partly eaten)

Seafood stuffed trout

Seafood stuffed trout

Chocolate lover's delight

Chocolate lover's delight

Tomorrow is Barbados and St. Nicholas Abbey is open, so we will see what we can do about that.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 05:29 Archived in Trinidad and Tobago Comments (0)

Revisit to St. Nicholas Abbey

First Sunday after Christmas at St. Philip the Less


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This was our sixth visit to Barbados.

The first time was in 1996 when we spent a week on the island and toured many of the attractions including the Barbados Museum, Harrison's Cave, Cherry Tree Hill, Grenade Hill, Gun Signal Hill, and
Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Andromeda Botanical Gardens


Toothpick tree in Welchman Hall Gully

Toothpick tree in Welchman Hall Gully


Morgan Lewis Mill machinery 1996

Morgan Lewis Mill machinery 1996


Barbados Wildlife Sanctuary Sign

Barbados Wildlife Sanctuary Sign


Farley Hill

Farley Hill


Sea crashing on rocks near Animal Flower Cave

Sea crashing on rocks near Animal Flower Cave


Folkestone Snorkeling 1996

Folkestone Snorkeling 1996


St Nicholas Abbey 1996

St Nicholas Abbey 1996


On cruise ship visits in 2006 (twice), 2007, and 2013 we visited lighthouses,
Ragged Point Lighthouse

Ragged Point Lighthouse

Harrison's Point lighthouse

Harrison's Point lighthouse

Needham Lighthouse

Needham Lighthouse

South Point Lighthouse

South Point Lighthouse


St. John's Parish Church

St. John's Parish Church


Orchid World

Orchid World


Sudbury Plantation

Sudbury Plantation


and we revisited the
Barbados museum

Barbados museum


Stalactites in Harrison's Cave

Stalactites in Harrison's Cave


Five Visits to Barbados
But we were not able to get back to St. Nicholas Abbey because it was always closed when we were there. I wanted to go back there because they showed old home movies taken in the 1930s and I wanted to see them again. The film is listed by the Barbados Tourism Authority as one of the "Seven Wonders of Barbados,

We went up to breakfast and ate with the infamous Carol who has been a widow for 5 years (she is my age) and she is up at the casino whenever it is open. I had
Spiced apples

Spiced apples


and poached eggs on toast but the eggs were almost hard boiled which was disappointing because I like to have runny yolks to sop up with the toast.

We got ourselves together and exited the ship. At that point, we were the only ship in port. I figured that most of the other ships that left Ft Lauderdale when we did on 7 day cruises would be back there, or near there today because Barbados is about as far south and east as you go in the Caribbean.
Bob walking ahead of me getting off the ship

Bob walking ahead of me getting off the ship


We went out to the taxi place where there was a lady with a clipboard. I asked her if she was the Taxi Mother (thinking about the Cheese Father in Alkmaar) and she laughed and said she was the dispatcher. I said that I had a limited amount of cash and I wanted to go to St. Nicholas Abbey and to St. Philip-the-Less Anglican Church. She asked how much and I said $100 (I really had $200, but before when I wanted to go to the museum which is quite close and have the driver wait, he charged me $40 so I thought that $100 should cover the morning). She beckoned a driver over and we discussed what I wanted to do and I asked him if he could do that for $100.00 (US). He said he could and maybe I could give him some extra. (In the Antigua it was $200 for the morning, and St Barts it was 150 euros). We put the scooter in the van and started off.
Seventh Day Adventist church and Mini-van AKA Regae Bus

Seventh Day Adventist church and Mini-van AKA Regae Bus


Caribbean shore

Caribbean shore


He showed us the
Monument to those who lost their lives in the 1976 bombing of the Cubana DC8

Monument to those who lost their lives in the 1976 bombing of the Cubana DC8


which crashed off Barbados (this was something I had not known about), and also the monument to the 1605 landing of the English.
Explanation of the Holetown Monument

Explanation of the Holetown Monument

Tercentenary monument commemorating the first landing of Englishmen July 1605

Tercentenary monument commemorating the first landing of Englishmen July 1605


We also passed what the taxi driver told us was the house of Rihanna
Rihanna Fenty's house

Rihanna Fenty's house


who is a singer that was born in Barbados. I have been informed that she doesn't own the whole house and probably just has and appartment here. We saw a
New marina

New marina

Hay rolls in a field

Hay rolls in a field

Electric station

Electric station


and some old chattel houses.
Chattel house

Chattel house


The chattel houses are always interesting to me. They are distinctly Bajan and may be the first "Tiny Houses"
Chattel Houses

Chattel Houses

Old chattel house

Old chattel house


After emancipation, the former slaves built small houses on the plantations where they worked, but the land they were built on did not belong to them. So if they lost their job, or wanted to move to another one, they built houses on blocks so they could easily be dismantled in sections, put onto a cart and moved to another spot. At some time in the past the chattel house owners were allowed to purchase the land, so the houses now have running water and electricity.
Road between sugar cane fields

Road between sugar cane fields

Entrance road St Nicholas Abbey

Entrance road St Nicholas Abbey


We got to St Nicholas Abbey about 10:15 (shortly after they opened at 10:00).
Entrance kiosk at St. Nicholas Abbey

Entrance kiosk at St. Nicholas Abbey


I paid for the tickets ($23US each or $46BD) with a credit card, and the driver parked and we went through the front garden and past the herb garden into the house.
St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey


St. Nicholas Abbey’s is not a religious institution. It has always been a sugarcane plantation house. The great house, built by Benjamin Berringer in 1658, is one of just three Jacobean style mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. (The others are Bacon's Castle in Surry County, Virginia and Drax Hall Great House in Barbados.) Architectural details include the curvilinear Dutch gables with tall finials of carved coral stone Tudor arches, casement windows and decorative corner chimneys. Benjamin's neighbour, friend and business partner was John (later Sir John) Yeamans. When Yeamans began to pay attention to Mrs. Berringer, a feud erupted between Yeamans and Colonel Berringer, culminating in a duel in which Berringer was killed. Soon afterwards, Sir John married Mrs. Berringer and claimed the Abbey. A court ruling returned the property to Berringer's children

The current owner, the Barbadian architect Larry Warren purchased the property in 2006 from the last previous owners the Cave family. It is thought that the Cave family is responsible for the property name when they combined the existing name, ‘Nicholas Plantation’, ‘St. Nicholas Parish’, where the Cumberbatch family lived in England, and ‘Bath Abbey’, where the couple married.

Their website said no motorized wheelchairs or scooters would be allowed, but they did let me ride around the ground floor of the house on the scooter.
Chandelier

Chandelier

St Nicholas Abbey drawing room

St Nicholas Abbey drawing room


Sir John Gay Alleyne added the Georgian-style triple arcaded portico and sash windows in 1746. The cedar paneling was installed in 1898 to protect the home from dampness, likely taken from trees that fell during the strong hurricane that hit the island that year. The Mahogany door, added in 1910, was also felled on the planation.
Drawing room antiques

Drawing room antiques

Dining room

Dining room


The English Sheraton sideboard c. 1780 is one of the few pieces dating to the original owners of the house. The dining table and chairs, made locally from Barbadian Mahogany in 1850.
English sheridan sideboard

English sheridan sideboard

WIndow

WIndow


I particularly remembered, and wanted to see again, this
Gentleman's chair manufactured in 1935 by Foot and Co. (a manufacturer of hospital equipment during WWI)

Gentleman's chair manufactured in 1935 by Foot and Co. (a manufacturer of hospital equipment during WWI)


which was in the study. It could be transformed into a semi or full length couch with the push of a few buttons. Featuring adjustable tables, a book holder, reading lamp, backrest and footrest, it was a common spot for impromptu napping. If the gentleman was disturbing others by snoring too loudly, the chair could be easily wheeled into another room for the duration of the nap.
Window in the study

Window in the study


A Sailor's Valentine was a popular souvenirs of the period which featured intricate designs created from local and imported seashells and other natural materials. The patterns typically centered on a compass, heart or sentimental message. Although the name suggests the sailors made these valentines themselves, most originated in Barbados.
The Sailor's Valentine

The Sailor's Valentine


The grandfather clock, built by James Thwaite of London in 1759, has stood on the landing ever since
Grandfather clock on the stair landing

Grandfather clock on the stair landing


The Chippendale staircase, featuring a different pattern on each flight, replaced the original in 1746
Close-up of the Stair railing

Close-up of the Stair railing


Indoor plumbing was installed on the second floor in the 1930s; there is a full bath on the landing. The 2nd and 3rd floors of the home feature seven bedrooms, two with cornerstone fireplaces, but these areas are not open to the public. Then we had to go out the back (several steps) and we met the son of the current owner when we went into the museum part. In order to get there on the scooter I had to go through a little gate
Going through a little gate

Going through a little gate


and along a path and turn through the terrace cafe that was behing the Rum and Sugar Bond which was where the museum was
Bob taking a photo of the Museum and tasting room

Bob taking a photo of the Museum and tasting room

Son of the current owner

Son of the current owner


Museum and tasting room

Museum and tasting room

Rum barrels

Rum barrels

Models of buses under the tasting table

Models of buses under the tasting table

Visitor's book

Visitor's book

Monkey statue

Monkey statue


Me on the scooter coming from the museum

Me on the scooter coming from the museum


There was rum tasting (which we didn't participate in) and a free drink - either rum or fruit punch.
House back door

House back door

Back yard of St Nicholas Abbey with bird cage

Back yard of St Nicholas Abbey with bird cage


Another thing I remembered from 1996 was this 400 year old Sandbox Tree (Hura crepitans) with the spines on the trunk
Sandbox or Monkey-no-climb tree

Sandbox or Monkey-no-climb tree

Close-up of the bark

Close-up of the bark

Looking up at the Sand Box tree

Looking up at the Sand Box tree


I was able to scooter a little way into the side yard because I wanted to revisit the bath house and the outhouse
Side of St Nicholas Abbey

Side of St Nicholas Abbey

Side yard

Side yard

Bath house

Bath house

Four hole outhouse with a chandelier

Four hole outhouse with a chandelier


Then we went to get good seats for the movie.
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Outside this window was a bird cage with two birds in it. Lance & Baby, two Moluccan Cockatoos (Cacatua molunccensis) or Salmon Crested Cockatoos. I didn't get over to see them, except through this window.
Photos in the film room

Photos in the film room


We got to see the 1935 movie which had been made into a video and now in addition to the section on harvesting the sugar cane and plantation operations
1930s movie

1930s movie


it also included the trip over on a steamship that took 3 weeks. There was a scene which was not in the original movie of the passengers swimming off the ship in some kind of pool attached to the side of the ship. I thought it was very interesting and was happy to have the chance to see it again.

We got back in the taxi and we went down Cherry tree hill where lots of people had stopped to see the view,
View of the Atlantic from Cherry Tree hill

View of the Atlantic from Cherry Tree hill


and past Morgan Mill which has now been restored since we saw it in 1996
Morgan Mill

Morgan Mill

Cows near Morgan Mill

Cows near Morgan Mill


and we were going south down the east coast.
Morgan Mill from down the hill

Morgan Mill from down the hill

Milk Truck

Milk Truck


We passed St. Andrews church and I made the comment that we could go to St. Andrews instead of St. Philip and the Juel the driver said that St. Philips was all the way at the other end of the island. And I said that it was not - it was quite near the Abbey. Well of course he was thinking of a different St. Philips. I got the ap out on my phone and it gave us directions. The only problem was - the GPS location on the church was off by a couple of blocks. So we stopped and asked and were told to go back to the road we had been on and turn right and go up the hill to the old sugar mill.
Old sugar mill behind St. Phillip the Less Cemetery

Old sugar mill behind St. Phillip the Less Cemetery


And the church was there.
St Philip the Less sign

St Philip the Less sign


I had looked it up on the internet to see when they might have a service (so that I wouldn't interfere) and they were having a service at 8:30 in the morning. I thought they would be done and gone by the time we got there, but the minister was still there.
Part of the cemetery

Part of the cemetery

Old tree in the cemetery

Old tree in the cemetery


It was a nice little cemetery and Bob took photos. We were even able to take a photo of a memorial for a soldier that was entered by the International War Graves Commission.
British West Indies Regiment WWI

British West Indies Regiment WWI


Then we started back for the ship.
Back of St Nicholas Abbey

Back of St Nicholas Abbey


Got back about 1. I wanted to be able to contact the cab driver again so I took a photo of his ID (since he was out of cards).
Cab driver's ID

Cab driver's ID


We stopped and did a little shopping at the Best of Barbados store to get a little gift for the cat lady and my cleaning lady. We got oven mitts, rum cake and some coconut coffee. The other ship had gotten in by then it was the Marella Explorer - based in Barbados and does 7 day cruises from there. 925 cabins. It was formerly a Celebrity ship
Marella Explorer

Marella Explorer


We went up to the lido and had lunch. I had a piece of pizza and sat at a table with an old man who turned out to be 88 years old. We were near the automatic door out onto the deck and he said the door malfunctioned yesterday and closed on a lady and knocked her down. He said the ship people tried to say that she just fell, but he saw it and the door knocked her down.

I asked Bob to bring me an egg and watercress sandwich, but he could not find them, so I ate the ice cream he had with fudge sauce. He had a sandwich and potato salad and two piece of cake so he was not going hungry. We finished a little after 2 and they were clearing away lunch so when he went to get ice cream it was gone. We went down to the cabin and after awhile, he went back up for his ice cream.

We had dinner - I had salad and jerk chicken.
Jerk chicken

Jerk chicken


Bob had two kinds of soup (split pea and mango) and salmon. Then since the George and Ann were celebrating their 50th anniversary, they sang to them and gave them a little chocolate cake.
Florida Key Lime Pie

Florida Key Lime Pie


I went to the casino and one of the ladies showed me how to set up an account to use the slots, and I put $100 on my card and played a little bit and then cashed out $92.00.

Tomorrow it is another port - Bequia in the Grenidines

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:19 Archived in Barbados Comments (2)

A Quick Trip to Bequia on New Years Eve

and Saint Mary the Virgin Anglican Church


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

Anchorage

Anchorage


After the first fiasco, I had stopped listing to the port talks. But I did go to the official Bequia website. Bequia is the largest island of the Grenadines part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at 7 square miles. Bequia means "island of the clouds" in the ancient Arawak. In 1763 the Treaty of Paris, St. Vincent, and the formerly French-controlled Grenadine islands were ceded to the British, along with Grenada, Tobago, Dominica and Canada. Bequia was briefly involved with sugar production, but the major occupation of the islanders was boat building and whaling. The main town of Bequia, along the shores of the harbour in Admiralty Bay, is its capital Port Elizabeth. There is a boat museum on the island, which we did not see because I don't think it was open

We had a full table of 8 at breakfast. Me and Bob, Irish DJ Kevin and his wife (they were on Cruise Critics and on the trip in Tobago), the guy who drinks coke for breakfast from MN (also from Cruise Critics), Carol the gambling lady, and the couple who told us a story about one time when his wife (a very small lady) said she wasn't going to board a small boat and a large black man picked her up under one arm and carried her on board.

I had the special which I thought would involve poached eggs on toast, and the eggs were poached but they came with a whole wheat roll - all their bread is hard rolls. Bob had hot chocolate and oatmeal (his usual). After breakfast, we went back to the room and I had a nap. Bob apparently thought that meant that we were not going ashore, but he was wrong. This was the fourth and last place I had not been before (the others were Guadaloupe, Martinique and Tobago), so I was going. He grumbled a bit, but we went.
Casino Bar

Casino Bar


We gathered in the Casino Bar
Music setup in the Casino Bar

Music setup in the Casino Bar


They weren't handing out tickets, but they said to wait until a tender was there - it was about a 20 minute wait.
Waiting for the tender

Waiting for the tender


We got on the tender at 10:40
Leaving on a tender

Leaving on a tender


and it was a 10 minute ride into the beach.
Tenders passing

Tenders passing

Welcome to Bequia

Welcome to Bequia

Gas, Ice and Courtesy Flags for visiting yachts

Gas, Ice and Courtesy Flags for visiting yachts

Fruit and vegetable stall

Fruit and vegetable stall


We crossed a kind of muddy parking lot (passing the Elvis taxi) to the street. The main street along the waterfront had a sidewalk on one side, separated from the street by a curb and lined with kiosk stands with stuff for sale ranging from Fudge to vegetables to necklaces and wooden carvings.
Kiosks on Front Street and the Elvis Taxi

Kiosks on Front Street and the Elvis Taxi


It started to rain a bit so we ducked into the Saint Mary the Virgin Anglican Church,
St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church

St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church


which was my objective as I knew there it had a cemetery. There was a man inside practicing singing. He would sing some, and then play a note on the piano to check his pitch I think, and then sing some more. He was doing Ave Maria when we came in. He had a very nice voice and it was very resonant. A mongrel dog came and looked in the back doorway at him, and then left.
Date in the church

Date in the church

Windows in the church

Windows in the church


After a bit the rain let up and Bob went out and took photos outside
Back of St Mary the Virgin and cemetery

Back of St Mary the Virgin and cemetery

Gravestone

Gravestone

Gravestone

Gravestone


and I took photos inside.
Stained Glass windows

Stained Glass windows


There were 11 memorials there when we started, and now there are 31. Then we went back to the dock and we were just in time to take the next tender back to the ship.
Tender landing

Tender landing

Man on the beach (waiting for a tender)

Man on the beach (waiting for a tender)

Pacific Princess at anchor

Pacific Princess at anchor

Coming back to the Pacific Princess

Coming back to the Pacific Princess

Flags on the Pacific Princess

Flags on the Pacific Princess


I wondered what the flags meant. I saw the ships flag and the courtesy flag, but there were two others. There was an Ensign at the helm of the tender on the way back, but when it came to docking at the ship, the crewman took over. We were back by 11:30.
Elevator selfie

Elevator selfie

Panorama Buffet sign

Panorama Buffet sign


We went up to lunch. I tried to get a tongue sandwich, but the sandwiches got moved around and I got a BLT instead. I also had a shrimp and pasta dish, and at the end, pina colada ice cream. Bob went and got himself hot tea, and then he had quite a good lunch

I talked to a lady who said she had a suite and they ate most of their meals there (I think she said she had 46 cruises with Princess). She said it was quieter there, although I don't think this is a very noisy ship.
Mirror at the head of the stairs

Mirror at the head of the stairs


I had intended to swim because the pool is being drained tonight, but I got involved with the photos and didn't. We did go up to trivia, and would have had one more point for 12 if they had taken my suggestion of who had invented the word vaccination. I said it was Jenner (smallpox) but they thought Pasteur. But the usual group won with 14 or 15 so we would not have won anyway. On the way out, I took a photo of the lovely orchid that was there in the Elite Lounge. After we have Trivia, this area turns into the Elite Lounge.
Orchids for the Elite

Orchids for the Elite


It was formal night, so we got dressed and went up-
Table set for New Years Eve

Table set for New Years Eve

Crowned on New Years Eve

Crowned on New Years Eve


I had
New potatoes with caviar and chives

New potatoes with caviar and chives


and a saffron lobster soup (two pieces of lobster)
Intermezzo

Intermezzo


and then the lobster as an entree.
Lobster

Lobster


There were two lobster tails. Bob had the potato soup and lobster. And then I had the pudding cake for dessert with ice cream.
Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake


It was quite rich and I didn't eat all of it. I also took a photo of the
Cream cheese and butterscotch cake

Cream cheese and butterscotch cake


Then Bob and I went to the casino and eventually figured out how to put $150 on his card, and he played the penny slots for a bit and lost a bit of money. And then he cashed out his card so he has some more cash which makes him more comfortable.

The cruise director was practically begging people to stay up until midnight at the party, but I don't know anyone who did.

Tomorrow (New Years Day) we are in Dominica, and I think the big cemetery is about a 5 minute walk (as Google maps walk) from the dock. There is a buffet brunch from 10:30 to 1 so we will probably go out in the morning and try to get back in time for the brunch.

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