Published: August 21st 2011August 21st 2011
Within 50 minutes of leaving the Travelodge we were in the North Terminal lounge - No 1 - very new/very posh and a great way to start the holiday.
Managed to play a bit of Travian to stop my warehouses from filling-up :). Our plane was called and we went to the gate - boarding was quick and easy. Dinner was very good on the plane a chicken curry and then it was down to watching 2 or 3 films - Thor/Fast and Furious and Sucker Punch (though they managed to turn the entertainment system off 5 minutes before the end of this.... we'll have to find out what happened).
Arrived in Barbabdos at the time expected and apart from leaving my hat on the plane we got through customs/immigration and picked up our bags and were met by the guy from Remac Tours. Very smooth transfer to the Almond Beach Village - loved the bit where he overtook a car on a single-track road honking as he went round the corner...
Arrived at the hotel and found a whole bunch of people from the plane had got here before us - so check-in was a bit delayed
(we are on Caribbean time now... slow or even slower) but a welcome Rum punch or 2 and fruit punch for the younger ones was well received. Then we met with Diane our tour guide and were shown to our rooms. Ideal for us as we have adjoining rooms with connecting doors... rooms were clean and much larger than I expected. Furniture a bit dated but we are in the Caribbean so what do you expect?
So what do you do 20 minutes before the sun sets... unpack or go in the sea? No contest really! The sea was warm and clean and we weren't the only people in watching the sun go down.
after half an hour in the sea we came back and got changed to have dinner in the Horizons restaurant which was an International buffet meal - very nice as well. Then back to the rooms for a few games of cards and sleeeeep... earlishy about 9.30 - or 2.30 am. UK time.
Next morning we woke up around 9 am. and went to Horizons for breakfast. Lovely choice including Kiwi yoghurts... boiled eggs and if you wanted roll your own omlettes. We
picked up the towels and some swimming stuff from the room and headed along the beach in the direction of Speightstown - we stopped as we reached the edge of the Almond Beach property and went swimming. Got - hopefully some good shots of fishes swimming. We could smell the food being cooked as lunch approached - so we walked back to the boardwalk bar and had burger/chips/salad and ice cream and a few beers from the bar - that will be a Banks please.
It then rained very heavily as it only can in the tropics - we ended up in the pool near the bar which was good. Then we thought we'd do a bit of exploring so we headed back through the village and out the other side to where the Watersports are located. Unfortunately because of the weather the watersports had closed for the day - so it was back in the water and a couple of drinks were brought in. Then back to the room shower and out for the Bajan barbecue - which because of the weather had become the Bajan food in Horizons. Food was excellent. Spent a bit of time on
the wi-fi in the lobby which is surprisingly quick.
Matthew says "Hi". Eleanor says "Dads a Moron". Christopher says "Arsenal lost 2 nil to Liverpool". Mummy says "ditto to Eleanor".
Trying to keep Catherine up past 9.30 is the challenge - "I'm not asleep - snoreeeeee" coming from the bed is not the actions of an awake person.
We've also slowly started turning the air conditioning up - it's now 18 C - which for most is pleasant, for others a little on the cold side.
Reviewed the first set of pictures from the mask camera underwater and while the pictures are ok the video Matthew took is really good - and in not exceptional light. We'll have to see what we get in full sun.
There are more photos below