Norman L. Payne

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Norman L. Payne

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North America » Bermuda » Saint George February 17th 2015

December in Bermuda While serving in the Navy I had the opportunity to visit Bermuda. Since then, I have been longing to go back and experience the island a different way, as a civilian. My first schedule trip was postponed due to a hurricane that also wanted to visit Bermuda as much as I did. I finally got there and was relieved that the hurricane left no lasting effects. The island could not have been any more beautiful than it is in its present state. The wild flowers that covered hillsides were in full bloom as if it was spring time in my native Georgia. You could almost say what hurricane? The weather in December is mild, about 70 degrees at its height. It was far too chilly, though, to take a dip in the beautiful ... read more
Church in Bermuda
Clear water in Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave


I stumbled upon Belize truly by accident. I was looking for somewhere to escape to for the weekend and Belize appeared. I wanted a warm place with about three hours or less of flying time. Belize is only about 2 ½ hours from takeoff to touch down. Belize is a small country in Central America, no larger than the state of Massachusetts with only about 330,000 people residing there. It has a Caribbean feel and a culture all of its own. I stayed in the Ramada Princess Resort and Spa. Although we had a standard room it was rather comfortable. All of the rooms face the ocean and you are greeted with a wonderful sunrise every morning. After watching the sunrise, you can stroll down to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast, packed with some Belizean ... read more
Belize City (2)
Belize City (3)
Belize City (4)


Belize is unique in itself, but the small islands that make up this Central America country are simply “UN-belizable”. The island of Ambergris Caye is soaked in Belizean culture. Ambergris Caye is the largest of the Belizean islands at 25 miles long and only 1 mile wide. Belize is a short flight from Atlanta, at two and a half hours. The weather is always a warm 80 degrees with very comfortable nights. The people of Belize are friendly and of many different ethnic backgrounds. Iguanas scamper free and are plentiful, dashing across the resort property, climbing trees or scaling a deck post. Ambergris Caye is an untouched gem. There are no big businesses or major hotel chains, only tiny shops and stores that line the narrow streets that are filled with golf cart traffic. There are ... read more
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