Winter Sun 1 - Antigua arrival

Published: February 1st 2020
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Hi All

So we’re off again for some winter sun!

An early start, a slow but uneventful drive to Gatwick, and a half empty Virgin Atlantic flight to Antigua. Cathy and I were both able to take 4 seats and stretch out for bit! We picked up a hire car, drove across the island but then got ....well, lost.

We simply could not find our booked villa despite maps, google maps on the phone... in the end we were rescued by a local who said “follow me”. We were only 250 metres off but in the dark could not see the place hidden up a lane (Cj: a very steep, narrow dirt track) on a hillside.

However, in the morning we were welcomed by a stunning view out over English Harbour, and a very enjoyable breakfast on the patio.

Then it was off to Nelson’s Dockyard - only 10 minutes away and simply delightful. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2016 and it now contains some chic hotels, cafes and high end tourist shops, all aimed at the Yacthing classes. (There were plenty of “hooray Henrys in evidence along with some very extravagant yachts)...
Pool and patioPool and patioPool and patio

We’re looking forward to 8 days here.
very enjoyable though on a warm and sunny day.

Tonight we’re off to nearby English Harbour where there are plenty of restaurants.

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Nelson’s DockyardNelson’s Dockyard
Nelson’s Dockyard

Number one tourist attraction, and the only surviving Georgian dockyard in the West. Nelson spent some considerable time here.
Nelson’s Dockyard - Atlantic RowersNelson’s Dockyard - Atlantic Rowers
Nelson’s Dockyard - Atlantic Rowers

At breakfast we met a family whose Dad had just rowed across the Atlantic. Seriously, he’d arrived yesterday. We said we’d look out for them, and we duly found family, boat and Dad! All very interesting but I’m not going to spend 50 days in boat with 3 other 60 year olds...

2nd February 2020

It looks wonderful. Do you have to get your own breakfast? What’s the temperature like - it looks like a great place to rest awhile.

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