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Covid saga Well we get off the ship and take a PCR test to get into the villa which was called Mustard Seed and it was situated in the Mullins area of Barbados. The villa was amazing and really in a good situation. So we all think everything is fine and dandy - how wrong can things go. We all get our results later in the day apart from Sue and Eric. We are all negative so we go out for a meal. Then when we get back the worst news that could happen was Sue had tested positive. One of the stipulations on Barbados is that you need to inform your accommodation provider immediately. So on the Sunday we inform the agent who is handling the booking for the villa from Booking.com. The local track ... read more
Sunset from our isolation villa


So we all got our negative PCR test results the night before and now comes the part where we needed to print out our certificates for boarding the Clipper. You would think that would be easy but as I always had a saying with my dad “nothings simple” so after toing and froing we all manage to get a hard copy of our certificates - so we all think now we have the paperwork in order to board tomorrow. So we have another day swimming on the sandy beach and whilst in the water Sue (L) and Eric notice next to a reef that there is a massive turtle - so Sue (L) runs back up the beach and we all go down to see if we can catch a glimpse of it. It does take ... read more
Fish Tacos with Jalapeños
Baby Dolls restaurant


Well it was a really quiet day today with not a lot going on if I am honest. We all had to go for our PCR tests so we can board the ship on Saturday. The tests were completed across the road from our hotel so not to much of a faff we thought until we got to the desk and the lady asks us for our QR codes. To which we all said we have not got one. The poor lady then tried to explain to us that we needed one and how to get it. You would think that would be simple except we did not have internet access so some of us used her iPad to fill in the forms (which we had done before and were not given a QR code) and ... read more


So up early and we decide that we are going to have breakfast on the balcony and as everything went into our fridge we meet on our balcony which Eric has renamed Paula’s Arms. Once breakkie was completed off we trot to Bridgetown. We all jump into a boogie bus. If you have been to Barbados or the caribbean you will know what one of these is. If not it is a transit van with lots of seats in and they are driven up and down by the locals and they hoot you all the time and you hail one and all jump in - a real Barbadian treat. So we arrive in Bridgetown and we lose Graham only to find him dreaming of days gone by, ha ha. So we drag Graham away from his ... read more
A sign at a fruit and veg stall
Royal Clipper not Star Clipper


Well another day in paradise (Phil Collins eat your heart out). It has been a quiet day today mainly by the beach. However, we did venture out for brunch which was a really nice meal. We also managed to change our PCR test to over the road instead of being over 30 miles away slo that was a win win for us to be honest. Sue, Graham and Eric decided to go into Bridgetown for a change and now the story begins!! When we got back to the room Sue and our key card did not work to get into the room so we had to investigate by Mike and Sue going down to reception whilst I waited upstairs with the shopping. Whilst they were at reception I noticed a lady cleaning rooms so I asked ... read more


Well its day 2 of our holiday in the Caribbean and we have finally unpacked and started to chill - well not sure of that one!. We went to get some cash out today and all went well and have spent the day chilling by the sea - think I could become a beach bum if this carries on. So this is my view from our balcony not bad I think when you think we have been dealing with Covid and the loss of loved ones over the year. So we are all chilling out by the sea and Eric who we have gone on this break with (including Sue his long suffering wife) decides he is going to go green and decides he is going to clean the ocean all by his self and guess ... read more
Eric decides he is going to clean the waters
spot Mike;s hanger


Well we have arrived at last into Barbados. You will never know how many hoops we have had to jump through. Even down to when we were supposed to board and the tannoy says we are waiting to see if the captain has tested positive!!!! However, that is all in the past now as arrived at the hotel and first thing, well nearly the first thing, as had to unpack my dresses and hang them up and guess what realised Mike only has one hanger left - well princess or what never said I was anything else, ha ha, we had a swim in the sea and a few beers and a bite to eat. I need to tell you this, do not and I am saying do not, watch The Father with Anthony Hopkins and ... read more


On July 12, 2012, The Garrison in Barbados was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. That’s pretty cool in and of itself, but this World Heritage Site has the added attraction of horse racing. History lessons would have been a lotmore fun if they had taken place at the track. And make no mistake; there is some interesting history here at The Garrison, including the George Washington House, home to the first president of the United States in his only foray outside the US. See George Washington Slept Here But today I have come for the racing. I try to make the Diamonds International Races on Boxing Day every year, but this year I arrived on the island early enough to make the Christmas Season Race Day. The Christmas Season Race Day is a much calmer ... read more
Ready to race
Barbados Finest
Blue diamonds jockey


‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land, Not a tourist was stirring, child, woman, nor man. The beaches were sunny, the water was warm, “But where are the visitors?” locals cried with alarm. “It’s the economy,” they whispered, “and no one has money. Can’t pay the mortgage, can’t go where it’s sunny.” OK, I’m not going to be named Poet Laureate anytime soon, but you get the idea. Barbados is my favorite winter vacation spot, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this empty. The global economic meltdown has, sadly, spread to Barbados as well. A number of decent, mid-range hotels have closed. Some are closed under the mantel of “refurbishment” (In the middle of high season? With no visible workers?), some are actively being demolished, and some are just shuttered and ... read more
Empty beach
Rockley Beach
Where is everybody?


Ground floor studio apartment at Worthing Beach very good; 1metre to an Elvis guitar shaped swimming pool and another 10 metres to steps leading to beach or into the ocean at high tide. Barbados appears a little more developed than Antigua but the people no less friendly; there are a zillion roads, most unmarked, we got lost several times. Most tourists we have met have been Canadian, probably a consequence of the GFC; the only ones that can afford to travel. Activities: Went to a cutural music/dance show (Bajan Roots & Rythm). Lesia has photos; great night and the RUM punches flowed freely. Visited Mount Gay for a Rum factory tour and needless to say the Rum flowed freely. Oistins on a Friday night is a must do; they have a massive fish fry; I had ... read more
Beach Steps
Studio
Mount Gay Rum factory




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