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Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown November 24th 2019

When we arrived in Barbados to be honest it was not the best as a crew member was taken ill so we arrived early to get the crew member to hospital. So my first view was a big ocean liner which is not the most spectacular sight when you have come in on a tall ship, however, lets hope the crew member is okay now. Once we had disembarked I must admit I did not think well this looks like a paradise island not in the least I thought is this really Barbados - I thought all the a-list celebrities came here so there must be more than this. Ferida our host at our Airbnb though was so nice she had arranged for us to get into the cottage early as check in was not until ... read more
Changing of the guard
My favourite phot
A day at the races

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown November 23rd 2019

So I have been back on Terra Firma for a few days now in Barbados and I think it is time that I update you on my 10 days at sea crossing the Atlantic as I now do not feel a rocking motion of being on the ship. Before embarking on this journey I thought what the hell am I going to do with myself for 10 days whilst at sea and also do I have enough sick bags to get me through this ordeal! How wrong could I have been and if anyone would have told me that I would spend most of my time just looking out at the Atlantic with nothing to see most of the time but the horizon I would have said are you having a giraffe! I can honestly say ... read more
Royal Ramblers
Neptune awaits us Atlantic virgins
Annie being dunked


Thursday July 18 - I went to bed late last night and woke up around 6:30, but I was tired and managed to stay half-asleep until about 7:45, so that was a good change. Sleeping with a strong fan was good in lieu of aircon, but the windows don’t have screens. The mosquito count was surprisingly low, and I think the fan helped a lot, but my feet got some bites while I slept. I don’t think the fan quite covers all of me. I ate a bagel that was in the freezer for breakfast and went over to the big house to ask my host Shelly a few questions. She suggested Bridgetown for the day and the beach in the afternoon, and that’s what I went with. It looked like rain, but it was pretty ... read more
Browne's Beach
Street art
Bridgetown

Central America Caribbean » Barbados February 28th 2018

Exploring Barbados with a local photographer. An enjoyable tour designed by local professional photographer Ronnie Carrington who has recorded aspects of Barbadian life, landscape & folk culture. The tour escorted by Ronnie himself took us through local villages, sugar cane fields and to watch the waves breaking over the Atlantic coast of the island, Bathsheba one of the most photographed area in Barbados. The tour was originally planned for 9am but changed to 1pm so I was able to do the packing this morning rather than tonight. Ronnie was a lovely guy and as we journeyed through the countryside he told about the chattel houses, wooden single story houses built on loose bricks so they could be relocated to another village if required - hence the saying when you move goods & chattels! We stopped at ... read more
Barbados
Barbados
Barbados

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown February 6th 2018

Apologies for not having been here for a while. Let say that a little collapse of my computer didn't help, and it is not easy to download pics using an Ipad! So I', just short of three months late on blogging, with as you can imagine, a certain of blog behind me. So let's try to catch up, on place at a time! Here is is, our last little stop of our Caribbean trip. After the cruise on the Club Med 2, we stay one night in St Anne on Guadeloupe. I really can't understand why people flight 8 hours to such an island. Not cheap, not specially nice, and if you want to find nice locals, you may want to go somewhere else. So one night was compulsory as there are few inter islands flights ... read more
Sunset time!
Beautiful beaches
Local life...

Central America Caribbean » Barbados January 22nd 2018

Montag, 22.01.2018 Bridgetown (Barbados): leicht bewölkt, Min. 24°C Max.28°C Heute hiess es wieder mal früh aufstehen, was wir nach den vier Mal eine Stunde länger schlafen (Zeitumstellung), gar nicht mehr gewohnt waren. Ich hatte vorsorglich den Wecker gestellt. Wir hatten einen gebuchten Strandbesuch am „Carlisle Beach“ auf Barbados und der begann um 8:45 am Treffpunkt im Theater Phoenix, wo wir unsere Busnummer in Empfang nehmen mussten. Auf dem Weg zum Strand durchquerte unser Bus die Altstadt von Bridgetown. Bridgetown ist auch Inselhauptstadt und „Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO“. Am heutigen Montag waren leider alle Geschäfte geschlossen, da ein Feiertag war. Entsprechend wenige Leute bevölkerten die Strassen der Stadt. Wir hätten uns den „schönsten Strand von Barbados“, wie es in der Island Map beschriebe... read more
Zwei Piraten?
Die Ankunftshalle.

Central America Caribbean » Barbados January 14th 2018

It was on a Sunday that our cruise ship chose to visit Barbados, along with 4 larger cruise liners. I have no idea why they brought so many passengers into Bridgetown on a Sunday, when everything was closed and the place was dead. I also wasn't prepared for just how poor the island's infrastructure was, I really expected more from such a major tourist destination. It soon became clear that our plans to bus it around the island weren't going to happen, the driver who picked us up showed us the empty bus station to prove it. I negotiated a price to be taken to the St Joseph's Flower Forest, Barbados Wildlife Reserve, then back to the port, which took about 4.5 hours all in. I really enjoyed the drive around the island, seeing lots of ... read more
Lunchtime at Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Yawning monkey - Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Mother and baby munching sweet potato - Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Central America Caribbean » Barbados December 23rd 2017

Barbados is a single island on the eastern fringes of the Windward Islands and more specifically is situated directly east of the Grenadines. The island is considered by many to be the closest thing to England in the Caribbean. The Bajans, as the islanders call themselves, tend to appropriate rather than adapt English customs, and like to think of themselves as their own people, but there are old stone Anglican churches in every parish, horse races on Saturdays, and portraits of the Queen hanging on plenty of walls. Its most famous inhabitant is still the great Sir Garfield Sobers, for whom a large poster peers over the Immigration Hall in the capital, Bridgetown. We in fact had three different visits to Barbados - pre-cruise, where we stayed overnight at the Radisson and signed on for the ... read more
The surf beach at Bathsheba
The Sunbury Plantation house
St John's Parish Church

Central America Caribbean » Barbados November 23rd 2017

Certainly a good place for winter sun but it is very hot and anti-insect bite spray is essential but still probably wont save you! If there is more than one plane arriving at the airport expect huge long winding queues at immigration- almost as bad as Los Angeles but at least it is air conditioned. We arrived at our apartment at Beach View, Paynes Bay after dark so could not see the surroundings but we were very ,pleased with the 2 bedroomed apartment with lovely large sitting room, dining area and kitchen with a comfortable patio area looking out to the pool. Our first foray was as usual to find a beer which we found on the roof top of one of the 3 buildings which make up the small resort. The following morning, Robin the ... read more
Lunch on the patio
Paynes beach
Marina bar, Bridgetown


As you will have gathered, my non flower arranging friends, this has been a holiday with a difference! The purpose of the trip was to enjoy a wonderful flower show which takes place every three years. Flower arrangers from around the world gather for this event and this year the small island of Barbados was the host. So since my last posting I have been busy at the show, firstly getting up early on Wednesday morning to take part in one of the classes of the competition. A class where all the materials are provided, that was fun 3 hours to arrange a design alongside 19 other exhibitors from around the world.The other classes had 5 hours to create their designs and from the exhibits I saw later I just marvelled at the talent in such ... read more
Bridgetown
Shopping with the girls
Unfamiliar fruit & veg




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