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Published: June 13th 2017
Geo: 17.0817, -61.8077
Sunday 05/04/09 St Johns - Antigua Temps Air 28°C Sea 27°C
Our berth once again is ideally placed being right alongside the city's main waterfront, straight off the ship to the many bars & cafes. Although it's Sunday the place is already humming as already berthed is the Holland-America Lines ship Maarsdam, and 15 minutes after our arrival the Fred Olsen Lines Booddica arrived and there's another due in later in the day
We'd booked a 4 x 4 excursion to the centre of the island, which in view of the number of visitors now deposited on the island seems like a lucky choice. Off we lurched in our LR Defender through the city with our guide pointing out local points of interest, he was a proper laugh, so chilled, no problems man; up we went to Convent's Hill for a breathtaking view of English Harbour and the surrounding scenery. Eric Clapton has a place here which was pointed out to us, apparently he's done an awful lot for the islanders and is held in high regard; one of the many things he's done is to build a rehab centre to help locals deal with their addictions.
we went to the Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation for a Caribbean style buffet lunch, which was just amazing, Creole chicken, rice, salads, dressings, fruit bread, rum punch, fruit, after 2 large glasses of punch a couple of the passengers on our jeep were getting rather high, and loud; good grief 2 drinks and their inhibitions just fade away,( don't go there I don't want to think about it).
Just after we left there I received a phone call from Charlotte Cayless (those of you from BG will possible remember her, she left to move to Antigua 3-4 years ago) We'd been trying to arrange to get together whilst we were here but it looked like it wasn't going to happen, so I was pleased when we managed to arrange to hook up down at a bar along side the ship.
We drove across the island taking in Devils bridge, a narrow arch carved out by the sea leaving a natural bridge spanning the sea, if your carefully and the sea's not to rough you can walk along the bridge, although you need to be careful as the sea punches the water under the arch and shots it upward with some
force alongside the bridge.
On our route around some of the islands beaches we took in Half Moon Bay which is, well you just run out of adjectives after a while, but it's a beautiful sight. The trip was rounded off by a swimming stop in Long Bay Beach, just beeeeaaaautiful. After a fairly long and bumpy journey to just jump into the beautiful azure blue seas of the Caribbean was just perfict, just pirfict man.
All good things come to and end and all too soon we were back at the harbour. Off we went making a beeline to the B-Hive where we hoped to hook up with Charlotte, sure enough she was there and for the next 2-3 hours we had a great time talking about the island and her life here, the things she gets up to on the island and her experiences since returning here. All too soon the time had come for us to say our farewells, as it's time to embark ready for the long haul northward to cooler climes.
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