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Imagesallyg
Jul 30, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Just back from a cruise to bermuda. THoguh I m so far from an expert on the place, I can giv a few comments
First of all the water IS beautfiul blue!!!!!!!!! We loved the clear blue water all around the boat and in all the little bays and beaches. Being a good sized cruise ship we docked at Kings HWarf aka Royal Dockyard, on the western tip of the island. First day we took the ferry to St George's. I found the schedule on the internet. I can post the link here later if needed. We were able to buy transportation passes on the ship at the same price as on the island. Ferry was nice, as you get to see the coastline of the island as you ride, and it took a few minutes less than the stated 50 minutes.
St. George's is the old historic town. Ferry lets you off a block away from the central square which is pretty small actually. The whole 'city' is about four blocks one way and 6-8 the other. Very small. We walked uphill a couple blocks to the Unfinished Church. Old stone walls are left of a church which was left unfinished. A fun easy free quick thing for kids. and it was on the way to Tobacco Bay Beach.
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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Jul 30, 2010 7:52 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
The beach above is not Tobacco Bay, it is Horseshoe Bay, much bigger and more on that later.
Tobacco Bay beach here
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is a 10 to fifteen minute walk from the ferry, some uphill but also part along a shaded road next to lawns so not a bad walk.. It's a large cove I guess you'd call it, with sandy beach and water surrounded by large coral rock. Small bathouse with changing area, restroom but no shower that we found, snack bar and snorkel rentals, and chickens roaming around. We have seagulls they have chickens! Actually it sems that more people there keep chickens. There were fish in the water, that was a big thrill for all of us and great treat for the youngest teen with his snorkel mask. Some fish will come to eat fruit or cereal that you throw in- I had read you should take some Froot Loops. Except for seaweed that day the water is so clean you may just swear off swimming anywhere on the East US coast again--eww. This was mid day on a Monday so not a crowded beach.
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"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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Imagesallyg
Jul 30, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
St. George's town itself--well the cruise people encourged visiting, and I had already planned we would see it for the historic uniqueness. But it seems in a slump. Lots of empty stores. not much going on. Of the two restaurants in town, in the guide book, one was out of business! George and Dragon or something like that, is no more. After Tobacco Bay we were hungry and voted to go to town and eat. White Horse right on the harbor was one choice, there was one other similar one a few blocks up,"Wahoo's" then one sandwich and ice cream place with no tables and one really cheap looking sub/pizza place. There was someplace recommended back near the Golf course but we didn't want to walk back, not knowing if it would be a good choice for our beach attire. White Horse was fine, good food, prices are steep compared to here--17$ club sandwich, $15 14 inch pizza. etc.

We might have been better off going to Fort St Catherine Beach to the east of Tobaco Bay- and I thought some kids would want to roam the Fort--but it was hard to find a lot of comments specific before the trip so I went with the easiest to get to.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Jul 30, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
After a good lunch we got the bus back toward Hamilton The bus ride is FUN! Full size bus and you go zooming down these twisty roads with no shoulder, and you see cars coming on 'your side' ( cuz they drive lefty) so you keep thnking they are going the wrong way. LOL Like a amusement park ride.

We took the bus about twenty minutes to a park I had read about called Blue Hole (Hill) Park. Audobon renovated this property some years ago, there are swimming lagoons, caves and a jungle and the Blue Hole, a small but deep lagoon. Well, it was exciting getting there because we had to walk along the road with no shoulder, and cross the road , but anyhoo, first the girls saw a small beach with no one on it and wanted go to in right away. They thought that was neat. The boys and I roamed further and found a small cave to look in. I soon got the feeling that this is a local day park like we would walk our dogs at and where some might go at night to drink etc. Oh well, it's still Bermuda. The man and younger boy stayed with the girls while the older boy and I roamed even further (he's the one who always wants to explore) We found the Blue Hole, and some caverns. I'd say this spot is great for the rugged individualist who has already seen the really nice things in Bermuda and wants something different, for free. Otherwise, not worth it. However the kids enjoyed the private beach.

Back to the bus stop The policeman on a scooter stopped and very nicely informed us that the bus driver would maybe not let us ride if we looked still wet from the beach. Then I asked him if we could get to Horseshoe Bay by bus 7 et, and he advised me to just do that beach the next morning. It was chance and good luck that he came along and gave us a good tip and info. We took the bus then to Hamilton, to get the ferry back to Dockyard and go back on boat for free dinner.
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I saw this Plumeria tree the size of my old crabapple tree with a trunk about 15 inch diameter! That impressed me!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 3, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Very nice recap Sally!! Would you go back again?
Imagesallyg
Aug 3, 2010 11:25 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I'm on the wrong computer for pictures at the moment but can add more later.

Well, I'm sure I could go back and spend a nice time at the Botanical Gardens, and Spittal Pond Nature Area, and go to the beach again. We saw two businessmen in their shorts plus long socks business attire and I explained to the teens that those guys were NOT weird, they were normal for Bermuda.

To be honest, St George's was disappointing.
Snorkeling was really neat, and climbing rocks by the beach.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 3, 2010 11:34 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Good. Are you going to talk more here later about your whole cruise experience?
Imagesallyg
Aug 4, 2010 12:16 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
How about now? (I was unable to get sleepy, thinking about taking my baby off to college in two weeks--waaah)
We took Royal Caribbean out of Baltimore, very well organized process.
This was our first ever cruise so at first we felt swamped by the crowd. Everybody gets on at once and everybody wants to go to the buffet ASAP and it can't handle that. But once that settled, and we started looking around, and we had our first gourmet dinner, we started liking it! The whole ship seemed brand new and spotlessly clean. A giant floating resort. Every staff person is friendly and helpful and at your beck and call, clearing tables, or getting drinks. All the food was good or great and plenty of it. Big bonus when taking five teens somewhere. You do have to read the daily planners to know whats going on --karaoke, shows, comics, poolside line dance "class" , morning stretch in the gym, rock climb wall, bungee bounce. Everybody liked all the shows. The dining room waiters did something cute two nights. One night they all made funny headgear from serving pieces, or balanced something on their heads, and conga-lined around the room, Then they led us all in the Macarena. Even my 13 yr old boy did it--LOL!! well, not the hip swivel part and the hop.

Staff had great party spirit, and were great at reminding us all about important stuff. Including--'just have fun and don't be too shy because you will never see these people again.' Sea was calm and weather was perfect.

So basically it was a wonderful and memorable trip for us!

And we all need to start saving our pennies so we can do a cubits MAM cruise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 4, 2010 12:22 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ohn Yeah!!! Now you are talkin'!!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
ImageHollyAnnS
Aug 15, 2010 5:47 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Sally, Sounds like a great trip. Love the pic of the kids. What beautiful beaches.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
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Boy, worse than I thought. The formal night was kind of rushed and we didn't try to get the pro portraits . Boo.
Cute pose of 13 yr old with babes.
That stairway to the theater balcony would be a nice setting for a group shot, we didn't plan ahead enough. Plus being squeezed into DDs dress I could not get enough O2 to think quickly
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
You're lookin' great, Sally. Which gal is your daughter?
Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
street scene. Not everybody on bermuda can really affordThumb of 2010-08-16/sallyg/3a68df .Thumb of 2010-08-16/sallyg/c0e65e

to live there. but if you can afford it there are such pretty coves
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
My daughter is caddy corner to me, right front with one-shoulder-strap dress. I wonder if she has spent ALL the money she made this summer on clothes!! Hilarious!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Beautiful Scenery! The Bahamas are the same way. The residents are not permitted to enter the casino at The Atlantis for their own economic good.
Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's who I thought it was. She has those great long legs like yours. Oh O, I feel a fiscal scolding to be forthcoming.
Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
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Sunset, sunrise on the ocean
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Aug 15, 2010 6:35 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
LOL What great pics. Yep I picked her out of the bunch, too. What a great looking group you make.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
What beautiful sunsets, Sally!! Thumbs up
Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
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Sunset; Bird nesting or roosting in rock; Looking down on Horseshoe Baby Beach from the rocks; Someon in the jumping harness--you get harnessed and you jump on this big bouncy thing so you can go extra high and be safe. It was fun! Yes I did it. Bonus--hunky young 'Ivan' harnesses you and you can put your hands on his strong shoulders to steady yourself. Whistling after five minutes of jumping you are tired though, it does not do the work for you!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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