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A Guided Tour

Beautiful Views and Short Visits


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Today we were to go out with Lewis Foggo, the guide that Bob and I had last time we were here. He promised me he would show her "his Bermuda". We got room service again and this time I asked for fruit yogurt, and a bagel and no tea and I just drank my cranberry juice. Barbara got tea and raisin bran and milk. But she wasn't hungry and mostly just had tea, but she took the banana from yesterday with her.
Breakfast tray

Breakfast tray

Sunrise

Sunrise


We were a little early for our 9:00 meeting, but Lewis was early too.
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I asked why they did not take us by the wall of symbols from the various ships that came to Bermuda which were a highlight of the Dockyard on previous trips, and Lewis said that they had been erased. He took us to where they had been. There were one or two left and that was all.

When the Americas Cup came to Bermuda, they just painted over all the art work so that the sponsors of the Americas Cup would not have "competing" symbols. He said that Bermuda paid for the whole cost (taking money away from schools, health care and infrastructure) telling everyone that they would recoup on the visitors that would come, and that did not work because people didn't come that much - the hotels had full up reservations by the sponsoring corporations, but the people didn't actually come so the hotels were paid up but were empty and they laid off people. This was quite different from the story that Sidney told us on the train tour yesterday.

Barbara decided that she wanted to know about slavery in Bermuda, so she asked Lewis about that. He was showing us marvelous beaches and beautiful scenery and we were talking about slavery in Bermuda
Dockyard marina

Dockyard marina

Reflections

Reflections

Bridge gate

Bridge gate

Rock layers and sand

Rock layers and sand


He explained about the coral rock/limestone that the islands are mostly made from
Cottages

Cottages

From a hotel

From a hotel


He took us into the grounds of several of the exclusive hotels
Beautiful view

Beautiful view

From one exclusive hotel looking across the sound

From one exclusive hotel looking across the sound

Installing a roof

Installing a roof

We saw a sea turtle here

We saw a sea turtle here

Large animals with big teeth roaming freely

Large animals with big teeth roaming freely

Tree silhouette

Tree silhouette

Sea Villa driveway

Sea Villa driveway


We went up to a fort where there was a view and Lewis took down a part of the fence - he thought I could take the scooter up to the lookout point, but it was a bit too steep
Overlook hill

Overlook hill


There was a water catchment area up there
Water catchment

Water catchment


So my sister went up and took a photo
Looking down

Looking down


He showed us this piece of property for sale. They want $695,000.00 for 0.28 acres (a little over a quarter of an acre)
For sale

For sale


Lewis said no one had bought it because they were asking too much money for it. There wasn't even any view except of the road and the building next door

We were up near Gibbs Lighthouse
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Gibbs Lighthouse


where there were several more overlooks,
Overlook

Overlook

large_IMG_5464.JPGCloseup of roof construction for saving water

Closeup of roof construction for saving water


including one called Queens View, where Queen Elizabeth II stopped for a look.
Plaque about Queen Elizabeth II

Plaque about Queen Elizabeth II


The view of Queen Elizabeth II

The view of Queen Elizabeth II


We attempted a little bit of trying to find photo requests (I do cemetery documentation for FindAGrave)
Looking at the list

Looking at the list


but it really didn't work that well because I couldn't get out in the cemeteries with my scooter and Barbara could take photos but we couldn't really cover the cemeteries that well.

We went on to St. Georges and had lunch at a place called
Wahoo's

Wahoo's


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Inside the restaurant


We ate inside and not on the deck, as there were steps to get out on the deck (patio) and I couldn't do them on the scooter
The deck

The deck

Decor

Decor

hanging plants

hanging plants

Specials board

Specials board

Part of the menu

Part of the menu

Me at lunch

Me at lunch


I had a rockfish dish with fried plantains, cole slaw and peas and rice (blackeyed peas).
My lunch

My lunch


Barbara had a creamer chowder with fish and potatoes which she liked much better than what she had yesterday
Wahoo chowder

Wahoo chowder


and also a thing called Bermuda triangle which had three kinds of fish done 3 ways, which was more than she could eat. There were also plantains with it but she didn't like the plantains because they weren't crisp like potato chips. I ate hers because I like them any way they are fixed
The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle


Me leaving the restaurant

Me leaving the restaurant


Town Hall

Town Hall


As we came out of the restaurant, we got to see the ducking demonstration.
Man giving directions

Man giving directions


Tourists on the end of the ducking stool

Tourists on the end of the ducking stool

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Wench arguing

Down she goes

Down she goes

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After dunking


Barbara walked right into the roped off section and had to be shooed out.
Unfinished church

Unfinished church


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Then we went up to Fort St. Catherine to see what they were building up there (no local labor),
Ft. St Catherine

Ft. St Catherine

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New construction


and to St. Peters so she could see that. We let her out in front and she went up the steps and through the church
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large_174a3770-e559-11e8-830d-09801c774dd7.JPGInside of the church

Inside of the church

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Register of black baptisms

Register of black baptisms

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and then we met her in the alley in the back
Cemetery

Cemetery


I wanted to see St. David's Lighthouse which I had only seen briefly before from the bus out to St. David's. The lighthouse is at the end of Texas Road on Lighthouse Road at Mount Hill.
Lewis by the lighthouse

Lewis by the lighthouse


Built in 1879 of Bermuda limestone and periodically refurbished, it still serves as a beacon for mariners. Its fixed while light enabled navigators to take cross bearings with the flashing beacon emitted by Gibb's Hill lighthouse in Southampton Parish. The object of the lighthouse was to defeat the activities of the local wreckers and salvagers who would put lights in other locations to lure ships onto the reefs. When the lighthouse defeated their illegal activities, they became fishermen and excellent pilots.
Top of St. David's

Top of St. David's


LIGHTS CHARACTER REMARKS
St. David's Island Lighthouse
32° 21.8'N 64° 39.1'W Fixed red and green sectored light below a group flashing white (2) every 20 secs.
Red sector:

  • 135°T-221°T
  • 276°T-044°T
  • 044°T-135°T

Green Sector:

  • 221°T-276°T

(Bearings from seaward)
Height 212 ft. Range - red and green
sectors 20 miles. White flashing light 15 miles.

Between 044°T-135°T both lights partially obscured by land.
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Door


Formerly all white, the lighthouse is now painted white with a broad red band in the center. The keeper's house is occupied by resident caretakers. The tower is open daily May through September It is operated/managed by the Bermuda Department of Marine and Ports Services.
View nearby

View nearby

View across the sound

View across the sound


From the lighthouse's balcony, 208 feet above sea level, there are panoramic views but we did not attempt to climb it

We stopped by the Moonlight church on the way back to the boat.
Cemetery of Cobb's Hill church

Cemetery of Cobb's Hill church


And Barbara stopped off and bought a Rum Cake to give to my husband.
Glass and Rum Cake store

Glass and Rum Cake store


We came back to the ship and tried to download photos. We went to dinner. Barbara had the
Salmon Gravlax

Salmon Gravlax


and I had crabcake with pickled mango and carrot slaw
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and chicken breast,
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and two desserts -apple crumble and ivory chocolate mousse.
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We sailed away from Bermuda at 5 pm. We didn't stay out to see it - we were having dinner.

We got our disembarkation tickets and times in the stateroom on the 29th. We are to get off between 9:15 and 9:30. (Green 21) - the next to last time. I went up to ask about it. The customer service desk estimates 45 minutes to get our bags and get out to be picked up, which would be about 10 am. She says that my husband Bob who is picking us up will only be able to wait for a couple of minutes. Since he will be driving 100 miles to pick us up, and we are not really sure when we will be off the ship, this might be a problem. Fortunately, this proved to be false.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:21 Archived in Bermuda

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