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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

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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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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.

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Halloween a day early

Packing and Disembarking


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On the 30th at breakfast they gave us a table for two in a row of tables for two. The tables were so close together that they might as well have been a table for six which meant that we had people that we could talk to. We had chocolate morning at breakfast.
Chocolate bread for breakfast

Chocolate bread for breakfast


I had chocolate bread (delcious) and hot chocolate. The breakfast was slow coming because one of the waiters said they had only one of the three griddles working. He said he sent his brother (they were twins) to help out in the kitchen. We both had Eggs Benedict. Barbara did not like that the English muffins were still soft and not crisply toasted. I personally like them soft so that they sop up the yolks of the eggs.

I took a turn around the deck and took a photo of the climbing wall
Climbing Wall high above

Climbing Wall high above


and the Halloween decorations in the atrium.
Atrium Elevator with "Do Not Enter" sign

Atrium Elevator with "Do Not Enter" sign

Atrium decorated for Halloween

Atrium decorated for Halloween

Spiders around the piano

Spiders around the piano


At lunch I had the
Beef strip loin

Beef strip loin


and
Praline chocolate crunch

Praline chocolate crunch


Barbara had the chopped salad which they make for you in the center of the dining room which looked good.

After lunch I went swimming in the solarium pool which was salt water.
Solarium

Solarium


The ship was moving, so the water in the pool was moving around. The water was deep enough that I could not touch unless it was the low water side but it was warm and very nice. I did some of Gina's exercises - she's the lady who does the pool exercises at home, and then I got out. There was a lifeguard standing on the edge with a big foam thing which was longer than she was tall - she helped me out. Barbara got and returned a towel die nw. Then I came down and took a shower and washed my hair and had a nap. Barbara sat and read on her iPad and then went up to Ben & Jerry's and had ice cream

We got dressed for Halloween at 4:30 and went to dinner.
Elevator selfies

Elevator selfies

Red Riding Hood and Grandma

Red Riding Hood and Grandma

Red Riding Hood and Grandma

Red Riding Hood and Grandma


We had some portraits taken of us as the wolf after he ate grandma and Red Riding Hood.
Grandma and Red Riding Hood

Grandma and Red Riding Hood

What Big TEETH you have Grandma!!

What Big TEETH you have Grandma!!

Ghost at the Great Gatsby

Ghost at the Great Gatsby


Steve's costume was the King of the Mountain shirt from the Tour de France. It was lobster night. So we both had strawberry soup and lobster and baked Alaska.
Strawberry soup

Strawberry soup

Lobster

Lobster

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska

Table 588

Table 588

Waiter Indra

Waiter Indra

At 9:30, we went up to the atrium where people were dancing to very very VERY loud music. I think we would still be able to have a good time if the music was at a medium level so we could talk without shouting in someone's ear. This is a serious deficiency of Grandeur.
Dancing before the party starts

Dancing before the party starts

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Dance floor

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Elvis dancing


Convict

Convict

Dancing before the parade of costumes

Dancing before the parade of costumes


A little past 10 they had the parade of costumes. People were to go up to deck 7 and come down the steps to be announced by the Cruise director
Cruise director Mike as a Zombie

Cruise director Mike as a Zombie

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We couldn't really do that, but they did have one other couple on scooters, so they interupted the steps and had us come in on the dance floor level. We did not win anything. The awards went to a group of people who portrayed the people in the Clue game (Col. Mustard with the pipe, Miss Scarlet with the revolver etc - they had cards with the weapons),
Winning Group - CLUE characters

Winning Group - CLUE characters


the award for the scariest went to a little kid with a pumpkin head, the best ensemble was the Hogwart family, and the best combo was the other two people on scooters who were dressed as Bermuda policemen (they had Bobby helmets on). They also gave a special award to a man all in green dressed as a soldier. He looked like one of those green plastic children's toy soldiers. But there were other interesting costumes. There was a pirate and his wife was a
Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest


Our towel animal was a bat.
Bat towel animal and room steward Paterno Linda Jr

Bat towel animal and room steward Paterno Linda Jr


Then we sat up talking until 1 am.

By accident I have twice set off the alarm that they have in the handicapped cabin because the little thread that you pull is right behind my bed. Once I was rearranging the pillows and once I reached behind my head while I was lying down to turn on the light without looking. Barbara wondered how they could get in if the cabin was locked. When I looked I saw that there was a keyhole in the door.
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October 31st, we roused for breakfast and I had Huevos Rancheros, which was really just fried eggs with a little tortilla cup of beans and a few condiments.
Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros


I went up to guest services and asked them some questions and got a preliminary printout of my bill. I never did understand it because of all the confusion with the internet at the beginning. I came back to the room and had a nap. Barbara went to the lecture on Baltimore. We went to lunch and this time I had one of the salads from the salad bar,
Salad making area

Salad making area

My chopped salad

My chopped salad


Oriental Noodles

Oriental Noodles


and
Decadent Chocolate Slice

Decadent Chocolate Slice


I had resisted doing the salad bar because I was not sure how that would work with me on the scooter but I gave in and tried it. When I have done it on other ships, one of the salad bar people brought the salad to my table for me after I picked what I wanted in it. They did not do that this time. I should not have ordered the Oriental noodles because I didn't like them as well as the salad I picked for myself, and I had enough to eat without them.

After lunch we (Barbara) packed. Then she went up and had threading done (where they remove hair by pulling it out with threads). I had another nap. Then we put money in the envelopes, and went to dinner. I had coconut shrimp, lamb and pavlova - all very good although Barbara tried to persuade me to have something healthier than the lamb.
Coconut shirmp

Coconut shirmp

Lamb

Lamb

Pavlova

Pavlova


I took a few photos of our table companions
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Barbara went to the show after dinner which was broadcast on the TV later. We put the suitcases out.

November 1st

I had not heard from Bob at all for the whole length of the cruise. The estimate I got of when we would get picked up was 10:00 and I thought Bob would leave about 8 to get there at 10. But I was worried. So about 6:45 I tried to call and got the answering machine each time. Eventually I called our daughter in Texas because she said she would check on him to be sure he wasn't doing the back house roof when he was home alone. (And he did do some of that) She said he hadn't seemed to be getting my emails. (He said later that they had all gone to spam). We vacated the cabin (leaving a tip on the table for the room steward) and went to breakfast about 7:45 with the carry-on luggage (for me this was my computer bag and my pocketbook and cane as I had sent the red bag with the charger down with the suitcase and Barbara just had a large purse) We both got the Express breakfast, which still wasn't very express.
Express breakfast

Express breakfast


They had told me that they would announce disembarkation numbers (ours was 21) in the restaurant, but they did not. So when we finished breakfast they were up to #17. We went and sat in the library with a couple people who were B2B. We were supposed to wait on deck 6 but then I would have had to get an elevator up and then an elevator down. I turned my phone on and we got in line a little after our group was called about 8:55. At 9:15 we were still in line in the atrium and Bob called that he was there. (He usually gets up about 7 and shaves and goes down and feeds the cats and has breakfast, but apparently he got up earlier and fed the cats earlier than 6:45)

They would let wheelchair people get off on deck 1 (where we had gotten on), but I saw no reason to do that as I knew from previous experience that getting an elevator would be the hard part. We inched our way down and through the walkway to the terminal. There was a large man/boy ahead of us carrying two small bags and he kept trying to sit or lean on the HVAC systems which were posted NOT to sit or lean on and which had benches right next to them if you needed to sit.

Went through immigration (there was no customs to go through), and then went to find our bags. Bob usually finds the bags and brings them to me, but Barbara was not so organized. I put the red bag on the scooter and then we found my bag, but Barbara had found her bag and then lost it again (It was black like all the other bags and she has not apparently learned Mother's trick of tying some colorful thing to the handle)

Then we went outside and the cars picking people up were all by the fence out by the road. Bob was there. He had remembered to bring Barbara's knapsack. He took her to the BWI terminal instead of downtown like I thought he might and we were there by 10. We parked in the handicapped parking and unloaded her stuff, and she went into the trailer and Bob used the bathroom and then we left. She had made a reservation for the 1:00 train, because we weren't sure how long it would take, so she switched her reservation and actually took a 10:30 train.

We were home by lunch time. Barbara had already gotten home by then.

My last trip in 2018 (which went on into the beginning of 2019) was A Christmas/New Years Cruise with my husband documenting cemeteries.

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