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Bridgetown Meanderings

Hero's Square

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View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Grandeur of the Seas and Pearl & Five Visits to Barbados & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe about 9:30.

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe


I was walking through carrying a bowl of hot cereal and a plate with a roll, and went by the drinks table and one of the young officers asked if he could help me. I said yes, and handed him my plates. He asked if I wanted something to drink and I said I'd like water because they didn't have what I wanted which was cranberry juice. He found me a table, cleaned it off and said he'd go down to deck 6 (where the Indigo is and where they HAVE cranberry juice) and get us cranberry juice (Bob had joined us by this time). And he did that!!!

We didn't have a tour booked in Barbados. and there was a Carnival ship (Destiny) in port along with a Celebrity ship, and a sailing ship called Freewinds. We were out on the starboard side of the port - past the Carnival Destiny.
Masts of ship moored behind us

Masts of ship moored behind us


For Barbados, my problem was that I had several things I was interested in doing, but not from a tour. Harrison's Cave was still not open, but we could have gone to St. Nicholas Abbey to see what they'd done to it in the intervening 11 years since we were here before. I also had never been to Pelican Village to see the local crafts,
Pelican Craft Center

Pelican Craft Center


and I'd not gotten pictures of the main square area of Bridgetown - the Careenage and what used to be Trafalger Square (now Hero's Square) with Nelson's statue. There was no way to do all of that without taking a taxi, and/or doing a lot of walking. We got on the shuttle bus which took us from the ship in to the portside shops about 10:10. There was supposed to be a shuttle bus from the port to the middle of the city, but we never found it. We walked out along the street to the port entrance. There are always taxi drivers congregated out there.

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Just short of Pelican Village, we found a taxi driver who said he'd take us into the city for $5.00 US. (US $1 is $1.8 Bajan).

On the way in, we passed
St. Mary's Anglican Episcopal Church 1827

St. Mary's Anglican Episcopal Church 1827


He dropped us off about 10:45, and we then walked around the town taking pictures.
Bridge House

Bridge House


New Hydraulic Bridge

New Hydraulic Bridge


the hydraulic part of the bridge

the hydraulic part of the bridge


World War I monument

World War I monument

in Hero's Square

in Hero's Square


The former Trafalgar Square had a statue of Nelson
Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue


and the Parliament Building was on the square.
Parliament Building

Parliament Building


Parliament Building

Parliament Building


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In Hero's Square I saw a little green box marked "Do Not Disturb M.O.H. Poison". I didn't disturb it, but did take a photo.
Poison Box

Poison Box

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Fountain Garden

Fountain Garden

Fountain Garden

Fountain Garden


Pedestrian Street

Pedestrian Street


As we walked farther, we were kind of on the back streets, and I saw a sign advertising chicken necks and backs on a blackboard outside of a shop. Did not take a picture of that unfortunately. After we walked around the Careenage, and I talked to another taxi driver about possibly taking us to St. Nicholas Abbey, But I felt it was too expensive and we could not agree on a price.
me talking to cab driver

me talking to cab driver


Pigeon

Pigeon


we walked a little farther along was the Cathedral Church of St. Michaels & All Angels
Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels

Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels


Cathedral Church of St. Michael's and All Angels

Cathedral Church of St. Michael's and All Angels


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and went inside where it was cool. (Although there was a stiff breeze outside which kept it very clement.) The plaque on the door said the first building which accommodated 3,000 people was built in was consecrated in 1665, but was destroyed in the hurricane of 1780.
Rules for visiting the church

Rules for visiting the church

Memorial plaques

Memorial plaques

Inside of St. Michaels

Inside of St. Michaels

In memoriam of Sir Frank Worrell

In memoriam of Sir Frank Worrell

Here lies interred

Here lies interred

Cemetery Inscriptions

Cemetery Inscriptions


The current building was completed in 1789 and was damaged in the hurricane of 1831, but not demolished. They had an interesting creche at the front door.
Creche in the church

Creche in the church


Looking out the church door

Looking out the church door


We walked around the churchyard andI took some photos
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Hannah Shanklin and her son

Herbert family

Herbert family


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Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories


Man waiting for his wife at St. Michaels - Bridgetown

Man waiting for his wife at St. Michaels - Bridgetown


On the way out, we saw a man who had parking places marked off with cones, and he was directing a car to park there. I was thinking that this was the kind of thing we had happen to us when we parked in Bridgetown when we were here in 1996.
Parking warden

Parking warden


We walked back to get a taxi
Pedestrian Street

Pedestrian Street


Cockspur House

Cockspur House

Bob walking ahead of me

Bob walking ahead of me

Monument to the first meeting of the Barbados Parliament

Monument to the first meeting of the Barbados Parliament


Welcome to Barbados- buses at the port

Welcome to Barbados- buses at the port


We got back to the ship about 12:30, and had lunch in the restaurant. I had the
Lunch -Apple peach pear compote

Lunch -Apple peach pear compote


the chilled blueberry soup, and

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a pastrami sandwich. Bob had the same, except hamburger. We went to Fun Trivia,
Bob in Fun Trivia - Barbados

Bob in Fun Trivia - Barbados


and weren't the winners, but we did pretty well. For dinner I had
Papaya, Mango and Kiwi

Papaya, Mango and Kiwi

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara


Bob had grilled salmon. We had bread pudding for dessert - it was good - looked like it was done in a cupcake pan.
Apple bread pudding

Apple bread pudding

Posted by greatgrandmaR 16:15 Archived in Barbados Tagged church cemetery barbados bridgetown

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