A Travellerspoint blog

December 2006

Tracking down the Lighthouses

A Day with a Rental Car


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Back to Back 2006 Holland American Cruises & Five Visits to Barbados & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

The ship was to dock in Barbados at 7 am, and it did so. We went up to the dining room about 7:30 to eat. I've decided that I don't like the buffet line, so wanted to give the dining room another chance. (Last time it took us an hour to get food)

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(dining room)
I had eggs Benedict,
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while Bob and I debated what the loading hoppers were there to load.
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They are most often used in the US for things like coal or gravel.
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Later Leif said they were for sugar. There were several small ships out on the dock including a large sailboat.
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As we were going back to our room, we saw the crew on the deck doing training on one of the 12 person life-rafts.
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I took a picture of our window, which reflected the building across from us - you can't see in the window in the daytime.
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I had made an arrangement with Leif, a guy that I've corresponded with on the internet who is Norwegian married to a girl from Barbados named Petal to meet him with a car he would rent for us at 9 am. He said that he was bald, so when the other taxi drivers asked us if we wanted a tour, I blurted out that I was looking for a bald white guy.
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This time there was a whole steel drum band at the pier and we also had to wend our way through the pier shops and out to the gate. Their Leif was waiting for us as promised. I wanted to take some photos of places that I had missed before, chattel houses etc, and also some photos of the four lighthouses. So we drove out the west coast with me snapping photos from the car.
Police car

Police car


Following a truck with bald tires - Barbados

Following a truck with bald tires - Barbados

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Signs pointing to attractions

Signs pointing to attractions

Farm

Farm


bus stop outside a big resort

bus stop outside a big resort


I asked Leif to drive by some chattel houses because the photos I took last time I was here were not that good.
Chattel houses

Chattel houses

Chattel Houses

Chattel Houses

We saw the first lighthouse in the distance (Harrison's) but couldn't find a road to it.
West coast landscape

West coast landscape

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After several wrong turns, we came to a restricted area, which turned out to be a prison.
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The road toward the lighthouse was blocked, so we asked some ladies, and they said they didn't know that they had come off (I assume to visit someone at the prison) without an island map.
Visitors to the prison

Visitors to the prison


We asked the guard at the gate, and he said that if I walked down the road that was blocked,
blocked road

blocked road


I would be shot. So I decided discretion was the better idea. So I just zoomed in as much as I could
Harrison's Point lighthouse

Harrison's Point lighthouse


Harrison's Point lighthouse

Harrison's Point lighthouse

Then we drove over towards the east coast, and St. Nicholas Abbey, which Leif said he had not visited before. But it was closed on Sunday.
Entrance gates - Barbados

Entrance gates - Barbados


We saw a spider monkey cross the road and I tried to get a picture of him sitting on the ground under the trees, but he was pretty well camouflaged and I can't see him in the photo.
Can you find the monkey? - Barbados

Can you find the monkey? - Barbados


Incidentally in the daily bulletin that we get, there were strict warnings about wearing any camouflage gear on either Barbados or St. Kitts.
We came across to Cherry Tree Hill,
Cherry Tree Hill overlook in 2006

Cherry Tree Hill overlook in 2006


Cherry Tree Hill Reserve sign

Cherry Tree Hill Reserve sign

Cherry Tree Hill vendor - Barbados

Cherry Tree Hill vendor - Barbados


and Leif bought us a coconut -
Coconut sliced open

Coconut sliced open


the vendors said that coconut water was good for your health. We also ate the jelly that was inside the coconut.

Then, the fuel light came on in the car, so we had to backtrack to a gas station because there aren't any on the east coast. He just put $20BD in the car. It was about $BD2.21/litre. (A Barbados dollar is 1.8 to 1US$)
Gas pump

Gas pump

Then we drove along the rest of the east coast,
Cattlewash beach - Barbados

Cattlewash beach - Barbados

Cattlewash - Surf beside the road - Barbados

Cattlewash - Surf beside the road - Barbados


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Park on the east shore where we had lunch in 1996

Park on the east shore where we had lunch in 1996


Don't Dump, Don't Litter

Don't Dump, Don't Litter


Beach from the road

Beach from the road


Surf from the road - Barbados

Surf from the road - Barbados

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past the Edgewater where we stayed before
Bathsheba rocks

Bathsheba rocks


and past Bathsheba where they were surfing.
Surfer in 2006 - Barbados

Surfer in 2006 - Barbados


We stopped up on the hill above Bathsheba, and Bob and Leif went down the hill
Surf beach - Bathsheba

Surf beach - Bathsheba


Surf in Bathsheba

Surf in Bathsheba


Shore from Bathsheba looking north - Barbados

Shore from Bathsheba looking north - Barbados


Leif climbing the hill

Leif climbing the hill


- I stayed up with the car and used a telephoto lens to take photos of the town.
Bus stop with shelter in Bathsheba - Barbados

Bus stop with shelter in Bathsheba - Barbados


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A police car stopped there too.
Police car by snack bar

Police car by snack bar


Leif coming back to the car

Leif coming back to the car


I mentioned to Leif that the car registration had expired last month,
Expired registration on the rental car

Expired registration on the rental car


and he asked if the police had said something, and I said no.
Leif getting himself a snack

Leif getting himself a snack

Details of houses - Barbados

Details of houses - Barbados

Old sugar mill

Old sugar mill


He stopped at a little house to get himself something to drink (people sell stuff our of their homes). We also stopped for a little bit at old St. John's church.
St. John's Parish Church

St. John's Parish Church


Garden

Garden


view from the church

view from the church


The first time we went to Barbados, we only saw the lighthouse from a distance. This time, when we passed Codrington the first seminary in the western hemisphere,
Entrance to Codrington College

Entrance to Codrington College

Codrington College

Codrington College


we could see Ragged Point lighthouse in the distance.
Ragged Point Lighthouse

Ragged Point Lighthouse


As we approached, there was a large sign that said "Public Notice - Visits to Lighthouse are Free. If Harassed Call Police. Tel-211 423 7141"
Sign approaching the lighthouse

Sign approaching the lighthouse


There were signs on the houses on each side that said "Ragged Point - Private Property! No Entry! Beware of Dogs. The Owner".
Sign approaching the lighthouse

Sign approaching the lighthouse


The land surrounding the Ragged Point Lighthouse is the remaining part of Golden Grove Plantation, which was owned by the Manning family since the 1920s.
Ragged Point Lighthouse

Ragged Point Lighthouse

buildings around Ragged Point

buildings around Ragged Point

Bottom of Ragged Point Lighthouse

Bottom of Ragged Point Lighthouse


The lighthouse dates from 1875. Active (although there are reports that it isn't always in service); focal plane 213 ft; white flash every 15 seconds. Ninety-seven ft stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white (with rust stains at the top); lantern and watch room black. Surrounding light station buildings are abandoned and in ruins and the tower needs paint.
Bottom of the lighthouse

Bottom of the lighthouse

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We got out and walked around and took photos anyway. Both Harrison's and Ragged Point are white lighthouses of similar structure, but this one (Ragged Point) is on the southeast side, and Harrison's is on the northwest side and has a red lantern room.
view from Ragged Point lighthouse

view from Ragged Point lighthouse


It is located on a bluff above the Atlantic just northwest of East Point, the easternmost point of the island. On a clear day such as we had, you can see all the way up the coastline to the northern points of the island such as Cove Bay and Pico Tenerife.
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Off the coast lies Culpepper Island, a tiny island that can be easily reached. The Barbados Museum was also closed so we couldn't do that so we continued on down the coast,
Banks beer

Banks beer


Past the
Emancipation Statue (Bussa)

Emancipation Statue (Bussa)


at centre of the J.T.C. Ramsay roundabout formed at the junction of the ABC Highway and Highway 5
This has the following Inscription:
Lick an Lock-up Done Wid,
Hurray fuh Jin-Jin
[Queen Victoria].
De Queen come from England to set we free
Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Ji
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It was now getting towards lunchtime. We told Leif that we'd treat him to lunch, so he stopped at the Barbecue Barn.
Sign outside

Sign outside


Menu Board

Menu Board


You order your meal and they cook it and you pick it up.
Counter people

Counter people


I got a quarter chicken, macaroni and corn chow and juice,
Corn chow, chicken, and macaroni pie

Corn chow, chicken, and macaroni pie


and Bob and Leif both got the Gourmet Burger which was half a pound and too much for either of them to eat.
Bob's Gourmet Burger

Bob's Gourmet Burger


The total was 77.50 BD$ We also used the bathrooms which were spotless.

Now we were closing in on the South Point lighthouse - this one was red and white striped. We took a somewhat circuitous route to it,
Ladder up a pole

Ladder up a pole

beach

beach


Road Hump sign

Road Hump sign


South Point Lighthouse

South Point Lighthouse

Top of South Point Lighthouse

Top of South Point Lighthouse

Bottom of South Point Lighthouse

Bottom of South Point Lighthouse


but we got there eventually. Bob and Leif both played with some puppies that were there.
Bob and Leif

Bob and Leif


Leif and puppy

Leif and puppy


We went on past some of the beaches that the Bajan's use (Bajan is short for Barbadian), heading for the last lighthouse which was in front of the Hilton.
Bajans at the beach

Bajans at the beach

South shore beaches

South shore beaches


We could see the Hilton but could not see the lighthouse - that was because the Hilton was much bigger than it was.
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There was a guard at the gate and he told us to go down a road - Leif at first thought the road (between stone walls topped with chain link fence) was too narrow, but the guard insisted that it was OK.
narrow road

narrow road


It took us down to the Hilton beach,
Lifeguard stand at the Hilton

Lifeguard stand at the Hilton


Hilton beach

Hilton beach


Hilton grounds

Hilton grounds


and there in front of the hotel was the lighthouse, which has been rebuilt.
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Needham Point  and Hilton

Needham Point and Hilton


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Top of Needhams Point lighthouse against the Hilton

Top of Needhams Point lighthouse against the Hilton

Needham Lighthouse

Needham Lighthouse


On one side of the narrow road that we drove down to get to the lighthouse was a historic cemetery. I took photos of that.
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After that Leif drove us back to the ship through Bridgetown and we got back on the ship

Dinner - soup and prime rib
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Orchids and a Plantation House

Orchid World, St John's Church, Sudburry Plantation and the Barbados Museum


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Back to Back 2006 Holland American Cruises & Five Visits to Barbados & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

I got up and took some photos as we came into the harbor.
Clouds over Barbados

Clouds over Barbados


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Approaching port

Approaching port

Coming in to the dock

Coming in to the dock


When we docked in Barbados, instead of being right next to the cruise terminal shops, we were all the way on the other side of the port.
Bow camera showing ships that are close to the terminal

Bow camera showing ships that are close to the terminal


I was upset, but in the end it turned out OK because they had shuttle buses which were free - although the first one was so crowded that if I'd wanted to scratch my nose, I'd have had to have someone else do it.
Shuttle buses on the pier

Shuttle buses on the pier

Lining up to go on excursions

Lining up to go on excursions


We were on a tour called "The Best of Barbados", and the first stop was the Orchid Farm.
2006 prices

2006 prices


This was very interesting and the guide showed us on a ginger flower how to take the leaves sprouting from the flower and grow a new plant from it.
Jasmine - Barbados

Jasmine - Barbados


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Leaves and vines


We also saw a lot of orchids of course
Vanda orchids

Vanda orchids

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Vanda Dicky Chua

Vanda Dicky Chua

Vanda sanderiana

Vanda sanderiana

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Orchids

Orchids


Orchids in the top of the enclosure

Orchids in the top of the enclosure

Vanda orchids

Vanda orchids


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Orchid house - Barbados


Potted orchids

Potted orchids


Bob with hat at Orchid World

Bob with hat at Orchid World


After that we went to St. John's Parish church - where we had stopped for a minute on the previous visit.
Entrance from the bus parking lot

Entrance from the bus parking lot

Parking warning

Parking warning


St. John's church - Barbados

St. John's church - Barbados

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Side chapel from the outside


Side of the church

Side of the church


It is speculated that St. John's Parish Church was first constructed in 1645; making it one of the oldest churches in Barbados. This first wooden building was destroyed by fire and was replaced in 1660 when construction on a stone structure began. This church building was to cost the diocese one hundred and ten thousand (110,000 lbs) pounds of sugar. Hurricanes destroyed or damaged the church in 1675, 1780 and 1831. The current church was completed in 1836.
Looking down the aisle to the entrance

Looking down the aisle to the entrance


The elaborately carved pulpit is said to contain six different woods; ebony, locust, Barbados mahogany, manchineel, oak and pine - the first four of which are indigenous to Barbados.
Pulpit

Pulpit

Alter

Alter

Looking out the Church window

Looking out the Church window


and of some of the graveyard.
graveyard on one side of the church

graveyard on one side of the church

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Although I didn't find the gravestone of the oldest burial which was Ferdinando Paleologus who was a descendent of the brother of the great Emperor Constantine XI, the last of the Byzantine Imperial family. He fled to Barbados after the Battle of Naseby in England. He was a church warden of St. John’s Parish and later died there in the 1670’s.
View from the cemetery

View from the cemetery

Dove on the wall

Dove on the wall


We finished up in Sunbury Plantation House. Sunbury allowed photographs everywhere which was really nice. There were separate guides for this site.
Sudbury entrance

Sudbury entrance


Rockers

Rockers

Sun porch

Sun porch

Recliner

Recliner

Desk, clock calculator and book

Desk, clock calculator and book

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Dining room


The house was bought by someone who wasn't living there - they had a house down the road. They had restored it for tourists.
Illustrations - West Indian Natives and Mulatto Girl

Illustrations - West Indian Natives and Mulatto Girl

Dining room chandelier

Dining room chandelier


Sudbury Plantation looking down onto the dining room table

Sudbury Plantation looking down onto the dining room table


sink

sink

Bedroom

Bedroom

Parasol and gloves on the bed

Parasol and gloves on the bed

Bathroom

Bathroom


Child's room

Child's room

High chair and dolls tea set

High chair and dolls tea set

Dolls and Playpen c 1860

Dolls and Playpen c 1860


Courtyard area - Barbados

Courtyard area - Barbados


After we toured the main house (upstairs and down) we went into a courtyard where they offered us free punch (with or without). There was also a display of antique tools.
Chain rain gutters - Barbados

Chain rain gutters - Barbados


Bob was intrigued by the use of chains for downspouts.
Outside on the grounds

Outside on the grounds


Drip Stone House - Sudbury grounds

Drip Stone House - Sudbury grounds


When we got back, I went looking for a taxi driver to take us out to the Barbados Museum and wait for us and bring us back. One of them agreed to do that for $20BD. I thought he meant $20 for the whole trip, but he meant $20 each way and for waiting.
Bridgetown

Bridgetown


Front of the museum

Front of the museum


Cannon out front of the museum

Cannon out front of the museum


When I was there before, there were no restrictions on photos. I was disappointed to find that now there were. They said I could only take photos in the courtyard. I had a somewhat elastic interpretation of this - I figured if I was IN the courtyard, I could take pictures of whatever I could see.
Inside the courtyard

Inside the courtyard


Courtyard

Courtyard


Tub and frieze in the courtyard

Tub and frieze in the courtyard


Bicycles

Bicycles


I remembered the Children's section of the museum which I thought was good.
Looking into the Children's Gallery

Looking into the Children's Gallery


Children's exhibit (dress)

Children's exhibit (dress)

Reconstruction of a plantation house

Reconstruction of a plantation house

Interior of a plantation house (reconstruction)

Interior of a plantation house (reconstruction)


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Architecture of a Barbados house

Architecture of a Barbados house


There was also a native art section, an explanation of Chattel Houses,
Chattel House exhibit - Barbados

Chattel House exhibit - Barbados


Explanation of the chattel house - Barbados

Explanation of the chattel house - Barbados


A Chattel house is the original Tiny House. After Emancipation, the slaves were still landless, since most of the land was owned by the plantations. A chattel house was originally a house that was owned by the occupant, but the land under it belonged to the plantation owner. The houses therefore had to be “chattel” which means “movable possession”. When the occupant moved to another plantation, they could take apart the house and put it on a truck and move it. Each unit is a separate entity. This model is a "two gable and shed-roof" combination. The traditional shingle roof requires a steep pitch. The shed roof does not require such a steep pitch and can be covered with galvanized iron sheets. the pitch-pine siding is nailed to studs so that the panels are rigid when assembled, but can be easily separated. White pine trimming covers the bolt heads and raw ends of the siding at the corners, and 'gingerbread' bargeboards trim the gable ends of the roof. Usually a chattel house is placed on limestone blocks for easy removal. The Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act allowed tenants to purchase the land under their house. So now the houses are often on more permanent foundations and may also be connected to water and electricity.

Prison Cell

Prison Cell


Iron door

Iron door


and some sections devoted to contemporary art.
Exhibit of Barbados made goods

Exhibit of Barbados made goods


Bob and the taxi driver

Bob and the taxi driver


Steeple visible from Museum (across Racetrack)

Steeple visible from Museum (across Racetrack)


The museum is right next to the race track, but they weren't having any races when we were there.
Racetrack from the cab

Racetrack from the cab

Racetrack buildings

Racetrack buildings


While we were in the museum, the taxi driver went to get gas. I was considering going to the local crafts shops
Craft Village

Craft Village


but I was too tired. I didn't even stop at the Best of Barbados shops on the pier.
Shop by the cruise ship dock

Shop by the cruise ship dock

Best of Barbados shop in terminal

Best of Barbados shop in terminal


Royal Clipper

Royal Clipper


Carnival and Princess cruise ships

Carnival and Princess cruise ships


We had a very late lunch in the Lido after we got back
Buffet decoration

Buffet decoration

Buffet at lunch

Buffet at lunch


At dinner, we could observe the ship leaving Barbados. I took a photo of the Hilton where we had been to see the Needham Lighthouse the previous week.
Hilton from the ship

Hilton from the ship

Caribbean pot roast with carrots

Caribbean pot roast with carrots

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Tom, our dinner companion had a birthday cake
Birthday cake

Birthday cake

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