The Bahamas, 2010

 

In the fall of 2010, Ron and Carol took a cruise to the Bahamas. It was their first time in the Caribbean. Besides the wonderful scenery, the Bahamian people are wonderfully friendly.

 

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In the fall of 2010, Ron and Carol took a cruise to the Bahamas. It was their first time in the Caribbean. Besides the wonderful scenery, the Bahamian people are wonderfully friendly.

 

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They spent two nights in Nassau (New Providence Island) and one night in Freeport (Grand Bahama Island), and traveled a total of 1910 miles in the 6 night cruise.

 

 

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Norfolk, VA – The ship Ron and Carol sailed on was the Carnival Glory. She is big: 110,000 tons, 2,976 passengers and 1,150 crew. It was easy to get lost on the ship.

For details see http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/15558.html

 

 

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At sea – The cabin was tiny, but very inexpensive. Carol was charmed by the upper bunk and took it. There are only a few of the tiny cabins on the ship. (The top bunk folds in to the ceiling.)

 

 

Nassau – There were 5, yes five, cruise ships in Nassau harbor that Wednesday. Ron expected crowds everywhere, but that did not prove to be the case since they decided to avoid the casinos and Vegas-type hotels. The Glory arrived right at lunch time.

 

 

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Sandyport – After lunch on the ship Ron and Carol took a local #10 mini-bus (locally know as jitneys) out to Sandyport. It has mostly upscale shops and housing. Outside the gated community they had placed this cannon. A warning to bad guys?

 

 

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Sandyport - The main reason to go to Sandyport was its beach. It had very white sand and very clear water. Best yet, it was nearly deserted. It was here that Ron and Carol discovered the beauty of the Caribbean waters. The colors are breathtaking. Nowhere in all their travels had they ever seen such beautiful water.

 

 

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Nassau – outside Fort Charlotte – On the way back to Nassau they stopped at the bottom of a little hill (well it's all they have) and walked up toward Fort Charlotte. There Carol came across ‘Conch’ Charlie. After much wheeling and dealing Carol picked up a beautiful conch shell to take home.

For details see http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/15756.html

 

 

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Nassau – Fort Charlotte – At the top of the hill was the fort. Built in 1789, it is typical of that era. The waterless moat was carved out of solid rock. Like many good forts, it never fired a shot in battle. Ron and Carol took the bus back to the ship for supper.

 

 

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Nassau – looking north from Parliament House – The next day was for a book-guided city walk. Outside the expensive port area, Ron and Carol found many funky shops, large international banks and the main government houses for The Bahamas. Here is the back of Christopher Columbus, who is looking at all those ships wondering how he managed in such tiny ones.

 

 

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Nassau – Graycliff (Hotel) – This mansion built in 1740 and converted to an inn in 1844 has had a long history of well known guests. Ron and Carol had planned to have supper there, but after looking at their evening menu found that, while they had really nice food, nothing was made with conch. They asked the nice lady at the desk where the locals ate and she recommended a couple of restaurants on Arawak Cay. So they decided to go there for lunch.

 

 

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Nassau – Arawak Cay – behind Twin Brothers Restaurant. Off on the #10 bus again, they found the restaurant and were seated at the back of restaurant, near the water. At the water there were several people working. One with a long pole keeps reaching in the water and bringing out live conchs! The waitress told them that person was the cook and he would be fixing conch salad after he got his day’s worth of conch meat out of the water. We told her no hurry and Carol went out and took several pictures of the men working.

 

 

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Nassau – Arawak Cay – Twin Brothers Restaurant. Ron and Carol split conch fritters, conch chowder (hot and spicy) and really, really fresh conch salad in the picture.

 

 

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Nassau - Western Esplanade Beach. Next to Arawak Cay is this beach. Used by locals and somehow ignored by the cruise passengers. (It is within walking distance.) Carol did beach combing and found many interesting shells, beach glass and pottery. They spent a couple of hours on the beach and returned to the ship for supper.

 

 

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Freeport - at the port. Next day Carol and Ron were in a group of about 100 that took this 96 ft. cat out for snorkeling. The name of the cat is 'Yes Dear' and the crew of 4 were great!

For details see: http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/16028.html

 

 

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Freeport, Bahamas - leaving the port to go snorkeling. Ron and Carol in their natural state, on a sailboat. At the bow the water would splash up and keep us wet.

 

 

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Freeport - off the southern coast. Flying fish. Unlike California's brown ones, the fellows were colorful and used their tail fins to change direction and keep going for up to 200 feet.

 

 

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Freeport - Treasure Reef*. Ron estimates the reef to be about a mile off the coast of the city of Freeport. It took about an hour to get there from the port. Carol practiced with her snorkel all summer long and was much better that Ron, an old life guard.

*In the mid 1960s, four men found an old Spanish wreck containing coins worth $3 million in the area.

 

 

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Freeport - Treasure Reef. Some underwater pictures. These pictures cannot even come close to the actual colors of the different fishes and plants.

 

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