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Spices, and Chocolate, Rainforest and Volcanoes

Introduction

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Grenada map

Grenada map

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flag bunting

Grenada is an island nation at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles. Although it was colonized initially by the French, it was a British colony from 1762 until it achieved independence in 1974. Since Grenada is in the southern Caribbean it is a great place to go in the winter to have warm weather.. They have become a cruise ship stop, so there is substantial tourism, but many Grenadians are fishermen.

cleaning shellfish

cleaning shellfish

Grenada is called the Spice Island. Spices that they grow include

Nutmeg
Bay leaves
Tumeric (Saffron)
Cinnamon
Cloves
Allspice
Ginger

They also produce great chocolate

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Cruise Ship Visit - January 2013

Part One - St George's (city and Parish)


View Five Visits to Barbados on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

walking the pier

walking the pier

Drivers and guides waiting at the gate

Drivers and guides waiting at the gate

We got off and we still had a good way to walk to get to the place where the tours were meeting even though the boat was bow in and we got off at the bow. It was hot and sunny. We sat on the wall and waited until they called a tour. Originally I had picked the 7 hour Best of Grenada tour, but i switched to what I thought was a less strenuous tour.

guides for tours - our original 7 hour tour Best of Grenada on left

guides for tours - our original 7 hour tour Best of Grenada on left

We were on the Western Rainforest Tour. (They take the tickets from us so I've gotten into the habit of photographing them)

Tour ticket

Tour ticket

Our driver's name was Albin. The guide in Barbados (whose name I think was Storm) and Albin had the habit of repeating the last few words of each sentence. Like "That tree is a cinnamon tree - cinnamon tree" It is like we had audio closed captions - gives you another chance to hear what they say. Albin also added "And so on" at the end of each sentence. The guy with the walker was on this tour too. This time instead of putting the walker in front of the door, they put it on a seat. He sat in the single seat and put his feet up on the console. I sat in front of him next to the driver.

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van leaving port area on the left - Grenada

van leaving port area on the left - Grenada

They drive on the left and Albin admonished us at the beginning of the tour not to panic unless the driver did.
bus driving on the left - Grenada

bus driving on the left - Grenada

We drove out of the capitol cit of St. George, and I took photos
Parking

Parking


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St George's

St George's


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Past the bus station - apparently in Grenada, you can buy a van and set up your own bus route. The bus routes start or end at the bus station
Bus Station - Grenada

Bus Station - Grenada


Red minivan-bus - Grenada

Red minivan-bus - Grenada


White Lightening mini bus - Grenada

White Lightening mini bus - Grenada


We went past the meat market where you could buy meat on Thurs or Friday,
Meat Market

Meat Market


Sitting out in front of the Meat Market - Saint George's

Sitting out in front of the Meat Market - Saint George's


and then went past the fish market
Fish Market - Saint George's

Fish Market - Saint George's


and the vegetable and fruit sellers.
vegetables - Saint George's

vegetables - Saint George's


Stalls along the road - Saint George's

Stalls along the road - Saint George's


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And started out on the west coast road
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Moored boats

Moored boats


- it rained and I saw that all down the center of the road there were spots of rainbows from oil.
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oil on the road


Pedestrian bridge on the left - Grenada

Pedestrian bridge on the left - Grenada


I took photos of the signs on the road for the Dragon's Bay underwater sculpture park, but we didn't stop there.

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We passed a roadside monument to Slinger Francisco, better known as Mighty Sparrow. He is a calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as the "Calypso King of the World" Although he is a citizen of Trinidad, Grenada claims him because he was born there.

Slinger Francisco monment

Slinger Francisco monment

Canon

Canon

Grenada police

Grenada police

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conch shells on a wall

conch shells on a wall


Looking down on the water by the road

Looking down on the water by the road

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Now we were out in the country

Sign as you enter Saint John Parish - Saint John

Sign as you enter Saint John Parish - Saint John

We went into the second parish on the west coast - St. John (there are six parishes on Grenada - going clockwise around the island from St. George, they are St. George, St John, St Mark, St Patrick, St. Andrew, and St David. And it was here that we started the Spice portion of the excursion

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Cruise Ship Visit 2013 - Part 2 - Spices

Dougladston Spice Estate and Gouyave

In St. John's Parish, the main town is Gouyave. Originally called Charlotte Town after Queen Charlotte of Britain, it was renamed Gouyave by the French because of its guava trees. We turned off the main road to go to what was formerly a large spice plantation.
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road to Douglaston

road to Douglaston

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Buildings around the spice plantation - Grenada

Buildings around the spice plantation - Grenada


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We went to Dougaldston spice estate where they raised spices
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and they explained about the different ones. We bought some. They told us that nutmeg oil was good for joint pain but you had to dilute it with something and I don't remember what.
nutmeg - Grenada

nutmeg - Grenada

fresh bay leaves - Grenada

fresh bay leaves - Grenada

Bay leaves and cocoa pod - Grenada

Bay leaves and cocoa pod - Grenada

Loofa - Grenada

Loofa - Grenada


Ginger flower

Ginger flower

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Plantains or bananas - Saint John

Plantains or bananas - Saint John

Bagged bananas - Saint John

Bagged bananas - Saint John

Nuts or fruits - Saint John

Nuts or fruits - Saint John

Fruits in a tree - Saint John

Fruits in a tree - Saint John

To get to the bathrooms you had to walk over big stones, and I couldn't do it.
Road leaving Douglaston

Road leaving Douglaston


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We went by the local Dougladston cemetery on the way out. In this cemetery is buried Sir Paul Godwin Scoon GCMG GCVO OBE (4 July 1935 – 2 September 2013), who was Governor-General of Grenada from 1978 to 1992 including during the the leftist coup in 1983.

The driver explained some of the interesting habits of Grenadians - he said that the woman that lived here put eggs on the ends of the agave plant to keep the sharp points from hurting people.

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Sign - Notice Stop Cutting My Spice Tree

Sign - Notice Stop Cutting My Spice Tree


Then we went to Gouyave which is a fishing village
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Street in Gouyave

Street in Gouyave


Speed bump sign by a drainage ditch - Grenada

Speed bump sign by a drainage ditch - Grenada

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Street in Gouyave

From here we headed to St. Andrews Parish to visit Grand Etang Park

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Cruise Ship Visit 2013 - Part 3 Grand Etang

Lakes and waterfalls

We went up into the mountains
Mountains in the distance

Mountains in the distance


And stopped at Grand Etang National Park.

Welcomd to Grenada at Grand Etang

Welcomd to Grenada at Grand Etang


Welcome to the Park sign - Grenada

Welcome to the Park sign - Grenada


Entrance to the park - Grenada

Entrance to the park - Grenada

Band at Grand Etang

Band at Grand Etang


We got a ticket for entrance ($2.00) and a ticket to get a free drink.

Fruit juice or rum punch - Grenada

Fruit juice or rum punch - Grenada


I just got fruit juice. There were also kiosks for us to buy stuff.

Beads and small items in a basket - Grenada

Beads and small items in a basket - Grenada

Stands with handicrafts - Grenada

Stands with handicrafts - Grenada

T shirts and tourists - Grenada

T shirts and tourists - Grenada

clothing and souvenirs - Grenada

clothing and souvenirs - Grenada


Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Bob went up to the building which had information about the park and took pictures there and of the lake in the distance (it is a volcano crater).
Sign in the park information building - Grenada

Sign in the park information building - Grenada


Climatology poster

Climatology poster

Grand Etang wildlife

Grand Etang wildlife

Birth of Caribbean islands

Birth of Caribbean islands


Albin told us about Hurricane Ivan and the one the next year - Ivan's sister - that took out the other end of the island.
The Grand Etang House

The Grand Etang House

From there we went to the parish of St. George and stopped to let people walk down to a waterfall.

Waterfall sign - Grenada

Waterfall sign - Grenada


Waterfall from the road - Grenada

Waterfall from the road - Grenada

Bob and I didn't go.
Banana lady - Grenada

Banana lady - Grenada

There as a man with a monkey for people to have their picture taken with.
Man with a monkey for photos

Man with a monkey for photos


Monkey for photos - Grenada

Monkey for photos - Grenada

Thank you USA - Grenada

Thank you USA - Grenada



Then we went up and down some steep hills and at one point we rounded a corner and there was another van coming the other direction on our side of the road. Someone else cried out, and I squeaked. The driver said again, not to panic unless the driver did.

The last part of the visit was to the forts that overlook St. George's and the port

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Cruise Ship Visit 2013 - Part 4 - St George's Forts

Back to the ship

We drove back to St. George's
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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 2013 - Grenada

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 2013 - Grenada

We went to Fort Matthew and Fort Frederick.
Approaching Ft Frederick

Approaching Ft Frederick

Man at the fort gate - looked like Snoop Dog - Grenada

Man at the fort gate - looked like Snoop Dog - Grenada

Entry booth and our van on the right from Ft Fred

Entry booth and our van on the right from Ft Fred

Fort

Fort


Fort Frederick - Grenada

Fort Frederick - Grenada

Bob at the entrance - Saint George's

Bob at the entrance - Saint George's

Cannon at Fort George - Saint George's

Cannon at Fort George - Saint George's


Fort Frederick has Robbie's Bar there (our son is named Robbie) and also a new interesting kind of wind vane.
Robbie's bar

Robbie's bar


Unusual wind vane - Saint George's

Unusual wind vane - Saint George's

part of the fort - Saint George's

part of the fort - Saint George's

Sign about the fort - Saint George's

Sign about the fort - Saint George's

I availed myself of the bathroom in the Visitor's Center
Visitor's Information booth at Fort Fred

Visitor's Information booth at Fort Fred

Maasdam at the pier from the fort - Grenada

Maasdam at the pier from the fort - Grenada


Carenage from the fort

Carenage from the fort

View from Ft Frederick

View from Ft Frederick


Street in St. George's - Saint George's

Street in St. George's - Saint George's


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Carenage end of the tunnel - Saint George's

Carenage end of the tunnel - Saint George's


We saw (but did not get to go through) the tunnel that goes through the hill (and the stairs that are beside them if you don't want to walk through)
cars in the tunnel - Saint George's

cars in the tunnel - Saint George's


View of the steps - Saint George's

View of the steps - Saint George's


They let us off on the other end of a large mall so that we would have to walk though it to get back to the ship.
Clothing - Saint George's

Clothing - Saint George's

Dresses - Saint George's

Dresses - Saint George's

Souveniers and gifts - Saint George's

Souveniers and gifts - Saint George's

So again Bob went and got my scooter for me to go back on the ship.
Forts from a cruise ship - Grenada

Forts from a cruise ship - Grenada

We got back just before the Lido closed, but we got pizza at the Terrace Grill and again the line for ice cream was too long, so we got bread pudding.

PIzza for lunch

PIzza for lunch

Grenada as we leave port

Grenada as we leave port

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5 December 2015 - Arriving and Fixing the Scooter

Getting Organized on 6 December

We liked our first visit to Grenada in 2013, so we decided to go back to Grenada for another longer visit - even though they drive on the left, they speak English and seemed to be pro-American.

My goals for this visit (not in any particular order) were

  • Buy some spices - to use and for gifts
  • Visit the farmer's market in St George's
  • Photograph the Grenada lighthouses
  • Snorkel at the Underwater Sculpture Park
  • Document cemeteries
  • Visit Carriacou

Saturday December 5th - Arriving

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I made a reservation at Grooms Beach Resort where we would have a kitchen and they assured me that I would not have any steps. I also made a reservation for a car with Avis which was so expensive that I canceled it.

We got here in the dark and went through customs immigration and got a taxi to the resort. The wheelchair lady said it would be $50 but that was EC$ and he charged us $20 US.
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Orange step at the room entrance on the right side

It turns out that in order not to do steps, I have to go around by the road and while there were no stepS (plural) there was one small step at the entrance. When we unpacked the Luggie scooter, it did not work. The front desk arranged a rental car for a more reasonable rate. We are semi-unpacked and Bob has figured out how to work the TV and AC and I was able to get on the internet.

Pictures of the room the next day

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There were two double beds. When we are at home, I sleep on the left side of the bed (as you are standing at the foot of the bed facing the headboars) and Bob sleeps on the right. These beds were set up so that the left side of one was against the wall. If I slept there I couldn't get out to go to the bathroom without crawling over Bob, and there was no nightstand on that side of the bed. So he slept on his side of the bed (right side) on that bed and I slept on my side (left side) of the other bed and the nightstand between the beds gave me a place to put my glasses at night

Sunday December 6th - getting organized

Today has been stressful, but successful. When the Luggie would not work even though the battery was charged, Bob was swearing and I was upset.

We got up about 8, and finished unpacking, but I didn't want to walk all the way to the restaurant to get breakfast. Bob got a flashlight and said that the problem was a manufacturing defect - the wire was pinched and eventually broke. He went and borrowed a screwdriver from the hotel, but there were two tiny phillips head screws that he couldn't get to.

We were to get a car delivered about noon, so we were getting ready to walk down when we got a call that they would be there about 1. We went down anyway. I looked at the various maps and tried to figure out a schedule, but it was hot and I was hungry. The girl at the desk found a hardware store that was open even on Sunday.

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The guy came about 1 with a two door SUV, right hand drive. Bob drove him back to his car and then we went to the Grand Anse Spice Mall to the hardware store. I stayed in the car while Bob shopped. Which I hate doing.

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He came back thinking that he could now fix the problem and asked if we should go to the grocery but I was hungry and I wanted to go to where I could see a Food Court.
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Food court


But we went to KFC instead.

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Bob in line at KFC

And they didn't have extra crispy - only extra spicy which I don't care for. And the dinner didn't have any sides except fries. I did get water (in a bottle) instead of a coke which is good because Bob forgot to bring his water bottle and now we have two.

He then wanted to go to the grocery, but my back was hurting so I said he could go shop if he left me in the car with the Ac on. Because if he did that, I know he wouldn't dilly dally. He came back with grapefruit, bananas, some cookies and cranberry juice. I got us back to the hotel, (although we had some wrong turns at the roundabouts - people on the right have the right of way), and I can't figure out how to make the cell phone speak the directions. We parked on the side of the hotel near our room. Bob was afraid there wouldn't be enough parking, but it was OK. Also this is still the 'summer' season, so not that many people.

Then Bob settle down to work on the Luggie and finally said he thought he had fixed it but would let it set. So he watched TV and I edited photos. Finally he put it back together again and it worked. Hurray.

I feel much better now.

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We decided to go up to the restaurant here for dinner. We were the only ones there. It seemed that everything we asked for, they didn't have. It wasn't lobster season yet for instance. But eventually I had shrimp Alfredo and Bob had grilled Caribbean shrimp and we both had a virgin pina colada. Bob pronounced his shrimp to just the right amount of spicy for him (which is hardly spicy at all).

A very pretty little black and white cat came by to be petted - a fairly young cat I think. We asked whose it was, and the girl said that on Grenada, nobody owned any cats. They were all cats at large. I tend not to believe that.

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For dessert, I had ice cream and Bob had cherry cheesecake. They didn't have blueberry and I don't care for cherries that much.

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Bob went up the steps to the room and I had to go up the driveway and down the road. But the driveway now had a gate. I yelled for Bob (who didn't hear me of course) and a man came running and opened the gate, and also put lights on the road so it wasn't pitch black.
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So far I have not accomplished any of my goals. Tomorrow we will start on them.

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Driving up the Caribbean Coast - 7 December 2015

St. Peter's in Gouyave and Belmont

December 7th-Monday

We both slept pretty well last night - turned off the TV before the end of the football game.

Pipe cactus near our hotel

Pipe cactus near our hotel

Today Bob had his normal breakfast (bacon, oatmeal, grapefruit) and I had a banana. We found that the candy he brought had attracted ants, and so had the cookies which apparently had a hard trip as they were majorly crumbs. So we put most stuff in the fridge that we thought would be anty.

I thought we should get a start on the goals for the trip - all we had done so far was to fix the scooter and go to the grocery story. I thought we might photograph a lighthouse and some cemeteries, have lunch at a nice place and buy some spices like we had done on the cruise ship excursion in 2013.

I wanted to find a bank to get local cash but Bob insisted on driving fast as if he's commuting to work and the banks were all on the other side of the road with no parking visible.

Old outdoor movie theatre - probably not repaired after the hurricane

Old outdoor movie theatre - probably not repaired after the hurricane


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St George from the Careenage

First we tried to go to Fort George where there was a lighthouse to photograph,
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but we ended up on a one way road at a dead end. We were in the correct place, but I still don't see how to get from where we were to where we wanted to be.

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So we ended up driving all the way up the west coast road, passing several cemeteries that I wanted to stop at and through a whole bunch of road construction (people with shovels and heaps of asphalt to put in holes). A lot of he time we were following a truck with two phone poles on it.

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Eventually we came to Gouyave. The roads were tight and a lady thought we had banged into her car She came shouting at us, but Bob said we hadn't touched her car and she went away. I'm not sure whether we did or not.
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I saw the church and cemetery that I had seen when we were here before.

This was St. John's Parish Anglican Church.
Bob found a place to park, and got out my scooter. Bob went into the cemetery and I went into the church as the cemetery was inaccessible to me on the scooter.
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But I could go up the ramp past the sleeping dog into the church

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He took about 70 photos
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Sir William Branch is buried there - he was the owner of Douglaston plantation where we went on our first visit.
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Later we were told that when the socialist/communist regime took over, Sir William let Douglaston go so that the regime would not benefit. Apparently the plantation is just open now for ship tours like we had.
I took some pictures in the church
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I went over to the church offices and talked to them and they pointed out the nutmeg coop and said that there was parking.
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Catholic church steeple damaged in the hurricane.
Note: The original name that the English called Gouyave was Charlotte Town.
We tried to go to there, but did not see the parking.
So we continued to follow the road around-
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Past Duquesne Bay
Duquesne Bay Petroglyphs sign

Duquesne Bay Petroglyphs sign


Road to St. Patricks - Saint Patrick

Road to St. Patricks - Saint Patrick


And trhough the parish of St. Patrick
Capitol of St. Patrick Parish - Sauteurs

Capitol of St. Patrick Parish - Sauteurs

My phone was pretty much useless with maps, but eventually I saw signs for Belmont Estate which I knew had lunch and a place to shop. So we did. (Stop, Eat and Shop). The lunch place was at the top of a very narrow single lane road. Bob unloaded me and then had to go down to park at the bottom of the road on the street. Very narrow roads like this make him nervous when he's driving a rental

They had a three course meal for $50.00 but Bob said immediately that he couldn't eat that much.
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View from our table
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We each had a chicken sandwich and I had mint ice cream, I used the rest room.

Bathroom sink at Belview

Bathroom sink at Belview


I also talked to a guide who was there (Edwin) and arranged for him to take us to more cemeteries on Thursday. I know where some of the big ones are, but the little ones parking is a problem.
and then I bought some stuff.

Belmont Estate Spice Plantation

Belmont Estate Spice Plantation

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Tree to Bar Cooperative sign

Step in chocolate shop

Step in chocolate shop

Chocolate shop

Chocolate shop

Bob buying chocolate

Bob buying chocolate

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Spices for sale

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souvenirs

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Driving through Grenville - Grenville

Driving through Grenville - Grenville

East coast beach

East coast beach

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We got lost on the way home, but arrived eventually and Bob had a nap and I did photos. Then we had dinner of the leftover KFC I have had some intestinal issues tonight which I hope will be gone tomorrow. I intend to go to one of the big cemeteries and maybe see some lighthouses.

I figured out that if I signed in to Google on my phone (meaning I had to remember the password), that it would remember where I wanted to go and also would get the items from my computer in Google maps. A-HA.

So I put in there two lighthouses (or a lighthouse and a light ship) and the Grand Anse Cemetery. I decided we could to that and get to a bank and get some local cash. I asked Bob to look in the phone book and see where a bank was, and he refused because he said he wouldn't know what the addresses meant. So I looked and there was a bank in the Spiceland Mall. So I put that on the list.

I had some crumbs from dinner so I got ants in my bed and didn't sleep that well as they kept biting me.

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A Lighthouse and A Light Ship - 8 December 2015

Grand Anse Spice and Craft Market and Eating Local

I had five navigational lighthouse type places on my list to visit.

What is a lighthouse? A lighthouse is a light beacon that is, in some sense, a substantial building.The guideline is that a lighthouse should have a height of at least 4 meters and a cross-section, at the base, of at least 4 square meters. This simple guideline does not require that a lighthouse have any particular form or appearance.

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We started out in quest of the two lighthouses - passing the pipe cactus that grow around where our hotel was located

Today, I managed to take a photo of this sign - I wondered what it was for. I associated the Lollipop kids with the Wizard of Oz. But apparently in this case a lollipop refers to the shape of the sign that the crossing guards use. In this case it wasn't for children, but for senior citizens
Lollipop crossing

Lollipop crossing

There is a round-about at the end of the road to the airport and our hotel. we have to remember to go around clockwise. and that people on the right the right-of-way
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Construction zone
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We went to the first lighthouse which was at a place called Prickly Point. It was beautiful out there.
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This lighthouse on the southern tip of Grenada is active (privately maintained on private property)
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It is on the Google maps as the 360 degree house. It is lime green. It is a private house. So we parked outside the wall and Bob went in and took photos
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and shows a continuous red light. It is a light green 10 meter round tower with an observation room, topped by a mast
One of Grenada's Lighthouses

One of Grenada's Lighthouses

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Then we started for the next one
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I took some photos of the road signs. On the left it says "Pedestrians Drive Slow". On the right is a speed bumps sign..
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Speed Bump Ahead

We were heading for the Swedish Lightship 23 Västra Banken The directions on my phone said: Take L'anse Aux Epines Main Rd and Grand Anse Valley Rd to Egmont 17 min (9.0 km)
We took two wrong turns, including going up a driveway which was so steep that Bob put the car into 4WD.

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Island belonging to a millionaire - pricey accommodations

But eventually we got to the marina, parked and Bob got the scooter out. They had floating concrete docks.
Entrance to La Phare Bleu Marina docks - Grenada

Entrance to La Phare Bleu Marina docks - Grenada

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Customs office at La Phare Bleu - Grenada

Customs office at La Phare Bleu - Grenada


The lightship was at the other end of the dock. On the way down we talked to a guy whose boat was there at the marina - 60ish foot Sea Ray kind of boat.

I took photos of the light ship

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What is a Swedish lightship doing in Grenada? You may well ask. From 1923 to 1970 the lightship served on the Västra Banken station in the Baltic Sea off Gävle, Sweden, north of Stockholm. After deactivation, the lightship was sold as a restaurant. In 1999 it was sold again and moved to Stockholm as a houseboat. In November 2005 it was sold a third time, to developers of a marina and resort in Grenada. The ship was towed to Rostock, Germany, to be restored and re-equipped. It was then loaded on the MV Schippersgracht and carried to the West Indies, arriving at the new marina in December 2006. It opened as a restaurant in 2016 at Le Phare Bleu Marina on the south coast of Grenada, 5.5 km southeast of St. George's.

It was hard to get a good photo from the docks, so I tried by going around to other docks

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Getting back to the Spiceland Mall was fairly easy -
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Bob got out the scooter and we found the bank.
Bank

Bank

Bob stood in line a long time, and while he was waiting, I chatted with a lady with a walker who had thought about buying a Luggie (the kind of scooter I have). She is Canadian and married to a Grenadian and lives down here. The security guard was standing next to us impassive - but I know he was listening because when I described the overturning of the scooter in Cornwall, I could see he was suppressing a smile. Anyway eventually Bob got money changed, and there was a bathroom for him to use opposite the bank.
Restroom sign by Native Fruits

Restroom sign by Native Fruits

fruit menu

fruit menu

Grill-to-Go

Grill-to-Go

Take-out

Take-out


I scootered around the food court

menu

menu

Roti & Bus-up

Roti & Bus-up

and picked a place called Yum Yum Cafe which had hot dishes, sandwiches and cold drinks in addition to Rotis and something called a Buss UP. Roti is meat etc in a thing like a soft taco. I don't know what a Buss Up is. I have found out that Lambie which I see advertised everyplace is conch.

I ordered a cheese melt and a coconut mocha and Bob ordered a tuna melt and a chocolate milkshake. We actually got two tuna melts and they had to get the milkshake machine working (which took some time) before I could get my coconut mocha. (which was good)

We then went back into the grocery store and I bought some cheese and some bagel chips which turned out to be way too salty for me to eat.

We got gas - It took 4.7 Imperial gallons (half empty - Bob didn't set the trip odometer right away, but it was more than 130 miles or km - not sure which). That was $62.12 EC$ which is $22.50 US. They only took cash - no credit cards.

We went on to Grand Anse Cemetery which I found was not only right next to Blessed Sacrament RC Church
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cemetery

cemetery

cemetery

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but was also right next to Grand Anse Beach and the Grand Anse Craft and Spice Market on a street called (according to Google maps) "The Lime". So we parked. The cemetery was just not accessible to the scooter so Bob went in and took photos and I looked at the church and took a few photos of the edge of the cemetery.
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grave


Chicken crossing the road to Grand Anse Cemetery - Grenada

Chicken crossing the road to Grand Anse Cemetery - Grenada


I didn't go in the church as they were having a service.

Then I took photos of the beach Umbrellas on the beach - Grenada

Umbrellas on the beach - Grenada

Grand Anse Beach - Grenada

Grand Anse Beach - Grenada

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and went into the spice and craft market and talked to people.
Grenada dog

Grenada dog


No domino playing sign

No domino playing sign


spice shop

spice shop


I did buy something. They have all kinds of spices - saffron, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, peppers etc

entrance to craft and spice mall

entrance to craft and spice mall

Display of spices and crafts

Display of spices and crafts

Spice and craft mall courtyard

Spice and craft mall courtyard

Just So Bar - next to Spice Mall

Just So Bar - next to Spice Mall

I called Bob out of the cemetery as I thought he was getting too hot. When we got home, his shirt was soaked through. He took about 140 photos.

Came home and he took a nap. Then (since we didn't have any lunch left over to bring home) we went out to dinner at the end of the street to a very fancy restaurant called The Beach House. They served from the right and took away from the left- very proper.

We were seated out on the deck.
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The Beach

The Beach

First they gave us roll with garlic butter. We watched a cruise ship leave across in St. George's. I had the starter of land crab cakes. They looked like whole wheat buns and really didn't taste much of crab. Spicy.
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Then we had the fresh fish of the day. The waitress said it was swordfish which was the same as dolphin. Which of course it isn't. It was really swordfish. And it was good. Came with rice and vegetables.
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It started to rain a little so they moved us inside. And Bob had creme brulee and I had a lime thing for dessert.
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The whole dinner came to just under $100 US.

Note: In Grenada they use the Eastern Caribbean dollar
Eastern Caribbean  Dollar

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

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A Big Cemetery and a Swim -9 December 2015

Grand Bras Cemetery

Tomorrow we are going to have a guide to do the little cemeteries and finish up the last three lighthouses.

So I decided that we should do the best we could to do the big cemetery that I know about here, which is about 40 km along the road we took on Monday. The only thing was, I couldn't figure out where we would eat lunch. But maybe lunch is over-rated :)

We set out about 9:15 and by 9:30 we were whizzing down the Maurice Bishop Memorial highway.

Parking places marked on the highway

Parking places marked on the highway

We went by the brewery (as we always did - it was on our way out)
Grenada Brewery

Grenada Brewery

Grenada Brewery

Grenada Brewery


through the roundabouts that we went through yesterday. There was a big piece of machinery in front of us and he was going about our speed, so we let all the hot rods pass us and we just stayed behind him. They have the speed bumps marked with road signs in advance of them (most of the time). But with the big earth moving machine in front of us we could see where they were quite well. So we were disappointed when he got to where he was going to.
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We did pick up a dump truck to follow for awhile, but eventually he turned off too.
road on the west side

road on the west side

wall with advertisements

wall with advertisements


We got to the cemetery about 10:30. The signs on the gate said (in a plaque on each side of the gate) "In memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914-1918"
Grand Bras cemetery gate

Grand Bras cemetery gate

And then on one side "NOTICE Please contact cemetary keeper before
conducting any business in the cemetary" (Cemetery was spelled wrong)

sign on the gate

sign on the gate

Inside Grand Bras cemetery

Inside Grand Bras cemetery

We drove in. The road was gravel and rutted. In the middle of the cemetery there was a drive though building with a cross on it which had a car in it, but Bob parked along the side of the road and we got out.
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I told him we'd stay for an hour. I went up to the car in the building and there was an old lady there who had a cane like mine that you can sit on. She asked if I was looking for my relatives, and I said 'not really'. We talked. The guy who was driving the car was an undertaker. She was there to see whether her friend's tomb that she bought and paid for had been added. I showed her the cemetery on my phone on FindAGrave. And the second person listed was her husband.

I had great difficulty using the scooter in the cemetery - I did the best I could
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and also went out and took photos of the gate. There were workers in the cemetery. Bob went about the business of taking photos and I took a few too.
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There was a man sitting there in the shade who looked like he was East Indian. Dressed in a pair of long shorts and flip flops, and with no fat on him - just bone. He said he painted the graves. He said that the cemetery had been cleaned up last month on the 4th and they had a ceremony with lighted candles. - I am still having difficulty with the camera setting being accidentally set on Creative Auto - those come out with all wrong colors - all blue.

Bob came back to the car about 11:00. He took about 250 photos. I had a few too

Laundry

Laundry


lineman

lineman

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We drove back the same way we came. I took a photo of the cemetery in St. Davids so that I would get the GPS coordinates. We passed the Westerhall Estate which is a rum distillery on a 500 acre estate in St. Davids. You could see the entire rum making process. We could have had lunch there too.
Westerhall Estate

Westerhall Estate


Bob said he wanted to just to to KFC and get chicken from there as it is hard to screw up fried chicken, so we did that.

I have decided that I probably do not have time to go to the underwater sculpture garden, so I thought I should swim at least once. I was finishing up and getting ready to get my suit on when I heard a crash and a yelp. I thought someone hit a dog. When we came out to go to the pool, I saw that a bus (mini-van - black - route #1) coming up this road had hit a minivan(white) coming out of this driveway.
Route one bus on the road before the accident

Route one bus on the road before the accident


We went down to the pool and saw that there was an ice machine there, but no ice bucket here. Bob thinks we should have an ice bucket to get ice in. The shower was down some steps, so I did not get a shower. The water in the pool was quite warm. We put things to dry out on the balcony.
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They have taken our washcloths and not replaced them, so Bob is using the ones that he brought with him

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