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Spices, and Chocolate, Rainforest and Volcanoes

Introduction

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Grenada map

Grenada map

flag bunting

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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Showing_us_cocoa_beans_which_she_gave_us_to_suck_Grenada

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:12 Archived in Grenada Comments (2)

Cruise Ship Visit - January 2013

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


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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

van leaving port area on the left

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

bus driving on the left

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

Bus Station


Red minivan-bus

Red minivan-bus


White Lightening mini bus

White Lightening mini bus


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

Sitting out in front of the Meat Market


and then went past the fish market
Fish Market

Fish Market


and the vegetable and fruit sellers.
vegetables

vegetables


Stalls along the road

Stalls along the road


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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.
oil on the road

oil on the road


Pedestrian bridge on the left

Pedestrian bridge on the left


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

Sign as you enter Saint John Parish

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


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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

nutmeg

fresh bay leaves

fresh bay leaves

Bay leaves and cocoa pod

Bay leaves and cocoa pod

Loofa

Loofa


Ginger flower

Ginger flower

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Plantains or bananas

Plantains or bananas

Bagged bananas

Bagged bananas

Nuts or fruits

Nuts or fruits

Fruits in a tree

Fruits in a tree

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

Speed bump sign by a drainage ditch

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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


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We went up into the mountains
Mountains in the distance

Mountains in the distance


And stopped at Grand Etang National Park.

Welcome to Grenada at Grand Etang

Welcome to Grenada at Grand Etang


Welcome to the Park sign

Welcome to the Park sign


Entrance to the park

Entrance to the park

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

Fruit juice or rum punch


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

Beads and small items in a basket

Beads and small items in a basket

Stands with handicrafts

Stands with handicrafts

T shirts and tourists

T shirts and tourists

clothing and souvenirs

clothing and souvenirs


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

Sign in the park information building


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

Waterfall sign


Waterfall from the road

Waterfall from the road

Bob and I didn't go.
Banana lady

Banana lady

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

Monkey for photos

Thank you USA

Thank you USA



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


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

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 2013

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

Approaching Ft Frederick

Man at the fort gate - looked like Snoop Dog

Man at the fort gate - looked like Snoop Dog

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

Fort Frederick

Bob at the entrance

Bob at the entrance

Cannon at Fort George

Cannon at Fort George


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

Unusual wind vane

part of the fort

part of the fort

Sign about the fort

Sign about the fort

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

Maasdam at the pier from the fort


Carenage from the fort

Carenage from the fort

View from Ft Frederick

View from Ft Frederick


Street in St. George's

Street in St. George's


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Carenage end of the tunnel

Carenage end of the tunnel


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

cars in the tunnel


View of the steps

View of the steps


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

Clothing

Dresses

Dresses

Souveniers and gifts

Souveniers and gifts

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

Forts from a cruise ship

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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