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Three Lighthouses and 9 Cemeteries - 10 December 2015

With Edwin Frank

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When we came down to the office at 9:00 Edwin was waiting. First we went to look at lighthouses. The one at the airport - Pointe Saline - (which they moved when they built the airport and it is now in the median strip of the highway), he knew about. That is just the lantern part - originally it was at the top of a 28 foot steel post.

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But he had no idea where Petits Cabrits was until I read him the description, and showed him on my phone where it was on google maps. He drove us around to several places including Quarantine Point for us to take photos. Quarantine Point was a leper colony.

Quarantine Point

Quarantine Point

Views from Quarantine Point

Views from Quarantine Point


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Quarantine Point

Quarantine Point

Petits Cabrits Lighthouse

Petits Cabrits Lighthouse

There was a P&O ship in the harbour which we could see from Quarantine Point.
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Next, we headed for Fort George,
Fort George from Quarantine Point - Saint George's

Fort George from Quarantine Point - Saint George's


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Port Louis Marina near St George's  Grenada

Port Louis Marina near St George's Grenada

which also has a little tower which has been used for a lighthouse.

Since Edwin was usually escorting people around for the Tourist Board on official business, they let him drive up into the courtyard
Police station and communications at the top - Saint George's

Police station and communications at the top - Saint George's


and park in a parking place saved for a Staff Officer.
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He and Bob got our and climbed the stairs to take pictures of it.

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St. George's Harbour Lighthouse on Fort George - Grenada

St. George's Harbour Lighthouse on Fort George - Grenada

Next we drove through the Sendalll Tunnel
Policeman directing traffic near the tunnel - Saint George's

Policeman directing traffic near the tunnel - Saint George's


Sign commemorating the killing of Maurice Bishop - Grenada

Sign commemorating the killing of Maurice Bishop - Grenada


Sign at the entrance to the tunnel - Grenada

Sign at the entrance to the tunnel - Grenada


Pedestrians in the tunnel - Saint George's

Pedestrians in the tunnel - Saint George's

Driving through the tunnel - Grenada

Driving through the tunnel - Grenada


Coming out of the tunnel - Grenada

Coming out of the tunnel - Grenada

and went to the first of the nine cemeteries. This was a huge one on the hill running down to the cricket stadium. It had three levels - Top Cemetery, the middle section is Center Cemetery and the bottom section down by the cricket stadium is Wilberforce Cemetery.
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St George's Cemetery - Grenada

St George's Cemetery - Grenada

Next we went to Morne Jaloux Cemetery which had goats clearing the grass. (Bob said that some of the goats were lazy and were lying down and not eating)
Monte Jaloux

Monte Jaloux


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Then we went to Mt. Airy Cemetery which had gateposts, but no sign
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Up to now we had been in St. George Parish. We drove over to St. David's Parish which is the only one with no main town. I had seen the cemetery by the road, but we went up to the Catholic Church and he asked one of the school girls there and she said the Catholic Cemetery was behind the police station. He said that on the evening of Nov 1st many years ago, when they were having the All Saints celebration (lighting candles on all the graves) that a ship was wrecked there because the captain mistook the bright lights for St. George's and tried to enter a non-existant harbour and crashed on the rocks.

St David's Catholic

St David's Catholic

Now we traveled up to St. Andrew Parish and visited the St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church
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and Cemetery in Crochu.
Edwin by the gate

Edwin by the gate


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It was now 1:00 and more than time for lunch. So we went to a place called Good Food.
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There was no parking, so we parked in a lot at the next business and Bob got out to direct how far back he could go without hitting something. (Both he and Bob were annoyed at the drivers who were speeding, and then stopping in the middle of the road to let people off or pick people up -same drivers who were speeding - and also people who did not park off the road properly)

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We went in and there were four tables with benches. Bob got chicken
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and Edwin and I got something called "Oil Down" This was pretty much all the kinds of food one could have. There was a piece of fish, a pig's knuckle, a chicken wing, breadfruit, callaloo (which looks a bit like spinach) and various other things. It was good, but I couldn't eat all of it.
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Next we went to Tivoli Cemetery - while we were there it started to rain a bit, so Bob stopped taking photos. None of these cemeteries was conducive to using the scooter, so I was trying to pinpoint the locations so I could find them on a map. I was doing this two ways - first by taking a photo with my cell phone which, when I clicked on Places in Picasa, it would put a little marker where I was when I took the photo as the phone has a GPS in it. Also I would put a pin in Google maps, save it as a 'favorite' and email the pin to myself with the name of the cemetery (since I can't apparently name the pin). The auto correct feature (or bad typing) made Tivoli Cemetery into Tickling Cemetery

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We drove to a place called River Sallee (by now we were up in St. Patrick Parish) and there was obviously going to be a funeral there.
River Salee

River Salee

Bob took photos and also engaged in conversation with the people waiting for the funeral procession. He thought they said the name of the cemetery was St. Regis. He got finished before the funeral got there - we passed it on the way out.

Now we drove through the mountains past Grand Etang Lake - it was getting dark and there was one more cemetery which he wanted us to see, and also he wanted to show the different vegetation there - we were up in a cloud but it wasn't raining. He said that their water comes from rivers and development is forbidden in certain sections of the mountains (we went up to the highest point at 1900 feet) so that
the trees would keep water in the rivers. Grenada has only had electricity since about 1960. After the two big hurricanes, he was without electricity and cable TV for 10 months, although he got water back within a week.

Beaulieu with dog

Beaulieu with dog


We saw the last cemetery (Beaulieu) which was back in St. George Parish, and then we drove back towards our hotel.

We went to the hotel restaurant for dinner. We ordered a pineapple cottage cheese salad, and shrimp - coconut for Bob and grilled for me.
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The salad was a surprise, because there was no cottage cheese in it. At least not cottage cheese as we know it. It was a lettuce salad with pineapple and shaves of cheese.
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There were people there from Detroit who had flown in the preceding day. Also people form Tennessee, who were getting on a charter sailboat today. They said it took them an hour to get through customs because two big planes arrived at the same time - BOAC from London and AA from Miami.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 20:16 Archived in Grenada

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