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December 2015

Driving up the Caribbean Coast - 7 December 2015

St. Peter's in Gouyave and Belmont


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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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road


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

souvenirs

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


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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
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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.
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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

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fruit menu

Grill-to-Go

Grill-to-Go

Take-out

Take-out


I scootered around the food court

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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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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
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Eastern Caribbean Dollar

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A Big Cemetery and a Swim - 9 December 2015

Grand Bras Cemetery


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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.
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road on the west side

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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"
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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)

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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


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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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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.
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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.

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To Market, To Market - 11 December 2015

The Farmers Market and Grenada Museum


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Friday Dec 11th, we were tired and didn't do much. I was up until about 2 a.m. organizing the photos (there were 680 of the cemetery photos - most of them Bob's but some cell phone).

But I did want to go in to Market Square to see the spice market which is only on Friday and Saturday and that was one of the reasons which I extended the trip past Saturday instead of going home today. And I also wanted to go to the Grenada Museum. Bob did not want to go into town. So he sat and watched TV and I sat and did photos until he finally said that we could get a taxi into town (I asked the front desk and they said it would be about $20 US each way.) The cab driver they got was helpful.

Driving through the tunnel - Saint George's

Driving through the tunnel - Saint George's

We went through the tunnel again, and He parked and waited while I scootered around the market and took photos. I had been told not to take photos of the people directly without asking permission.

Sign about the market - Saint George's

Sign about the market - Saint George's


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Stalls of food - Saint George's

Stalls of food - Saint George's


Stalls in the St. George's Market - Saint George's

Stalls in the St. George's Market - Saint George's


Ginger roots, bananas, and another root that I DK - Saint George's

Ginger roots, bananas, and another root that I DK - Saint George's


I think these are plantains and not bananas - Saint George's

I think these are plantains and not bananas - Saint George's


Nuts, jellys and spices - Saint George's

Nuts, jellys and spices - Saint George's


Two restaurant windows side by side - Saint George's

Two restaurant windows side by side - Saint George's


Baskets hand around the Grenada flag - Saint George's

Baskets hand around the Grenada flag - Saint George's


bowls from gourds - Saint George's

bowls from gourds - Saint George's


Driving in a taxi in St. George's - Grenada

Driving in a taxi in St. George's - Grenada

Then he drove us to the museum

Grenada National Museum

Grenada National Museum


Sign in the museum window - opening soon

Sign in the museum window - opening soon

and parked and went in to see if I could take the scooter in. I did
Admission Sign

Admission Sign


, although I could not go upstairs or down the steps to this area
Down some steps from the main floor - Saint George's

Down some steps from the main floor - Saint George's


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The museum is not quite back in operation after the hurricanes, but it was interesting none-the-less.

Small diorama of original inhabitants - Saint George's

Small diorama of original inhabitants - Saint George's


Part of the audio-visual timeline - Saint George's

Part of the audio-visual timeline - Saint George's

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Ceramics at the Grenada Museum

Ceramics at the Grenada Museum

Frog sculpture in Grenada Museum

Frog sculpture in Grenada Museum


Written explanation - Saint George's

Written explanation - Saint George's


Blue bottles in the window

Blue bottles in the window

Woven wall hanging in the sales area - Saint George's

Woven wall hanging in the sales area - Saint George's


Art work- prints and ceramics - Saint George's

Art work- prints and ceramics - Saint George's



And then he drove us back to the hotel past the Careenage.
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I had thought that our flight on Monday left at 8:15 and Bob did not trust the wake-up call from the hotel - they aren't automated and they said that before the front desk was open that the security guy would do it. But Bob forgot to pack an alarm clock so he wanted to go buy one, and also get some more KFC. But I'm tired of KFC. So we went into the Spice Island Mall and he got some KFC for himself and then got an alarm clock, and then we went to Subway and I got a roast beef sub.

Alternative Fast Food to KFC

Alternative Fast Food to KFC

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