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Flying In and Fixing the Scooter - 3-5 December 2015

Getting Organized on 6 December


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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

Friday December 3rd - Leaving Home

We got packed - finishing up yesterday. I have transferred almost everything to this computer and even finally got signed in to Yahoo groups. But I found that I was missing the photos from 2011, 2012 and 2013. So I went in and attached an extra hard drive to the old computer to download them, and that was going to take 2 hours (and it was already midnight). I then realized that I hadn't called the credit card companies. When I talked to Morgan Stanley the guy said that they now charge a currency conversion fee, but that if I went into a bank and got a cash advance, that there would be no charge. Also that they would send any kind of cash - not like NFCU who only do pounds, euros, and Australian and Canadian dollars.

Anyway, I left the computer copying files and went to bed. I woke up early and turned the old computer off and took the hard drive in to put the files on this computer. Then I tried to print out the boarding passes, but I found I had made a mistake in my passport number and my birthdate. I went back to the AA website and fixed my passport number and found that my cursor apparently slipped and said I was born in October. So using the correct passport number and the wrong month of birth I was able to print out the boarding passes.

When I went back in to the computer room, the old computer was at the blue screen of death. So I turned it off and also turned off the modem.

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Roofer outside my bathroom window

The roofers showed up and have done the extra pieces on the main roof and they were making good progress on the porch. I don't know if they will finish today. Bob thinks it is unlikely. I took a shower with the shades drawn.

We left about 1300. We got up to BWI right about 3 and picked up KFC for dinner. We are at the Country Inn and Suites and they ARE Suites. There are two bathrooms, two TVs, and a separate sitting room with a microwave and a fridge. There's also about three closets.
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dining room of the suite


We have a wake-up call for 3:00 as our flight loads at 5:20.

Saturday December 4th - flying out

Normally I pack a nightgown in my carryon so I don't have to access my suitcase, but I forgot to do that, so I slept naked (I guess that is bed-time commando) except for underpants.

We went to bed early, and I think we did sleep some. Bob said he was waking up every half hour. I was having a back problem. The lipomas which everyone says don't bother people much, do bother me - they ached enough to keep me from sleeping very well. If I sleep on my side (which I have been doing for over 50 years), the side that isn't on the bed aches. I had to sleep on my back.

About 2:30 I got up and went to the bathroom, and that waked Bob and he got up and shaved etc. The wake-up call did come at 3, and the radio that he set for 3:01 on the clock radio, also turned on as scheduled. I had put the computer away before I went to bed.

Bob went down and came back with a luggage cart, and packed everything up and went down and checked out. I followed, after going the wrong direction in the hall once. Usually I have to ask Bob which way to turn but he wasn't there to ask. They were to have called a cab for us (which they paid for), but there wasn't a note about it, so the desk lady called one for us.

The cab driver put Bob's suitcase in the back seat between us because he had stuff in the front seat.

He knew where Leonardtown was. He was talking about his mother leaving an abusive husband in rural WV and someone in Piney Point taking her in.

He delivered us to AA curb check including helping Bob across with the luggage, and the sky cap was concerned because apparently first class is allowed 70 lbs per bag and the Luggie was 76. But it was accepted without much problem. We checked two bags and the Luggie, and we went through security - Bob didn't even have to take off his belt, and they didn't make me get out of the wheelchair and just scanned my hands.

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Bob waiting for boarding

The wheelchair guy took us to the gate (C4) and I plugged in my laptop and used the wi-fi in the airport for a little bit. The gate people were talking about something not operational and also the captain wasn't there. The captain did appear, and the wheelchair people trundled down and loaded on the plane.

But ... apparently the thing that wasn't operational was the toilet. There were two problems. One was that the toilet for first class and the captains had a cracked seat, and of course pax could not use that as we might get pinched. And one of the other two toilets could not be fixed. They didn't want to fly the 737 with a full load and only one toilet.

I thought of suggesting that they tape the seat to the cover and make the front toilet for men (standing up to pee) and reserve the back toilet for women. But that would probably be a radical idea.

The captain came back and apologized profusely and said that there was another airplane out in the field, and that they would switch us to that one.

So all the wheelchair people were trundled out and down to C7 which had a flight which was currently boarding. After they got done, it was quiet for awhile. I talked to the lady on one side of me - she was flying to Trinidad. I think she missed her connecting flight. She was complaining about not having any information. I got five emails from AA about the problem. The last one said that our flight was delayed until 7:30, and as I was reading that to her, the first officer was passing us and he said "It aint going to happen"

One of the other wheelchair people was flying to St. Martin and they said they had missed their connecting fight also. Fortunately, our connecting flight doesn't start to board until 1430, so for us to miss it would be really unusual.

We had to be de-iced before we took off. (?) We took off about 8:30 - about the time we were to be landing. We went right down over the Patuxent. and the Potomac, and I could recognize all the places below - if we had taken off at the original time, it would have been too dark to do that.

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St Mary's River and Horseshoe Bend

We went across Virginia and SC and GA They fed us - a choice of quiche or oatmeal. Bob took oatmeal and I took quiche. There was also fruit, a biscuit, and fries (which were a little raw)

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My breakfast

We got to Miami about 10:30 and it was raining.

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We landed at gate D50 and are taking off from D19. I thought we could go to the Admiral's club, but apparently that is only for Europe. So we went down to the gate and Bob went to Wendy's and got lunch.

There was, of course, another flight which was boarding at Gate D19. For Jamaica. And they got all boarded and we went and sat in the handicapped seats because the plug in the pillar did not work. And then, when they were almost all done, they got all the pax OFF the plane again. They said it was because there was something that had to be cleaned up or some type of provisioning that had to be done with the pax off the plane. Neither of us believed that for a minute.

I talked to one of the pax, she had flown to Miami from Dullas - she was from Reston. So they were reboarding and it was getting later and later. I got another email from AA and they said that the gate for Grenada was now D32. So I went to one of the gate agents and asked to have someone come and get us. She was very nice even though she was quite busy and said she would call.

So after they all got boarded, one of the gate agents sat with us and flagged down someone in a cart to take us. I asked what was really wrong with the plane, and she almost told me, but then she said that they weren't allowed to say.

So we got to D32, and that flight was even on that board. I was talking to the lady next to me and she lives here in Grenada. We did take off (in the rain) a couple minutes late because a passenger could not be found and they had to take his suitcase off. This time they asked us if we wanted pasta or beef and we both picked beef.

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This came with lobster and macaroni (which I think of as pasta), and two salads - one was kind of skewers with a cherry tomato, an olive and a piece of cheese. There was also a roll (white or wheat), and afterward there was ice cream with pieces of chocolate and tiny pretzels on top.

Saturday December 5th - Arriving

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Grooms Bay

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. 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.

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Orange step at the room entrance on the right side

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. BUT... when we unpacked the Luggie scooter, it did not work.

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 headboards) 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 philips 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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(Security guy in the parking lot)

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


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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

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souvenirs

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Driving through Grenville - Grenville

Driving through Grenville - Grenville

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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
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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.
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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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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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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


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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

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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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.

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