Cruising to the Caribbean
With J.J. Kwashnak and Russ Minton
NOT, JJ and Russ have found a new adventure - cruising. Travel with a nice room, that goes places, instead of you going places room to room. The trio have been on two cruises together now to various ports of call in the Caribbean
Onboard they found entertainment - Larry in the Piano Bar gave his own unique, spirited interpretation of music.
Drinks were plenty to be found.
And there was relaxing on the cabin's balcony.
First Port of Call was in Freeport, the Bahamas.
Freeport was developed as a duty free port, so the cruise ships come in apleanty. Unfortunately there is little there near the ship, and if you're not into shopping, there's even less going on. One of the gems is a small botanical garden called the Garden of the Groves.
Wallace and Georgette Groves helped found and develop Freeport and developed the gardens. A beautiful collection of tropical plants and animals give lush backgrounds to photos and weddings. A labyrinth sits in the middle of it though it's easy to escape the maze when there are no walls. Rather one follows a contemplative journey as the traveler follows the pathway in silent meditation.
NOT even found some of the local natives to say Hi to.
The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau - located on a different island. The seat of the national government is a bit understated by American standards.
As in numerous places in the Caribbean, pink is a very common color. Including Government House in Parliament Square.
Here is the Nassau Public Library and Museum - one of the oldest existing buildings in the city.
The Queen's Staircase, which is also referred to as the 66 steps, is located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. Hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794, the steps were later named in honor of Queen Victoria, who reigned in Britain for 64 years from 1837 to 1901. There are only 65 steps visible because the pathway that leads to the steps was paved and the bottom step is buried under the asphalt
The stairs are steep and covered in tourists. You have to run a gauntlet of vendors at the bottom to get to them, but they are beautiful surrounded by sheer cliffs.
This just made NOT giggle, even if it is a public health sign.
The Cayman Islands are known for their beaches, banks and stingrays.
Viva Mexico! - It's Cozumel - which is the port and not much more. Unfortunately.
On the ship, every night while you are at dinner, the bed is turned down, the room prepared and a towel animal is prepared for you upon your return. NOT checked out some of the towelgami creatures:
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