Friday, February 24, 2012

Day 7- Antigua

Entering Antigua's port

Carnival celebrates the abolishment of slavery 1834

Nelson's Dockyard was a British Naval base built in the 1800's in English Harbour.
It has been refurbished and is now a National Park and museum.

The buildings have been beautifully restored and some serve as hotels.

These winches were used to roll the ships onto their sides to remove the barnacles.

Many sailboats still gather in the harbor and they have a regatta during the summer.

Beautifully restored barracks that now serves as an inn.

Inside the barracks

The sailmaker and repair shop

Pathway gate light

Pylons that ships would tie to while in port.

This building now serves as a restaurant.

Beautifully refurbished interior

The view from Shirley Heights

Nelson's Dockyard from Shirley Heights

English Harbour (Dockyard to the right).  Note the alligator shape of the island.
An underwater cable with spikes that went from the alligator's leg to the shore could be raised to damage any encroaching enemy ships.

Shirley Heights signal house

We swam in the Caribbean at Turner Beach, one of 365 beaches on Antigua.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Caribbean Pix-Day 6

Trafalgar Falls
twin falls-this one river fed
 this one rain fed
 Lush rainforests with 300 in./yr of rain
There was so much rain that they cancel all river activities, tubing and rafting.

Steaming sulfur springs

Dominica Botanical Gardens

Cannon ball tree

Aftermath of Hurricane David 1979
Bus crushed by falling palm tree.

Overlook of capital city of Roseau, Dominica

Roseau's soccer/cricket stadium

Road construction project

Beautiful mosaic steps at Spanney Falls 

Rainforest hike to Spanney Falls

Viewing platform at Spanney Falls

Spanney Falls

Hiking back out of the falls

Banana Tree

Dominica was used as the location for two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Kubuli- Dominica's local brew

Waterfront port of Roseau

Dominica, known as the "Nature Island" of the Caribbean, was our favorite. Our guide said it was about 250 square miles with over 200 rivers and 300 inches of rain/year.  We experienced the rain, but loved all of the sights nature had to offer.