Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wrapping up Nassau

We were supposed to have internet at the resort and I had hoped to send these pics out as I took them but the net was spotty at best.  Anyway, here are the last of the pics from colorful Nassau:

Wonderful art gallery! Some lovely local art! Unfortunately, not allowed to take pics!

Junkanoo Queen, outside the art gallery

I went to the Governors residence to watch the changing of the guard which turned out to be quite a spectacle!
Governors residence, She was not there as indicated by no flag.  She was, in fact, in London visiting the queen. 

from the front of the residence you can see the tops of the cruise ships in the harbor at the bottom of the hill

to the left is the lone guard who will be replaced after the ceremony

the band played about 6 pieces and paraded back and forth in front of the building

more street art, very nice

 Once a month the locals have a parade representing all the different ministries in the government.  Each ministry honors the employee of the month.  Makes for some more partying!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sightseeing in Nassau

I learned the bus schedule for downtown Nassau quickly and made a few trips to check out the history:

Supreme Court

Memory Garden to those fallen in the big wars

the library, very interesting, originally built and used as a prison

local sign

Bahamas Historical Society Museum

The Queens staircase, built by slaves, a big tourist attraction

local color

This interesting structure is one of 4 forts that were built to protect the island from pirates, etc, while under English rule.

cruise ships lined up in the harbor, boy are they massive!!!

police presence in the harbor

Parliament Square

 Back at the resort, more nightly entertainment:
Bumper Cars, my car is the little red one in the foreground, I was doing well till I got in an accident on the second round!
Staff talent show:

Yes, it Tina Turner;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Bahamas with more to come

While Mike was out on/in the water for the week, I got used to the local bus system;)  Made my way to the west end of the island to check out the Clifton Heritage National Park:

This house was owned by the Whylly family in the mid 1800s. They were British loyalists who were given land on the island as to compensate for their losses in the American colonies after the American Revolution.
ruins of a plantation house at the park

sculpture on nearby Jaws Beach, 

Sacred Space, also inside the park

the plantation house
During the early 1800s, there were as many as 67 slaves on this plantation
slaves quarters

 Back at the resort, someone had to attend the festivities! No, no toga for me!
some of the staff at the resort are on the entertainment committee

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nassau, Bahamas!

Yep, we had to go to the Bahamas for a week so Mike could get in some diving.  I stayed at Breezes, an all-inclusive resort.  The internet was spotty at best, unfortunately, so now that we are at the airport getting ready to fly stateside, I can get a posting out!:)

our first drink (of many) after arriving at Breezes

these interesting toys were at the resort next to us, look like a workout!

 Mike left me at the resort to go out on a dive boat for the week:
found a nice hammock in the shade

met an ex-marine, Zimmerman,  at the local Straw Market, had him do a bit of work for me;)

lots of conch available, I had some at the resort and it was lovely and tender! Yum!

these cruise ships are massive, one day there were 3 docked side by side here!

Bahamian flag 

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