Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bermuda: Part Three

For the last half of our trip, we stayed at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in the island's capital city. There was definitely more of a younger crowd at this hotel and we even met a few other young couples from New York. Our first day we rented scooters and explored the island in style. I mean, holy helmets! We already have big noggins and these did not help our case. 

Our first stop was one of Bermuda's top attractions - The Crystal Caves. This was such a neat place and unlike anything I've seen before. It was discovered in 1905 by two young teenagers who were playing cricket. They went looking for their ball that went down a hole and found the cave instead. It consists of a clear lake almost 60 feet deep and crystal formations everywhere you look. Pretty fascinating. I think this was Scott's favorite thing we did that day. 

Lucky for us, Bailey's Ice Cream Parlour is right next door, another Bermuda favorite. And speaking of Bermuda favorites, I give you, the Swizzle Inn. When we first arrived and were going through customs at the airport, we asked people what we should do and see. Going to the Swizzle Inn and drinking a rum swizzle was everyone's first answer. I guess it's the drink of the island or something. "Swizzle in and swagger out," they told us. We laughed. Didn't get the drink - so these pictures will have to do. 

Next, we scootered to the town of St. George which used to be the capital of the island. It has survived and functioned pretty much unchanged for the last 400 years. We visited the local shops, Towne Hall, and St. Peter's Anglican Church. It was historic, quaint, and charming. 

These were the local harbors surrounding the town. It was so quiet and there weren't many people around. These young kids paddling in the water were the biggest crowds we saw. 

We rode past all of these colorful homes throughout the parish. Those pretty pastels get me every time. I often told Scott which color I would paint my house. I was torn between the bright coral or the baby blue. Also, we learned that the roofs are white-washed because each house is responsible for collecting their own rain water to use for drinking, plumbing, etc. Each home has its own filtering system to make sure its purified. Talk about self-sufficient. 

We made our way to St. David's Lighthouse. Unfortunately, it was closed but we admired it from outside. I was loving its bright red accents. Something about a red door just gets me. 

These are all snapshots of our drive through St. George's Parish. Riding doubsies on a scooter with Scott took me back to our Provo days. It was the perfect way to see the island. 

We saw Tobacco Bay on the other side of the parish as the sun was going down. We didn't get in the water but it's supposed to be a great place to snorkel. 

Before heading back to Hamilton, we stopped here at Flatts Village in Smith's Parish and again, enjoyed those purty homes. We ended the night riding through the city and grabbing dinner at a Mexican restaurant. It was a day full of exploring and adventuring with my guy. 

The next morning, we wanted to make the most of the time we had with our scooter so we went on another ride. The island is only about a mile wide and 22 miles long so you can see so much in a short amount of time. Also, I was mentally gearing up for our afternoon activity - snorkeling. I'm no good at water games and was a little nervous. 

Our snorkel cruise picked us up from our hotel and before we knew it we were on the water. These views were some of my favorite of the trip. The colors are so bold and vibrant. 

They took us all the way around the Great Sound and into the Atlantic Ocean.  

And then I was like, "We are so not city people after all." Photo cred: Scuba Steve, I mean, Snorkel Scotty. It's safe to say, we found our inner islanders on this cruise. These pictures will get me through the frigid months of winter. 

Our tour captain was a small English man who moved to the island decades ago. He was all about sea turtle preservation and I swear he spent half of our tour pointing out turtles in the water. In his accent he would yell, "Turtle at 2:00! Turtle at 8:00!" and so on. Our heads would bob back and forth trying to see them all. Here is Scott imitating our captain, "Turtle at 3:00!"

Bermuda is known for their shipwreck sites. There were hundreds of fish swimming near this site and since we were on a glass-bottom tour we could see them underneath the boat. We just kept quoting lines from "Finding Nemo". I felt sorry for the people sitting next to us. 

We stopped fairly close to a private beach and went snorkeling. The water was so warm and enjoyable that I could have stayed in it forever. Especially with my noodle. The captain gave most people a noodle so we didn't have to tread water the entire time. I felt like I was five-years-old but it was key. 

After a few hours on the water, we headed back to our hotel. The snorkel cruise was definitely a highlight of the trip. I'm so glad we did it. In my book, it's a must if you're going to Bermuda. 

That night we had dinner at a yummy place near this harbor. The setting was gorgeous and the company was my favorite. We knew it was going to be like pulling teeth to get us off this island. 

1 comment

  1. Thank you for posting these so I can live vicariously through you :)


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