Last updated: 09-JAN-2011

Day 08, DEC 06, St. Johns - Antigua

We decided to go to a nearby beach, Dickenson Bay.  Most hotels, restaurants, beach bars, and watersports facilities 
lie north of the capital of St. John's, in the northwest. St. John's is a large, neatly laid-out town 10km (6 1/4 miles) 
from the airport and less than a mile from Deep Water Harbour Terminal. This port city is the focal point of commerce 
and industry and the seat of government and shopping. Protected within a narrow bay, St. John's is charming, with 
cobblestone sidewalks and weather-beaten wooden houses with corrugated iron roofs and louvered Caribbean verandas. 
Trade winds keep the wide streets cool. Since all the major resorts are on good beaches, most visitors tend to stay put, 
going into St. John's for a day's shopping jaunt or to English Harbour for some history. 

We were packed into a van and driven to Dickensen Bay and left at a beach bar which was along Sandal's Resort. The beach was 
long and we rented 2 chairs for $5 a piece.  The water was warm and enjoyable and we had waves so the clarity was poor for 
snorkeling. A local told us that it is rough in winter and calm in summer, so snorkeling is better in the summer. After 3 
hours we went back to the ship for lunch and a shower. Then we went back to explore the town.  The town is run down but we saw
a beautiful old church and walked onto the cemetary. But there were bums around and we decided to get back to the shopping
area.  We went to a "grocery store" that was the smallest we had ever seen. You had to point to items up on a shelf behind the
cash register. They had limited stock but we do remember freshly baked bread.

All photos were taken with a Cannon PowerShot  S90 10MP camera.
All Video was shot with a Cannon PowerShot  S90 camera and converted to AVI with AWS Video Converter 6

Dickenson Bay beach

Taxi ride in Saint Johns, the capitol city of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda

We were curious to see where our room was.  Marked it with the Glen Beck book

We went out for our walk.  This town gives me the creeps !  I have been all over the world but I must say I go to condition
Yellow / Orange SA-wise here. It's poor, and it looks to be a place where they take advantage of the tourists who are not aware.

We walked up to Saint John the Divine Cathedral (Saint Johns).    
The first church was built here of wood as early as 1681. The second was constructed with English brick about 1720. The Cathedral is 
built of freestone in the years 1843 to 1848. The Cathedral is dominated by twin towers at the west end and provides a distinct baroque
flavour. They are 70 ft high and the cupolas that crown the towers are aluminium in colour. Originally the south gate was the main
entrance. On top of its pillars are the bronze figures of St. John the Divine and St. John the Baptist. 

Various Harbor views from the safety of the boat (Also, it was in the mid/upper 80's here and very humid !)

Montserrat appx. 30 miles away
Montserrat is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Its Georgian-era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the
island's population forced to flee abroad owing to an eruption of the long time dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995.
The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities
and the former W.H. Bramble Airport. An exclusion zone extends from the south coast of the island north to parts of the Belham Valley. Parts
of the zone may be open during the day, and provide visitors with a spectacular view of the volcano and the destruction it has wrought 
upon the town. 

Bad sunset

Photo of the amout of silverware I was allocated each night.  We would make great effort to use all of it !

Monika eating Escargot

Ice Carving party with dessert !  I watched from a distance 

Dave & Monika broke our room by banging on the wall

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