Last Update: 25-DEC-2011

Day 8, DEC 12, St. Johns - Antigua

We docked in St. John's. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide,
encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. 
The taxi driver, Terrence Jackson, showed us the Boggy Peak and told us it was officially renamed Mt. Obama.  Taxi driver was 
very good and loved his island.
We went past a beautiful old church, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, made from native stone that has a beautiful green color.
The island was very green and the driver told us they had record rains so it was more green than usual. We stopped at an 
overlook, which may have been English Harbour. We then continued on this road and went by Nelson's Dockyard but the group 
decided not to go in the museum. We continued to Fig drive which is home to  The Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. This is a
unique eco-tour through Antigua's lush rainforest where you embark on an unforgettable 21-element journey through the verdant 
forest, high above the trees. It was hot and humid and our tablemates said they sweated through their clothes as soon as 
they got there. 

We considered three beaches--first was Turner's Beach, next was Darkwood beach and we continued to Valley Church Bay. All were
beautiful. I think this was chosen because of the beach bar. This beach and the other two along this stretch were nicer than 
Dickenson Bay, where we went last year.  The beach was lovely but visibility of the water was poor.  That was true last time
also and we were told to come in summer when water clarity is better.

We stayed until 2:30 or 3:00 and then back to the ship. After eating and showering we went back to the shopping area for rum.
Ken bought some St. Marteen rum and a spiced rum.

Looking south at Antigua as we arrive.  Looks like a nice day

Lots of goats

Looking at the Chinese-built Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with long island in the background

Local store as we drive along

Sugar mill

Stopping to check out St. Barnabas Anglican Church between Sweets and Falmouth (Located at: 17.0387777N 61.7902341W)

Falmouth Harbour from the vender area.

Dockyard police station at English Harbour

Taking old road along the southern coast. 

More goats along old road. The taxi driver owns some goats and was telling us how they let the goats out to wander to feed. This happens 
every day but only after they are "trained". Otherwise they won't come back home.

Breadfruit tree

Pineapple fields

This may be Darkwood Restaurant & Bar 

We ended up at Valley Church Bay where peopel would walk buy trying to sell us stuff every 10 minutes or so.

The drive back to the ship. Very 3rd world feeling to the place.

  • MOVIE 3rd world ride (wmv - 28 meg)

    We were in port with Celebrity Constellation.  We miss the cold towels and drinks.

    It's always hot when we come here !  83.3 degrees  Heat index 91.4 degrees with a dew point of 73.3

    A room with a view 

    St. Johns Harbour views

    Always a great place to watch frigatebirds

    Departing St. Johns Harbour with a big thunderstorm to the east.

    Mt. Obama (with antennas in the distance)
    This is the highest point of Antigua, 402 meter (1.319) feet above sea level. A one-hour climb will take you to the top of
    this highest point on Antigua, from which you can glimpse the neighboring islands of Montserrat and Saint Kitts.
    It was formerly known as Boggy Peak but was renamed in honor of Barack Obama on August 4th, 2009. 
    I am sure it will be renamed after Mr. Obama destroys the United States !

    Another person slips and falls.  The decks of this ship are very slippery.  I assume it’s because of all the SPRAY lotions
    that the lazy people now use.  30% goes on you and the rest goes on the floor.

    Container port facilities

    Fishing boat

    Fort James    
    Constructed in 1706 and garrisoned up until 1850, Fort James is unique in that it is the only fort that still retains it's cannons.
    All the other cannons on the island were sold for scrap in the late 1860's. While the fort never saw battle, it was capable of firing
    24 lb shot a distance of one and half miles using 8 lbs. of powder. 

    Russellīs Bar & Restaurant at Fort James

    Sunset time

    Looks like a groundhog coming out of the water

    Montserrat appx. 26 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.

    Sunset over Redonda Island (Antigua and Barbuda) (30 miles away)
    The "Kingdom of Redonda" is a slightly humorous name for the tiny uninhabited island of Redonda, which is situated between the
    islands of Nevis and Montserrat, within the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain, in the West Indies. The island is now part of
    the country of Antigua and Barbuda.
    This small island may, arguably and briefly, actually have existed as an independent kingdom, the title to which is still to this
    day contested in a half-serious fashion. The "Kingdom" is also associated with a number of supposed aristocratic members, whose 
    titles are given out freely by whomever is currently the "King".
    According to a story told many years later by his son, who was a fantasy fiction writer, in 1865 Matthew Dowdy Shiell, from the 
    nearby island of Montserrat, proclaimed himself to be the rightful, and supposedly legal, "King" of the island of Redonda. This
    story may be partly or entirely fictional.
    The small (approx 1 square mile) island of Redonda, is essentially one very large rock. It is the remnant of an ancient volcanic 
    core, and the land rises extremely steeply from sea level, mostly as sheer cliffs. Although to Columbus the island appeared to be
    round when viewed from the side, it is in reality long and narrow. Redonda is uninhabited, except by wildlife and a flock of feral
    goats, who manage to survive on the poor grazing on top of the island.

    Sunset time continues

    Checking my email in the computer area.  I brought my own system, which was good as the ships systems were down a good bit.

    Tonight's critter

    Another ship

    Passing St. Kitts on the 200 mile trip to Tortola

    RCL in neon

    Quiet night

  • Tortola - B.V.I.

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