Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bermuda, Part 2

Our second day in Bermuda was beautiful~warm and sunny, but with some gusty winds. We wanted to hit the beach, but were warned about being "sandblasted" by the gusty winds. So we opted to tour St. George's instead. St. George's or St. George~which is it? You probably hear both names. The official scoop is this: St. George's is one of nine parish districts in Bermuda. St. George is a town (and the original capital of Bermuda) within St. George's parish district. However, people use, or misuse, the names interchangeably. Clear as mud? LOL

I am sure you're aware of the Bermuda Triangle and all of the myths surrounding it. Despite the lack of scientific evidence supporting these myths, they still intrigue people. As our ferry pulled into St. George's port, it was easy to spot one explanation for the sinking of ships: the channels are very narrow with numerous rocks, islands, and shoals~some of which could barely be seen above the water's surface. Couple this with the strong currents and windy conditions, and one can easily understand how difficult it is to navigate the waters, especially for sailboats. In addition, many of the supposed missing ships belonged to pirates. Pirate tales flourish in Bermuda, and it seems likely that they would have taken control of or sunk other pirate ships. We bought Keaton the coolest map showing the numerous locations of sunken pirate ships surrounding Bermuda. These sunken ships are now popular diving sites. I shot this as we approached St. George's. You can see some of the rocks and islands I described. Check out the color of the water~it's simply breathtaking!
The ferry landed us at King's Square. This is the Town Hall, built in 1782.
A few more shots taken in King's Square.
The wooden ship in the background is a full-size replica of The Deliverance, one of two vessels that Sir George Somers (more about him below) built in 1609 from the battered remains of a shipwreck.
As we walked through town, we spotted this shop. It wasn't open, but I would have loved to go into it! It reminds me of the millinery shop in Hello, Dolly! which is my favorite old-time movie!
We ventured into St. Peter's Church on Duke of York Street. This church was built in 1612 and is the oldest, continually operating Anglican church in the western hemisphere. The church's interior is beautiful: cedar beams and a 500-year-old baptismal font.
Behind the church, there are two historic graveyards. This one was reserved for slaves and free blacks.
This one, much prettier and more garden-like, was reserved for whites.
This stone really caught our eyes. An entire family died within four days from Yellow Fever. When illness hit an isolated island like this, there really wasn't much that could be done. Despite its sadness, this stone looked so peaceful and pretty surrounded by the trees.
As we left the graveyard, our eyes were met by this beautiful church. And yes~I shot through tree branches again!
Just around the corner we found Somers Garden, named after Sir George Somers, the founder of Bermuda as well as a British naval hero (he delivered supplies to the Virginia colony and has been credited with helping it survive, as its 60 Jamestown settlers were starving to death when he arrived). After delivering supplies to Virginia, he became ill and died on a journey back to Bermuda in 1610. Local legend holds that he loved Bermuda so much that he requested that his heart be buried there (the rest of his body was buried in England) in what is now known as Somers Garden. This monument supposedly identifies the spot where his heart was buried.
These were also taken in the garden.

As we sailed back to the Royal Navy Dockyard, this wooden tall ship sailed past us.
We decided to explore the Royal Navy Dockyard a bit more. This is the Comissioners House, now an information center.
This is an old fort, now a British Maritime Museum.
I had to get a photo of the British phone booth~it looks like it's right out of an old James Bond movie!
The artsy side of me just had to get this shot with the rugged ship ropes in the foreground.
We returned to the Dockyard Glassworks shop. When we there the night before, it was almost closing time so the artists weren't working. This time, we got to see the artisans at work, though we weren't able to get any photos due the crowd. It was so interesting to watch them heat and mold the glass.

The night before I had fallen in love with this bowl. It is so exquisite and reminds me of the color and shimmer of the Bermudian waves. It was more than I wanted to spend, so I admired it from afar. While I was watching the glass-blowers work, Rick snuck off and bought the bowl so that I could take the Bermudian ocean home with me. Yup, that's my sweetehart!
This picture cracks me up! It's Rick and his Get Smart shoe! What's a man to do when the server forgets to open his beer bottle? Why, use the bottle opener built into his flip-flops, of course! LOL
That's it for now. Tomorrow I'll post some of formal portraits and the last few photos of the cruise. Have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

arlene said...

Terrific pictures-the blue water is gorgeous. Haven't been to Bermuda in years and these make me want to go back.

How sweet of Rick, the bowl & the vase are beautiful. Lastly, you can't leave home without the "Reef" flip flops, Al loves those things.

I'll call you soon, we need lunch.