Land of the Steel Drums

Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 13, 2011

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Flag of Trinidad and Tobago  , Trinidad,
Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Port of Spain is located on the northwest coast of Trinidad island and is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago.  It is probably most famous for its Carnival which takes place prior to Lent.  It is a mixture of parades, music and calypso competitions with costumes and masks.  While entering the port facilities from the ship, you are greeted with a huge and beautiful mask.

    The cruise ship was greeted by steel drums and dancers which made a colorful and cheerful arrival. It was hot and humid in Port of Spain with lots of traffic on very narrow roads.  We weren't very impressed with the city but of course we took no optional excursions.  We walked to see the cathedral….which was locked up tight, the central park area, and some lovely old buildings which included the old fire station, library, and the fire house.  We also headed out for the botanical gardens, which were established in 1818,  but gave up as it was too hot and humid to continue.  An interesting thing….we were unable to find a real super market (we found a small grocery store but it had virtually no alcohol on the premises).  We did  find the outdoor vegetable/fruit market.  

    One thing which was disappointing to us was that we were originally slated to visit Scarborough in Tobago but supposedly that had to change because of the necessity of gassing up the ship for our journey into the Amazon.

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