St. George's, Grenada
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
16Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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Known as the “spice island,” Grenada produces vast quantities of cloves, cinnamon, nutmet, and more. Like many of its neighbor islands, Grenada is volcanic in origin
If Columbus and his crew didn’t take all of the spices off the island, the Globtetrotters were certainly planning to get our hands on some. On our way to the elevator to disembark for our day in St. George’s, a woman approached us and said, “Hey, you’re the two who were late getting to the ship yesterday!” No she didn’t! I was flabbergasted. “We got a kick out of watching you run towards the ship. Glad you made it in time,” she said. How embarrassed could I have been at that moment? Oh well, at least we gave some of our friendly shipboard travelers a laugh yesterday.
As we exited the pier I noticed a fort at the top of a nearby hill and I immediatly knew I wanted to go there. I like exploring forts and museums and other historical landmarks. But to get there we had to pass through a small shopping mall, so we did a little “window shopping,” then onto the fort we wentCastillo San Marcos we visited when in St. Augustine, Florida. A young man greeted us at the top of the fort and shared some of the history of the place. Sadly, he shared the story of a terrible tragedy in 1983 when Grenada’s Prime Minister and a female cabinet member, who was nearly nine months pregnant at the time, were executed by firing squad in the courtyard area. Click the video to hear Michael’s explanation of other events that occured during that volatile time.
After our history lesson and a bird’s eye view of St. George’s, we ventured down the hill and into town to explore more. We happened upon Carenage Harbor, a small fishing area with shops and restaurants. It’s a place where both locals and visitors hang out. We met a few women selling spices and two little boys who were finishing up their day of fishing. The people there were very nice. They all tried to guess where we were from. I was amazed that they didn’t immediately guess that we were American. “You have an accent, but I can’t tell where you’re from,” some would say
We headed back towards the ship and happened upon a large marketplace in the center of town. It covered a city block and had dozens of tiny stalls with women (mostly) selling spices, fruits, underwear, toys, shoes, and lots of other wares. Michael loves these kinds of markets, so I figured we would spend some time there. I think these markets remind him of the French Market in the French Quarter of his hometown New Orleans. Of course, we bought some spices from a few of the vendors, then returned to the ship.
As we relaxed on the deck with a few slices of pizza -- mind you, this was only three hours before dinner, but we really needed a little snack after climbing to the fort and all that walking around -- a British gentleman joined us at our table for a chat. “I saw you two running to meet the ship yesterday,” he said. Oh no, how many people saw us? “It was pretty funny. But you must know that you weren’t the last to board,” he told us
Well, after that good news, we freshened up and enjoyed dinner with our table mates. On the way to the banquet room, we passed Captain Peppas, the ship’s captain. “I didn’t forget,” he said. “Room 3022, right.” My goodness, how did he know our stateroom number? “Right!” Michael said. “What was that about?” I asked. Michael explained that the captain had invited us to join a prearranged tour of the bridge the next day. What? “How did you arrange that?” I asked. Michael just smiled and kept walking.
After dinner, we went down to the Cinema and watched the movie “The Social Network.” I hardly ever go to the movies back home, so when I saw that the ship was showing a different movie each day, I decided that we should see a few during this trip.