Trip Start Feb 08, 2013
82Trip End May 16, 2013
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At 8am we all enjoyed a lovely breakfast prepared for us by the guesthouse owner. A short time later we headed into town for a look around. From the guesthouse it was only a short walk to town, along 'Main Street'. Most of the towns attractions, mainly buildings, were centred between the cathedral & the markets.
St George's Cathedral, their main attraction, is claimed to be the tallest wooden building in the world. The building is made of a native hardwood, green-heart, but was in fact designed by an English man. Whilst it was impressively tall for a wooden structure the inside wasn't as ornate as the wooden cathedral in Paramaribo - benefiting from a recent renovation.
From the cathedral we walked to the markets for some souvenir shopping. On the way we passed a handful of local craft stalls where I finally managed to buy some gifts for people back home. So far the gift buying has been a struggle; too few items, so little time.
Arriving at the local markets it was packed; loads of people around due to the public holiday yesterday & Good Friday tomorrow. The markets were fantastic! It reminded me of the hustle & bustle of India with the hundreds of street stalls surrounding. The central market, Stabroek, was housed in a cast-iron building with a clock tower on top. There was an interesting range of stalls: clothes, car parts, bird shops & gold jewellers. We stopped briefly for a delicious & inexpensive meal.
After lunch we headed into the Bazaar. It was a small street down the side of the market with a central aisle full of boxes over spilling with all the items you could imagine. The start mainly contained packeted food stalls whereas the end had lots of fresh vegetable stalls, being sprinkled with water to prevent them drying in the sun. At the far end of the Bazaar, along the river front, was the Fish market with its overpowering smells - smelt pretty rotten. If the market was busy, this was crazy.
Having finished shopping those of us heading to Kaieteur Falls tomorrow had to jump in a taxi to get to the airline offices & pay before 5pm. We passed a number of churches & the botanical gardens on the way.
Payment made we headed back for drinks at a bar across from the guesthouse. I had a glass of the local 'Banks' beer - quite fruity. Returned to the guesthouse for an afternoon nap as was feeling a little peaky, but it was too hot. Back to the bar I joined a few for dinner, Chinese again - only decent local food joint.