Day 5 - Grand Cayman Capers

Trip Start Mar 30, 2007
Trip End Apr 28, 2007

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Early get up today as we are docking in Grand Cayman at 7 . It wasnt until we got up that we found out the last tender ( the little boat that brings you ashore when the ship is too big to dock in the port ) was leaving at 3. This was a bit of a pain as Hs ex aunty ( long story !) now lives on Grand Caymen and we had arranged to meet her and spend the day with her and her husband. We had to curtail our plans a little   but still managed to pack a load in. She had hired a kind of posh minibus for the day and as soon as we came off the ship she took us to Rum Point, on the north of the island. It is a kind of out of this world leisure facility on the beach, white sand, turquoise seas, good snorkelling in quite shallow calm water. Sun beds, hammocks, picnic tables and a bar , shop, snorkel hire and apart from that not much else! A little stingray came in to see us while we were snorkelling. I had a mudslide which is a local cocktail of rum , baileys and other stuff - a kind of alcoholic slush puppy. To serve it they tip the rum down the straw so that the 1st mouthful you get is a shot of pure rum. I was a bit apprehensive about this but but it actually slid down rather smoothly! WE stayed there a couple of hours and then went for lunch at the other end of the island at a resaurant called The Cracked Conch ( pronounced conk ). Again another stunning location at the water side no beach, but there is a dive site and Toby saw a Maray eel there. The food was lovely, if a little haphazzardly served, the kids meals were served with the starters, we hadnt finished our starters when they tried to serve us our main course - in fact they tried to serve our main course 3 times before we were ready ! After lunch we went to Hell, a little village near The Cracked Conch that is now a tourist trap selling  Ive been to hell t shirts, mugs, badges etc etc etc. If you post a postcard from there it has a hell postmark. Unfotunately we didnt have time for any of that kind of shenanigans, we hopped back in the bus and had a whistle stop tour of Gill and Adrians house, which is a huge plantation style house in a gated community. They have all sorts of beautiful tropical flowers in thier garden and are also growing papaya, bananas and coconut, all from seed! Daphne had brought them some proper British tea bags from home which they were really thrilled about. A good cup of tea is a rarity in Grand Cayman, but I guess thats the pay off for endless sunshine, gorgeous beaches and tropical seas! All too quickly it was time for us to go back to the ship, so we said our goodbyes. The galling thing was that we got back for 3 but there wereno tenders for us until 3.30, so we could have had a lovely cup of English tea at Gills! And so another lovely day finished.
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