On our way to Paradise.

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Another early day, isn't this supposed to be a vacation?! Anyhow, we checked out of the Intercontinental and headed to the Airport, only 5 minutes away. We headed to the lounge where we waited for our flight to Tortola. The flight was about 2 hours delayed, but eventually we got our seats and headed out to paradise. Its a short forty minute flight in an ATR (Dual propeller plane). We saw the Islands from the Sky, such a pretty sight. It turned out later that the woman sitting behind us was the Duchess of York. We found out later that she was staying with Richard Branson on his Island. Without knowing who she was at first, Linda pointed out a bag (of trash) to her as we were leaving the plane and asked if she forgot that, LOL. She was very friendly and actually took the bag with her to dispose of it. She even congratulated us on our upcoming wedding. I don't know what she did wrong according to the media, but I think she is a nice person. As the BVI are a British colony, with a similarity to Bermuda, I expected the same hassle and hustle with customs and immigration. Luckily, on the BVI the officials were more welcoming, so we quickly stood outside the terminal building, and the staff from Biras Creek was waiting for us.

At the San Juan airport we met another couple. They have been to the BVI for a number of times and they stayed at Biras as well this time. They got married in the BVI just as we are planning to do, so they recognized the scene of us dragging a wedding dress around, trying to protect it from dirt and inconsiderate AA staff. The four of us got into a Taxi van, and we dropped of the couple at the ferry dock. We had to do some paperwork in 'town' first, so we headed out to Road Town. The name said it all, one road, that is pretty much all of the town.

The island of Tortola is about the same size as Bermuda, only less populated, there are about 25000 people living in the BVI, most of them on Tortola. The beauty about the place is that you see all the other islands around it, and they are all within reachable distance with a boat. So you don't feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

In town we visited the administration building to file for marriage, and the flower shop to put in our order. We grabbed a little bite at a small Vietnamese snack-bar. All took less than an hour, and we quickly returned to the little harbor from where our ferry would take us to Virgin Gorda.

The boat ride to Virgin Gorda was about half an hour with the speed boat. When we reached the Island we were in awe. The photos do not do it any justice. At the dock, the manager and two general assistants were awaiting us with cocktails. First we were taken on a tour around the island in a golf cart. They showed us all amenities and then brought us to our room, where our luggage was waiting for us.

Our room is a gorgeous little villa, right on the Atlantic ocean side of the Island. We see the waves crashing on the shore and rocks around us. We have a little living room with two comfortable chairs, a covered patio with two even more comfortable beach beds, a bedroom with walk-in closet and a bathroom with outdoor shower. Outside we have two pedal bikes for us to use to get around the resort. There are no cars, only golf carts and peddle bikes.

We relaxed and had a late lunch on our patio. The resort organized drinks (which they do every Monday) for the guests to meet each other and the staff. We met some interesting people at the drinks and shared the usual, where are you from and what are you doing. After drinks and a bit tipsy already, we moved to the dining area where we were served a fabulous dinner. The food at Biras Creek is excellent. I tried a rib eye, and Linda, a Mahi Mahi. Well fed and watered, we retreated to our quarters..

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