Best of Antigua

Trip Start Jan 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 08, 2009

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dear Blog,

Another day, another adventure.  We arrived at Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda at 8:00am this morning.  Today promises to be a beautiful warm and exciting day as the sun is already rising along the island and showing off its bright golden rays.

Antigua boasts one of the Caribbean's most spectacular coastlines with secluded coves and beaches.  The capital is St. John's and approximately 70,000 people live on the island.  The official language is English, spoken with a distinctive Caribbean accent. 

Once we boarded our air-conditioned mini bus, me at the front again and Mi behind me, we drove through the center of Antigua, passing along various beautiful little villages, each one having charming little old churches and chattel houses

A visit was made at Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre at Shirley Heights where we viewed a 15 minute multimedia presentation that traces the island's history from prehistoric times to the present time.  It was quite impressive, interesting and well done.  A short, guided tour of the ruins was taken afterwards where we enjoyed panoramic views from the observation deck.   

Thereafter, we continued on to another Lookout point on the island for a picture perfect view of Nelson's Dockyard below plus various secluded coves.  At that exact moment, what a wonderful feeling I had. The entire view was absolutely breathtaking.  Here I was, high above the cliff, overlooking below the blue crystal sea, the sun's rays illuminating the water, the deep blue sky with its candy ball clouds, it was unbelievable.  It was another moment in time to be cherished forever.  I kept running here and there with excitement in order to capture and memorize everything at once.  Again, picture perfect. 

Finally, we made our way to Nelson's Dockyard.  The dockyard was built in 1725 and served as a base for the English naval squadron patrolling the West Indies.  After a short informative walk with the guide, we were able to tour the entire dockyard on our own.  This proved to be quite interesting and beautiful pictures were taken once again.  After the tour, we enjoyed our free time to explore the mall museum, art gallery, gift shop and boutiques.  We were also served a complimentary drink prior to our departure back to the ship.

Being still early,  we had lunch on board the ship and afterwards went back on shore for an enjoyable afternoon walk along the pier.  The water was a beautiful majestic turquoise colour under the clear blue sky. 

We made our way along several streets while enjoying the boutiques and shops.  The place was crowded with tourists buying souvenirs just like us under the nice sunny weather.  It was relaxing being able to adventure ourselves around the port and boutiques without being rushed. 

That evening, the ship left Antigua at 6:00pm.  I said farewell to the island in my own special way under the watchful eyes of the sun shinning on my face.  This island, with all of its beautiful majestic landscape and panoramic views, was now a very dear friend of mine, a friend that will always be remembered and forever in my heart, have fond memories of.

Thankful for beauty,

Monique   :-)

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