Pinch me, I think I am in heaven!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Lyford Cays

Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Our Bahamasair flight departs at 11.40 AM and we are keen to ensure there are no hiccups. We leave the hotel at 8.45 AM and fill the car with fuel for the last time then head off on the freeway for our final 15 miles. Being a Saturday, the freeway traffic is light and we make good time. The car is returned, the shuttle bus to the terminal is caught, and we arrive at the check-in gate with 2 hours to spare.
Our bags are weighed, the extra case is noticed and we consider ourselves lucky we only have to pay $25 excess in view of the fact we look like a couple of Sherpa’s about to climb Mount Everest (in Florida going to the Bahamas!?!) with bulging computer and hand bags, carry on cases that will burst at the seams should they be bumped and check on cases that were they not made of space age material, would surely explode.
A short 35 minute plane ride and we touch down at Lynden Pindling International Airport, on the island of New Providence, Bahamas.  According to European history, the Bahamas was the first landfall of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus on his voyage of discovery in October 1492. The truth was that when he arrived, the islands were already inhabited by Arawak Indians who had originally migrated from the South American mainland. In return for their hospitality, Columbus changed their names, the names of the places they lived, and he, and later the Spanish adventurers wiped these gentle people from the human race.
There are around 700 islands making up the Bahamas, with Nassau, New Providence, its capital. On entering the immigration and customs hall, we are greeted by a singing band – the likes of which would not have made the auditions for Australia’s Got Talent (substitute Australia with your country of residence).
Beatrice greets us in the arrivals hall and we are whisked away to paradise within the gated walls of her residential community – Lyford Cays.
Adolfo is at home with their children - Veronica and Nicholas, and is barbequing large organic veal chops for our welcome lunch.
Whilst it was planned to spend a couple of days sailing the Bahamas on their newly delivered Salina 48 Evolution, the winds and seas were not in our favour. Instead we bicycle, walk and golf cart around the community. We sun and swim at the community’s club and private beach, attend the gymnasium, eat and generally have a most relaxing and entertaining sojourn from the reality of life. A morning is spent exploring Paradise Island where the Atlantis Hotel (same as Dubai) marina and village is situated. A lunch is shared to celebrate the conclusion of my 59 years  on this planet and a local fisherman shares his catch of conch (pronounced conk) so as we can taste the delight of this Bahamian delicacy.
Time melds into a single span and before you can utter the words “I am in heaven” it is the morning of our departure day. Adolfo has departed for Miami on the first flight of the day for business, Beatrice must attend work in her new role as Company Partner and the children are taken to school with the timing precision of the Swiss. We are left alone for a final morning of sun and sand before golf carting back for a departing lunch cooked by their home help Patty, before being driven to the airport by Gilbert (their other home helper).
We clear US immigration and customs at Nassau airport (a convenient treaty arrangement between the two countries) before boarding the small turbo prop aircraft back to Fort Lauderdale. The pilot is Bahamasair’s first women pilot captain (and probably one of just a few in the world).
At Fort Lauderdale we arrange for the free hotel shuttle to pick us up and we retire for the night with the exciting anticipation of tomorrow’s cruise commencement from The Everglades Cruise terminal in Fort Lauderdale.

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Katherine on

So when are you shifting to the Bahamas !?.,,
And Jeff said he will go halves in that boat.

Liz C on

Great work!
Do I see a resemblance between Veronica and both Jess and Sarah at a young age...especially about the eyes??
Wherever are you going to settle now with all that you have seen and done??

Heidi on

Looks like you are sold on the Bahamas. We just bought a place in Hawaii and now you need one in swap!

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