Monday, April 30, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Our next island visit was Dominica, where you can experience the natural wonders of a lush unspoiled island. Waterfalls, dense rainforest, spectacular vistas and rare plants and birds await you here. To help us explore this island I hired Woody and his capable assistant Tana to guide us on the back-roads of Dominica. If you ever find yourself in Dominica do yourself a favor and hire Woody. Here is a picture of us with them.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Before I left St. Barts I walked around the harbor and looked at some Mega-Yachts. These two caught my eye. The one on top is LA MASQUERADE and is 181'. It is able to sleep a total of 10 guests and has 13 qualified crew.  The one on the bottom is SYCARA IV, a classically-styled custom 151’ Fantail Motor Yacht. It will accommodate 8 guests and 6 qualified crew. I'll take either one - anyone what to buy one for me? Next week on to Dominica.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Here are a couple of images and history of this beautiful old Church in St. Barts.
The foundation stone of the beautiful Anglican Church was laid on the 24th of February, 1853 by the Swedish governor James Harlef Haasum. The construction was primary financed by the merchant Richard Dinzey.
The small Church is symmetrical in relation to its middle axis. Louvered shutters along the sidewalls create natural ventilation and filters the light creating a sober interior. The original pine pews are elegant contrast to the white walls and marble floors. The walls are constructed in local stone except for the wall facing the harbour, which is made in limestone with white gables of painted wood. The emphasized cornerstones are constructed of volcanic stone from Saint Eustache. The Pitched roof that originally was covered by wooden shingles is now replaced with corrugated steel. The small decorative bell tower however, still has its original shingled roof.
Before Saint Barthelemy became a Swedish colony 739 people that were reported to live in Saint Barthelemy all belonged to the small Catholic Church in Lorient. The first Lutheran Protestants arrived to the island with the Swedes in 1785 followed by the first Methodists during the 1790s, but it was not until 1851 that the Anglican society was founded. With the completion of this Church four years later they got their own place of worship in Gustavia.
The services were held by visiting Anglican priests from neighbouring islands and later by American priests. For about ten years in the early 20th century, there was a resident Anglican priest on the island. This did not happen again until 2002. The Church is open to all Christians and is the only one in Saint Barthelemy with services held in English.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Today you get to look at a few flowers from St. Barts.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

This colorful art was outside a gallery in Gustavia.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Gustavia is the main town and capital of the island of St Barts. Being a French Island it was very expensive but taking pictures of the shop windows was free. You could buy Cuban cigars here (I didn't), but I loved this cigar box art.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eastern Caribben Sea

Rudolph Nureyev maintained a house in St Barts and here is the view he looked out on. " The Wild Coast - the Paradise of the Rebels".

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

There were many picturesque views around St Barts.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

I came by ship but if you are adventures try flying into St Barts. There is a notch in the hill on the approach that planes come through then a steep dive to the short runway. Watching planes land is a big activity on the island. My pictures show a plane on approach and the runway it is heading for. To really appreciate what it is like, look at this youtube video.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

St Barts Island was my next stop. It is located in the French Caribbean near St Martin and Anguilla. A relatively unspoiled tropical island with an abundance of beautiful beaches, breathtaking vistas, a quaint capital city (Gustavia) wrapped around a picturesque harbor (shown here). St Barts Island is renown for hosting many of the Caribbean's best restaurants and cafes. Its allure comes from the islands intimacy, ideal climate, crystal clear Caribbean water, friendly people and Caribbean charm.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

As seen from my veranda, it was all too soon to say goodbye to Virgin Gorda. Next week - St. Barts.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

I saw a lot of mega-yachts on this trip. This one at anchorage in the harbor was the Maridome. The Maridome (Flag: Great Britain) is a 54 metres long, 12 metres wide yacht, built in 1989 by Brooke Yachts, Great Britain. She was the largest private yacht to be built in Britain for over fifty years. The vessel is powered by two 2310KW CAT3516 diesels, has a maximum speed of 16.5 kts and a range of 5,000 miles. She has a crew of 13 and can accomodate 10 guests. The Maridome is available for chartering from $ 182,000 per week. (A little out of my budget). For this price you will be able to make use of the many toys on board, i.e.:
  • Disco lighting system, with lasers, strobe and smoke machine
  • Custom 7.6m, 40 knot, air conditioned tender
  • Boston Whaler Outrage 21 with 2x150hp Yamaha outboard motor
  • 4 Waverunners
  • Parasail
  • Etc.

Maybe when I win the Lottery!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Even this rooster greeted me with song and dance.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Eastern Caribbean Sea

Yes it is that time to start a new adventure. So follow me and my camera as I take you through the Eastern Caribbean Sea. My first stop was Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. The dramatic shape of the island Virgin Gorda reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the "Fat Virgin". Virgin Gorda entices travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas. They celebrated my arrival by raising their flags.

Friday, April 6, 2012

UP Michigan & Door County Wisconsin

I have a lot more images of the Botanical Gardens but I will end this series with Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail in time for Easter. I will start a new series on Monday - The Caribbean.

Monday, April 2, 2012