Barbados 2016

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My boyfriend, John and I just returned from our second trip to Barbados and I wanted to share some of the highlights of our trip.

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We stayed at a condo on the sea in Ginger Bay, which was amazing. The sun came up through our bedroom window at 6:00 a.m.and the sea breeze woke us up as it brushed against our skin. It was idyllic!

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Our intention on this visit was to do some exploring of the island and we did quite a bit of that. Barbados is only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, so it isn’t a big island, but the roads on the East coast are very bad, so any driving is slow and bumpy; many times we felt as though we were on a roller coaster.  As John said, there was no attention paid to leveling!

My favorite place to photograph was Sam Lord’s Castle,(http://www.barbados.org/samlords.htm#.VspASpwrKUk) which was just down the road from us. Sam Lord’s Castle used to be a beautiful resort but it burned to the ground and the rubble that is remaining is like something out of a haunted movie. (There probably are ghosts in the castle and some of the buildings, but I didn’t see any in broad daylight!)

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Our next stop that day was an abandoned lighthouse. The sea was even rougher there and the rock formations more jagged. This is on the East coast.

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The English were the original settlers in Barbados and built a lot of beautiful churches; most of which are still standing. Here are a few of them.

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There is  huge difference in the houses that people live in, similar to the rest of the Caribbean; a very definite class system. Some people live in huge, beautiful houses and other live in what to us look like shacks. barbados 2 16 sm-119 barbados 2 16 sm-120 barbados 2 16 sm-121 barbados 2 16 sm-122

These were taken in Spieghtstown( http://barbados.org/spght.htm#.VspAG5wrKUk ) on the West coast. barbados 2 16 sm-123 barbados 2 16 sm-124 barbados 2 16 sm-125  FullSizeRender

Chickens, cows and goats are everywhere. There is no difference between land that is agricultural, rural or urban.

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We had a great time. As always, it is difficult to leave 28C for our cold, dreary days but Winnipeg is home and I would not like to live anywhere else.

Next stop is Peru in March; a trip that has been on my bucket list for years. Can’t wait!!

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