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Bermuda

What is it about Bermuda that draws people in ? Personally I have been fascinated with Bermuda since I was a kid and heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle. Before we headed out, my Mother asked me if I was aware of the stories.  I laughed and said ” Of course that is why I am going there.”

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We arrived in the area called Dockyard Marina which is the location of Kings Wharf and

Heritage Wharf. From this area you can take the Ferry to either Hamilton or St George’s.

You can also get a Taxi or Public Bus ( that’s a scary ride and takes longer than the Ferry) or rent a scooter. We opted to purchase a pass that allows you the choice of Ferry or Bus unlimited trips. Only Bermudians as they call themselves are allowed to drive a car and they may only have one per household.

In this area of the Dockyard is The Royal Naval Dockyard and The National Museum of Bermuda. wpid-wp-1446575332170.jpegwpid-wp-1446575320753.jpeg

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The Museum is a self guided tour so you can spend as much time as you would like. During our trip the weather was beautiful until the last day. As you can see from this photo, a storm blew in. wpid-imag0190.jpg I was glad we saved the Museum for this day we felt a little better since this place use to keep our soldiers safe and stayed a little dryer than when we tried to venture out earlier that morning .

wpid-wp-1446575418639.jpeg  This is a cave that leads to an underground bunker now used for exhibits showing the History of the people imprisoned on the Island.

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The photo above on the left is the Commissioner’s home , center is one of the bunker, and the view out of the bunker looking onto the Harbor.  Up on the ridge are the numerous cannons and a road leading to the Casemate.

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The above areas are off-limits, they are in very rough shape. Casemate Barracks was built-in the late 1830’s to house troops manning the Dockyard, it later closed in 1951. From 1963-94 it was Bermuda’s maximum security prison and currently it is under restoration by Museum volunteers.

wpid-wp-1446575465793.jpeg This building we were able to walk around in. I stayed to the first floor and that was creepy enough. It did not appear as though the upstairs was off-limits but it did not look safe and there was no way to know who may be up there since anyone can get in there.

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This next photo is of stairways that are located in each corner of the building and look similar to a spiral staircase. The first photo is clear. The second photo should be a mirror image of the first but something happened. I saw a clear view but that is not what I ended up with. You decide what we are seeing.

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The original clock works from the clock tower are here and operational.  wpid-imag0169.jpg

The face of the clock is down stairs and the inner workings start on the lower floor and go up through to the second floor.

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Lets take the ferry to Hamilton which is the capital. When you get off the ferry there is a visitor center to the left, this is a great place to start they are very helpful. You can pick up brochures here and get a snack or use the restroom located to the outside rear of the building. We will visit the Crystal Caves which is only one of many caves here on the island. Walk across the street to Queen St and up a few blocks to Church St. to the right past City Hall is where we catch a bus to the caves. Route one will take you out-of-town and route seven brings you back to Hamilton.
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There are guided tours every fifteen minutes. You can grab a snack at the Cafe before you head down the 83 steps to the floating bridge. I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. This is a great place to visit if the heat of summer since it’s a constant cool temperature.

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If you have children you may want to visit the Aquarium Museum & Zoo in Flatts. Here you will find a collection of Saltwater

fish, a Museum of assorted exhibits from early settlers. There are several types of animal exhibits, a gift shop and a snack shop.

A Government operated facility founded in 1926, it’s supported by The Bermuda Zoological Society and Atlantic Conservation Partnership.

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The weather in Bermuda is generally comfortable in the seventies. There are several Beaches that are public. The water is a beautiful color and fairly warm. Most of the Beaches we saw had changing facilities, restrooms and some type of food available.

P1020159                 So what are you waiting for, visit Bermuda. A cruise ship is the way to go since your room is always waiting. www.atouristlifetravel.com   

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Norfolk

It’s a wonderful sunny day in Downtown Norfolk, temperature 70 most of the day. It is a very busy city and lucky for us we were not heading to the Airport yesterday as there was a traffic back up for miles. Taxis your main option of transportation still manage to over charge by taking what they call the shorter way which actually takes longer and costs more. The Uber app will tell you it costs $17.90 from the Airport to Downtown when you actually are charged $ 28.50

The Residence Inn is a fairly central location, if you don’t mind a little excercise. We were able to walk to the Pier where the USS Wisconsin is. wpid-wp-1445457699194.jpeg

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There is a wonderful walkway along the waterfront and several other tourboats, dinner cruises and a ferry.

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Granby Street nearby offers many dining options for both lunch and dinner. Just a few doors down from the local community college is a local coffee shop hangout called A Latte Cafe. We had a quick bite for lunch, it’s no frills self service but fair prices and fresh ingredients.

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Travel

Travel, Vacation, Holiday what ever you may call it. What does it mean to you?
Time to enjoy family and friends, or relax and see the world. Vacation means different things to different people but one thing is a constant “It’s WORK.”
Have you ever sat down and figured out how much time you spend looking for places to go and places to stay. Then more time on how to get there and how to pay for it. And “LADIES” we know in addition to all that research we also have to pack for our children and that includes the “Big Ones.”
On average according to several different research companies prospective travelers spend between 46 and 60 hours minimum, researching before they travel. Do you have that much time to waste? If you do are you sure you found Reputable places to spend your hard earned money.
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Coffee

One of the most important pieces of information I obtain for ANY vacation is,how I will get my STARBUCKS . I must have my coffee. I like it strong and black. I hate waiting in line behind the half/caf skinny blah blah blah. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen as they say. Next I do a search in the area I am staying to see where the nearest Starbucks is located. On occasion,there will not be any. I have a fix for that. I always bring a bag of French Roast with me and include an assortment of different filters to fit any machine the Hotel has available. I have suggested to Starbucks offering a passport to fill showing all the Starbucks you have visited. I use my Gold Rewards card but it only gets me the occasional free coffee and then only if the location participates and is not independently owned. I would like people to know that I have visited Starbucks from Seattle to The Bahamas and beyond. In the unlikely event there are no Starbucks or available coffee  brewers, I check the local hangouts for the good stuff. I have found great coffee in Alaska in a few places. And in Jamaica luckily the first thing I smelled when we stepped off the ship was the coffee. Being a connoisseur of all things coffee, I have previously tried coffee from all over the world and usually know what to look for. When I have run out of all these options I just go for the double esspresso.

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Book your cruise today

I just booked another carnival cruise. Even though it’s over a year away it really gives you something to be excited about. Next I will have to join my cruise critic roll call.

Isla Roatan

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Today’s photos are of our Honduras trip. I will admit we were a little skeptical at first since the only things I know of Honduras is poverty and the need for basic things like clean water.

We took a bus from the Cruise Ship through a poor neighborhood to a small pull off where we then got on a nice little tour boat. As they were loading us up a Jet landed literally a few feet away. I thought it was going to land on us. The main airport is right there and the runway ends at the waterway we were navigating. The captain of our boat felt the need to mention how on occasion the planes overshoot the runway and guess where they end up? Our little trip down the canal was nearly pointless. The Island was within sight just as we rounded the corner. I guess it…

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For the Love of Carnival

The towel family courtesy of the talented Carnival Cruise lines Staff

The towel family courtesy of the talented Carnival Cruise lines Staff

You can always count on an endless supply of these adorable animals, what a surprise since we are adults. Several cruises later we are still taking photos of them. We first encountered towel animals at Walt Disney World many years ago when we had young children.

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