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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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Adventure in Upstate New York

Did you know there are some interesting things to see in Upstate New York? Here are just a few; along the way to the Beautiful Adirondacks.

Let’s begin just outside of Cobleskill, if you like caves you can stop at Secret Caverns and then continue on up the road to Howe Caverns. When you are finished stop off at the bottom of the hill at the Iroquois Indian Museum, children enjoy this a lot, there are usually crafts they can participate in.

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For the next day’s adventure we are going towards Amsterdam in Vail Mills to the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum. This is a unique place for the outdoor sportsman of any age. Run by all volunteers they feature hundreds of Animal mounts, record breakers mostly and many are full body. They have everything from deer to lions at the over 14000 square foot building.

We can then continue on to the Adirondack museum don’t worry you’re not lost it just looks that way. There is not a lot of traffic and towns and life are few and far between, this is likely to be an all day adventure so plan ahead.

One of my favorite visits was to Pottersville to stone bridge and caves. I love rocks and anything to do with them. This place is cool, there are trails and bridges and caves made by the rushing water.cruise 2 Dec 2011 194

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Also very near by in North Creek is a garnet mine where you can go dig for garnets and they are pretty easy to find, be aware they do charge by weight when you leave. 

Please be sure to click on the highlighted words for direct links to the individual business web sites. I will cover a few more gems another week. Thanks for visiting.

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