Antigua – West Coast

Antigua, 21 September 2016

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In our last full day in Antigua, we decided do explore the west coast.  Here we are, about to start in English Harbour.

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You might think that in a Caribbean island, everyone stays in a resort and it is very expensive.  Well, there can still be cheap accommodation options available if you look. (And we weren’t staying here but I also wouldn’t stay in a resort if I could avoid it).

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A rather nice cottage nearby.

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And a range of local transport, possibly available for hire.

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You have to go inland from English Harbour before you can get to the west coast.  These early images are all in and around a small town called Swetes.

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Tyrell’s Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

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An old ruined windmill, a relic of the sugar cane era.

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We are at the coast now.  this is Carlisle Bay Beach.

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This is nearby, atop a headland.

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So there are places to stay in Antigua that might be entirely free, if somewhat lacking in privacy.

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A bit further on, at Morris Bay is some more enticing accommodation prospects that may be quite cheap.

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This one even has its own car in the lounge room.

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And there is a ruined windmill nearby.

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Excellent views down the beach.

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I think “Location, location, location!” is the phrase.

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A bit further along the coast, we found some colour transitions between sand, sea and sky.

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I think this is probably Valley Church Beach.

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Not sure where this house is, maybe Five Islands, beside the road though, heading to the north-west.

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We got to Fort Barrington National Park but didn’t have time to climb up to the fort.  I’d say this is a Martello Tower, rather than a windmill.  In other words, it is a small defensive fort from the nineteenth century (though not Fort Barrington).

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Nearby, this is Deep Bay.

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A sign we passed on the way back to English Harbour.

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Antigua – Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Bridge

Antigua, 20 September 2016

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We went again to Shirley Heights for the view at dawn.

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Another view of English Harbour, from a vantage point on the way back for breakfast.

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Nearby, a hummingbird and cacti.

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This is much later and we are on the road heading for the east coast.  This is a Poinciana at the side of the road, introduced from Madagascar.

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Half Moon Bay.  You can see how it got its name.

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Not many people around.

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This is idyllic here but we had a less salubrious experience a bit earlier.  The road was blocked and we were turned back by a guard on a road leading to a beach near a resort.  We were told later by a local that this is illegal, everyone should have access to beaches.  Multinational resorts appear to be a new colonialism in the Caribbean and not have a good reputation with many locals we spoke to.

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It is three hours later and this is an entirely different beach.  This is Long Bay Beach, not far from Devil’s Bridge.

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A bit of weather out to sea.

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This is Devil’s Bridge National Park.  You can see the natural bridge (bottom left) and the surge would be spectacular in a heavy sea.

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It seemed like a nice place for a bite to eat and a drink.

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Unfortunately there didn’t seem to be anyone around.

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Maybe if we came back in a few years.

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I didn’t see these people there either.

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On the way back, this is St Peter’s Anglican Church at Parham, built in 1840.

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… with a remarkable interior roof.

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(Church interiors with fisheye lens).

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Antigua – Fort Berkeley and Shirley Heights

English Harbour, Antigua, 19 September 2016

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In the afternoon, we walk past Nelson’s Dockyard to visit Fort Berkeley.

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Probably an eighteenth century ship’s anchor.

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Looking back across the harbour at the marina.

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Fort Berkeley, but from a distance.

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This is the same view with a wide angle lens.

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The fort is quite small but this is evidently all that was needed with such a narrow mouth to the harbour.

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In the distance in the middle horizon is Shirley Heights, with another former military emplacement that we shall visit soon.

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The last cannon left of twenty-nine.

The British were in Antigua from 1632 and English Harbour from 1704.  This was the best harbour in the islands of the eastern Caribbean.  Enclosed by hills, it was protected against hurricanes so the British were able to shelter here whereas the French had to send their ships back during the hurricane season.  All the other islands changed hands several times but the French never captured Antigua.

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Looking across to Galleon Beach.

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Either a storehouse or a guard house.

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The sheltered stone steps leading up to the building on the right suggest that it was a store house supplied by sea, perhaps primarily for ammunition.

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Passing by Nelson’s Dockyard again.  Didn’t need to make a phone call.

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We are now on the heights at the other side of the harbour, at Dow’s Hill, where there is the remains of a large barracks.

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A view of the spectacular coastline nearby.

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Cacti and the sea.

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Looking towards Shirley Heights, where we head next.

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View from Shirley Heights.

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The Royal Military Guard House at Shirley Heights (named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands in the late eighteenth century).  There were four cannon on a platform beside the building and a signal post above it.

There is a restaurant that can open here and a brass band that plays on Sundays.  But we weren’t told about that when we arrived the previous night so either it had finished or more probably it wasn’t happening because we were there in the off season.

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Remains of a cannon.  I wonder if it shattered in anger.  Underneath the crown is GR for George Rex, which doesn’t tell us much because it could be George I, II or III and is therefore between 1716 and 1820.  It’s clearly not an American cannon and therefore doesn’t relate to their George I (1789-1797), George II (1989-1993) or George III (2001-2009).

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A view looking north towards Indian Creek, Stand Fast Point and Mamora Bay.

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Close by the Guard Station is the remains of another barracks.

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Back now at our accommodation in English Harbour, as the evening slowly descends.

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Antigua – Morning at English Harbour

English Harbour, Antigua, 19 September 2016

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We hired a car in Antigua and drove around as shown on this map.  The airport is at the top and we stayed at English Harbour, which is at the middle bottom.

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This is a view in the early morning from where we were staying at English Harbour.

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These days there is a marina.  In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was Britain’s main naval base in the Caribbean.

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We went for a drive and walk to the coast a bit further south.  Here we are looking back towards English Harbour and it is Fort Berkeley at centre left, built in 1704.  We will visit there later.

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From the same spot, looking south.

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A frigate bird overhead.

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From the same viewpoint as the earlier image including Fort Berkeley, but showing the context with a wide angle lens.

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This is a Turk’s Head or Barrel Cactus, endemic to the Caribbean.  Also known as Mother-in-law’s Pincushion.

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Closer view with a tiny flower.

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This is Galleon Beach, Freeman’s Bay, so we’ve driven all the way around to the beach on the other side of the harbour behind Fort Berkeley in the previous images.

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Back on the docks at English Harbour.  A fishing boat has arrived and the fish are circling.  These are quite large, say about a metre long but they are not the target.

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There are swirls of activity as bits are thrown out.

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It’s a bit like a koi pool but this is the ocean.

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They are bringing the catch ashore.  I presume it is tuna.

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The crabs are interested too.

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And just a few minutes later, we have some tasty fillets.

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St Martin – Market and Beaches

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 17-18 September 2016

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In the morning we went to the Marigot Markets.  Here are some fishermen preparing fish beside the sea.

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A huge array of shells.

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These locals appear to have locked themselves out of their car.

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Markets in the background.

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Next we went to Maho Beach, which is right beside the airport.  This sign on the fence at the beach and also at the end of the runway warns of the dangers but not all people take notice.  It is particularly dangerous when a plane has backed up to this end of the runway to take off.  People can cling to the fence to experience the jet blast but they can get blown away and unable to hang on.  About nine months after I took this photograph, a woman from New Zealand died here when she was blown off the fence and hit her head on te kerb.

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Here is the beach, the runway just to the right.  We saw this view from the air as the plane came in a couple of posts ago.

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And there’s a plane on the way.

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There it goes….

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Nearby we saw these posters for a forthcoming Sint Maarten election.  Lots of big posters may not amount to much it seems.  At the previous election the party of these posters won only around 1% of the vote and it no longer exists.

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Nearby this sailing ship was tied up at a wharf.

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Could it be a surviving Dutch fluyt from the seventeenth century?

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No, it’s quite modern, either a replica or a fantasy.  Semper pro gradiens (always progressing) is the motto of Sint Maarten.

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In the afternoon we went to Petit Plage, just north of Grand case, for a swim.  I didn’t take a camera with me because I didn’t want to leave it unaccompanied on the beach though as it turns out I could have because there were not many people around.  But I have no images of that to show you.  This is the beach at Grand Case late in the afternoon.

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An old house on the street in Grand Case.

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Next day we were due to fly out in the afternoon but had enough time to visit Happy Day Beach for another swim.

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There were no other people around when we turned up.

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Some people turned up while we were there and were swimming as we left.

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Around St Martin

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 16 September 2016

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On our first full day on St Martin we circumnavigated the island, starting from our accommodation near Grand Case.

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And here we are at Grand Case, looking north from the beach.

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This is looking south along the beach, from about the same place.

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As you can see, it had the feel of a charming village and was the gastronomic centre of St Martin and Sint Maarten.

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An old house in need of restoration.

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From the beach.

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Anguilla in the background.

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It must now be much changed, first devastated by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over  a year later, and now presumably largely closed down by CIVID-19.

Here is a link to a French Government video showing the devastation of the hurricane over Grand Case.  Maximise it to full screen to run it otherwise it will be very small.

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Here we are a bit further north at Anse Marcel, essentially a self contained resort.  No shops or eateries that we could see but beaches are public and Jools went for a swim.

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Lizard and hibiscus flower on the beach.  Not set up..

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Looking back at Anse Marcel from the road out.

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We stopped off near Cul de Sac Bay to find a view.  Saint Barthélemy is in the background.  It separated from Guadeloupe in 2003 to form a separate French Overseas Collectivity.

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An egret at the water’s edge.

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We are a bit further on at Orient Bay.

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It was a bit too tourist-focused for us so we kept on going.

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We found a nice quiet place for a swim at Le Galion.

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Not far past Le Galion, we are at Rotary Point.

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Now more toward the south west corner of the island, looking over Guana Bay (at the left).  We are now in Sint Maarten.

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An abandoned mansion, that may have been wiped out by a previous hurricane.

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Meeting some of the locals.

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A view over the commercial centre of Philipsburg.

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We are now back in St Martin at Fort Louis, near Marigot, built in 1797 by local subscription (since there were no local taxes).

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In July 1808 the fort, defended by 28 men was attacked by about 200 men from a British squadron.  They were after the stocks of coffee that the knew to be in the port.  This did not go well for the British.  Seven including one of the Captains were killed, 18 severely wounded and 140 captured.  And they didn’t get any coffee.

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A wreck somewhat more recent that 1808.

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Arawak Indians settled the island about 3,500 years ago and Carib Indians displaced them more recently.  Following their arrival in the region, the Spanish didn’t bother to colonise and the Dutch were the first to settle in 1631.  French and British outposts quickly sprang up but the Spanish arrived and threw them all out in 1633.  However the Spanish deserted the island in 1648 and both Dutch and French returned.  They quickly realised there was no point in a war and agreed to divided the island between them.

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Back at our lodgings again, looking over Grand Case.

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Santo Domingo Monochromes

12-14 September 2016, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Art vendor in the centre of the old city.

Catedral Primada de America.

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Around the block from the Cathedral.

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Inside the Cathedral.

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Museo Casa de Tostado.

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A statue of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés in front of the Tower of Homage.

Fortaleza Ozama.

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This vehicle was parked in the street right outside where we were staying, in the centre of the old city.

Wandering in Santo Domingo.

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes or the Church of Our Lady of the Mercedes.

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Calle Hostos.

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Monasterio de San Francisco.

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Alcázar de Colón.

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Museo de las Casas Reales.

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Edges of the Old City.

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