Treasure Beach to Montego Bay

Jamaica, 29 September 2016

 

We drove from Treasure Beach to Montegho Bay, in order to catch a plane on the following morning.

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Along the way we stopped at several remote beaches.

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On the way we visited Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

 

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Our GPS initially sent us up a precipitous four wheel drive mountain road until a local turn us around and sent us on the right direction.

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Yellow-faced Grasquit, female or immature male.

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Bananaquit.

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Jamaican Mango.

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For the bird sanctuary, high in the hills, a view over Montego Bay.  The airport is past the far point.

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The red-billed streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), also known as the doctor bird, scissor-tail or scissors tail hummingbird, is the national bird of Jamaica..

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Hibiscus.

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On the next day, from Montego Bay to Los Angeles with a stopover of a few hours in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Next, though, some monochromes.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Jamaica, 28 September 2016

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Captain Ted, our skipper on the journey back to Treasure Beach.

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An interesting array of boats and dwellings at the water’s edge.

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And here we are, approaching Floyd’s pelican Bar again.

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It started up in 2001, originally just for Floyd and his fisherman friends.

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Boat attached to the bar.

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Continuing on the way back and we’ve picked up a hitchhiker.

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Back at Treasure Beach.  We saw this boat at the start of the previous post.

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Back on land now.

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Black River

Black River, Jamaica, 28 September 2016

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Up early in the morning for the sunrise at Treasure Beach.

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And somewhat later we’re heading off on the water for Black River (that’s the river, not the town, though we go past the town).

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Coastal views along the way….

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Dolphins.

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Beachside shack, not a dwelling.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar.  We’ll drop in there on the way back.  Next post.

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Serious subsidence problem, maybe due to a hurricane.

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We’re about to pass by the town of Black River.

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Friendly locals.

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Cattle Egret.

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It’s a little like the Louisiana Bayous.

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Oncoming traffic.

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Crocodile.

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Traditional water craft.  Whether there is any cultural link to the Arawak is doubtful though possible.

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Returning.

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Another crocodile.

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A fan of Vladimir Nabakov, it seems.

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Treasure Beach

Jamaica, 27 September 2016

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We went for a drive inland in the morning but spent most of the day at Treasure Beach.  The next six images are from the drive.

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A boat and wharf at Black River.

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At a guess, this is the remains of a boat deliberately sunk for a breakwater at Black River.

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We visited the Appleton Rum Refinery.  Appleton rum dates to 1749.  It is the oldest Jamaican rum producer and the second oldest in the Caribbean, and remains Jamaica’s leading rum.

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I’m not sure how old what we see is.  It’s clearly not new but doesn’t date back to 1749.  Since the rum is based on sugar, grown on the estate, there would have been a close association with slavery in the eighteenth century.  I suspect that tourists, on their expensive estate tour, don’t have their attention drawn to this.

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Successive still stages:  Low vine, high vine and rum.

What I can read of the plaque says:  “Pot Still:  This is essentially a kettle used in small scale batch production.  Steam is applied to the pot and the vapour given off is condensed and collected in three separate containers.”  The last paragraph is illegible.

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Rum barrels.

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Back at Treasure beach and going for a walk….

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Sunset closes in….

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From the right angle, the dying light is dramatic on the water.

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Arriving at Treasure Beach

Jamaica, 26 September 2016

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We landed in Jamaica at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston.  I don’t think I realised that we were just a few kilometres from Port Royal, the original English settlement in Jamaica.  We could have visited Fort Charles (originally Fort Cromwell) but I had hired a car from the airport, was focused on the drive to Treasure Beach and would not have wanted to finish that in the dark.  I had read lots of warnings not to drive in Jamaica but it occurred to me that a lot of those might be from young Americans who drive on the wrong side of the road.  It seemed too expensive to avoid it and I’d driven in many foreign countries so I thought “How hard can it be?”.  As it turned out I found drivers in Jamaica zippy and a touch crazy but not insane so that was fine.

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So here we are at Treasure beach looking out to sea and at a pelican on what looks like a pile.  Perhaps there was a wharf there once.

The Arawaks were the original inhabitants of Jamaica from about 2,500 years ago.  Columbus and the Spanish arrived in 1494 and though Jamaica was not very important to them, they had mostly wiped out the Arawaks by 1600.

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Cromwell dispatched a fleet in 1654 to conquer Hispaniola but they failed to take Santo Domingo (as we saw in an earlier post) so in 1655 they conquered Jamaica instead.  The Spanish slaves then fled inland and formed “Maroon” settlements. The English failed to defeat them so they reached an agreement whereby the English recognised the independence of the Maroons and the Maroons agreed to return any escaped English slaves.

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Cromwell’s fleet sailed away in 1657 leaving the English with a defence problem.  They solved this by offering sanctuary to English and French pirates holed up in places on the coast of Hispaniola and on the island of Tortuga.  The term buccaneer derives from these people and the Arawak word buccan, a frame for slowly roasting meat.

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Privateer/ pirate Henry Morgan became Governor of Jamaica for some years but in 1692, half of Port Royal disappeared under the seas in an earthquake.  The settlement subsequently moved to Kingston, though for many years the capital was at Spanish Town, the old Spanish capital a little further inland.

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The main crops were initially cotton and tobacco but that shifted to sugar and in the 18th century the slave population greatly increased.  A slave rebellion in 1831 was suppressed so brutally it was a factor in the abolition of slavery throughout the Empire in 1833.

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Marcus Garvey is an important historical figure in Jamaica.  His tomb is also a monument in a Kingston park as a national hero and August 17 is a public holiday as Marcus Garvey Day.  Born to a poor family, he became a trade unionist, editor and journalist.  In Jamaica in 1914 he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) which became very influential during his time in the US (1916-1927).  It promoted the advancement of black peoples and ran industries and a shipping line.  In 1920 it had over 1900 divisions in more than 40 countries and a 1920 conference was attended by 20,000 people.  Unlike the NAACP, which was open to all and promoted integration, the UNIA was by blacks and for blacks.  It sought to resettle black people in Africa though this never eventuated.  Garvey was controversial in many ways though, not least for talking to the Klu Klux Klan and advocating cooperation with them.

Back in Jamaica from 1927 to 1935, he founded the first political party there, the People’s Political Party (PPP) which advocated an eight hour day, a minimum wage and land reform.

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Rastafarianism started and grew from the 1930s, partly influenced by Marcus Garvey.  Rastafarianism was in turn part of the influence for many of the forms of Jamaican music, including reggae, ska, rock steady and dub and world-renowned musicians such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear.

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Michael Manley, son of Jamaica’s first Prime Minister Norman Manley, was Prime Minister 1972 to 1980 and 1989 to 1992.  A Democratic Socialist, he instituted many socio-economic reforms and perhaps represents a high point in Jamaican politics, though the potential of his reforms was only partly realised.

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Jamaica has a reputation as a friendly welcoming place with great music.  However, in certain locations it can be dangerous at night, it has a high murder rate and in some places there can be a lot of cadging of people perceived as tourists.  We didn’t encounter any of those potential drawbacks though and had a quiet friendly and relaxing time in Jamaica.

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Last Day in Montserrat

Montserrat, 24-25 September 2016

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I took very few photographs on our last day at Montserrat.  We relaxed and also spent some time at Bunkum Bay Beach.

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A quick view of a nearby church (St Peter’s Anglican) next morning before a trip to the airport for our flight out.

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New post-eruption buildings at Lookout, near the airport.

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A last glimpse of the east coast and the new land at Trant’s.

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… and just nine minutes later, we are approaching Antigua from the north west.

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Pearn’s point, then Five Islands Harbour.

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Jolly Harbour.

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Homes near the airport.

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Touching down.  We stayed overnight and flew on.

Next:  Jamaica.

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Air Studios Montserrat

Montserrat, 23 September 2016

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On the main road, out of the exclusion zone, just north of Plymouth.

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This is the tower of St Anthony’s Church.  Had I known about it at the time, I would have asked to visit.  It has been rebuilt no less than six times on the same site.  It was first built in 1635 when the colony was only a few years old by the first Governor, Anthony Brisket.  In 1666 it was burnt down by French and Caribs; on Christmas Day 1672 it was levelled by an earthquake; in 1712 it was destroyed by the French after they had used it as a barracks; in 1899 and 1928 it was destroyed by hurricanes; in 1989 it was damaged by a hurricane and in 1995 it was damaged by the volcano.

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Nearby, this is what is left of Air Studios, an international recording studio founded by George Martin, the Beatles manager.

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In the 70s and 80s, many artists recorded there including Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Police, Dire Straits, Climax Blues Band and Jimmy Buffett.  Here is a link to a video of the Stones recording there.

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What closed the studio though was not the eruptions, it was Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which destroyed villages, killed ten people, and had sustained winds of 220km/hr and gusts up to 385km/hr.

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The interior was stripped in 2012 in preparation for a renovation but George Martin died and the renovation never happened.

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Back on the main road…

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The weather is clear and the volcano simmers away.

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This is Olveston House, where we had dinner.

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And later, a sunset over the sea from our balcony.

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The Milky Way over Montserrat.

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Montserrat Springs Hotel

Montserrat, 23 September 2016

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This is the entrance to Montserrat Springs Hotel, available to visit because it’s just outside of the exclusion zone.

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It was once an exclusive hotel with guests such as the Rolling Stones, and featured its own thermal springs.

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There was no-one at the reception desk when we visited so we couldn’t book a room.

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The decor may have faded a little.

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An accounts book is open at June 1995.

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The floor was renovated some years ago with the addition of a layer of volcanic mud.

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I think this was the dining room.

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… leading outside towards the pool.

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Diving is not recommended here any more because the mud is not as forgiving as water.

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But the salubrious fittings remain.

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From outside the hotel, some views of the ruined parts of Plymouth that were not entirely buried in the lahars and pyroclastic flows.

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An old sugar factory. it would seem.

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It looks inviting but is too far inside the exclusion zone to be available to visit.

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The previous post covered the city of Plymouth, abandoned due to the volcanic eruption and the one before detailed the remarkable history of Montserrat.  There was an even more dramatic eruption in 1903 on an island not that far away.  Mount Pelée in Martinique erupted in that year, not far from the main town of Saint-Pierre.  They knew an eruption was taking place but expected lava, to be blocked by a valley, and they didn’t know about strato volcanoes and pyroclastic flows.  Only one person survived, protected by the thick walls of the town prison.  More detail on that in a post in a different blog here.

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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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