Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 7 & 8,  2019,  St. George's, Bermuda          179 - 180/183

Update:  Last night, Jenene Caramielo, vocalist, put on a terrific evening performance.  This young lady opened for the Beach Boys recently and just head lined the 2019 Governors’ ball at the Whitehouse.

As we left New York, Merrilynne and I wondered if we should have ended our journey by skipping the 5 day extra leg to Bermuda.  Well, that would have been a BIG mistake!  Bermuda is a beautiful country, with numerous beaches, picturesque inlets, lush parks, well-maintained homes and lots of history.  Small to medium sized pleasure boats are every where, in every cove. We toured Crystal Caverns, Tobacco Bay, the Dockyards and toured the 50 km long island from one end to the other. Lawns, public areas, roadways and parks are well groomed.   People are very friendly, we never saw any homeless and graffiti is non-existent.

White wash is widely used on housing, creating a dazzling look, with heavy limestone roofs for storm protection.

Living here is expensive with prices similar to NYC.  Cycling would be challenging as no dedicated bike lanes nor road shoulders exist.

Our little ship slipped into St. George's Harbour through the narrow passage, while the big ships are relegated to deep sea moorage at the Heritage and King's Wharfs, 50 km away.

Shoreline as we enter St. George's Harbour.  Ship had a few metres to spare on each side.

Entering the little harbour

St. George's harbour

King's Wharf, a two hour public bus ride from our great location in St. George's, by the Dockyard.

Tobacco Bay Photos

Overlooks Tobacco Bay

On the walk to Tobacco Bay

Near Tobacco Bay

Large ships moored on the other end of the island, as viewed from Tobacco Bay

Crystal Caverns Photos

Walkway to Crystal Caverns

Walkway into the caverns

Random photos of Bermuda

Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 5, 2019,   New York, New York         175/183

(July 6, 2019,  Sea day on our way to Bermuda)

We had nice weather for our 10 hour stop over in NYC.  Merrilynne and I walked 15 km, including a stroll down the 1.5 mile long High Line Linear Park which runs between 34 and 14th Streets.  As always, it was a bustling place with Times Square a madhouse.  Ironically, we ran into Joyce downtown in this sea of humanity, one of our friends from the ship.

As NYC is so iconic, I will not belabour our experiences during the visit. By the way, I noticed there are virtually no new building projects underway now.  Just a comment, partly directed toward you this telling us something?

We sent four suitcases home from NYC via  Luggage Forwarding.  Certainly will make the trip to Victoria a lot easier with our remaining five or six.  Hard to believe the trip is drawing to a close.

Iconic greeting as we cruised into our terminal further along the Hudson River, pier 88.

Random shot of a NYC street.

We were moored beside the static Intrepid Aircraft Carrier.  Some planes are visible in the photo.

Following are views of Manhattan as we leave New York City, cruising down the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty

Freedom Tower 

Sail-away party on deck

High Line Linear Park

Art along the parkway

Last view of ''The Lady" as we look into the sun.  Kind of an appropriate exposure.

July 3, 2019,    St. John, New Brunswick         173/183

July 4 was a sea day.

St. John port is situated on the Bay of Fundy, which experiences tides up to 53 feet, the largest in the world.  Fur traders established a post here in 1631 and the present city was founded in 1783 by Loyalist refugees escaping the American revolution.  A devastating fire burned much of the place in 1877 so consequently many replacement Victorian buildings date from the late 19th century.

Charming city, pedestrian and bicycle friendly, numerous green spaces, lots of art and memorials.  Commercial area sports many pubs which appear to be rocking spots.

Sea on the way to St. John was flat and glassy

Rustic functioning light house

Bicentennial memorial, 1786 to 1986,  for 11 fire fighters who answered their late alarm while serving.

War memorial to soldiers of WWI, WWII, Korean and Afghanistan

Moosehead beer is a famous product of the area.

Commemoration of World Champion Speed Skater, Charles Gorman, who was wounded in WWI but went on to excel in sports.

Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, one of our 36 'Fathers of Confederation'

Group of Pubs

Many examples of street art, sculptures and metallic artistic manifestations abound

Excellent cycling paths

Reversing Falls on the St. John river, created by the extreme tidal action


Maybe not?

Scottish piper giving us a send off

End of a nice day in the Maritimes