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Garden of the Groves

Turtle and fish

Castle of a man named Cooper. Owns all KFC and Burger Kings...

1/16/19 Freeport, Bahamas

It was 68 this morning, but warmed up into the low to mid 70's, so was a very pleasant day.  The port today was located far from everything except a little shopping plaza right off the pier.  There were 3 ships in port today, ours, Carnival Liberty, and a Costa ship. We took the Garden of the Groves tour.  Our bus driver, Jason, provided awesome information about Freeport, Port Lucaya, and the Bahamas. Gas here runs about 4.30 per gallon, so most people drive small fuel efficient cars.  All cars are imported mostly from the US. The Garden was dedicated to and named for the Grove family who were responsible for the development of Freeport. We had a vivacious tour guide for just over an hour at the Garden of the Groves and then had about an hour to explore on our own.  There were gorgeous flowers, trees and other vegetation, as well as waterfalls and ponds with fish and turtles. Our guide pointed out different plants with medicinal benefits. After the tour we went to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. We weren't impressed with that part of the tour. Mostly it was just a straw market and bars and restaurants.  The highlight was eating Mango frozen yogurt for me and Banana Cream Pie frozen yogurt for Jim. Throughout the bus ride, our driver pointed out destruction left over from 3 hurricanes in the last 15 or so years, especially the most recent and devastating one, Hurricane Mathew. He also pointed out where several celebrities live, and a castle owned by a rich man named Cooper, who owns several businesses in Freeport, including all the Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger Kings, and all franchise rights.   We returned to the port and did just a little shopping, and then sat in the hot tub. Finally, the hot tub was HOT! We had some good conversation with people from Atlanta and Virginia for quite some time. Dinner was delicious, fried chicken. I also had conch fritters for an appetizer. They had “showtime” in the dining room and the waiter pulled me out to dance with him. Luckily Jim forgot his camera tonight… we were supposed to leave around 7:30 but for some reason it was around 8:45. There was not much for entertainment tonight except some late night shows.  The early show was some Hasbro game and didn’t sound very good. It was more entertaining to watch the ship leave port...

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