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Nov 11, 2018 - a familiar stop

The well traveled tend to look down their noses at visiting the Bahamas. They are too close to the US, they are not pretty, little remains of their colonial heritage. If you're going to the Caribbean, better to visit the Virgin Islands for scenery, Curaçao for European culture, Bonaire for diving, Trinidad for their steel drums. Nevertheless the Bahamas have a special place in our hearts. We took our first cruise here and were set on a path we continue to walk with delight. We once spent a frenetic New Years' Eve at the Junkanoo festivities...

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Trip Journal

South by Southeast

Apr 3, 2017 - Sailing just for fun!

Returning to Palm Cay Marina Monday, April 3rd Weather: Partly cloudy, 10-15 knot winds, 3-4 foot swells and very warm (mid-80s) Route: sail from Allan's Cay --> the Yellow Banks, motor across the Yellow Banks -->sail to Palm Cay Marina waiting area --> let the NavTours pilot motor the Alexian into slip 47 Highlights: - a good day for sailing with favourable winds and some play time - safely crossing the Yellow Banks - a hot shower at the Palm Cay Marina - dinner at the Poop Deck in Nassau The Captain wanted to be crossing the...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Goodbyes and Hellos

Glamping at Palm Cay Marina Saturday, March 25th Weather: still very windy, partially sunny Route: Walk to the Fish Fry for lunch and back, take a taxi to Palm Cay Marina Highlights: - a leisurely small breakfast - strolling along the beach walk to kill time until the Fish Fry stalls opened at 11:00 - enjoying a delicious Grilled Grouper lunch at Curly's - having a complimentary drink at the Marina Tiki Bar - taking less than 2 hours to shop for the trip provisions - somehow finding spaces to stow all the provisions aboard the Alexian -...

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Mar 25, 2017 - The Alexian

The Alexian Because of the shallowness of the ocean waters and the numerous coral heads in the area we had chosen for this year's trip, the Captain suggested we charter a catamaran. The Alexian best met our capacity and price requirements. She was registered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada Type of boat: Catamaran Builder: Leopard 38 Length: 38'0" Year: 2000 Draft: 4'0" Beam: 21'0" Engine: Yanmar 2 x 39hp (3JH5E) -- one in each hull Passagers maximum: 6 Cabins: 3 Heads: 2 + 1 separate shower compartment The helm was equipped with many modern...

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Mar 24, 2017 - The Caves, Wind and Rain

What to do in bad weather? EAT! Friday, March 24th Weather: Partly cloudy, very windy and warm, with a few sprinkles of rain Route: walk to the Fish Fry, take the #10 Bus to The Caves and back to Rhonda's Highlights: - a brief hard rain last night - strong wind and rough water surface all day - delicious fish lunches at Oh Andros Restaurant in the Arawak Cay Fish Fry - catching the #10 Bus for a ride and an impromptu tour along West Bay Street to The Caves - exploring the two small limestone caves then walking to the nearby shopping mall...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Two Forts and a Garden

What does the eastern portion of New Providence look like? Thursday, March 23rd Weather: mostly sunny, 80F, not as breezy and a bit more humid Route: walk to Fort Charlotte, then to Downtown Nassau, catch the #19 Bus to Fort Montagu, walk to Nassau Stadium for lunch, walk to The Retreat, take the #19 Bus back to Nassau and the #10 Bus home. Highlights: - touring Fort Charlotte without crowds - having a Bahamian Policeman, in his white jacketed uniform, escort us through town to the #19 Bus stop - because it was so small, not being too...

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Mar 22, 2017 - The Queen Conch

What is a Conch ("Konk") Really? Scientifically: a Conch is a very large underwater snail that is native to the Caribbean Sea and as far north as Florida in the Atlantic. In its plankton-sized larval stage the baby conch drifts with water currents for 3 weeks until it settles into a suitable site. After metamorphosing, the juvenile conch or "roller" buries itself in shallow sand beds, hiding from predators and eating algae. Its shell is initially all white without its characteristic flare, gradually developing streaks of brown and finally...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Nassau's Historic Buildings

A Walking Tour of Historic Nassau Wednesday, March 22nd Weather: bright sunshine and not much breeze Route: #10 bus to Bay Street (the end of the line), walking around the tour route and to Potter's Cay for lunch and to the Super Value near Shirley Street and back to Bay Street to catch the #10 bus west to our stop. Highlights: - Hubby doing an excellent job, as usual, of guiding me around the tour route - finding a $20.00 lunch of Red Snapper "under the bridge" - only buying $24.04 of dinner items at a nicer Super Value near town - not...

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Mar 21, 2017 - About The Bahamas

What We Learned About The Bahamas We discovered that The Bahamas is a more fascinating country than the tourist brochures advertise. We were especially impressed with how closely intertwined were the histories of The Bahamas and the USA. America has had and is having a much bigger impact on The Bahamas than we realized. The Country: On July 10, 1973, after 325 years of peaceful rule by Britain, this British colony was led by Lynden Pindling, "The Father of the Nation", to independence, becoming The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It remained a...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Pittsburgh to Nassau

An Early Start Tuesday, March 21: Flying to the Bahamas Weather: A cold morning in Pittsburgh, hovering around freezing but 34% humidity, breezy and mid-70s by afternoon in Nassau Route: Pittsburgh Airport Gate B36 -> Charlotte Airport Gate C2 -> D1 -> Nassau Airport -> 12 Swan's Street
Shaded Relief Location Map of New Providence Highlights: - no flight delays and smooth rides - sane taxi ride from the airport to the studio suite for $27.00 + $3.00 tip - Rhonda waiting to greet and orient us - A pleasant afternoon temperature for...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Nassau Buses

Trying to find a Nassau Bus Schedule? We looked all over the Internet to find schedules for the buses ridden by local people around the island of New Providence. We found a very helpful one at this website: https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/ee780aaf-f343-4352-a6c9-d95ca89cd7ae/RT+Dept.Official+Bus+Routes.pdf?MOD=AJPERES If you have the time, the buses are an interesting way to see some of the island and meet a few friendly Bahamians. The drivers always remembered to notify us when it was time to get off and sometimes would point...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Atlantis Paradise Island 2017

We can say, without hesitation, that Atlantis Paradise Island is, by far, the best resort in the Caribbean. It has “everything for everyone” as you will see from the description that follows. Atlantis Paradise Island is an ocean-themed resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It features a variety of accommodations built around Aquaventure, a 141-acre waterscape, which includes fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, marine habitats, and water slides and river rides. In October 2014, Atlantis, Paradise Island became a member of Marriott...

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