Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 9 Caribbean Vacation Xmas 2009

We woke up this morning in St John’s Antigua. We have a shore excursion scheduled for this afternoon, so we are in no rush to get the day started. We went up for breakfast around 9:30am

Then we went out on deck to take some photographs of the harbour where we are tied up.

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Our shore excursion today is “The Best of Antigua”

We started out by driving to the Block House Ruins. Perched way up on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. This was a perfect lookout for enemy ships that might be coming across the horizon to invade the island.

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Then we went to see the view from Shirley Heights. Another lookout perched up on top of a high hill. There are a dozen or so lookouts like this around the island, and the island inhabitants could look out to sea in every direction. Each lookout would communicate with flags run up a flag pole and within 15 minutes the whole island would know from where the enemy was coming from and the island inhabitants could defend the island long before any enemy attackers could reach the shore.

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Shirley Heights overlooks English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard.

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We saw some interesting cactus growing out of the tops of the stone pillars.

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Our final stop on the tour is Nelson’s Dockyard. This is the only working / restored Georgian Style Dockyard left in the World. Nelson’s fleet used this dockyard to repair and maintain their ships.

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We returned to the ship and went to the Cova Cafe for afternoon snacks and to access the internet. We had a few cookies and cakes.

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After that it was out on deck to watch the sail away from Antigua and to watch the sun set. While waiting for the sun to set, I caught a few photos of the Frigate Birds circling overhead.

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Karen took these photos of the sun setting.

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Tonight we will sail through the night and by dawn we will be tied up at the pier in Basseterre, St Kitts in the West Indies.

To see all of the photos that I took today, please click on the link to my FLICKR site.

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