My boyfriend and I typically take our vacation in the early spring, February or March, because that’s a slow time of year for his business. This year, we went to Barbados! Barbados is waaaaaay down by South America, almost to Venezuela!
It’s a beautiful island with beautiful, friendly people. Barbados originally was originally inhabited by Amerindians, but later abandoned by them. It went largely uninhabited until the English settled in the early 1600’s. Slaves were brought from Africa to work the sugar cane, which is now pretty much the only agricultural crop, mostly used to make rum. Slaves were granted emancipation in the early 1800’s (1838 is the official holiday date) and were permitted to construct houses on the edges of plantation property. These were known as chattel houses – they were made of panels in the event that the plantation owner had a change of heart and asked the former slaves to move, they could be taken down and put up somewhere else in the same day. They are still evident today in Barbados. Barbados is now an independent nation part of the Commonwealth.
And you can find lots of rum! We took a tour and a tasting of a rum distillery called St. Nicholas Abbey. There is no religious affiliation whatsoever with the distillery, so I’m not sure why the name, but it was fun! It’s a beautiful property and this distillery still uses windmills to crush the sugar cane!
We also went to Orchid World, a very pretty garden full of….yes! Orchids! I took many photos – and like many places in Barbados, you get a rum punch at the end of the tour! Three things I learned there – if you have many orchids placed together, they bloom more than if you just have one! Also, the tips of orchid roots will tell you the color of the flower! And finally, there is a palm called the traveller palm – if you find one and are without water, you can take a knife and dig a small hole in the stalk and you will get drinkable water! When you’re done, scrape the knife up to close the hole!
We went to a place called Harrison’s Cave, which is an awesome limestone cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. My camera was not behaving, and people were taking so many photos with flashes, that my photos turned out horrible. But I did get one good one, below!
We did some snorkeling as well, and took a bit of a rickety boat to get to the turtles and the shipwreck. I got to touch the turtle, and the fish swimming around me at the wreck were very amusing! I purchased a simple waterproof pouch from Amazon, to see if I could take underwater photos. Since my camera isn’t a big deal expensive one, I was willing to sacrifice it if it didn’t work. But it did!
We also found piles of sea glass on a beach near our resort, and some shells, although shells are hard to find on the beaches there, as they end up mostly broken before landing. Here are the photos!
We discovered quite an obsession with snorkeling in the shallows for sea glass! I have so many other photos I could show you, but as this post is already quite long I will end with photos of 2 pieces of art we purchased while we were there.
This first piece was made by a man named Livingstone King – he sat at our resort and made this painting of the view right there at the resort. According to him, he has sold art to Mick Jagger so, I feel very lucky!
This second piece was by a man who was selling his art at a place called Oisten’s Fish Fry, a cultural Friday night party that you have to experience if you go to Barbados! All in all, I loved our trip. I love experiencing new places and although we didn’t let any moss grow under our feet, we can a fantastic time. I will recommend if you go to Barbados, that you experience the restaurant called The Cliff. It’s an unbelievably good restaurant.