January 17 – 18, 2022
It was an dreary, overcast morning when our ship docked in Bridgetown, Barbados for a two night stay.
Our excursion the first day was a photo adventure guided by producer/director and award winning photographer Ronnie Carrington. His photography tips and interesting commentary about Barbados history and culture made for a wonderful experience.
As we passed through several villages we learned about the history of the island. He told us the history of Chattel Houses in Barbados and stopped the bus so we could take photos up close. These houses were small wooden buildings set on blocks so that they could be easily moved from one location to another. The homeowners did not own the land so if they changed jobs and moved, they took their house with them.
Our tour continued through villages with colorful homes to the Scotland district on the Atlantic coast. We stopped for a look at the Atlantic Ocean where the only thing between us and Africa was the ocean and clean, fresh air.
Our journey continued when we stopped at a park on one of the Atlantic Beaches. I don’t remember the name.
Bathsheba Beach is lined with huge coral rocks. The header image at the top of the page and the next one were taken there.
As we traveled to our next destination there were Barbados Green Monkeys beside the road and this one looked like he was posing for me.
The best rum punch of the entire trip was at the Atlantis Hotel in the fishing village of Tent Bay.
We had heard that Barbados is THE place try a flying fish sandwich so when Henry asked Ronnie if it would be possible to get a flying fish sandwich he answered “you can’t leave Barbados without eating one.” He pulled out his cell phone to call ahead to order one from this little beach restaurant. He went inside and brought back this delicious Barbados treat. We enjoyed every bite! Ronnie wanted everyone to taste a fresh Barbados banana so he bought a bag of bananas at a fruit stand and passed them around the bus. So delicious!
Ronnie has published a book of his photography and poems. I bought an autographed copy.
Back on board the ship we watched another glorious sunset before enjoying another fabulous dinner.
The next day Henry went for a ride in the Atlantis submarine. I’m claustrophobic and opted out of the tour but I enjoyed hanging around the marina until the tour returned to the dock. While I was watching the boats going in and out at the marina Henry was watching schools of small fish through the submarine windows.
Our two days in Barbados were filled with adventure. Where will we be next?