Thursday, October 31, 2013

Grenada Day Two: St Georges & Fort Frederick and Mathew

Our friend Jude picked us up and we first stopped at the bank to exchange currency.  Current rate is 1$ US= 2.60 EC.  It's no longer an advantage to use a credit card so we were planning on using cash for everything.

Next stop was lunch, at BB's Crabback:

Located at the end of the Carenage, I remember a previous less than stellar meal here, but not this time.  The food was excellent.

I had callaloo soup and the crab-so good!

View from the restaurant

The Carenage

The next stop after lunch was the National Museum.  Dennis was eager to see Spencer, one of the museum employees that he corresponds with.  I knew Eddie would want to tour the museum again, so Jude and I left them and did some shopping.  I came back one hour later, and picked up Patty, and then we did some shopping.

Where the Trail Goddess Becomes a Star on Venezuela Television

When Patti re-arrived at the museum, a film crew had just shown up.  They were making a documentary about the Grenada Revolution.  On October 25, this is now the 30th anniversary of the Grenada Revolution.  The film crew needed some bodies walk around and browse the exhibits of the Grenada Revolution, so I wished I had remembered my pic to comb my hair!

So the film crew followed me around as I read about the events leading from the days of Independence from Great Britain, in 1972, thru out the event of 1983.  They also filmed myself and one of the museum curator/administrators talking over one of the books published on Grenada.  (See Buff, if you had already given me a sponsor, I could have been wearing a BUFF headband for the documentary!!)

FINALLY the guys decide we are done.  (This is where Kimba sez "okay are we ready to GO????")

But it's only about five o'clock, we have dinner reservations at seven pm in St George's.  We don't really want to back track to Mourne Rouge before dinner, so Jude asks if we want to go to the other Fort "up the hill" so off we go to Fort Frederick.

We had never been here before on any previous excursions!  What a view!   And it was overcast and gloomy, I can imagine the view on a nice sunny day!

Fort Frederick is an interior fort built by the French in 1779 to protect from retaliatory attacks from the British after the French easily defeated them in a surprise attack.  Fort Frederick's dungeons were last utilized in the 1970s and 80s to house political prisoners.

Fort Matthew
 Right next to Fort Frederick is Fort Matthew, which is in such disrepair that few people bother leaving Fort Frederick to visit it.

Except us!  We noticed the fort, and since we still had time before dinner to explore.
It really was in ruins.  It looked like a perfect place for a scene from "The Walking Dead" to be filmed.  There was also a storm approaching and it was dark and gloomy.

I didn't understand the bar sign at first, nor the "DON'T PEE HERE" sign either, but then I saw Jude wandering down a hallway with a female (Jude knows everybody)

and we could not believe there was a BAR (and little restaurant) in the middle of this ruined fort!  It was hilarious!

You could never do something like this in the States.  Fort Mathew was just full of  crumbled walls and iron hooks sticking out,  you would drunkenly wander off and die in a corner and who knows when you would be found!    We had time for a quick beer before off to dinner's at Patricks, which will be a blog post on it's own.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grenada Day Two

I got up early for my run along Grand Anse Beach.

First I ran down to Quarantine Point, which separates Mourne Rouge Bay from Grand Anse Beach.  The Rotary Club has worked to turn this into a nice little park, with lots of benches and tables.

 I thought I could pick up the trail down to Grand Anse beach from here, but the trail ended abruptly and I kind of disturbed this man when I ran by a dilapidated shack, which was his house.  (Sorry mon.)
 Grenada Rainbow!!!

 I made my way down to Grand Anse.  First I tried to keep my shoes dry, but the tide was coming in, and they were soon soaked.  So much for dry sneakers for the rest of the trip!
 Even at 7 am, there were folks out and about.  It had just rained recently, so it was a bit overcast and not as blasted hot as I remember some mornings here.
 Grand Anse is about one mile long.  With the tide coming in, some of the beach canter was a little unpleasant, but I knew it would reverse on the way back.

Interesting looking pods off the palm tree.

View toward St Georges, with rain coming over the hill

 After everyone woke up and  had breakfast, I went back to the beach for a bit.
 The rain actually did roll in, and we got back under the bar to keep dry.

 I  managed to get caught by a beach vendor Elon-he's on Tripadvisor, and friend Eddie negotiated a price for the necklaces.

The rest of the day was spent in St Georges, which was deserving of a post of its own!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Grenada Day One

 Back from vacation!!  Warning, this next week's posts will all be pretty much vacation-centric.  I did a good job of taking pics and documenting our trip-for my benefit.  We go to Grenada every five years (hopefully it will be sooner than five years this next trip) but I could not remember certain details, like which spice gardens we had visited before, and what restaurants I had liked in the past. So this time I wrote everything down!

It was a wonderful wonderful trip!

Where the Ultra Trail Goddess goes Snorkelling

We "slept in" almost to 730 am.  I was pretty hungry, so we showered and went next door to the Kalinago Resort.

I forgot how some things are in Grenada. I ordered the cod for breakfast...only to be told it was out.  I then ordered the Creole fish with green bananas.  So I had toast.  (It's a pretty common  thing for items to be missing from Grenada menus.  Sometimes it is easier to ask them what they do have.)

After breakfast, it was off to the Spiceland Mall IGA to lay in provisions for the week.  We have the kitchenette at the Gem, so we wanted to make sure to have food for simple meals and especially breakfast.  Besides, Dennis loves to cook.

 Back to the Gem, then lunch at our favorite restaurant and bar, the Sur de le Mar, at the Gem.
 It was finally time for a lambi roti!

Lambi is conch.  Roti is the pastry, made from chick pea flour, that it is wrapped in.  The filling is actually lambi and potatoes, in a curry spice.  But I had forgotten how HUGE these roti were!

I still managed to eat all of it.

After lunch, it was beach time-FINALLY!!!!!


We had dinner at Sangria's; excellent octopus carpaccio and lambi ceviche, but the marlin was a bit over cooked and  service was very slow.  We had to go find out check as the waitress didn't seem inclined to bring it to us.

We settled in at our outside table, and ended up talking to all of neighbors as they walked by.

We waited for the sunset; at 12 degrees north of the Equator this happens just about at 6 pm, and takes about two minutes to set.

A pretty good vacation beginning!