Day 19 - Thursday 27 December - Barbados

Urgh. Broken sleep from midnight on account of too soft a bed, and too hot a room, even with the aircon on max cold, and not even a sheet. I think I'm dying.

Watched the arrival in Barbados which was pretty cool.

Sunrise over the North Atlantic and Barbados
Sunrise over the North Atlantic and Barbados

Barbados flag on the Queen Mary 2
Barbados flag on the Queen Mary 2

Barbados from Queen Mary 2
Barbados from Queen Mary 2

Download photos and GPS and blogged, then got ready to go.

We had a fairly late start - didn't need to meet til 9:30 at Queens Court. We walked the two ship lengths down the wharf to the terminal and met up with the tour group outside the terminal.

Queen Mary 2 at Barbados
Queen Mary 2 at Barbados

The tour took us through the main part of Bridgetown, and then out into the countryside. The tour guide pointed out all sorts of things along the way. Interestingly, Barbados is not volcanic, but primarily made of coral limestone.

Gun Hill Signal Station
Gun Hill Signal Station

The Lion at Gun Hill
The Lion at Gun Hill

Our first stop was St Johns parish church, an old gothic church which was quite nice. Had about twenty five minutes at the first stop. I think.

St John Parish Church
St John Parish Church

Ferdinando Paleologus Tomb at St John Parish Church
Ferdinando Paleologus Tomb at St John Parish Church
Photo by Stu

Sundial at St John Parish Church
Sundial at St John Parish Church

View of the countryside to the North Atlantic ocean
View of the countryside to the North Atlantic ocean

View of the countryside to the North Atlantic ocean
View of the countryside to the North Atlantic ocean

Cemetery at St John Parish Church
Cemetery at St John Parish Church

St John Parish Church
St John Parish Church

Interior of St John Parish Church
Interior of St John Parish Church

Red and white flowers for Christmas
Red and white flowers for Christmas

Our second stop was at Bathsheba on the north east coast, which was quite pretty. I think we only had about fifteen or twenty minutes there, but we did share a beer that went down very nicely in the heat.

View to the North Atlantic over Bathsheba
View to the North Atlantic over Bathsheba

Rock on Bathsheba Beach
Rock on Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba Beach
Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba Beach
Bathsheba Beach

Stu at Bathsheba Beach
Stu at Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba Beach
Bathsheba Beach

Small part of Barbados geology that is rock not coral
Small part of Barbados geology that is rock not coral

Our last stop was at Highlands Adventure which had a lovely view, and free wifi, and an included drink, and free wifi!! So much faster than the ship's wifi which is practically unusable.

View north over Barbados from Highlands
View north over Barbados from Highlands

Birds at Highlands
Birds at Highlands

A rum punch and the view north over Barbados from Highlands Bar
A rum punch and the view north over Barbados from Highlands Bar

Monkey at Highlands Bar
Monkey at Highlands Bar

Highlands weather station
Highlands weather station

View north over Barbados from Highlands
View north over Barbados from Highlands

St Thomas Parish Church
St Thomas Parish Church

Kensington Oval cricket ground (Wello told me I should see cricket there if there was anything being played)
Kensington Oval cricket ground (Wello told me I should see cricket there if there was anything being played)

Then just back to Bridgetown.

This was at 13:30, and I didn't just want to get straight back on the ship, so we took a taxi to Independence Square. Across the river was a nice looking pub, so we thought we'd have a drink. And it turned out they did food as well, so decided to have lunch there. Except the service was abysmal. Even the manager was hounding his staff to actually give us some service. It was a good hour and a half before we got any food. He did give us each a free beer for the wait though, so that was nice.

The east wing of the Parliament of Barbados, completed in 1873
The east wing of the Parliament of Barbados, completed in 1873

The west wing of the Parliament of Barbados, completed in 1872
The west wing of the Parliament of Barbados, completed in 1872

Christmas trees in National Heroes Square
Christmas trees in National Heroes Square

Bridge House building where we had lunch
Bridge House building where we had lunch

Interior of Marina Bar and Restaurant, Bridge House
Interior of Marina Bar and Restaurant, Bridge House

View from Marina Bar and Restaurant, Bridge House
View from Marina Bar and Restaurant, Bridge House

We were both a bit over things by now, so just had a quick look at the arch, and the nearby cathedral, then walked down main street, then along the waterfront back to the ship.

Independence Arch, Chamberlain Bridge
Independence Arch, Chamberlain Bridge

Cenotaph in National Heroes Square
Cenotaph in National Heroes Square

St Michael Anglican Cathedral
St Michael Anglican Cathedral

Interior of St Michael Anglican Cathedral
Interior of St Michael Anglican Cathedral

St Michael Anglican Cathedral
St Michael Anglican Cathedral

Lord Nelson Statue
Lord Nelson Statue

Barbados foreshore on the walk back to the ship
Barbados foreshore on the walk back to the ship

Barbados foreshore on the walk back to the ship
Barbados foreshore on the walk back to the ship

Queen Mary 2 at Barbados
Queen Mary 2 at Barbados

Touch up painting the Queen Mary 2 at Barbados
Touch up painting the Queen Mary 2 at Barbados

We both had showers, then I put on some washing.

Watched some tv while waiting for washing, then went to dinner.

Queen Mary 2 departure party
Queen Mary 2 departure party

Arcardia departing Barbardos and Queen Mary 2 departure party
Arcardia departing Barbardos and Queen Mary 2 departure party

The poor sweetie is still feeling utterly miserable, so we just went to Kings Court. I was just going to have dessert, on account of not having lunch til around 3pm. But there was rack of lamb. Whoops.

Dessert in Kings Court
Dessert in Kings Court

Then back to crash around 20:30.