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Hey Guys! 😀
So, my family decided that it would be nice to for my Grandmother to go out to visit her at her house in Barbados for her 80th birthday as a surprise! Yes she was surprised, (apparently she kept on wondering why my Aunt was getting extra beds for her house but she is so gentle she didn’t really make much of a fuss about it lol).
Here was the view driving from Grantley Adams Airport:
We stayed in a villa for part of the trip, I had my own room with my own ensuite!
Now, Barbados has it’s own chain of fast food restaurants similar to KFC, it’s called Chefette, I totally love it I made sure I went as often as I could badger someone to drive me there… lol
This was a self catering holiday, even when we were in the villa. We enjoyed the fresh produce that is available there, each day we started with fresh cassava bread, fruit and vegetables and eventually some Rainbow Cake as well lol! We even stumbled across some Turkey Bacon which we all looooovvveeeeed! (see below lol)
We went to Oystins! That’s the really big fish market that happens on Friday’s in the south of the island. It’s basically a big public fish BBQ, we had a fish called Dolphin, like I did the last time I went to Barbados 😛 and it was just as good as I remember it! 😀
Something that I noticed in the supermarkets in Barbados was that they had these industrial sized tubs of ice cream in the freezers I’m not sure what that was about lol -_-
We went to Champers and posh restaurant in Barbados. Everything about their meals was large, this was my salmon starter!
We went to the beach and enjoyed Malibu and Lemonade cocktails 🙂
This was Dover beach (above), this beach had very calm waters, sadly due to global warming, the beaches in Barbados no longer have as much sand on them as they did in my childhood in the 90’s (below).
One of the great attractions of Barbados is Harrison’s Cave. This is a very interesting geological attraction because Barbados is actually made of mostly sedimentary rocks like coral, sandstone and limestone. It’s not volcanic like the other islands. Due to tectonic movement one day a massive coral reef that was once on he ocean floor was pushed to the surface, making the island of Barbados. As this happened over several years, the sea water created many caves, one of which is Harrison’s Cave.
You can do a walking tour of the cave or a tram tour. I’ve done both and I can recommend the tram tour it’s much more exciting!
The rock formations were fascinating!
Glassbottom Boat Tours
Another fun thing to do in Barbados is the Glassbottom Boat Tours, this is basically a boat that has some glass on the bottom so you can see the ocean floor and turtles!
We got to see a baby turtle!
At one point in the tour we had the opportunity to go out snorkeling with the turtles if we wanted to. I elected to stay on the boat and do some fishing instead 🙂
Something else I recommend is the Island Safari. It’s basically a car with no sides that takes you on a tour of the island, it’s great fun we went through all but one of the parishes and we saw some great sights!
Bendy coconut trees
The lion – carved by two British Soldiers in their spare time in colonial times. The lion represents Britain and the red ball represents the world. Only the front is done as the soldiers never got to finish the statue.
A bridge made of molasses and egg shells!
And lots of forest!
St Nicholas Abbey
We also visited a former colonial plantation that has been refurbished and is now open to the public.
They still have a few lists of the enslaved peoples who were on the property.
The original toilets still work and are used by the public!
I tried to see what it would look like if my face was in one of the portraits on the wall lol.
I made a friend 🙂
It ate my food lol
In all I had a good time and I now have a nice new profile picture 🙂
Lots of love and relaxation!