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Unregimented and Relaxed Bridgetown Meanderings

Dock to City and back


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Wednesday 19 December 2007

We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe about 9:30.

Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe


I was walking through carrying a bowl of hot cereal and a plate with a roll, and went by the drinks table and one of the young officers asked if he could help me. I said yes, and handed him my plates. He asked if I wanted something to drink and I said I'd like water because they didn't have what I wanted which was cranberry juice. He found me a table, cleaned it off and said he'd go down to deck 6 (where the Indigo is and where they HAVE cranberry juice) and get us cranberry juice (Bob had joined us by this time). And he did that!!!
Shuttle bus through Garden Cafe salty window

Shuttle bus through Garden Cafe salty window


We didn't have a tour booked in Barbados. and there was a Carnival ship (Destiny) in port along with a Celebrity ship, and a sailing ship called Freewinds. We were out on the starboard side of the port - past the Carnival Destiny.
Masts of ship moored behind us

Masts of ship moored behind us


For Barbados, my problem was that I had several things I was interested in doing, but not from a tour. Harrison's Cave was still not open, but we could have gone to St. Nicholas Abbey to see what they'd done to it in the intervening 11 years since we were here before. I also had never been to Pelican Village to see the local crafts,
Pelican Craft Center

Pelican Craft Center


and I'd not gotten pictures of the main square area of Bridgetown - the Careenage and what used to be Trafalgar Square (now Hero's Square) with Nelson's statue. There was no way to do all of that without taking a taxi, and/or doing a lot of walking. We got on the shuttle bus which took us from the ship in to the portside shops about 10:10. There was supposed to be a shuttle bus from the port to the middle of the city, but we never found it. We walked out along the street to the port entrance. There are always taxi drivers congregated out there.

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Just short of Pelican Village, we found a taxi driver who said he'd take us into the city for $5.00 US. (US $1 is $1.8 Bajan).

On the way in, we passed St. Mary's Anglican Church and the bus station for the Barbados bus system
Bus Station

Bus Station


He dropped us off about 10:45, and we then walked around the town taking pictures.
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Bridge House and the New Hydraulic Bridge


the hydraulic part of the bridge

the hydraulic part of the bridge


Image002.jpgWorld War I monument in Hero's Square

World War I monument in Hero's Square


The former Trafalgar Square had a statue of Nelson
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Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue

Nelson's statue


and the Parliament Building was on the square.
Parliament Building

Parliament Building


Parliament Building

Parliament Building


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In Hero's Square I saw a little green box marked "Do Not Disturb M.O.H. Poison". I didn't disturb it, but did take a photo.
Poison Box

Poison Box

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Pigeon


Fountain Garden

Fountain Garden


Pedestrian Street

Pedestrian Street


As we walked farther, we were kind of on the back streets, and I saw a sign advertising chicken necks and backs on a blackboard outside of a shop. Did not take a picture of that unfortunately. After we walked around the Careenage, and I talked to another taxi driver about possibly taking us to St. Nicholas Abbey, But I felt it was too expensive and we could not agree on a price.
me talking to cab driver

me talking to cab driver


We walked a little farther along and came to the Cathedral Church of St. Michaels & All Angels (St. Michaels for short)
Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels

Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels


Cathedral Church of St. Michael's and All Angels

Cathedral Church of St. Michael's and All Angels

and went inside where it was cool. (Although there was a stiff breeze outside which kept it very clement.)

The Elizabethan Vestry system was adopted by Barbados and the Island was divided into six parishes (later extended to the eleven civil parishes). The parish of Saint Michael and Saint George formerly served as a united parish with the parish Church of Saint Michael situated in the City of Bridgetown. The first church was a wooden building built in 1630 on the present location of St. Mary's Church which we saw on the way in. The first official religion in Barbados was Anglican (Church of England), but slaves were not allowed to join the church. With the abolition of slavery in 1838 many ex-slaves joined the Anglican church.

Bishop William Hart Coleridge, the first Anglican Bishop, did much to extend the church's influence by building ten chapels in the rural areas. His work, which began in 1825 and lasted to 1842, also led to the development of 11 chapel schools and the St. Mary Church in Bridgetown.
St. Mary's Anglican Episcopal Church 1827 - near the cruise ship docks

St. Mary's Anglican Episcopal Church 1827 - near the cruise ship docks


The present church, built under his jurisdiction in 1825-27 is the second oldest consecrated ground on the island. The church was built to take the extra parishioners who couldn't fit into St. Michael's Cathedral, the island's first church, located at the other end of town.

After the original wooden building was destroyed, the main church was moved to the other end of town. According to a plaque on the door, the first building on that site was consecrated in the year 1665 and accommodated 3,000 worshippers.
In memoriam of Sir Frank Worrell

In memoriam of Sir Frank Worrell

Here lies interred

Here lies interred

3925769-Cemetery_Inscriptions_Bridgetown.jpgMemorial plaques

Memorial plaques


That building was destroyed by the hurricane of 1780. The new Church was dedicated on the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels in 1789 and it was called the Cathedral Church of St. Michael's & All Angels. It was at the time the largest church on this side of the Atlantic, and with its substantial tower and peal of bells is much the same building one sees today
Inside of St. Michaels

Inside of St. Michaels


for, although it was severely damaged again by hurricane in 1831, it was not demolished. The Parish Church of Saint Michael now became the Cathedral Church of St. Michael's and All Angels - the Cathedral of the new Diocese. The present Cathedral seats about 1600 persons, but the peal of bells in the tower is no longer rung.They had an interesting creche at the front door.
Creche in the church

Creche in the church


The plaque on the door said the first building which accommodated 3,000 people was built in was consecrated in 1665, but was destroyed in the hurricane of 1780.
Rules for visiting the church

Rules for visiting the church


Looking out the church door

Looking out the church door


We walked around the churchyard andI took some photos
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Hannah Shanklin and her son

Herbert family

Herbert family


3925766-Stone_in_the_cemetery_Bridgetown.jpgSweet Memories

Sweet Memories


Man waiting for his wife at St. Michaels

Man waiting for his wife at St. Michaels


On the way out, we saw a man who had parking places marked off with cones, and he was directing a car to park there. I was thinking that this was the kind of thing we had happen to us when we parked in Bridgetown when we were here in 1996.
Parking warden

Parking warden


Bob had us walking back in the direction of the port along pedestrian streets, which was interesting, but we'd never get a cab there.
Pedestrian Street

Pedestrian Street


Cockspur House

Cockspur House


Eventually we worked out way out to the main drag, and got a cab, which took us back to the cruise ship terminal for $4.00.
Bob walking ahead of me

Bob walking ahead of me

Monument to the first meeting of the Barbados Parliament

Monument to the first meeting of the Barbados Parliament


Welcome to Barbados- buses at the port

Welcome to Barbados- buses at the port


We got back to the ship about 12:30, and had lunch in the restaurant. I had the
Lunch -Apple peach pear compote

Lunch -Apple peach pear compote


the chilled blueberry soup, and
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a pastrami sandwich. Bob had the same, except since he doesn't like pastrami, he had a hamburger. We went to Fun Trivia,
Bob in Fun Trivia - Barbados

Bob in Fun Trivia - Barbados


and weren't the winners, but we did pretty well. For dinner I had
Papaya, Mango and Kiwi

Papaya, Mango and Kiwi

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara


Bob had grilled salmon. We had bread pudding for dessert - it was good - looked like it was done in a cupcake pan.
Apple bread pudding

Apple bread pudding



Tomorrow is our last stop for this section of the cruise - St. Lucia

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:41 Archived in Barbados Tagged churches cemetery barbados bridgetown nelson_statue heros_square

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Thanks for your great story!

by Vic_IV

I'm glad you enjoyed it

by greatgrandmaR

Thanks, i feel i walked with you both. Stay Safe. Alec.

by alectrevor

Yes it is fun sometimes just to walk around

by greatgrandmaR

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