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Map of Bermuda.

 

The Islands of Bermuda, Is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the USA. Its nearest land mass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 640 miles west.

 

Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by captain Juan de Bermidez, after whom the islands are named. He claimed the apparently uninhabited islands for the Spanish Empire. Although he paid two visits to the archipelago, Bermúdez never landed on the islands because he did not want to risk crossing over the dangerous reef surrounding them. Subsequent Spanish or other visitors are believed to have released the feral pigs that were abundant on the island when European settlement began. We never saw a pig.

 

The islands became a British colony following the 1710 unification of the parliaments of Scotland and England, which created the Kingdom of Great Britain. After Newfoundland became part of Canada in 1949, Bermuda became the oldest, the most populous, remaining British Overseas Territory. Its first capital, George’s St was established in 1612. It is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World.

 

Bermuda's economy is based on offshore Insurance, reinsurance and tourism. Bermuda is the northernmost point of the so-called Bermuda Triangle, a region of sea in which, according to legend, a number of aircraft and surface vessels have disappeared under supposedly unexplained or mysterious circumstances. The island is prone to severe weather.

 

Posted 1/18/14

 

 

 

People die in Bermuda too!

 

 

 

This blue is a common color for walls of structures. White would have been my choice for a church.

 

 

 

More blue, I don’t see the eaves to catch rain on this home.

 

 

 

We are returning to the Naval Dockyard.

 

 

 

Marina awaits while we re-position to the ferry dock. Soon we boarded and 15 minutes later we were in Hamilton.

 

 

 

Downtown Hamilton replaced a street light with a human light! This was at a very busy intersection.

 

 

 

The weatherman correctly predicted rain. We left soon after rain fell. Thankfully the ferry was enclosed. This scene is “Home” for us.

 

 

 

The next day we boarded a van that took 6 people. Roads are narrow. Most transportation is by motorcycle, moped, taxi and vans. The only buses are public transportation and we saw very few of them. We were told if you applied for a car it may take 30 years before you get to the head of the waiting list. Cars are repaired and when they can’t be, they take them out to sea and sink them!

 

 

 

We were tethered to the dock on both sides of the ship

 

 

 

The Fort Scour sign tells the story.

 

 

 

An eastern view from the fort.

 

 

 

The next several show the turret and canon. There were three cannons. Lord knows how they could accurately aim a cannon. Hitting a ship with a ball of lead/iron had to be 90% luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A peaceful scene from the fort.

 

 

 

For those that stayed at the Hilton, this scene will bring back memories.

 

 

 

I stood at the foot of a tall light tower. A 360 degree view was unobstructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light tower.

 

 

 

Light tower.

 

 

 

Scenery.

 

 

 

Goodbye Bermuda!.

 

 

 

Heading south to Miami, FL

 

 

 

Distant view of the homes along the east side of Bermuda.

 

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This photo was taken with a zoom lens. The homes are clearly clones of one and other – except for the changing color. THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!.

 

 

Posted on 1/17/14

 

 

This photo was taken off our Lani. The port is on the farthest point north on the island of Bermuda. We were docked with a northern view.

 

 

 

In order to get to the Capital of Bermuda, the choices were take a ferry boat like this one or take a taxi cab. It all depends on how fast you want to get there. Ferry =15 minutes—cab = 60 minutes.

 

 

 

The new, large and top building on the right is a museum.

 

 

 

The two towered building is a shopping center. Restaurants would have been a tease but when you can eat fabulous food on board, we skipped that temptation.

 

 

 

More harbor scenery.

 

 

 

We walked from Marina to meet our morning excursion. It was to be an hours ride around the immediate area. In a strange community, riding with a chap telling us we were seeing sure beats walking alone!

 

 

 

Di took advantage of a bench in the waiting area.

 

 

 

Here comes our tour transportation!

 

 

 

We enjoyed a cool day. Rain was in the forecast. This was one way to see the area under a ROOF. Sugar and Spice pulled the 8 passengers. I was the only avid photographer. I snapped many scenes. The bright sky/sun was challenging. Too much light is hard to control!

 

 

 

Artists seem to find a place on a wall to display their ideas no matter what country we visit.

 

 

 

The skipper stoped for a change of oil and gas. I’ll add this boat to an art photo for sure.

 

 

 

I sat in the front left seat. The horses pulled at a fair gait, except for going downhill. I wondered where we'd wind up if their hoofs slipped!

 

 

 

This is an abandoned jail. They have built a new one with AC! There are NO guns allowed on the islands. You’ll go to the jail if they catch you with a gun. They still have crime. Gun control is not a perfect answer to crime. The old one had

 

 

 

we saw many homes – some small – some large. All had nice yards. You will see many with different colors. All have strong clay roofs. Bermuda has many hurricanes. Once the storms sweep past FL and head NE, Bermuda is often in their path.

 

 

 

Here is a nice neighborhood . Notice the walls are never made of wood or siding.

 

 

 

All homes have a feature on the design of their roofs to capture runoff of rain water. Every possible drop of rain is captured. Bermuda relies on imports.

 

 

 

The island is narrow. We saw scenes like this on both sides of the road. .

 

 

Here are some facts about Maderia. Madeira was claimed by Portuguese sailors in the service of Infante D. Henrique in 1419, and settled after 1420. The archipelago is considered to be the first territorial discovery of the exploratory period of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. Today, it is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Mad Maderia wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well as for its annual New Year celebrations that feature the largest Fireworks show in the world, as officially recognized by The Guinness World Records, in 2006. The main harbour in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa. Pleas excuse my typo. Maderia is the correct spelling and not Mederia.

 

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This scene is taken at the top of a steep hill. Buy a ticket; sit in the sleigh; the white attired men push the sleigh over the top and one man jumps on the back to steer and stop the sleigh! Now does that sound like fun? We decided to skip the adventure!

 

 

 

I blew up one to show the soles of the shoes that the men wear. They can slow down, turn and stop the sleigh by applying pressure with one or both feet. We were chickens and opted to walk up yet another hill to the church.

 

 

 

While they wait for folks to ride, a card game is a good way to pass time!

 

 

 

I have no idea what game they were playing. Since they only dealt 3 cards to each participant, I presume it was a poker game of some sort.

 

 

 

This photo was taken from the church entrance. By this time, we had wobbly legs from climbing up 90 steps.

 

 

 

We have never taken a trip without seeing a local church and this was no exception. This pic was taken looking up and is the top half of the church. We have no idea how parishioners get to the Church of our Lady of Monte. We saw no street, no parking lot.

 

 

 

This is the entrance level.

 

 

 

This is the entrance level.

 

 

 

This is the altar. As is the case so often, the ornate structure had to cost plenty $$!

 

 

 

Holy Mary.

 

 

 

This scene is taken from the church towards the West. The Marina is awaiting our return!

 

 

 

We stooped to let other buses access to the road above. This shows the steep terrain. About a 10 minute trip down and the road got wider.

 

 

 

We crossed this bridge to enter the beautiful Maderia Gardens.

 

 

 

As we walked through the park, flowers, bushes of so many species quickly exhausted my knowledge. I am posing those that follow without their species. If you know any I’ll be glad to add them.

 

 

 

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Embroidery is a craft for which Funchal artisans are well known. The first step is drawing art on a special paper.

 

 

 

The next step is to lay the paper on cloth and with an air-gun punch the drawing through to cloth.

 

 

 

A closer view of the work. Once this is finished, the embroiderer sews in various threads into the design.

 

 

 

That’s all folks!! Hope you enjoyed the photos. Sharon, hope the descriptions are adequate!

 

 

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With my zoom lens, while standing in the same place as the scenery pic above, I snapped this photo. Can you locate a distant bridge and two towers?.

 

 

 

 

At each port a variety of excursions are offered. The events all start by gathering in an auditorium on deck 5. We disembarked at 9:15 AM and returned at 1:00 PM. Here, we are leaving the Marina. We were heading to a bus to begin our our excursion.

 

 

 

Graffiti has no country boundary. Here are examples a few folks have created!

 

 

 

As we left the dock, I saw this sculpture. The distant light under exposed the image. Yet, I think it is neat! It makes the image appear to be suspended in air. The sculpture symbolizes their passion for diving!

 

 

 

Our first stop was to visit a city park. Di took advantage of a bench and a serene moment of rest before we boarded a lift to the top of the mountain.

 

 

 

The Portugal island of Mederia hails its discoverer! Does anyone remember Cristova Columbo?

 

 

 

HHI was not the first to discover a traffic circle!

 

 

 

Bird of paradise!

 

 

 

We were in Mederia in late November. Christmas time lights were on all the downtown trees.

 

 

 

Di is sitting across from me. We are in a cable car riding to the top of the mountain. Remember those two towers from an earlier image? We are in a car suspended by wire connected by a number of towers. The ride is no different than a ski lift at Vale, CO! When we were at the top, we could see our ship.

 

 

 

We are ascending to the top of the tow. The country side looks nothing like our view of HHI. Our elevation rarely exceeds 25 feet!

 

 

 

Once the elevation rises, the homes seem to be plugged into the hill side.

 

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As we began to rise, the distant view stayed the same but the topography below show homes built into the hill side. It was tough to determine where roads were. The area beneath us is a deep cavern. It is not at all suitable for building structures of any type.

 

 

 

The roof tops often are red tile. I presume the wind would be a reason to have a durable roof.

 

 

 

Remember the bridge? We passed right over a section as we ascended.

 

 

 

This yellow home stood out clearly from miles away!

 

 

 

As I looked out the rear/side I spotted our ship – Marina.

 

 

 

We were at the top of the sky lift. We walked up the hill to the Church of our Lady of Monte.

 

 

 

 

Tangiers is not a flat city like our “low country”. Elevation from the sea port steadily climbs. Once we traveled from the port we traveled up and then to the west. Then we descended to the view of the light house and the cave (prior post). Here we are back high above sea level. The slight decline precedes entering the “casbah” (fortress). Most buildings were in disrepair. Windows were screened or barred. Even with 30 friends and a leader I had an uneasy feeling. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Back up the hill, ready to enter the casbah - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

The folks standing were scary. Many were sitting idle on steps. I never saw one smile. Smoking was common. - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

This is a view up a side street. The people were strolling down to join the road we were on. We may have seen 3 or 4 cars in motion in the hour we walked, The roads we walked were at the most, one lane wide. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Vendors were aggressive. This chap followed us for 1000 yards or more and would try to get you to hold the blanket he was selling. He spoke broken English and kept prodding ... "how much you pay, excellent material, you hold" ... and his hope was that you would take hold of the garment. Then he would not take it back! Sooner or later you just threw it at him and scurried away! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

This poor chap has to use an axe to manually reduce the trunk to 10 inches below the street level. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

We are outside the casbah, the cement wall was many feet thick. The cannon looked threatening but in today's style of war it would not be worth the powder to blow it up! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Outside the walls of the casbah and an about face, there below was a scene of the port. Riviera looked like a place to get too fast! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Back inside the walled fortress, we descended further. This photo gives you a dark image, not because it was a cloudy day, but rather the walls were high. Sunshine would be strong at noon when sun was above. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

So often folks sat on cement steps. Here a couple appears to be playing a game, probably Candy Crush, on their cell phone. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Anyone to take a potty break? Minnie on the left and Mickey on the right. All passed the opportunity to make a deposit. Who knows what the inside looked like? I had a feeling it was dirty, perhaps with a robber inside? I know it isn't fair to feel so unsafe. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

The is taken 18o degrees from the view of the Riviera at the sea port. I watched this chap looking westward towards the USA. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Another view of the port. I was the last guy into the casbah. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

On our way down this fellow was in a parking lot. His sideshow act was demonstrating his lack of fear with a cobra. The drummer was more for the audience than the snake. A fellow with a basket passed among us collecting contributions. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

The "Charmer" pulled another snake from his pocket and carried it through the crowd. It didn't take long to flee!! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Want a picture? These are painted by local artists. How would you ever get the large painting in your luggage? Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

I should have stopped and praised the Lord I had made it this far! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

This lady was not pleased that I took a photo. Once again, she like others are sitting on a step watching folks pass. I actually increased the light on this image. She was sitting in near dark! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

This image of a corridor tells a story about light. Mr. Sunshine was brightly shining. Yet, where I took the photo, it was damn dark! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

By now we are all comfortable but uneasy with the darkenss, the scene stays the same with folks gathered in small groups and often one or more will find a stoop to sit. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

This lad was willing to stand and smile for the sum of $1. He was a happy fellow and had the first smile of the day! Di and I sat on a step. If the locals can do it why not us. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Behind us was a large store. Our guide must get some sort of kickback for having his group shop here. The store had probably 3000 sq feet of junk. Brass was a common base for may bowls, images etc. We bought a frig magnet for $1.50 from a street vendor. Best price we have ever paid! Di has three new magnets to add to the frig door. There isn't much space left! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

We exited the "Market" area and headed to meet the bus. There is something about light and clean white buildings that gave a wave of comfort to me. I was delighted no one got robbed, hurt, kidnapped or whatever. All of these feelings are responses to what the eye sees. I was mighty glad to be walking to the bus! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Now this a tiny car! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

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Children on a tour from school. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Inside the cave - always and everywhere the sell STUFF! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Inside a cave looking out to the Atlantic, Ocean - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Back from the exit of the cave towards the Atlantic! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

We stayed in the bus, no one wanted to ride a camel! Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Vendors at this stop were not aggressive as they were at the "market" in Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the outskirts of Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Boys hustled for a $1 fee if you took their photo. Can you imagine the poor mule if I sat on him!? - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

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Tke my picture. $1 made this chap happy. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

There were 3 lads all with their money making asses.Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Di looking at the crafts for sale - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Riviera in the far background, Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Cell phones could be seen in use often. Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Busy street on our way to the north/west corner of Morocco, Africa

 

 

Pedestrian traffic is a tip we are in a foreign country, Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

Notice the long white apparel - Tangiers, Morocco

 

 

City center, Tangiers, Morocco

 

I will post a number of the business section to give you an impression of their city. We toured with 30 other cruise-mates in a bus with AC, and it was as clean and new as any in the USA.

 

On every floor Riviera has a work of art. This is the art on our foyer/floor #9. We often used the steps rather than the elevators. All food was aft and we were forward. Breakfast and lunch were served on #12. Dinners were served on #5. I counted the steps-16 from one floor to another. It was the best exercise for my leg. By the end of the trip I easily walked up from 9 to 12 or up from 5 to 9. A large walking track was available and we had good intentions but we did not walk there often. I lost 3 pounds! I chose fish 12 of the 14 dinners. Sea bass, salmon, swordfish were options nearly every night.

 

We sailed westward from Barcelona. The photo was taken out of the starboard (right) side of the ship. The land in the distance is Spain. The sail on the Mediterranean to Tangier, Morocco took 36 hours. The Riviera traveled at an approximate speed of 500 miles in 24 hours. For you non-math majors, that is close to 22 MPH. On the port side of the ship, we could see nothing but water. Northern Africa is there, we just could NOT see a trace of land. The weather was ideal, 75 and sunny.

 

 

......away we go from Barcelona to the Mediterranean!

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