Barbados Tour

We booked a day with Glory Tours to do a bit of an island tour including the east coast with Bathsheeba, St Nicholas Abbey and Harrison’s Cave.

We got picked up nice and early in a small minibus and we joked about how amusing it would be if we were the only guests on the tour. Turns out we were. Which is a marvelous bonus as basically you don’t have to mess about waiting for other people. It was a lot of fun and we managed to see a lot in relatively short space of time and even be back at the hotel for about 3pm.

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This all felt a little bit Jurassic Park. This was the welcome centre and entrance to Harrison’s Cave.
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And these were the quite impressive lifts down from the level above.
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Here is one of the many stops inside the cave. I think the tour lasts a good hour and there are some amazing things to see. It’s also good if you are not overly comfortable with confined spaces as at all times there is plenty of head room (I am not one of those people but imagine its a consideration for many).

Below there are a number of other pics taken in the caves.

After the caves we were driven over to the East coast of the island to see a bit of that. It felt very different to the west. Far more barren, if that’s the word, with more stormy weather and the sea far more rough.

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Here we have the far more rugged side of the island which faces out to the Atlantic. Weather felt different here. Not really a place you would want to spend too much time compared with the west and south coast.
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Feels a bit more like a true “desert island” – a bit more intimidating than the West of the island.

After Bathsheeba we drove to St Nicholas Abbey (which produces single cask rum) via a lunch stop and a stop at this very old, working wind mill.

DSC_3903After the windmill we drove up and away from the east coast culminating in a fairly breathtaking view from the top. Not entirely sure what the big dirty mark in the sea is but that aside, very pleasant indeed.

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This guy was doing a roaring trade in coconuts. I was fed some weird soft white stuff from the inside which I did not take to. Others apparently do however.
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Here we have the entrance to the house at St Nicholas Abbey.

At the plantation we had a wander round the house which was very nice. One observation would be that rich people that lived in this house lived to a great age considering the time. They had portraits on the wall and they all seemed to live until at least their 70’s. Considering that was in the 1700’s I thought that was quite impressive!

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Outside they had these two beautiful parrots,  I dont in anyway agree they should be kept in cages but they were properly licensed to be kept. Just seems completely wrong keeping them in like that. They did have some pretty solid chat on them though.

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Inside the abbey they have a small shop and restaurant… and….
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…loads of RUM!

Yeah so if you like rum, which I do, then you will probably enjoy this place. We had a sample of their single cask 10 year old rum which was very pleasant. It tasted more like a single malt than any rum I had tasted. We decided to get a bottle which they kindly engrave for you. So it was a nice memento of the day.

DSC_3967Below shows what we found in a shed which appeared to be the equipment needed for at least part of the process of making the rum.

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Whilst randomly standing about I snapped the below pic and the colours just really stood out. Kept it for no other reason than I just liked the colours.

DSC_3973Inside some of the other sheds we found various old tractors and whatnot.

DSC_3985After the Abbey we were taken to a monkey sanctuary type deal. An amazing place where it seemed the monkeys could roam as they pleased. They could easily get over the fences that were there so I assume they come back for the food. It was basically filled with Tortoises (who were occasionally going at it), small deers, one big iguana and a weird animal that seemed like a cross between a kangaroo and a rabbit!

DSC_4001The monkeys were pretty friendly. One of them hit me on the head at one point. No harm in them though.

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The most surreal thing we witnessed was feeding time where it felt like Ace Ventura 2 – all the animals appeared from no where and piled in on top of each other to eat. Which led to the very strange sight of a large Iguana (below) being casually shunted out of the way by a small deer. Amazing.

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The also had a small reptile enclosure with THIS in it. Sweet Jesus… IT’S LOOKING AT ME

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They had a separate enclosure with lots of Iguanas in it. The most notable moment came when i turned round and climbed down the stoniest step you have ever seen and serrated my ankle on the edge of one of them. There was another tourist behind me so I had to contain my screams. I think I managed quite well.

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And one final monkey to finish off with.

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We saw and did quite a lot so I have broken this down into a few parts, please click here to go to the next part:

Or you can jump about to your hearts content with the below:

Part 1 – Holetown

Part 2 – Cool Runnings Catamaran

Part 3 – The Cliff

Part 4 – Tour of Barbados

Part 5 – Bridgetown

Part 6 – The South Cost and Little Arches

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