BEQUIA— March 19 through March 30, 2019

Bequia is always one of our favorite spots to spend a couple of weeks!  Port Elizabeth is just such a pretty little town—

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—PICTURE PERFECT, in fact!

 

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Although, I am never quite satisfied with any of the pictures I take, which are meant to capture this charming town. 

 

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Each year, I’m attracted to this display of bird feeders carved out of coconuts.

 

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Of note in this picture:  A Bougainvillea TREE?!!  Where I come from, this plant is leggy and only grown in pots or hanging baskets!

 

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This is one of the anchorages where I feel like going into town everyday just to be a part of the charm,  ha-ha!

 

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Of course, coffee and pastries in the morning at “gingerbread” is always another good reason to head to shore,

 

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or a triple scoop serving of ice cream there in the afternoon!  My ice cream recommendation is this DELECTIBLE combination: passion fruit/dark chocolate/passionfruit—paradise for your taste buds!

We are not the only cruisers that count Bequia as one of their favorites so there seems to always be a lot of fun to join in here with fellow cruisers!

I enjoyed two women’s lunches while there. 

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The first was at The Porthole, and

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the next was at The Plantation Hotel.  We had such a nice time at both places.  The ladies’ motto when we get together without the guys is: No talk of Amps or Volts!  These words are accompanied by a sequence of two finger gestures. The first is an upside down peace sign.  Then that gets turned right-side-up (Amps or Volts /A or V)!  We take part in quite enough talk of battery usage when on our respective boats Laughing out loud.

I also joined in some yoga classes in the mornings led by fellow cruisers and graciously hosted at the Fig Tree restaurant.

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Mark and I both had fun and benefited from water aerobics-with-a pool-noodle or “Noodling”.  Our anchorage neighbor, Cindy on s/v Sitatunga, led that every afternoon at 3:00!  Is there any form of exercise that is more geriatric?!?

Our time in Bequia coincided again with s/v Prism, one of the first cruisers we met way up in Virginia back in 2011!  We had a nice time on Charles’ and Anina’s boat one evening catching up, and wherever you find Anina, you can bet a hike will be organized.

 

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The one we joined was really just a nice uphill walk to Mount Pleasant and

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to the cell phone tower a little higher up where we could see Nancy Lu at anchor below.

 

SCENES ALONG THE MOUNT PLEASANT WALK: 

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What’s a little road to this Mango Tree?!

 

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Awwwwwwww and double awwwwwwww!

 

We did something we’ve never done in Bequia this year.  We chartered, along with 22 other cruisers and a few land tourists, the sailing schooner, Friendship Rose, for a day trip over to the Tobago Cays for some snorkeling.

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Friendship Rose is a 100 foot wooden schooner built entirely by hand in Bequia in 1969, the last of its kind to be built.  It was originally used as a “mail boat”, ferrying mail, freight and passengers to and from Bequia and St. Vincent until its retirement in the early 1990s to its more relaxed line of work as a day-trip charter.  It was a fun experience especially

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for all the captains that were given their turn at the helm or with the sails!

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We were greeted bright and early with fresh orange juice,

 

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and we enjoyed treats throughout the day and a delicious lunch prepared by our gracious chef!

 

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It was fascinating to watch the experienced crew do their jobs.  I was told that the oldest crew member was one of the actual builders of the boat!

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Mostly, I enjoyed relaxing and visiting on deck in the comfy deck chairs!

 

Occasionally, we have It’s-a-small-world encounters in our sailing adventures.  we had one on this one!

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One of the land tourists I met on the excursion was a young woman who lives in BROOKLYN, NYC in the SAME APARTMENT BUILDING, within just a FEW FLOORS (out of 50something) of our daughter, Amy!  IT’S A SMALL WORLD!!

I’ll just wrap this uncharacteristically short update (I’m trying!) with a snorkeling picture from the Friendship Rose excursion!

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A collection of  sea life photos are coming in my next blog update!

3 thoughts on “BEQUIA— March 19 through March 30, 2019

  1. Wow, a beautiful vine tree. Who would have thought it? Seems like a pretty little place with everything you need. Ice cream of course. Happy lot of sailors seem to be about. Sailing that big ship appears to be a young man’s game. Yoga is a good improvement of balance but sailing on the edge with your toes is a new one. Beautiful pictures, thanks for the include.

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