Once more around Bermuda

Trip Start Apr 11, 2008
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Trip End Apr 15, 2008


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Monday, April 14, 2008

After breakfast, we go over to the front desk in hopes of catching up with Sonia this morning. She's not here, but Keret explains that Sonia left a gift for us. How thoughtful of Sonia. What in the world could this little package hold? A book, "Love on the Rocks" by Dale Butler It features 100 of the best places to smooch and cuddle in Bermuda. Do ya think Sonia is trying to tell us something? We'll have to catch up with her later to find out what she's getting at.

On the way to Somerset Village, we make the snap decision to extend our rental of the scooter. We're having so much fun we must keep it another day, so we pull out our handy-dandy 9 Beaches cell phone to call Oleander's Cycles. I love this cell phone! We extend the scooter rental for another day (only $47 more) and continue our drive.

A 10-minute drive leads us through the Village of Somerset and to the end of the road at the Royal Naval Dockyard, a historical landmark built in 1812 and just a few years ago turned into a visitors area with restaurants, shopping and other activities, that reminds me of Seaport Village in San Diego. This is where the cruise ships dock on the West End, and where the ferry boards to shuttle people to Hamilton. After a walkabout the area, we head back to 9 Beaches to pick up some snacks since we plan to drive the scooter to a different part of the island today.

Looks like we have a message on our cell phone. The front desk has been trying to reach us. Keret tells us that they were able to arrange the upgraded cabana and wonders if we would like to move from cabana #18 to cabana #15. We would love to move cabanas. Not that there's anything wrong with cabana #18, but #15 is positioned directly over the ocean and, as Keret explains, has a glass look-thru in the floor that offers a view of the shoreline below. How could we say no to that?
We accept the invitation to upgrade and make our way to #18 to pack our things. As Michael's niece Joy would say, "We get the best of EVERYTHING!" And we graciously receive it all. Khomeini and Michael, the two bellmen, kindly shuttle us over to our new home for the next two nights and we are thrilled with the new location and are truly grateful to the staff of 9 Beaches for making it happen.

Back on the scooter for more island exploring. As we drive down Middle Road, we come upon Oleander Cycles and decide to stop in and say hello to S.P. and Walter. They're pleased to know that our self-guided tour of the island is going well, and Walter recommends we visit Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse for its spectacular view. When we tell S.P. that we're planning to take North Shore Road to Spanish Point and into Hamilton, he warns us that the roads are narrow and winding and to be very careful. We appreciate his kind warning and head off for more exploring.

As Walter mentioned, the view from atop Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse is fantastic. For only $2.50 pp we enter the lighthouse and a climb up 185 stairs to the very top, where we can see buildings, foliage and water across the island for miles and miles. It is incredibly windy up here, so we're holding tightly to our hats and cameras. Anything that falls from here is a goner!

From there, the drive to Hamilton is great. S.P. was right about the narrow, winding road, but Michael is careful and we make it into the city to find it marginally populated with Sunday shoppers, diners and folks just out for a stroll. Further down the road we reach the tip of North Shore Road at Spanish Point, then turn around and head through Flatts Village, around Harrington Sound and then back to Middle Road to the West End. Hey look! There's a statue of the "I Love You Man" who Wayne mentioned yesterday. What a nice tribute. On the way, we find Jamaica Grill, one of the local restaurants that Sonia and Keret recommended. We get our food to go, stow it in the compartment of the scooter to keep it warm near the engine, then drive on back to our cabana.

After enjoying our delicious meal, we go to the front desk to rent a movie and chat for a while with Theresa and Sonia. The staff here is very friendly and we're glad to spend some time getting to know them.
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