Day Three – Wedding Day

Trip Start Jun 25, 2005
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Trip End Jul 06, 2005


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Flag of Barbados  , Christ Church,
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

We awoke to a stormy sky (this doesn't bode well for our marriage). After breakfast, we walked on the beach.  When we arrived back at the hotel, we were treated to show.  A red crab had wandered into our courtyard.  One of the cats was interested, but didn’t get too close.  He must have had a run-in with one before.  The crab was not amused with the cat.  Each time the cat got close; the crab would open his claws and stick them out towards the cat.  Eventually the cat got bored and left him alone.

Our witnesses came by and got Kim ready for the Wedding.  I was getting worried that the justice would not make it in time.  But she made it on time and we proceeded to the spot we had picked.  We were lucky; the rain had stopped a bit earlier, but was still a little cloudy and windy.  It was a quick service.  After the ceremony, I picked Kim up and was going to pretend to drop her in the sea.  Some of the witnesses were cheering me on to do so.  Kim would not have found it funny and it would have been another "bad-luck" incident for our marriage.  The justice was hinting that now we are married that we need some time alone (if you know what I mean).  I would have liked to do that, but we had a full day of touring and had to go.  I told Kim that this was the “High-Water Mark” of our relationship and it was all going to be downhill from here.  I don’t think Kim likes my sense of humor.

Our first stop was to the South Point Lighthouse.  It was built in 1852 and was just refurbished in 2004.  We just stopped to take a look.  Our next stop was the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.  The museum is in a building that was used as a military prison at St. Ann's Garrison.  It contains historical items from the British, who occupied the island before independence in 1966.  The museum also had item from the slave trade.  Kim was a little skeptical about going into the museum.  She thought it would be boring.  I persuaded her to go in.   After a few minutes, she was enjoying the museum.

Our next stop was the church of Christ Church.  There was a legend of the Chase vault.  The coffins in the vault will mysteriously move around and are in different locations when the vault was unsealed.  After a while, the coffins were buried in separate locations.  We wanted to visit the vault, but could not find it.

We then went to Crane Beach.  The hotel is located high up on hill and there used to be a huge crane to unload ships.  It was listed as the most beautiful beach on Barbados.  Since we were not guests, we had to park on the other side of the beach and hop across the stone pads to get to the beach.  We were going to stay, but we decided we wanted to explore more.  Close by was Sam Lord’s Castle, a Georgian mansion that was built in 1820.  He was a notorious buccaneer who would lure ships onto the reef and then loot them when they wrecked.  As we got to the gate, there was a sign that it was closed.  We decided to go further and look at the outside.  When we got closer, a “guard” came out and told us to leave.  We were only able to get a picture of the entrance wall before being chased away.

We made a stop at Sunbury Plantation House in Saint Philip parish.  It is a plantation house that was built in the 17th century.  It is a beautifully restored home.  We joined a tour to see the main house.  Afterward, we walked the grounds.

We wanted to stop and see the Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park also in Saint Philip parish.  We knew about where it was, but drove around for about a half hour.  There were no real signs out front.  There was a sign that looked like it said something about rum, but I didn’t think it was the place.  Since the roads were not marked, we could not be sure we were even on the correct road.  Right before we found the place, the skies opened up and and my right side got soaked.  The Mini Moke didn’t have doors!!  I finally took a chance and went in the driveway with the rum sign.  It turned out that was the correct place.

It was either closed or very close to closing when we got there.  There was no one to collect money at the gate, so we decided to go in and get kicked out if they found us.  The place was deserted and we could walk through any building we wanted.  We didn’t even see a guard.  At the end, we found the gift shop and rum store.  We did a little tasting.  In the end, we took a few bottles with us.

Our last stop was the best.  Bottom Bay was a beach that I seriously considered for our wedding.  Because it was a little remote, I worried that we would not get someone to marry us there or even have witnesses.  You had to walk down a narrow path to get to the beach.  As you descended, you were surrounded by brush and trees.  As you got to the bottom, you were met with a beautiful sight; palm trees and the beach between two cliffs.  I could have stayed forever (except that there was no snow!).

We decided to make our own dinner tonight.  After all it was our Wedding meal.  There was a grill in the courtyard, so we figured it was ours to use.  About half way through cooking our meal, the maid came running and told us that we could not use it.  She was not happy!  We got our food off the grill quickly.
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