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Barbados Crop Over Carnival 2012: Faces & Feathers

Barbados Crop Over Carnival 2012: Faces & Feathers
Barbados Crop Over Kadooment day was marked by dancing in the streets, lively music, many feathers, sequins, laughter, and smiles of celebration. I noticed a bit of alcohol flowing as well … but that goes with the territory. I snapped a few photos and put together the short video you see...

Barbados “Best for Foodies,” according to the UK Telegraph

Barbados “Best for Foodies,” according to the UK Telegraph
This morning’s Telegraph has a great “Best of” article about the Caribbean, naming Barbados “Best for foodies” … I’ll add TripAdvisor links to the places the Telegraph recommends. I’ll also take this opportunity to promote the St Lawrence Beach Condos on the...

Rosey Chan: Extraordinary in Barbados

Rosey Chan: Extraordinary in Barbados
Barbados’ Holders Season gave its audience an extraordinary gift last evening: Rosey Chan, a young British woman who plays piano like a goddess. She’s called a classical pianist but she’s actually a performance artist whose rich fabric of classical music is woven in a tapestry of jazz...

Barbados At 30 Below

Barbados At 30 Below
Guest Post By Debbie Grant Have you ever tried to sit outside in the dead of winter, watch the sunset, drink wine and eat delicious appetizers on an outdoor deck?  If you’re Canadian, you probably have tried, and been successful after donning your long undies, snowmobile suit, balaclava, heated...

Barbados Featured in Blue Caribbean Dive Magazine

Barbados Featured in Blue Caribbean Dive Magazine
Divers rejoice!  The approximately 3 million divers who travel abroad for a diving vacation will thrill to the new print and online publication called Blue Caribbean, which focuses exclusively on diving in the Caribbean.  Blue is the first print and online magazine focused exclusively on diving and...

Cheers, Barbados Turns 44 Today!

Cheers, Barbados Turns 44 Today!
Barbados celebrates her independence from Britain today with a parade at the Garrison, the day off from work, wearing of the colors of the Barbados flag, beach-going, and much discussion over whom the Queen knighted today (congratulations, Sir Branford). Across the island, the mood is mellow and happy. Aunt...

Crab Porn in Barbados

Crab Porn in Barbados
When she snapped this photo, my friend Sharon didn’t realize she was peeking into the bedroom of two Barbados crabs. Sharon wrote me, “I was with my mom at Tapas for lunch. We were seated upstairs.  My mom looked down at the sea and asked me to take a photo of one of the many crabs hanging out...

When Your Fairy-Tale Barbados Wedding Gets Rained On

When Your Fairy-Tale Barbados Wedding Gets Rained On
With love and hope and great anticipation, the bride and groom gaze into one another’s eyes and decide to have a storybook wedding on the beach in Barbados, the “Jewel of the Caribbean.”  Sparkling blue sea, beautiful white beaches, brilliant sun … and a couple in love. What could be...

Barbados Beach: Sink Your Toes into Heaven on Earth at Carlisle Bay

Barbados Beach: Sink Your Toes into Heaven on Earth at Carlisle Bay
Granted, not all Caribbean islands have sugar-white sand like Barbados, but even so, the first image any visitor with any awareness at all of the Caribbean thinks of is (and should be) Caribbean = warmth, blue sky, sparkling blue sea, gorgeous beaches Lest future visitors think otherwise, the image of warm,...

Come, Take a Ride With Me in Barbados! (Video)

Come, Take a Ride With Me in Barbados! (Video)
Barbados driving can be a challenge for a North American like me who’s not used to driving on the “wrong” side of the road. Add a gear shift and the uninitiated has got double-trouble.  And then there is the problem of road signs – or lack thereof – to help navigate.  And...

Doing Nothing in Barbados

Doing Nothing in Barbados
Barbados is a fabulous place to do absolutely nothing. I admire the guests in our Barbados vacation rentals on the beach in St Lawrence Gap who lie in the sun all day, breaking occasionally to cool down with a swim in the sea or pool, then going to dinner at night.  Such exquisite rest and leisure …....

Barbados Wins Segway Polo Championship 2010

Barbados Wins Segway Polo Championship 2010
R2D2 has escaped Star Wars and was seen rolling around a big green field of grass wielding a polo stick and hitting a ball. Oh, my apologies .. that’s not R2D2, it’s Segway polo! While I appreciate the difficulty of this sport as competition, I find it so .. well, I find it just adorable. Instead...

Five Reasons You Should be in Barbados Now

Five Reasons You Should be in Barbados Now
On Saturday I awaited the arrival of three gentlemen from England who rented an apartment from me in our building (St Lawrence Beach Condos). Like everyone who stays in one of our pretty holiday rentals, when the three guys arrived they dropped their luggage and rushed to the picture window and swooned over...

In Barbados, Turtles Nest & Rum Flows … Life As Usual

In Barbados, Turtles Nest & Rum Flows … Life As Usual
While my husband Greg and I were traveling in beautiful Canada (more about this down below) these past few weeks, life excitingly carried on in Barbados. While we were away, the Fireball competition heated up. My friend Hazel took this photo; ahh, what could beat this: warm water, beautiful sunny days,...

Great Balls of Fire! Fireball Sailing Competition Sets Sail in Barbados

Great Balls of Fire! Fireball Sailing Competition Sets Sail in Barbados
Barbados is host to the Fireball International, an exciting, high-speed competition of slick 16-foot dinghys with enormous sails designed to really move. The race begins today and runs for two weeks in Carlisle Bay at the Barbados Yacht Club. Seventy contestants from 15 countries from the US to Russia have...

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados
On Sunday, the Anglican and Catholic churches of Barbados will be full of women dressed to the nines, men in suits, and children showing off their new shoes. It’s beautiful. I live next door to an Anglican church but witness Easter in Barbados as an outsider. Even as a child, raised with no religion,...

Barbados Holders Performing Arts Festival Brings Jazz, Shakespeare, and More to Its 17th Year

Barbados Holders Performing Arts Festival Brings Jazz, Shakespeare, and More to Its 17th Year
Wendy Kidd, soft-spoken doyenne and gracious hostess of Barbados’ Holders Season, scaled back her season of arts offerings beneath the stars this year. What’s not scaled back in the boutique arts festival are quality and the key to the magic of Holders: unexpected discoveries of amazing...

Barbados’ Nazi Soup Kitchen is a DVD Store in the Gap

Barbados’ Nazi Soup Kitchen is a DVD Store in the Gap
A 2 minutes’ walk from where we live in St Lawrence Gap in Barbados, right across from Little Bay, is Net Shack. It’s a new DVD rental store in the Gap, having recently moved from a shopping center on the South Coast Road. Barbados' Little Bay in St Lawrence Gap. Up the street from where we...

Barbados Jazz Festival: Time to Lime and Great Music, Too

Barbados Jazz Festival: Time to Lime and Great Music, Too
Barbados Jazz Festival at Farley Hill The Barbados Jazz Festival – the 17th annual – concluded yesterday at Farley Hill after three amazing days of terrific jazz in a beautiful Barbados setting overlooking the wild and free east coast. The thing about the Jazz Festival is that you can have a...

Unnatural Habitat: Barbadians in NY in Winter

Unnatural Habitat: Barbadians in NY in Winter
The sweet folks who exchanged homes with Greg and me over Christmas. While they wore swimsuits, we wore woolens in New York (it was wonderful for both...

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??
This is a story about Jill Walker’s beautiful artwork disappearing from and then reappearing in my life. A thief with good taste: One of two Jill Walker framed prints that were taken from my Barbados rental apartment. The Heist Renting out the pretty apartment Greg and I own to folks who travel to...

September Weather: Snorkeling One Day, Mopping Up Rain the Next

September Weather: Snorkeling One Day, Mopping Up Rain the Next
September 1: Discovering life in Barbados' Carlisle Bay This photo is of my friend Sue and me holding a sea cucumber we met while snorkeling yesterday in Carlisle Bay. Such a love this sweet guy was: as soft as a super-plush toy and as gentle as one, too. In the clear, blue water we also encountered...

Hedgehogs & Other Shopping Pleasures in Barbados

Hedgehogs & Other Shopping Pleasures in Barbados
A souvenir and a pet: my hedgehog from Greenwich House Antiques in my home. When visitors ask me about where to shop in Barbados, my face (and mind) goes blank for a moment. Shopping? Umm … I wouldn’t call Barbados a shopping mecca exactly. The duty-free shops along Broad Street in Bridgetown...

A Day in Barbados Washed Down With a Rum Punch

A Day in Barbados Washed Down With a Rum Punch
History (and a bit of mischief): Tristan & Ethan having fun at Arlington House. Greg and I took a double dose of vitamins on Wednesday morning so we could keep up with his grandsons Ethan and Tristan for the day while we explored a bit of our island home of Barbados. We picked the boys up, swapped lots...

The Seriously Fun Barbados Catamaran Business

The Seriously Fun Barbados Catamaran Business
A great time on a catamaran cruise in Barbados If there’s one activity I recommend to all who visit Barbados it’s a catamaran cruise.  How much do I love it?  Let me count the ways: 1.  You get to swim with our magnificent giant sea turtles.  Nothing beats communing up close & personal...

Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget

Barbados Beach Picnic: Eat Like a King on a Pauper’s Budget
Live like a king: dine on the beach in Barbados (here, Dover Beach) A five-star setting for our simple, delish meal on Dover Beach last week One of the very best places to eat in Barbados is on the beach.  Too expensive, you say?  Mmm, not necessarily. A couple of ways to enjoy low-cost fine seaside...

Sail On, Barbados! 2009 Mount Gay Regatta

Sail On, Barbados!  2009 Mount Gay Regatta
If you’re not in Barbados, you’re missing the Mount Gay Regatta 2009, which began today.  I’ve been watching the sailboats sailing pass by all morning.  Here’s a photo of it I took for you: This morning I received an e-mail from a guest who’s coming from...

The Best Beaches in Barbados

The Best Beaches in Barbados
Every Sunday morning Greg and I walk Carlisle Bay beach, starting and ending at the Barbados Yacht Club.  It’s a highlight of my life to get to take in the stunning beauty of this stretch of planet earth.  We go early when it’s still cool.  So do a lot of locals; some bring their kids.  A...

New Beachfront St Lawrence Gap Apartment: Guests Welcome

New Beachfront St Lawrence Gap Apartment: Guests Welcome
You saw the progress (here, too) of my putting together Apartment #8 at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums.  This week’s been the final sprint before the first guests arrive:  the air-conditioning was put in, the flat-screen TV got cable hook-up, wireless Internet is working, and all appliances...

Barbados Photo Adventure Tour with Ronnie Carrington: Do It!

Barbados Photo Adventure Tour with Ronnie Carrington: Do It!
Yesterday morning 9 a.m., my husband Greg and I, cameras in hand (ahem, well, I had my camera; Greg came along for fun) met photographer Ronnie Carrington at Pelican Village for a day-long and most pleasurable photographic excursion through the lesser-known parts of Barbados.  Fifteen of us were on the van...

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