Ten Businesses I Love (Except for #9)

Ten Businesses I Love (Except for #9)
Gosh, Barbados is wonderful place to be.  Such good-natured souls, a low crime rate, a fabulous climate, beauty all around, and, if not everything, then most of what a city girl like me needs to be comfortable. What Barbados may lack in department and upscale grocery stores it makes up for in creative...

Barbados on a Budget: 5 Ways to Save, from CNN

Barbados on a Budget: 5 Ways to Save, from CNN
A friend e-mailed me this article yesterday from CNN. It’s worth reading, in case you missed it. Lots of fun and good suggestions. The author was Marnie Hunter. (CNN) — Stretching out on a crescent of powdery sand in Barbados doesn’t come cheap, but there are ways to trim costs and put the...

The Barbados Broom Lady Swept Me Off My Feet (I do love a pun!)

The Barbados Broom Lady Swept Me Off My Feet (I do love a pun!)
Brooms: $10Bds. The broom lady's smile: priceless Driving down the street near Belleville the other day, I spied this lovely broom-maker. HAD to stop. With her homemade sign and sunny smile, she charmed me completely. Bought a broom, made with dried palm fronds — she was charging $10Bds ($5US),...

Barbados & Grand Cayman: Compare & Contrast (Then Visit Both)

Barbados & Grand Cayman: Compare & Contrast (Then Visit Both)
Fill 'er up: a rooster on the go in Grand Cayman I’ve been in Grand Cayman for four days and still haven’t run into anyone actually from here.  The woman who gave me a pedicure is from northern England; the hairdresser, from Georgia (I admit to a fair amount of pampering); our hired driver,...

First-Timers to Barbados: “I Didn’t Think It Would Really Look Like That”

First-Timers to Barbados: “I Didn’t Think It Would Really Look Like That”
You know life is good when you're able to take a morning swim in the Caribbean Sea. Guests who first arrive at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums for their Barbados holiday all do the same thing: they rush to the large picture windows overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Their mouths drop.  And they say,...

Rent a Condo (Sea View & Kitchen!) For Less Than a Hotel Room

Rent a Condo (Sea View & Kitchen!) For Less Than a Hotel Room
A wonderful Barbados holiday for a reasonable cost can be had at St Lawrence Beach Condos. Most travelers to Barbados who stay at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums find out about this very nice alternative to a hotel on a for-rent-by-owner site such as HomeAway or VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner).  If you...

Is It Time to Bring Back the Past in Barbados?

Is It Time to Bring Back the Past in Barbados?
Horse-drawn trams transported Bajans from 1885 to 1925 Now here’s a Barbados blast-from-the-past that some version of ought to be revisited: horse-drawn trams.  For 40 years – from 1885 until 1925 – people in Barbados climbed aboard a tram car pulled by a horse and run on tracks.  They...

An Ode to Beautiful, Blessed, Bountiful Bajans

An Ode to Beautiful, Blessed, Bountiful Bajans
It’s far easier – and strangely more satisfying – to stomp our feet and decry surly service in Barbados than it is to praise.  That means Barbados Free Press won’t likely pick up this post (although I thank those good folks for the attention they’ve given my various and sundry...

H1N1 “Swine Flu” Increases Caribbean Travel But Decreases Kissing

H1N1 “Swine Flu” Increases Caribbean Travel But Decreases Kissing
Travelers with a sense of humor. Click photo to see gallery of decorated flu masks. Barbados is in the clear, swine-flu-wise, although like all countries, we remain on watch. The spread of the H1N1 “swine” flu in Mexico has diverted travelers’ attention to Caribbean countries, particularly...

How Many Barbados Restaurants Will the ’09 Recession Kill Off?

How Many Barbados Restaurants Will the ’09 Recession Kill Off?
People getting together try to keep conversation light, but invariably the talk comes ’round to, “Is (fill in the blank) in trouble?” I knew it was a bad sign the other night when I walked down St Lawrence Gap and saw The Restaurant at South Sea closed at dinnertime.  Is South Sea in...

Barbados Guarantees Perfect Weather — or Money Back

Barbados Guarantees Perfect Weather — or Money Back
Barbados is the first and only country in the world, according to the “Barbados Perfect Weather” site, to guarantee perfect weather for your Barbados vacation. The Barbados Tourism Authority is paying visitors to the island $100 for every day you visit that the weather is less than 78 degrees and...

Fear & Loathing in Barbados’ Economy

Fear & Loathing in Barbados’ Economy
Ummm, which image to use to illustrate this blog post? Hey, things are bleak enough to warrant either … or both. Aqua, one of my favorite restaurants (and site of Greg’s and my wedding in January) closed last Friday.  On that day, employees were called in for a 5 p.m. meeting and told the...

The Sad History of the “Redlegs” of Barbados

The Sad History of the “Redlegs” of Barbados
Until April 23, you have the opportunity to view  the fascinating documentary of Barbados’ so-called Redlegs (click here), “Barbado’ed: Scotland’s Sugar Slaves,” by Chris Dolan. Or go  the Irish TV statiwww.tg4.tv, click on “documentaries” on the top of the...

Happy Children & Easter Hats in Barbados

Happy Children & Easter Hats in Barbados
My husband Greg called me yesterday afternoon around 3:00.  He had just turned into the Gap.  “Come downstairs right away,” he said urgently.  “Bring your camera.” Barefoot, I ran downstairs and out into the street just in time to see a troop of children rounding St Lawrence Gap at...

My Big Barbados Butt — Comments Allowed

My Big Barbados Butt — Comments Allowed
In the United States, the extreme of political correctness is bestowed upon those “putting on weight” (i.e., getting fat).  And in the US, who isn’t? Have you been to a shopping mall there recently?  Oy vey.  We Americans talk about diets and weight-loss endlessly – but when a...

Bathsheba, Barbados, Makes the Sunday New York Times! Wait, is that a good thing??

Bathsheba, Barbados, Makes the Sunday New York Times!  Wait, is that a good thing??
Anywhere you go on an island that’s 14 x 21 miles in size is just a little ways away.  Geographically, anyway.  But Bathsheba, on the east coast of Barbados and just a little ways away from where I live on the south coast, is actually another world. The first time Greg took me to lunch at Round House...

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another
An e-mail from photographer Keith Clarke arrived yesterday and I’m cheeky enough to use this as an excuse to post another of his beautiful photos of Barbados.  In return, he gets this plug.  Ah, I love the quid pro quo of the Internet world. Mr Clarke wrote to tell me where his gorgeous book,...

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth
Many of the vendors on St Lawrence Gap have made street-selling their career.  Some have been selling their goods for a good decade or more.  I occasionally find an original and charmingly rough-hewn bauble I just can’t resist. Like Seth’s.  Seth is not only a street vendor. He’s also a...

Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup: Thoroughbred Trash?

Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup: Thoroughbred Trash?
Witnessing the magnificent race horses run around the oval grass track at the Garrison is a beautiful and memorable experience. Our six-furlong grass track and the high standards of Barbados’ horse racing are sources of immense pride in Barbados. The garbage left there after a race is not. The Barbados...

Ricardo, Rock Star of St Lawrence

Ricardo, Rock Star of St Lawrence
Ricardo’s our own personal rock star here at St Lawrence Beach Condos.  He’s young, attractive, easy-going, personable, capable, responsive, and liked by guests.  He’s so well thought of by our guests, in fact, that he’s often mentioned in the reviews they write on TripAdvisor. ...

When the U.S. Sneezes, Barbados Gets a Cold

When the U.S. Sneezes, Barbados Gets a Cold
When the U.S. sneezes, Barbados gets a cold. Well, the U.S. is currently down with the flu.  Does that mean Barbados is headed for the ICU? Right now this minute, if you saw the folks enjoying our pool and beach out back, you’d pronounce the patient healthy.  In fact, this radiant day pulled me out...

“Paper or Plastic?” When Visiting Barbados, Bring Your Canvas Tote

“Paper or Plastic?” When Visiting Barbados, Bring Your Canvas Tote
“Paper or plastic?” is not a question asked in Barbados.  Here, it’s all plastic, all the time. Never have I seen people more fond of plastic bags than Bajans. I go to Big B grocery store and I watch as small items are slipped into small polythene bags and then put into larger polythene...

The Photography of Keith Clark: Doing Barbados Proud

The Photography of Keith Clark: Doing Barbados Proud
From the “silver lining” file … I goofed.  Every photo I post on this blog is one I took myself or purchased from istockphoto. Except one.  It was a photo of a verdant island valley, by Barbados photographer Keith H. Clarke (stunning site; please visit it).  Very kindly, Mr Clarke wrote...

Aging Skin in Sunny Barbados: What’s a Girl to Do?

Aging Skin in Sunny Barbados: What’s a Girl to Do?
Sun worshiping is alive and well in Barbados. Visitors to the island soak up the rays on our beaches as though their bodies are solar panels from which they can source warmth and a golden glow after they return home. Anyone familiar with the cold of the UK and Canada, home of most of our visitors, can...

How High Can You Go in Barbados?

How High Can You Go in Barbados?
Can you help me?  I just returned from Miami Beach, where high rise buildings (hotels and condos) line the beach.  Here in Barbados we clearly have a height limit on buildings along the shore – but I’m having a difficult time finding what that limit is and how it came to be.  I see in Warrens...

Barbados Grocery Shopping: You’re Closed??? During Business Hours?? Why Are You Closed??

Barbados Grocery Shopping: You’re Closed??? During Business Hours?? Why Are You Closed??
Will someone please explain to me the retail concept we see here in Barbados of being closed during prime shopping hours? I went to ‘Big B’ this morning to so some grocery shopping.  It’s height of the tourist season.  It’s a Sunday, when most people are off work and would like to...

How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step

How to Make an American Blush in One Easy Step
The date: January 15, 2009 The place: Beautifully restored 17th-century plantation home called St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, Barbados The persons involved: A friendly Bajan young man and a middle-aged female American tourist given to blushing What happened: A colorful dialect oops! I took my friend...

Map & Geography Primer of Barbados

Map & Geography Primer of Barbados
Barbados is blessedly outside the usual hurricane path The National Geographic site offers a wonderful interactive map here.  And from TotallyBarbados: Location The island of Barbados is located in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. Coordinates 13 10 N, 59 32 W Neighbors St. Lucia, St....

Will We Crash? Or Should I Only Be Asking When?

Will We Crash? Or Should I Only Be Asking When?
I keep waiting for the bottom to fall out in my bookings here at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums.  So far, though, so good (it was difficult to type that with my fingers crossed).  Of course we have the benefit of it being high season as well as the current bookings having been made before the economic...

Rental Woes in Barbados

Rental Woes in Barbados
St Lawrence Beach Condos #11, "Deja Blue" I love the seaside apartment where I live with my sweetheart so much that we bought a second one that we rent out as a holiday rental property.  Both are in St Lawrence Beach Condos in St Lawrence Gap on the south coast. They sit at the edge of the...

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