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Grand Cayman - West Indies



I must say, I was not all that impressed with the island, Grand Cayman. I had it pictured much more pretty and less dingy. Sure, I expected Cozumel Mexico to be 'run down', 'cause it's Mexico...but Grand Cayman, the island of riches and the wealthy. Not so. We had an excursion lined up to take us around the island some, to a town named HELL...yes, Hell, Grand Cayman, BWI. Our tour guide was hilarious, and lots of fun. The excursion didn't begin until 10 a.m., so we had a little time to shop. Of course, our first stop was the diamond trade! One item was purchased, a pair of Tanzanite stud earrings. Tanzanite being rare and mined in one small area of Tanzania. A beautiful, blue-violet stone. Then, our trip around the island...


The following four images...the bay, where we had to take a water shuttle to the island...7 mile beach, our tour guide Carlton, and an old homestead.



Carlton and our tour bus...the old homestead, the Governor's mansion, a view of the sea from the bus window, And HELL...lava formations [limestone that was so hot at one time, the people called it Hell!]  Also, there is a gift shop nearby, and when our group walked in the proprietor said to us "What in Hell do you want?"




Another note of interest...Grand Cayman is of British possession. When Queen Elizabeth visited, she stayed one night at the Governor's mansion and insisted the entire, rest of her stay was aboard her private yacht!! I tellya, this island was quite disappointing to not only me, but the Queen herself!!! We stopped at another place of interest, letting off several tourists to swim at 7 mile beach. Then, had a peach smoothie while watching the dolphins.



Back to our ship docking area, and waited to board the shuttle back to our ship. We sat at the pool side and enjoyed the band playing while we relaxed before dinner.



The entertainment, that we attended that night was also disappointing. A Jazz group that sang off key and the choice of music [even the instrumental] was a disaster in my opinion. Absolutely no spunk!! More Blues than Jazz. We returned to our state room for our nightly critter...a frog this time...

early sunset




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  1. Sorry to hear that the island was a bust, even sounding a bit Hellish. That peach smoothie sounds good, however. :-)

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    1. It's kinda sad being that it's such a well-known island in the tropics. Lot of slum areas right next to the ritzy.

      That peach smoothie WAS divine!

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  2. i love the gingerbread front porch and the homestead and your guide and that cute bus... so now you can say you have been all the way to hell and back...LOL

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    1. rofl...I love the reference of going to hell & back!

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  3. That is too bad! It all sounds...well...rather Hellish. Was the water really as pretty as it looks, such a deep intense blue.

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    1. Yes, the Caribbean Sea is an intense deep turquoise blue.

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  4. i don't have your email address. mine is nevermindsandra@gmail.com
    this is the video that helped the most. there are hundreds. i have the products, and don't use the ones they do, i use what i like and use their techniques. the ones from the UK seem to be better. they do fresh natural not like we do here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G05plVLOzdg

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    1. Thanks. I'll be sure to check it out!

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  5. Oh Anni, a beautiful tanzanite set was the last formal gift from my darling Grant. Being a manager on a diamond mine for three years in Tanzania, he searched far and wide until he got a good deal for this gift: a ring, two stud earnings and a hanger all with the teeniest tanzanite on them. Reading your post, brought this all back to me. Thanks for sharing. Jo

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    1. Jo...it's so nice of you to stop by!

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  6. Sorry it was a disappointment but your photos certainly arent. I like the shop owners question to you when you walked in

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  7. I guess all of the off shore bankers apparently don't stay there! I would have thought it to be rather swank...but then again, as you say, follow the money.. :)

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    1. Well, they're are ritzy abodes...but oh so much trashy parts that I wasn't expecting.

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  8. Sorry you were disappointed in Grand Cayman, Anni, and I'll have to remember that if anyone ever offers to take me there. Unfortunately, it is very flat and, because its primary purpose is to store money for off-islanders and way-off-islanders, it probably doesn't need to be prettied up.
    Don't you wonder how much of the money might be ill-gotten gains? Intriguing.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  9. I've been to multiple islands in the Caribbean and they all have run downs next to glittery resorts in my experience. Wouldn't mind with a nice ship to go to.

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    1. It was still quite a disappointment for me.

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  10. That is unfortunate that the place did not live up to your expectations. The pictures do look interesting and pretty.

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  11. Seems the dolphins and the peach smoothie were the highlights. Always a pity when places don't live up to expectations.

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    1. ...travelling miles across the gulf for dolphins & a smoothie...what I can have/see in Texas. lol

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  12. Can we see your new earrings? The lava formations look soooo sharp! I love the water colors. You were just another tourist to that shop owner; he was rude in my book. PoolSIDE! I would have been IN the pool! Love the towel frog. Now you can say you have been there - Grand Cayman Islands.

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    1. No...he didn't say it a rude way...he was only using a play on words with the town's name...Hell

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  13. What a wonderful Sister trip. There was a similar Diamond shop when docked in Alaska. Dockside must bring in good money for them.
    I really enjoyed your photos and that water so lovely.
    Hugs Madi and mom

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    1. I'd much rather dock for jewels in the tropics. lol

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  14. I would have expected a much nicer place. The shopkeeper's greeting is too funny. At least you got to have a tasty smoothie.

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    1. I had to laugh at his greeting!

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