First Caribbean Impressions in Barbados and Grenada

in the Carlisle Bay the horses have to swim and apparently they like it ;-)
in the Carlisle Bay the horses have to swim and apparently they like it 😉

We spend some more days in the Carlisle Bay altough the swell coming around the south corner of Barbados shakes us though quite well and the jet skis making competition around the anchoring yachts also don’t contribute to a calm stay…

The beach is beautiful and very clean but best enjoyed in the morning hours when there are only a few lokals going jogging or swimming.

and the work on the Dinghi cover is continued...
and the work on the Dinghi cover is continued…
the skipper said "before we do anything else we have to finish the dinghi cover" and off he goes sewing...
the skipper said “before we do anything else we have to finish the dinghi cover” and off he goes sewing…
but in the end we are both happy with the results and our dinghy protected from the UV
but in the end we are both happy with the results and our dinghy protected from the UV
the Shopping Malls for the tourists of the cruise ships
the Shopping Malls for the tourists of the cruise ships
from our favorite bar we watch the fishermen take the filets out of the catch of the day, here Barakuda
from our favorite bar we watch the fishermen take the filets out of the catch of the day, here Barakuda
a kiosk selling bread - and all of it is packed in platstic bags?
a kiosk selling bread – and all of it is packed in platstic bags?

But before we can go explore more of Barbados we fist have to finish the Dinghy cover – the skipper said and started sewing… after one day the work looks almost finished, after 2.5 days it then is  – we find that the details are the most challenging bit while wanting to get finished 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

after our visit to the sailmaker we find out that it rained quite a lot in the meantime!!
after our visit to the sailmaker we find out that it rained quite a lot in the meantime!!

Then we visit the Doyle sail manufacturing site and get a tour through the factory and some rests of tissue from the garbage bin ;-).

Back in the city we found our dinghy almost drowned, it must have rained a lot while we were away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hissing the Grenada flag
hissing the Grenada flag

Then we hopped over to Grenada in a bit more than a day – having an easy passage with the wind from behind and a lot of fishing activity…

Fishing this time seemed more an  activity because we had 7 bites, but only managed to get in 3 of them.

Do we both always get along well? Yes, we only have heavy discussions when we loose the fish that we had on the hook. Especially delicate this time was the moment when the line ran out so fast that I couldn’t stop it and the end of the line ripped of the rod, so the fish disapeared together with bait and line…. When I then screamed at Reto “I thought you had checked that it was fixed well?” there was quite a lot of tension in the air…

Well, after a few shouts we recovered and the next morning we happily took out two Mahi Mahi, so another time it meant eating fish carpaccio for lunch and grilled fish for dinner for several days!

arriving in Prickly Bay
arriving in Prickly Bay
first action - clearing in - and the sailor friendly dinghi pontoon of the Prickly Bay Marina makes us feel welcome right away ;-)
first action – clearing in – and the sailor friendly dinghi pontoon of the Prickly Bay Marina makes us feel welcome right away 😉
we enjoy the sondowner on She San's sister ship with Nigel and Debbie
we enjoy the sondowner on She San’s sister ship with Nigel and Debbie
my first yoga lesson - a fantastic and exhausting new experiance - merci beaucoup Pierre-Yves!  I find it already difficult just to sit with my knees bent like that...
my first yoga lesson – a fantastic and exhausting new experiance – merci beaucoup Pierre-Yves! I find it already difficult just to sit with my knees bent like that…
and regularly we get a visit of a turtle
and regularly we get a visit of a turtle
St. Georges colourful and partly steep streets are worth a visit
St. Georges colourful and partly steep streets are worth a visit
and there it goes up and down...
and there it goes up and down…
while some just sit and smoke
while some just sit and smoke
the Carenage, the city harbour of St. George is very charming and surprises us positively not having any of the souvenier shops that you would usually find in such places
the Carenage, the city harbour of St. George is very charming and surprises us positively not having any of the souvenier shops that you would usually find in such places

Then we arrive at Prickly bay and immediately feel comfortable. First of all it is quite here! Now and then a dinghy, but no jet skis – what a peaceful environment!

Then everything is so easy! The dinghy dock at the Prickly bay marina and the Timbers are both perfect, the happy hour prices are ok, there are a lot of activities being promoted by the cruisers community every morning on the “net” , there are even “shopping busses” leaving regularly to pass by whereever necessary.

Also the regular busses are passing by quite close and the distances are even ok to walk ;-).

One of the mornings I even dare to try out Yoga and I am not surprised how difficult it is for me, even to sit like that with the knees crossed to begin with! It was really quite exhausting but excellent! Thank you so much for this experiance, Pierre-Yves!

 

the Grande Anse Beach is beautiful white and very clean
the Grande Anse Beach is beautiful white and very clean
on our sunday walk we discover some animals...
on our sunday walk we discover some animals…
...and some more animals
…and some more animals
and we meet some rasta men ;-)
…and we meet some rasta men 😉
view down on the Grande Anse Bay and St. George in the background
view down on the Grande Anse Bay and St. George in the background
walking down on the Southwest coast of Grenada, we find next the beautiful Morne Rouge Bay...
walking down on the Southwest coast of Grenada, we find next the beautiful Morne Rouge Bay…
the obligatory picture with white sand beach, palm tree and fishing boats ;-)
the obligatory picture with white sand beach, palm tree and fishing boats 😉
.. and continue further to Portici beach
.. and continue further to Portici beach
then we place our She San a few miles further west in the Phare Bleu Marina
then we place our She San a few miles further west in the Phare Bleu Marina
and enjoy taking out the bikes to make a tour around the south part of the island, here St. George's from above...
and enjoy taking out the bikes to make a tour around the south part of the island, here St. George’s from above…
by chance we come by Fort Mathew and Fort Frederick
by chance we come by Fort Mathew and Fort Frederick
and find everywhere well kept houses, in the middle of a lot of green
and find everywhere well kept houses, in the middle of a lot of green

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we explore Grenada’s capital, St. George and I am happy to find out that the vegetable and fruits are becoming affordable again after the price shock I had in Barbados ;-).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday we make a beach walk – thanks to Stefan who fixed Reto’s knee the day before!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we move our She San a few miles east to the Le Phare Bleu Marina in order to make her ready to receive our guests and to explore the island with the bicycle for a change…

 

We really like Grenada and feel extremely well here, we will enjoy some more time here and then for sure come back later in the year!

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