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Friday, August 16, 2013

A Visit to Bermuda!


Bermuda!


West coast people don't talk much about Bermuda.  Hawaii, yes...but Bermuda?
When my husband mentioned he had a industry meeting in Bermuda, and would I like to join him,
I thought he was talking about the Bahamas. Of course I wanted to go to the Bahamas!
No, not the Bahamas, but Bermuda.
You mean, like...the Bermuda Triangle, Bermuda?
Will I make it home?

Surprisingly, Bermuda is not in the Bahamas.  I think maybe that Beach Boys song has everyone confused.... You've heard Kokomo..."Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama.."  Well, I'm blaming the song for messing up my geography.

Bermuda is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 580 nautical miles east of North Carolina
and over 800 nautical miles north of the Bahamas!




Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory.
They have their own currency, the Bermudian dollar--which is par with the US dollar.
The stores take US money or Bermudian money...very convenient.

They drive on the left side of the road.



There are no rental cars, only mopeds.
Cars are allowed only for residents, but most people drive a moped.


Bermuda shorts are part of the everyday dress code in Bermuda.


I had no idea how difficult it is to take pictures of people while you're walking!
How do those tabloid photographers do it?


We stayed at the Fairmont in Southampton.
This beautiful beach was a 2 minute trolley ride away.


Bermuda's sand is so soft and I was surprised that it didn't get hot to walk on.
The sand has a pink color hue from a tiny organism called red foraminifera that breaks down in the ocean and onto the sand.


AH and I swam and snorkeled in the 'bathtub-temp' water, but thankfully we never ran into a Portuguese Man-O-War!
We did see many, large and colorful fish...and a few barracudas!
  

The food at the many Fairmont Resort restaurants was amazing!

We love to eat seafood...squid, shrimp, fish
--and of course ice cream over a warm chocolate cake!
(We celebrated our anniversary of 18 years!  Don't we look happy?!)



To get to the city of Hamiliton (Bermuda's only city and capital)
We took a 30 minute boat ride.
These beautiful Bermudian homes lined the coast.


I was loving the colors and the shutters on every window!

Once in Hamilton we walked the streets full of high end shops, restaurants and cafes.
(Not to mention Bermuda shorts and mopeds everywhere!)


Have you noticed that every picture has sun and blue skies?
Yes, Bermuda's weather is picture perfect!  (It was in the 90's everyday we were there.)
It is very humid, but being from Seattle, we soaked it up!


On our last night we were entertained with ethnic Bermuda dancers!

The dancing was fast paced foot work all to rhythmic drum beats.
Small children and a few adults dancing in unison.
The costumes were bright and colorful with tall headpieces
that had peacock feathers sticking straight out.
So fun to watch!



What a great trip...and we made it home without a visit into the Bermuda Triangle!

Have you ever visited Bermuda?







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4 comments :

  1. Oh, isn't it beautiful! Your pictures bring back such wonderful memories. Looks like you guys had a great time. I love the pastel colored houses and of course the soft pink sand! Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary!

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  2. I have always wanted to go to Bermuda! What a great trip Michelle ;)

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  3. That is so funny about Bermuda/Bahama. A few years ago we had a trip to Honduras and for some reason the months leading up to it I kept telling people we were going to Haiti..LOL No wonder they never seemed too thrilled for me!! Anyways, looks like you had a great time. I'm jealous! Those high socks with shorts are cracking me up!

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  4. Wow, how incredibly beautiful is that! Have to LOVE that Bermuda attire.....lol

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