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Day 11

All Good Things....

sunny 28 °C

On our final morning the sun shone brightly so we had a light breakfast and Grant and I headed to Warwick Long Bay on the scooter. Grant dropped me off there and returned to the apartment to pick up Dad. In the 40 or so minutes that I was there on my own, I was struck by the beauty and peacefulness of the spot.

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When Grant and Dad arrived we took a walk along the beach and then while Grant and I did some final sunbathing, Dad walked along the surrounding coastal path taking photos. We left the beach just after midday and while Grant and I drove back on the scooter, Dad took the local bus.
It was here that he encountered a random act of kindness that really sums up our experience of Bermudians. Dad had stepped on the bus only to discover to his horror that he had only one instead of two bus tokens and no cash with him. Behind him stood a young local Bermudian who Dad had earlier said 'good afternoon' to and he could see that Dad was very embarrassed and was about to step off the bus. The young man stepped forward and with no fuss just paid the difference! We can only hope that karma prevails and the young man will be rewarded with good fortune.

Back at the apartment we put together a lunch using the items that were still remaining in the fridge and we cooked some veggie burgers on the outside grill. We sat and enjoyed lunch on the terrace and then psyched ourselves up for some post-lunch packing.

At 3pm Grant and I headed down to the ferry dock and jumped in for one final snorkel. We saw a few interesting fish including a large trunk fish but regardless, it was just great to be in the water one last time.

At 6pm Chris showed up at the apartment to take us to the airport. He casually drove us there pointing out places of interest on the way and at the airport we sadly bid farwell to Chris and the wonderful island of Bermuda.

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Day 10

A Day of Two Halves

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We had arranged to meet Sharon and Neil for an early morning walk along the old railway line but we were woken up to the sound of thunder and flashes of lightning. The rain was extreme so walking was given a miss in favour of breakfast in our apartment. We did pancakes with bacon for Sharon, Neil and Dad while we had pancakes with bananas and maple syrup.

The rain did ease off during the morning and just before midday we headed downstairs to bid farewell to Sharon and Neil. It was so sad to see them leave as we had enjoyed being with them so much.

To cheer ourselves up we caught the bus to Hamilton and headed first to the Bermuda National Art Gallery. We happily spent over an hour there looking at works by both amateur and professional artists. Some of the local art work was for sale at a competitive price and was very impressive.

We decided to get a light sushi lunch at Beluga which is a casual looking restaurant located in the basement of a shopping mall. The sushi though was very impressive and was prepared behind a sushi counter by authentic Japanese chefs.

The sun was certainly back and after lunch we did some shopping along Front Street where Grant and Dad treated themselves to a few purchases while I carried their bags! We had a quick stop at Miles Supermarket to buy some deli items from their wonderful shop.

We returned to Watford Bridge on the ferry and enjoyed a casual dinner at the apartment soaking up the amazing views on the balcony for the last evening.

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Day 9

Gone Fishing

sunny 29 °C

Despite an unfavourable weather forecast, the sun was out and the day couldn't have started more differently to the previous one. I contacted the apartment owner, Chris and he thought it would be a good day to take us all out on his boat lobster fishing.

Sharon and Neil went out for a walk along the old railway path while Grant and I stocked up on a few groceries at one of the local stores in Somerset.

At midday we made our way to the ferry dock where we were picked up by Chris, captain Brent, CJ and Chris' Dad. We had the most amazing time snorkelling, paddle boarding and soaking up the sun on deck. Chris managed to dive down and impressively catch a couple of lobsters which would be our dinner that evening.

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We got back to the dock mid afternoon and we decided to get our lunch at the Somerset Country Squire pub. We all had fish dishes and once again, the food was tasty and in particular, the calamari which had a delicious coating.

Later that evening, Chris came along to our apartment and prepared and cooked the lobster to an avid audience. Chris joined us all for dinner as we tucked into one of the most amazing lobster dishes I have ever had. Chris had cut the lobster into chunks and cooked it simply in garlic butter. We just served it with a choice of salads and coleslaw. After dinner Chris said goodbye and we sat outside on the terrace drinking and chatting.....a great fun day with our lovely friends.

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Day 8

Say Hello, wave goodbye

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While Dad and Grant took the scooter to the Naval Dockyard, the rest of us took the bus. We all had breakfast at the Dockyard Pastry Shop which was ok food and coffee but not remarkable. We then had a wander around the shops where we had to bid farewell to Randy and Kim who were heading home on a lunch time flight.

The weather was pretty grim and it seemed to be getting worse. We decided to pay a visit to the Maritime Museum which was really interesting and gave us all an insight into Bermuda's naval heritage.

The weather really did turn nasty so there was only one thing for it.....head to the pub! We made our way over to The Frog and Onion pub where we got a pub lunch with beer, wine and some of those delicious onion rings.

Our plans to go out for the evening to an upmarket restaurant were dashed due to a combination of restaurants being full and the stormy weather. The weather improved slightly and the rain stopped so we decided to venture back to the Saltrock Cafe again due to its close location. Again, I ordered some above average quality sushi and we all seemed happy just to enjoy being together.

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Day 7

Taxi Touring

sunny 28 °C

The sun returned in style so we decided to make the most of it and organise a taxi tour with Lewis Foggo. I had managed to find Lewis' details on the web and he was described as being a local Bermudian with an extensive knowledge of the island. He certainly didn't disappoint.

Lewis came over to our apartment just after 11am and picked us all up and our first stop was 'Woody's' for a rum swizzle! We then visited the Cambridge Beaches area, Fort Scaur, South Shore beaches, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse....eventually making our way to St. George's where we had a particularly tasty lunch at Wahoo on the dockside.

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After lunch our tour continued via Tabacco Bay and we slowly made our way back to Hamilton where we caught the ferry back to our apartment About 5pm.

We decided to get a casual dinner at Saltrock Grill which was within 5 minutes walking distance. It was a beautiful evening and we sat outside listening to some local live music. The food was an interesting combination of sushi and more traditional fare and it actually wasn't too bad.

We finished our evening with drinks outside on our terrace.

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