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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 8:21pm
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BONAIRE. Pink Beach A great place to snorkel, picnic or scuba dive. Reachable by car, taxi or bike. The flamingo pink bus stops here every day, based on a schedule posted in hotels and dive stores and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will provide a variety of services.
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BONAIRE. Lac Bay Tranquil waters, a swimming paradise for every one. Every weekend there is bands playing from two in the afternoon, drawing locals and tourists alike.
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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 8:59pm

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Grenada's Sister Islands:

No trip to Grenada is complete without a trip to Carriacou (left) or Petit Martinique. Both islands lie immediately to the North of Grenada and are utterly peaceful. A day trip is a good idea and the Osprey Express provides a state-of-the art ferry service from Grenada plus organised day trips. Carriacou & Petit Martinique are noted for their natural beauty, wonderful views and friendly people - the archetypal small Caribbean island atmosphere.
It is a step back in time ... the culture is exceptional and our African influence very prevalent.



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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2008 at 9:09pm

Grenada The Isle of Spice ... Dougladston Estate will certainly give you a glimpse into spice kingdom ...

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The Dougladston Estate is just outside Gouyave, about two thirds of the way 'up' the Island as you go up the west coast from St. George's. Just before you enter the fishing town of Gouyave, there is a bridge. And immediately before the bridge, a right turn. (Sorry to make you do all that reversing.)
If you take this right turn, you will immediately wish you hadn't. The road has seen better decades, and would make an excellent testing ground for industrial strength suspension systems. If you have hired one of our jeeps, please be careful.

grenada%20spice%20estateThe road is short, however, and there is every incentive, comfort apart, for going slowly. An impressive area of callaloo (the stuff that looks like rhubarb but tastes like extremely nice spinach) on the right. (If you are self catering, do boil your callaloo: it cannot be eaten raw.) Some odd trees on the left have lost their bark. No: actually, they were designed that way: they are pimento trees, aka 'allspice', because the berries taste of a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. And there are bananas galore, leading up to, and then down from, a little bridge.

A boucan is a building with huge drying trays on rails, so that the trays can be pushed under the building if it rains, and both pushed under and locked up at night, for security. What is on the drying trays depends on the time of year: it may be mace, cocoa, cinnamon, pimento, cloves... (But not nutmeg, which is not dried in the direct sun.)

spice%20estate%20inside Inside the building, you will be led to a table where you will be invited to 'scratch 'n sniff' the leaves of a succession of twigs (warning: you need more than two hands to do justice to all the different leaves) and guess what the different spices are. You will then be told in some detail how the various spices are harvested and processed, and what they are used for.There will almost certainly be some that you do not know. Tonka beans, maybe, and sapote. And there are some impostors: cocoa, hardly a spice, is there, and indeed there is an adjacent building, seldom visited, where cocoa beans used to be processed using steam technology. Many of the spices will be in Calabash shells, excellent and practical bowls. And then there are loofah 'sponges', which are not sponges at all, but the fibrous interoor of a cucumber. And that mysterious little bottle that is passed around for all to sniff. It is not too difficult to guess what is in it, but what is it used for? No, it's not my job to tell you here. Look up, and see the bamboo canes with double blades at the end, used for cutting down cocoa pods.
spices Dougaldston has seen better days. You will certainly be sharing the room with some bats. Dougaldston is a major slice of this Island's history. If you have time, gravitate to the back, and you will discover the offices and the ledgers where records of spices bought and sold in the early 20th century were kept. Ask to see the steam powered cocoa processing building, with its asbestos clad boiler, its steam powered drill for maintenance of the steam technology, and the first, small-scale, attempt at a nutmeg oil distillation plant.
If you want to buy spices, this is an opportunity to do so. You will normally find plastic bags containing cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and bay leaves for (at the time of writing) $US2. All fresh, and not ground: that way, they keep longer. And this is one of the places where you can buy cocoa balls: grate them over hot water, add milk and sugar, and you have 'cocoa tea'. Or use them to give a chocolate flavour to ice cream and in baking.

spices Dougaldston will introduce most of Grenada's spices to you, and will leave you pondering the past and present realities of life of those whose living depends / depended on this branch of agriculture which is so peculiarly Grenadian.





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wow....Grenada and Aruba .....great job Hug
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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 26 May 2008 at 12:57am
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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 27 May 2008 at 7:43am
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Please do and take some time to enjoy and learn about our beautiful islands ...

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There are a lot so I'll have to take to much time ....... I have few in the PR forum

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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 27 May 2008 at 5:22pm
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There are a lot so I'll have to take to much time ....... I have few in the PR forum


Am disappointed Abdiel ... but I remember what summer is like for youths ... Wink



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