James and I had an awesome Schnooke adventure this morning without the kids. While they slept we went to downtown Nassau. It was so early that most of the shops were closed, which was fine by us since we knew we’d be back with the kids later. We started walking while taxi drivers vied for us, we kept saying no thanks we’re walking…one of them said walking was overrated, maybe but where we were going wasn’t very far so it would have been silly to take a taxi. The people selling stuff and driving taxis were far more in your face here than in Grand Bahama, but usually a polite ‘No thank you’ made them turn away. We headed up the street to the Government house area. Nassau is the capital of the commonwealth of the Bahamas, the largest city and 70% of the people who live in the Bahamas live in Nassau. That accounts for all the cars, which drive erratically on streets that are mostly not named (which made it hard to find the street we were looking for later.) Nassau was originally named Charles town, but after the Spanish burned the city it was rebuilt and the name changed to honor William III the King of England, Ireland and Scotland who was from the house of Orange-Nassau.
This is the Parliament house with a statue of the Queen outside.
Inside one of the houses was a piece from England, the Cayman’s have one too, I can’t remember where it came from.
The other is a plaque commemorating the grant of the island.
From here we headed toward the Queen’s staircase and Fort Fincastle. The first thing you notice as you head toward the stairs is the rock walls on either side.
Tropical plants and trees lean over the edges and climb up the walls.
Back in 1793 hundreds of slaves bored through the rock and carved out 66 steps from the bottom of the rock to the top.
The path at the top led to Ft. Fincastle, the stairs were an escape route from the fort. The stairs were later named after the Queen to celebrate her help in bringing about the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas.
At the fort we were guided around, the cool cannons are replicas, the originals were shipped back to England.
You can see the metal wheel guides that allowed them to push the cannon back and forth.
The Fort never saw action, it was built in 1793 and was also used as a lighthouse.
The water tower was closed, but when it’s open you can go to the top and look out.
We had a great view from the top of the fort though.
We headed back to the ship and took Hannah and Grace to Cabbage beach to swim.
We didn’t swim as much as we just stood knee deep in the water and let the waves crash over us.
The waves had finally caught up to us.
They were as bad as they were in CA, so we didn’t let the girls go in over their thighs. They were having fun jumping into the waves and getting knocked over.
Meanwhile back on the ship Bethany was writing and drawing, shopping, checking out the teen area for games and lounging. Joel was asleep, then he wandered around the ship, but I don’t think he bumped into Bethany until later. We let the girls swim until they got hungry, then we took a taxi back to the ship.
We jumped into the pool to clean off the sand, Grace won the award for most sand in her hair. Hannah’s friend was in the pool so they stayed to swim while James and I sat on the deck. We were going back to the room, but then we saw the cooking going on by the pool. Every afternoon they BBQ something on deck, today they had two giant woks of food going, the paella looked amazing, so we grabbed some when it was done.
We had dinner reservations at Le Bistro, we wanted to be hungry for that so we made sure no one ate too much on deck. The girls had been asking to eat at the French restaurant, but when we sat down and they saw the menu I could tell they had second thoughts. Hannah thought there would be chicken nuggets or hamburgers on the menu, but no. So, they tried some food that they wouldn’t have eaten except for the fact they were hungry. Joel had escargot, Hannah had French onion soup and everyone tried the cornets (a small cone stuffed with duck confit, chicken salad, and pear and blue cheese.) I ordered the chicken marsala for myself and for Hannah, Hannah ate a little of it, but I thought it was very good. Everyone’s food looked really good, except for those snails. Dessert was very good too, creme brulee and other treats. We left the restaurant and had a few minutes before dropping off Hannah at the ‘Spy’ night at the kid spot. I had wanted to play shuffleboard on this trip, but even though I had time here and there, I ended up using that time to watch TV or nap. The show tonight was a crew talent show, we were told to bring our cameras. The show was so good, there were singers, dancers, musicians and the end of the show was funny.
The performers came out dressed in sheets and carrying pitchers, they spit water like fountains, but sometimes the water didn’t go exactly where they wanted it.
I’m glad they asked some of the crew to come and do a bit in the talent show, it was great. The girls thought it was a lot of fun. We picked up Hannah who said she had fun being a spy and then James and I went to bed while the girls stayed up for a bit.
I’m so glad we had the walking trip without the kids, I wish the water had been calmer so we could have gone swimming instead of just standing in the water, but still it was a good day.