Our vacation in April started off very well with a good flight and a faster track through customs/immigration than we've experienced in the last few years. Not so many people in the line, although our flight was full. Didn't see the tourist information until we had collected our luggage and gone past it, it's moved. The dogs had been brought in and it didn't seem to be a good time to leave the line. Got a taxi right away and had the usual lovely tour of the island to get to Sandys.
Yellowfin was very comfortable and we really enjoyed the covered balcony with its lovely views of the water on both sides of the bridge. Some of the view is obstructed by the palm trees but they do provide some shelter and privacy. Watched the locals parking and in some cases running for the ferry every morning while I drank my coffee in the sunshine. The sunrise, if you are up early enough, is spectacular from the balcony and the dining area windows.
Saw several container ships heading for Hamilton while we were there.
Walked to the Salt Rock Grill the first evening and took advantage of the Early Bird menu. Three courses for, I think, $24.
However by the next morning I had developed the worst cold and cough that I can remember. I was sick for three days so didn't do very much. Our hosts, who own the Freeport restaurant in the Dockyard, very kindly brought me a gift of several containers of soup, fish chowder and chicken noodle, when they heard that I wasn't well. I credit the soups for my quite fast recovery, the spicy chowder is good for clearing the sinuses!!!
We went to the little Gospel Chapel on the first Sunday as usual, although we attend an Anglican church in Canada, and were given the usual warm welcome. Our friend, a Bermudian, whom we first met when she was a university student in Wales fifty odd years ago, was leaving on a cruise so was not in church that morning. However some other people in the congregation invited us back to their home for lunch which we enjoyed very much. Both the lunch and the company.
We enjoyed a trip to the Aquarium and Zoo in Flatt's one day. We hadn't stopped there before. Bought some lovely books etc. in the shop there for my small grandson in Japan. Lovely for children there, recommend it. After a couple of hours caught a bus to St George's, had lunch in the White Horse, did some shopping and then took the ferry back to the Dockyard and the bus back to Watford Ferry.
Met a couple from Kentucky in the White Horse whom we got to know three years ago on the ferry from Darrell's Wharf over to Hamilton. The world's a small place isn't it when you think that they hadn't been back to Bermuda for three years and just by chance they were in the same place as us at the same time.
We enjoyed meals at the Frog and Onion and the Freeport at the Dockyard. Had several lunches at the Country Squire. Lunch at Mrs T's Tearoom at Willowbank. Lovely lunch at Coconut's at the Reefs. They offered us a ride back up the hill which was gratefully accepted!! There's a traffic delay out front because of the construction so we were taken on a somewhat hair raising ride in a golf cart through some property opposite, which took us around the problem spot and deposited us close to the bus stop.
Took the minibus to the Lighthouse to avoid climbing up the road, spent some money in the giftshop and then walked back down and headed for Coconut's which is a short walk away.
We read a lot, walked some, bought coffee in the coffee shop at the ferry dock in the mornings and a newspaper. Talked to the fishermen on the bridge. Bought a lovely jacket and a handbag at Orchid's in the Dockyard. Only spent a couple of hours in Hamilton. Generally mooched around and enjoyed the sunshine and the friendly people that we met.