Day Four was Polly’s birthday. I told her I gave her a trip to the Bahamas as a present. Unfortunately, she didn’t buy it. 🙁 That meant I actually had to come up with some kind of present. More on that later.
Polly managed to convince me that we should get up fairly early and check out the town, even though our excursion for the day wasn’t until after lunch. Totally unacceptable. Didn’t she know we were on vacation? The excursion we had planned for the day was a Harley ride around the island. I’ve already written about that part of our day in an earlier post, so I won’t go into that part any more.
We started our walk around the city by hunting for a site called the Queen’s Staircase. This was supposed to be just a few blocks from the dock. Well, about 45 minutes later (those tourist maps are VERY misleading) we were still looking. I finally saw a small sign hidden behind a tree branch that pointed us in the general direction, and as we approached the correct area a cabby yelled out his window that we should turn left if we wanted to get to the staircase. We may have found it without the cabby, but there are no guarantees. And this was supposed to be one of the main attractions in the area. 🙂 The staircase was carved directly out of the limestone underneath what used to be Fort Fincastle. It was designed to be a protected and hidden entry and exit from the fort. The fort was built on the highest point of the island to provide for a lookout to protect the island from pirates and marauders. What’s left of the fort is now a simple lighthouse.
After this, we just wandered around looking at buildings and such, including the Parliament buildings. Many of these buildings were undergoing renovation. In any event, we enjoyed the sherbet coloring and style of many of the buildings in downtown Nassau.
Nassau is also the site of Atlantis Paradise Island, a themed resort and water park. Spending the day there was one of our excursion options, but it was quite expensive, so we chose the Harley ride instead.
Well, I still had the problem of what to get Polly for her birthday. We just happened to be passing by Diamonds International, one of many jewelry stores in the area, and she wanted to just “take a look”. Needless to say, she walked out with a nice pair of Tanzanite earrings for her birthday. 😉
After the Harley excursion, we headed back to our ship. Because of the the way we were docked, we were actually able to get some good sunset photos right from our cabin’s balcony. I also got a little creative with my camera’s special effects again. Note that the first three pictures below are without any effects added. The ship in the next to last picture was another cruise line that had been following us the whole trip.
Once we got back on the ship, we had supper and took in another couple shows. This evening they had a musical revue of several Broadway songs. Again, the performers were great. Following that show, the comedian Tim Kaminski had another show, specifically designed for adults. It wasn’t quite as good as the first show he had, but it was entertaining nonetheless. By the time it was over, it was time for a snack, then bedtime to make sure we were all rested up for our last cruise day.
Have Fun and Ride Safe,