Today we headed over to the town of St. George’s in Bermuda which was founded in 1612 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We explored around the main square, and all the shops nearby are different colors and all the streets are cobblestone. We decided to eat at the White Horse restaurant, but another great food place for a decent price is called Wahoo’s, famous for serving seafood and sandwiches. It is a couple stores down off of the main square, and you can also manage to get a table overlooking the water as well, and we actually saw Michael Douglas eating there (he has a house on the island). At the White Horse, we were seated at a table overlooking the water, and we even got to feed the fish from our table! After we ate, we were able to join a free walking/edible garden tour of St. George’s by the mayor himself (try to get there by 10am). We were able to try the different fruits and vegetables in the edible garden, as well as an edible flower that is famous in Bermuda. The leafs of the flower itself taste like pepper, and if you squeeze the stem of the flower it tastes just like honey.
In the picture below, you will see Butterfield Bank, which is the oldest bank in Bermuda. It was built in 1776 and used by troops in the American Revolution, then it was converted into a hotel and later bought out by the bank in 1950. The bank then restored the building to what it looked like in 1776. Also in front of the bank, there is a replica of the stocks, pillory and whipping posts used during the British colonial days of the 18th century for punishing those who committed petty crimes such as drunkenness. The holes on the boards are where the head and the limbs were inserted and kept locked for days. Passers by pelted the people locked up with anything they could find from rotten vegetables & fruits to dead rats. Today it’s a favorite place for tourists for taking photographs with their heads and hands inserted through the holes.
After the tour, we then saw a reenactment called Dunking of the Wench and they would use a device called a ducking stool that women would sit in and they would be dunked in the water. The punishment was only used for nagging and gossiping women. The reenactment happens at 12:30pm every Monday to Thursday and Saturday from May to October and Wednesday and Saturday at noon in the other months. Fun fact, the woman portraying the wench is actually married to the man portraying the town crier (the one in the blue vest/black pants). The town crier is also an excellent bagpipe player, make sure to stick around before or after the show to hear him play!
After we watched the Dunking of the Wench, we went on another tour to explore the different forts located in Bermuda. You can book this tour right in the main square in the tourist office, and they provide transportation (also check out the haunted history walking tour, every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm). First, we stopped off at a small fort with 2 old fashion canons aiming out to sea. There are very nice sea views from here, but you may not have even known about this spot unless you are a local or are on the tour that we took.
Next, we stopped at Alexandra Battery, just a short drive from the small fort. In the front, there is a big hill covering the fort so back in the day, if you are on your ship looking out at this location, you would only be able to see a big green hill. In the hill are small little cutouts where canons would be able to shoot out from. Also, located directly to the left of the small parking lot for Alexandra Battery, is Alexandra Battery Beach, famous for sea glass. You may still be able to find a couple if you dig around a lot since a lot of the sea glass has been combed up by tourists but it’s actually illegal to take the sea glass from there.
Next, we went off to Fort St. Catherine’s, which is the largest fort on the island and built in 1614. There are continuous daily tours that you can go on, but you are not provided with a guide, unlike the special tour we went on, but it is very easy to navigate around the fort. In the beginning of the tour you enter into a room filled with replicas of the king and queen’s jewels from Bermuda (since Bermuda is part of England’s territory). After that, you descend down to where men would work in the artillery and help make guns, store canon balls, and a lever system that helped them bring the heavy canon balls up to the surface where the canons would be. A tip: make sure at the end of the trip, at the top level of the fort, head to where you see 3 flags, a U.S. flag, British flag, and a Bermuda flag, because from there is where you can get the best picture of an beautiful beach that is not overcrowded with tourists.
Then after the tour we headed back to our hotel and took some more pictures before resting up for the next day. Hint: tomorrow we are going to one of Trip Advisor’s acclaimed award for top 25 beaches in the Caribbean!
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