06 Dec 2010
Grenada is a Commonwealth country that obtained its full independence in 1974 and is the principal spice growing island in the western hemisphere (producing a fifth of the world's supply of nutmeg, as well as cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, saffron and mace).
The morning was spent walked around the very colourful town of St George. This included:
a.. Market Square with its typical West Indian open-air market – bags of saffron for $2;
b.. The many churches, including the clock tower of the damaged Anglican Church (hurricanes hit the island in 2004 and 2005 destroyed most buildings);
c.. Fort George; and
d.. The Carenage – the inner harbour below Fort George.
The font was first built during the 1660s by the French, before the British ousted them in 1762. The British are then driven out in 1779. The Treaty of Versailles (1783) award the island back to Britain.
Fort George was where in 1983 the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet were killed resulting in the subsequent invasion by the US (without the British being advised).
The afternoon was a private tour piloting a small inflatable boat – 4 boats consisting of 6 tourists and one guide. We started at Port Louis and headed to Black Bay Point where we snorkelled the coral reefs with their colourful tropical fish. The reefs were covered in black spiky Sea Urchins which are extremely painful when touched. I did get a chance to hold a white Sea Urchin (not dangerous) as it sucked onto my hand.
We then travelled south past the MV Discovery to Morne Rouge Bay for a swim and short break on the beautiful golden beach, before we returned to the ship at 5:15pm (last passengers were due back no later than 5:30pm – so a little too close for my liking).
I really enjoyed Grenada.