Silent Sunday Story Version: Bermuda

On Sundays I usually post only photographs. This month, however, I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge through the Two Writing Teachers blog. It is a blog writing challenge. It is debatable, even in my own mind, as to whether just photos would be acceptable in a writing challenge. Last week, I posted text on Sunday, but it didn’t feel right. It actually felt all wrong. I realized that by not writing on Sunday – for the last FOUR years – and posting my photos instead, I was supporting my hobby of nature and travel photography and re-centering myself for the week ahead.

So, today, I will post photos but to fulfill the blogging challenge requirements, I will also tell you a bit about the photos I post. In April, if you choose to stick with my blog, I will revert to Silent Sunday posts without any explanation or text.

Since it seems I, as well as many others, have been dreaming about travel, I decided to post on one of my favorite places in the whole world – the island of Bermuda! I’ve had the great fortune to visit this island three times in my life, in 1987, 2007, and 2017. My love for this small island was enhanced during our first visit which happened to be our honeymoon. The trip in 2017 was a 30th wedding anniversary trip! Our three boys, then fairly young, went with us in 2007.

Bermuda is an island apart from other islands you might think of or have visited in the Caribbean. It is actually located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, all alone in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is small, only 21 miles long and 1.7 miles wide, comprising 20.54 square miles total. The country of Bermuda actually consists of many small islands, 181 to be exact, considered to be part of the archipelago. There are 75 miles of beautiful coastline. It is a self governing territory of the United Kingdom.

Bermuda is a special place geographically, historically, and also sentimentally for me. There truly are pink sand beaches, pastel colored houses, and turquoise waters. The public transportation consists of pink buses and taxi cabs. Over the past thirty years we’ve noticed a great increase in traffic on this tiny island. There are blind curves and speedy locals. It is not a place to drive as a tourist, and in fact, as one you are not allowed to rent a car. Mopeds are popular and able to be rented by visitors but aside from our first honeymoon visit, we have never rented one again. There is just no need as the public transportation will get you where you need to go – the pace of life is slower – so you just have to go with it. There is a wonderful ferry system that will take you to the capital city of Hamilton or to the far end of St. Georges parish. I highly recommend at least one ferry ride when you visit.

There is also the famed 117 foot high, cast iron (not steel), Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, which we’ve gone into and up to the top landing on two of our three visits. The glass bezel is amazing and you can picture the importance this structure provides to sailing vessels both in the past and present. At night the light, can be seen 40 miles out to sea. Historically, many ships were sunk around these islands that are ringed in a sea of coral.

Are you ready for some photographs of this unique and beautiful country? I hope so!

Horseshoe Bay Beach. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

View from the ferry ride from Southhampton Parish to Hamilton. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Horseshoe Bay Beach. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2007
Downtown Hamilton on street fair night. Note the birdcage in to the left in the photo – where policemen stand to direct traffic! © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

St. Peter’s Parish. The oldest anglican church in use outside of the British isles. Build in 1612. Part of an UNESCO World Heritage site in St. George. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

One View from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

View from the Royal Dockyard (where ships used to be made for the Royal Navy). © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Tobacco Bay Beach. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

A place to rest in St. George’s Town Square. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

The town of St. Georges in Bermuda, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Fairmont Southhampton Hotel, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.

Today is day 14/31 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to TwoWritingTeachers.org for creating and hosting this challenge.

14 Thoughts

  1. THIS is just what my soul needed this morning. Thank you! For taking me away to a place I have never been. The writing builds up the anticipation to the photos, and the photos punctuate the pleasures experienced. I love the mention of the lighthouse. I can never get enough of the stories surrounding the sea and shipwrecks. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for the tour, and sign me up for the next trip! We were once upon a time gambling that we could travel to the Dominican Republic this week for a needed tropical getaway. While closer than before, we delayed the trip to June. Thanks for the virtual reminder of what will be!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, there are like 7 main islands and the rest consist of tiny, mostly uninhabited dots surrounding the larger pieces of land. When you take a ferry ride, you can really appreciate that aspect of the place.

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