|Click to see a walking tour of St. Georges|
We got off the bus in downtown St. Georges and headed for the fort. There's no way to miss it really, it's the big pile of rocks on top of the hill!
|Some of us had to "tack" to make it up the steep incline!|
|Rest stops came with a VIEW!|
|The entrance to the fort leads through the VERY thick outer wall!|
Fort George was built from 1706 - 1710, on an early battery erected by the French in the 1600s, and originally named Fort Royal, it was renamed Fort George in 1763, in honour of King George III when the British took possession of the island, Consequently, 2006 - 2010 would be its 300th anniversary.
I'm amazed that these structures can withstand the passage of time and the ravages of storms - even hurricanes - that have rolled over this hill since the Fort was originally built. Much of the damage to these structures occurred in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan. The island of Grenada doesn't see many fierce storms due to it's low latitude, but sometimes they do come... and when they do, the damage can be terrible and long-lasting.
Another thing that amazes me is that the site is so accessible. The government of Grenada has been unable to raise interest or funds to do much more than barely maintain these historic structures. Living amongst buildings that are over 300 years old seems to be "normal" for the citizens here. Take for example, the fact that there is a functioning police headquarters housed where historic battles were once fought. It's just "business as usual" here! We peeked into the police weight room and even saw where they kept the shine on their big black boots!
We wandered along the battlements and climbed the short stairway to the old lighthouse.
You know how I love lighthouses! This one is a sad little thing - no longer in use and fairly crumbling.
|The view from inside the lighthouse|
|View from the lighthouse doorway looking south|
|I believe we could hit some of those sailboats!|
|If you aren't interested in the history, maybe this VIEW will tempt you to make the climb!|
|Ruins of the church after hurricane Ivan|
|Just imagine soldiers and horse-drawn carriages. Did they have horses here????|
|Exiting through another breach in the THICK wall!|
We descended back to sea level by way of the steep and congested streets of the old city. The continued use of these old buildings is fascinating to me. In the US they would have been torn down and replaced by steel and glass long ago.
We napped and rested in the warm afternoon, and then hopped aboard Chico's bus for the ride to a nearby hangout called "The Container Park". Bruce and I have saved this visit so that we could experience it with the kids.
The Container Park is a property lined with shipping containers turned into bars and restaurants. They've built decks and seating amongst the containers and strings of lights top off the festive mood! It's near the college and lots of college kids hang out here. There was a game of trivia going on when we were there but it looked like it was already under way so we didn't try to get in.
|My Schwarma place!|
|Seriously! Am I the ONLY one who wants an ice cream cone???|
We filled our bellies then joined Chico at the drop-off point for our bus ride back through the darkened streets of Grenada! Stay tuned for another exciting day of Other People's Vacation Pics coming to the blog soon!