the City of Bridgetown
Favorite thing: Bridgetown, population about 110'000, is the capital city of Barbados and home to one quarter of the island's residents.
The city was settled by the British in 1628, while the nearby area/quarter called the Garrison is right nearby, on the southern part of town. When the British arrived, the entire island was uninhabited but there was evidence of a previous population there (maybe the Arawak?), as a bridge was found, right where the Careenage area now stands.
Fondest memory: itìs not a city of many breathtaking sights but it is worth an afternoon visit: see the old buildings built by the Britsh, walk along the careenage, shop in Broad street and set out to discover the Garrison.
Remember that on 25 June 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison were added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Driving through town
Favorite thing: As we drove through town, I tried to get some pictures of the buildings in Bridgetown without a lot of success. I did get the Parliment building, but my pictures of the Careenage (photo 3 and 4) weren't a success when taken from a speeding car. And I was unable to get a picture of Nelson's statue.
Fondest memory: Two of the buildings in these pictures (photo 2 and photo 5) are ones that I can't identify.
- Road Trip
If you are Jewish, you might...
Favorite thing: If you are Jewish, you might not want to miss the Synagogue there (the photo shows the backyard of it), it is a simple and small one. If you are not, and not interested, there are other small churches to visit. We are interested mainly in the architecture of those. Every parish has its own main church, sometimes from those little churches, you can have a grand view of the countryside.
Favorite thing: The streets of Bridgetown can be pretty grubby. Not to be harsh or pass judgement but this is true. Here are some street scenes.
Remnants of a Time Past
Favorite thing: We saw some photos of Bridgetown which must have been taken in the early 1900's. It looked very nice. Some of the buildings from that era still exist and are still very pretty.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: When the ship docks you proceed to a lovely, bright shopping area with all sorts of goods and refreshment.