Favorite thing: You must absolutely visit Fort George on Tobago. It has spectaculair views and a beautiful ford. This is one of the views. You can sit there and relax a bit. We also found out that just outside Scarborough they have a Dutch Fort too!! When we found it was just an empty road...,oh well Fort George is just as good. It's a French fotress so that's also close to home!!
You must know how to be open minded and know how to have fun. Know that there is so much you will learn and sooo much to see that it may be overwelming at times. Try anything and everything at least once and you will know that your trip wasn't in vain.
Fondest memory: Going to the beaches..meeting the very kind, gentle and loving people that live there and of course EATING A BAKE AND SHARK and DRINKING A SHANDY
CROWN POINT area International Airport of Tobago is almost walking distance.
And Pigeon Point is close as well!
Visiting the Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) has been one of the most spectacular experiences of my life.
CARNIVAL IN 2003 IS FROM MARCH 2 TO MARCH 4.
You can find more information on Carnival 2001 and later on 2003 on www.visittnt.com
Fondest memory: Participating in pre-carnival activities before the carnival is a must.
The carnival is something speciel and can be a very powerfull experience. To give you a feeling of what it all is about it is a good idea to go to T&T before the actual Carnival which is from sunday to ash wednesday every year. Here you can get used to the climate, the MUSIC and find out what it all is about. Whats behind the words Bands, Mas, Calypso and Soca Monarchs, Kings and Queens, Fetes, Jouvert.....
Pre-carnival activities starts from Cristmas and goes on to the three Carnival days where everything explodes in music, parades and parties.
Tobago's Nylon pool. We saw Manta rays while snorkling. The water is so clear because it's base is made up of white coral pieces. Beautiful. Apparantly called the nylon pool because on a visit to the area, Princess anne(I think), when seeing the colour of the water exclaimed 'Why, it's as clear as my nylon stockings!'. I don't know if this is true, but I found the story entertaining.
Fondest memory: Glass bottom boat tours pass over the coral reefs for a close up view, then you get to walk out in the shallows and look for fish with a snorkle. My travel buddy and I were having a bit of a time battling the waves and dealing with the salt water which we were not used to. One of the crew on the ship saw our struggle, came over to us in the water, grabbed one of each of our hands in his leathery grip said 'float' and dragged us along behind him. He flipped over several rocks for us to see the huge fish swimming out from under them, and he got a kick out of seeing us sputter as we opened our mouths in amazement under water. What a wonderful fellow.
Favorite thing: Local market in Chaguanas, a small town with a majority of east indian trinnies. Interesting to note the huge amount of friction and racism between the african trinni population and the east indian trinni population. Whole towns seen to be segregated as african or indian. While we were staying with a very nice woman that we had met who was of african descent, she warned us of the Indian Population, how they would try to take our money etc... We heard this often, then while in Tobago, spent some time with a wonderful Indian couple who took us under their wing, and repeatedly warned us to beware the african population for the same reason. Interesting dynamics.
The mix of white, black, Indian and Chinese has resulted in some stuningly beautiful/hansome people - beaches a pleasure for the eyes!
Fondest memory: Rum punch on the verandah in the evening rain and the sound from the choir practicing in the valley church - ah delighful!
Take a tour guide to the out of the way places, wildlife tours and hikes. We had the supreme luck to hook up with Ivan Charles who is also a mountain bike rider. You can contact him at:
Fondest memory: Traveling down the road toward the south with Ivan and his classic car with the windows open, just taking in the sights and sounds of Trinidad.
Favorite thing: TOBAGO: YOU MUST GO SNORKELING OR DIVING OFF SPEYSIDE. THE WATER IS OUTSTANDING AND THE SEA LIFE IS UNREAL.THE BEST PLACE TO SNORKEL IS BETWEEN GOAT ISLAND AND LITTLE TOBAGO. YOU WILL ALSO SEE ONE OF THE LARGEST BRAIN CORALS IN THE WORLD THERE
I know it's said all the time, but you can never say enough about this...meet the people. Trinidad & Tobago is known as the 'rainbow' country because of its diversity. You will find black Trinidadians, East Indian Trinidadians, white Trinidadians, Asian Trinidadians, Syrian Trinidadians, etc...thanks to this mixture of cultures, you will find beautiful people, rich cuisine and love of life on these two islands.
Fondest memory: The people, the children, the love of a good song, the smiles, the not sticking out like a sore thumb all the time...
Favorite thing: - You really MUST snorchel at the bucco reef. Here is a picture I made there. After snorcheling there I decided to make a scuba diving course the next summer in the east sea here in Germany and after that I went again to Tobago to visit my friend Peter there and to dive.
Favorite thing: Trinidad: Asa Wright Nature Center - the birding, the hummingbirds, the tanagers; The Center is also a hotel with the most delicious meals and wonderful staff. I arrived at 10:00 p.m. to my room (little cottage) to find a little pot of tea and homemade cheese and bread on the nightstand. They have an observation deck must be 30 feet with all these bird feeders and hummingbird feeders set up. You can have you coffee out there and I actually stood behind a hummer as it was feeding and ran my finger down its back while it was hovering over the feeder. I am not by any means a die hard bird watcher, but once you see these birds, it could make a birdwatcher out of anyone I truly believe. They had cobalt blue honeycreepers with neon yellow feet; aqua blue tanagers - the variety of birds and the proximity were just awesome. It was difficult to want to leave this area to tour any other parts of the island.
Visit or stay at the Asa Wight Nature Center. Famed for the high number of bird species found on the property, even if you are not a nature nut, a visit to Asa Wright will surely make an impression. Picture is of the verandah at Asa Wright.
Fondest memory: Warm weather, friendly people and the birds.
If you are ther at carnival go to a calypso tent they are such fun... if you know nothing about Trinidadian politics you will after listening to the singers singing of all the bad deeds of the politicians..
Lord Kitchener was the greatest exponant of the calypso( he sadly died this year) he also wrote a lot of the tunes the steel bands play..
On his statue is written:-
They say to me they want a musical chance in pan,
well i didn't tell them yes but i didn't tell them no.
Ah say'Well gentlemen
Ah go do the best I can as long as yum challenge me well ah going to have a go'
Phot0 :-Statue of Lord Kitchener in usual pose as he sang .. situated in St James, Port of Spain.
Visit fort George, it's situated on top of a mountain where you have a breath taking view of our city.
Fondest memory: The warm friendly people is what I miss the most when I'm away from the Island.
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