Bermuda Off The Beaten Path

  • Lighthouse shining it
    Lighthouse shining it
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  • Another view of the lily pond
    Another view of the lily pond
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  • Same 2011
    Same 2011
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Bermuda Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterville

    Duke took us to Waterville, which was the private residence of the Trimminghams is now the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. This was originally a place where sailors could come in to shop. Trimminghams, which is no longer in business because the children aren't interested in running it.What he wanted to show us was a water lily pond...

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  • Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

    Because I you really can't get to this lighthouse from the bus without walking about 10 minutes from the bus stop, I had put off visiting until we came in 2011 and had a private tour. We went there first because our guide Duke said that if we waited, the parking lot would be too full to even get the taxi into. Here we got out and walked around and...

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  • Party with the locals at Hawkins Island!

    This was a GREAT time! It is a little pricey but worth it! We had a great dinner, enjoyed the scenic beach area of this small get away and danced and drank with the Hawkins Island crowd. It was a lot of FUN!Pictures will come shortly - I just got here - Sorry! I have to scan my pix in! Thx for being patient!

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  • Sea Venture over City Hall & Arts Center

    In 1995, when we walked up to the bus station (which we had to do as there were no buses out to the Princess), we always went by City Hall on Church Street. You could see the bronze Sea Venture replica wind vane from near the bus station. (see photo 5)The Sea Venture, which was wrecked off the uninhabited Bermudas in 1609 was commemorated in...

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  • Premier House

    In the Botanical Gardens, visit historic 'Camden', the official residence of the Premier. No Premiers have actually lived there, but receptions and dinner parties are regularly held at the residence. There is a beautiful cedar-panelled dining room, which is said to have taken up to thirty years to complete. Camden sustained some damage during a...

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  • Moongates

    Moongates can be found all over Bermuda. The Legend says that people who walk through a Moongate, especially young lovers and honeymooners, are blessed with good luck. My wife and I found a Moongate during our first visit to Bermuda and decided to follow tradition and walk through.

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  • Heritage Passport

    There is a Heritage Bermuda Passport like there was for Barbados. It is really not given enough publicity - very few people know about it."The Heritage Passport"Now you can enjoy Bermuda's top eight cultural attractions for one low price. $25 for adults and $15.00 for children 6-16 years of age."[Note: some places say the ticket is $35, but we only...

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  • Carriage House Museum

    The carriage museum in St. George is interesting and it was free. We visited in 1995, and intended to go again in 2004 but did not have time. This museum is part of a multimillion-dollar waterfront restoration that includes several shops and the Carriage House Restaurant at Somer's Wharf. It is now the site of a restaurant and I'm not sure whether...

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  • Verdmont

    Although the Bermuda National Trust says that Verdmont is "easily reached by the #1 bus from either Hamilton or St. George's" that's not really true. It is really very difficult to get to on the bus. You have to get off the bus and walk up the hill. The buses run every half hour. When we were finished with our visit, we walked back to the bus stop....

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  • Bermuda Historical Society Museum in...

    On Wednesday afternoon (in 1995) after we got back from the Dockyard and the weather cleared up, we walked around downtown Hamilton and shopped. I had heard that the Historical Society Museum was in the Library and was free, so we visited. They were having a quilt exhibit there. The website has additional photos of the outside of the building. It...

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  • If your beaten path leaves you beaten...

    If you have need for medical services in Bermuda, the main general hospital is the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital over in Paget Parish. (7 Point Finger Road, just south of Berry Hill Road) If you're bunged up in a cycle accident, this is where the ambulance will dispatch you.The hospital has a standard emergency room and trauma center, and can...

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  • Rum lovers? I bet you didn't know...

    The official rum of Bermuda is widely considered to be Gosling's Black Seal. However, if you wanted to list the world's best-known rums, Bacardi would probably top the list. Originally hailing from the island of Cuba, the Bacardi rum product is a favorite of rum lovers everywhere.You might find it interesting to know that Bacardi Rum company is...

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  • Friends to the Confederacy

    A lot of people don't realize that Bermuda played a fairly significant role in the American Civil War. During the war, Great Britain (and their Bermuda colony) sided with the American South, aka the Confederate States of America. This may come as a surprise, considering that so many people believe that the sole purpose of the American Civil War was...

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  • The Bermuda Regiment

    Bermuda maintains a small defense force. I doubt it forms a full regiment, more liek a battalion or a few comapanies. Nevertheless, you will periodically see them about the island. There is one base along South Road where they were seen marching on the parade ground and generally going about the business of any military anywhere. They also have...

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  • Rent Bikes and Ride the old Train Trail

    You can rent bikes for a relitively low fee at a variety of bike rental places and ride them on the old Rail Trail which runs almost the whole lenth of the island. There are some places where it is paved. Believe it or not, you may see a car on some parts because for some peole, driving on a short stretch of this trail is the only way to get to...

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  • Somerset Bridge in Sandy's Parish

    in 1963, we got off the bus here to see this bridge. Bus routes # 7 and # 8 and the ferry stop here. In 1995, we just looked over at the bridge from the ferry on the way back from the Dockyard. But in 2004, we went to see this little bridge again. We came in by ferry and left by bus this time. I would really like to see the bridge in operation, but...

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  • Off the Beaten trail literally --...

    The Bermudians love this part of their history and many talk about the Old Rattle and Shake but the Bermuda Railway only lasted 17 short years from 1931 until 1948. What records it set as the slowest and most expensive railway ever built but in some way the Bermudians are even proud of that and they should be. In 1984 the Railway Trail was named a...

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  • Astwood Cove Warwick

    I did not stay here but visited the cove and a friends advice was it was a good area to stay. Astwood Cove apartments is report as a very reasonably priced. It looked and the has most secluded beach. Astwood Cove apartments is report ed as a very reasonably priced $155. It has most secluded beach because the beach is a little hard to get down to....

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  • Bermuda Railway Trail

    Bermuda had no motorized transport before 1931, when the most costly railway per mile anywhere was built. Until 1946 it was the only form of public motorized transport in Bermuda. Otherwise it was by horse and carriage or boat. Cars were not allowed until 1939 for the American and British military and 1948 for local residents. When the national bus...

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  • Par-la-Ville Park

    Behind the post office on Queen Street in downtown Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park was once the private garden of the island's first postmaster (1819). Mr. Perot enjoyed finding exotic plants from throughout the world and placing them in Par-la-Ville. In 1847, in planted an Indian rubber tree seed that has grown to a huge size. Mark Twain once said...

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  • Tom Moore's Jungle

    Most tourists tend to flock to the beaches. However, I suggest that you might want to visit Tom Moore's Jungle. It is a nice little hike and you might just be able to locate a very private lagoon. It is simply beautiful and a wonderful place to just relax and appreciate the peaceful surroundings.

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  • Press before you walk

    If you are at a crosswalk without a traffic light, all you have to do is stand in the crosswalk and all traffic stops. If you are at a traffic light, just press the button and take a picture. :)

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  • Look what I found

    I decided to live dangerously and actually rode a moped. While cruising around, I discovered this wonderful garden and stopped to take pictures.

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  • Mother -Daughter Bonding trip

    My 9 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time bonding. I discovered a wonderful travel buddy and she discovered that I am actually -- cool!!!!

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  • Gates Fort

    This was as close as I got to Gates Fort which is at the end of St. George Island and is a perfect spot to see boats and small ships coming through Town Cut into St. George's Harbour. It is also an ideal spot for a picnic.It was first shown on a map published in 1636, and has been the object of heated discussion as to the correct name. Should it be...

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  • Just stroll around.........

    Bermuda has some remarkable views and coast lines.. Just hop on your scooter and drive around, there are only three major roads and the island is very small...Drive along south road and you will get some great coast line pictues....Don't be in a hurry,you will enjoy the views and no why Bermuda is such a wonderful place.....

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  • Great Smells

    I really did not want to put this in the must see activities but going to the perfume factory is something that you can do and is interesting....If you have never been to a place like this take the tour and you will enjoy it..If you love flowers than you will like the area..

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  • Spittal Pond

    We went to Spittal Pond (South Road, Smith’s Parish) for the 1 pm Friday tour. The guides showed us plants - Palmetto: formerly used as thatch for roofs, baskets, hats, and the Bay Grape: a native which produces grapelike edible fruits (used for jelly). The leaves have a waxy/ leathery/plastic feel, an adaptation to repel salt spray. Also the Cedar...

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  • Catalina PBY aircraft

    Credit for this photo goes to the RCAFI show it because it is so clear compared to my old pictures.

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  • THE CORONADO WE WERE FLYING IN...

    THE CORONADO WE WERE FLYING IN AS IT FLEW OVER THE BASE. Piloted by our base commander. Wing Commander Mo Ware (deceased)

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  • I have marked in the route...

    I have marked in the route from Elizabeth City North Carolina U.S.A to Bermuda and from Bermuda (all the way no stops) to Scotland in the U.K. for the PBY,S and the route to the Azores and then to Lisbon Portugal for the CLIPPER PASSENGER SERVICE (PAN AM AND BRITISH OVERSEAS AIR SERVICE.The only ones crossing the ocean at this time. PBM's in summer...

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  • Ready to go bar hopping

    WE were room-mates and use to cruise the bars in Hamilton. There were no gals available as we were 100 guys for each gal on the island at that time.Some of the Officers were lucky though they were able to go out with the young ladies from England who were working as censors and living at the Inverurie Hotel.LESLIE'S granddaughter saw this picture...

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  • PBM ON TAKE OFF

    The first 7 PBY'S ( Catalina) aircraft arrived in Bermuda in Jan. 1941 from the United States 6 were delayed in Bermuda for a variety of reasons ranging from weather to technical problems and lack of trained air crews. One left on Jan .29th for GREENOCK SCOTLAND. The first flight was a harrowing adventure for all involved especially its crew, a...

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  • PBY on Take off.

    We had one PBY which was used to train pilots who did not have enough experience on these planes. It was also used for special trips such as a hazard-est trip to the AZORES by Wing Commander Ware to see if it was practical to use the base there for planes in TRANSIT. (PORTUGAL would not allow Military aircraft there for a long time. The U.S.A....

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  • *more cool rocks

    while exploring the island you don't have to keep your eyes peeled too well to see a lot of good stuff. find yourself a "mini-beach" off any given ocean road.

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  • Bermuda Botanical Garden & Arboretum

    In my search for free and low cost things to do on Bermuda, I found the Botanical Guarden. It is a bit tricky to get to. We had to get off at the hospital and then walk to the garden.It is the largest local public garden by far in Bermuda - the gardens were begun in 1898. Open daily from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. Free for 362 days (except...

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  • Our first Coronado a 4 engine...

    April 4th We received our first Coronado Jx740 a 4 engine FLYING BOAT used for transport not bombing etc. It was the biggest plane we ever brought out of the water for service. Wing Commander Mo Ware flew this on a test flight over the Islands for several hours. I was one of the passenger observers on the flight. It departed for Dartmouth on Apr....

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  • The PAN AMERICAN CLIPPER

    The PAN AMERICAN CLIPPER AT IT'S DOCK BEING UNLOADED OF MAIL AND PASSENGERS. 'ON THE RAMP THE R.A.F.FC. CRASH BOAT BEING CLEANED AND INSPECTED'While the Clipper was being serviced they would unload the mail and send it to the CENSORS at the INVERURIE HOTEL in Hamilton AND RUSH IT BACK BEFORE THE PLANE LEFT.

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  • IN front of Dilcoosha

    This is a self portrait of me in front of the house we rented across the bay from Hamilton on the water front of GREAT SOUND called DILCOOSHA. We were 5 lonely guys who rented this. We hired a native maid and cook. It was close to the dock where we would embark on a Yatch to take us to Darrell's island each day. There was also a local Ferry Boat...

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  • CRASH BOAT Towing

    Towing a PBY Catalina At Darrell's Island. From here thePBY'S and PBM'S would fly in winter via the southern route through San Juan Belem Brazil and in summer to Dartmouth ( Halifax) or Gander Lake to Iceland then Greenoch Scotland or Giberalter, to be used in the war against submarines. They had bunks and a Galley aboard. Our first one of these...

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  • PBM MARINER ON THE RAMP...

    Our first one of these JX101sank (on a training flight to Montreal) beside Darrell's Island on takeoff.The pilot was Wing Commander Ware our base commander An error by a mechanic who left a rear under tail section gunner hatch unbolted and when the ship went to full power for takeoff water surged in and another crew error the bulk head doors were...

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  • LIBERATOR B 24

    Leslie Musker whose photo I show on this page became a flight engineer on these planes and ferried them to Africa, India, Iran and thence to Russia. Those which took the southern route passed through Belem Brazil the Azores . This was the main type of air force bomber being ferried to the fronts of world war 2 through Bermuda from Dorval Quebec...

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  • TOW BOAT AND THE NATIVE CREW...

    TOW BOAT AND THE NATIVE CREW (great guys)The first flight of a PBY ,across the ocean , was a harrowing adventure for all involved especially its crew, a typical International collection of servicemen and civilians. The pilot and Captain was Flight Lieutenant J.G. Fleming (RAF)from Coastal Command --(killed in action on 6th of Sept. 1944). Their...

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  • Catalina and PBM Flying boats

    The PBY Catalina sea planes were ferried across the ocean from Bermuda to Greenock Scotland or to Gibraltar They could fly for over 24 hours with the internal extra gas tanks. If the weather was bad in the middle of the ocean they had a point of' NO RETURN 'at which it was decided to 'GO FOR IT' or return to Bermuda. Many had to return . Some were...

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  • THE CRASH OF A B24 BOMBER IN...

    THE CRASH OF A B24 BOMBER IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA on the 25th of April 1944. It was on it's way to Bermuda.The flight engineer was a friend as he had been based here in Bermuda for a year after surviving a PBY crash.

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