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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

After a day at sea we docked on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, at 1:00 pm on the 21st of December. The waters here are crystal clear and impossibly blue:

Blue waters, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Blue waters, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

This is the seat of government for the nation, but it is very small both in area (around 10 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point) and in population (3,500 souls). Historically the most important of the group of 40 islands as these things often go. The locals are convinced this is where Columbus first landed in the new world in 1492, and we understand that arguments in favor of this claim are quite strong. In any event, the waterfront along the Cockburn Town is named for the landing and is a national park.

I believe these are British possessions still, with Queen Elizabeth II the head of state represented by the local Governor. In any event, very British indeed and our conversations with the locals revealed a very clipped accent different from the patois we had come to expect of the Carribean islands. Our greeting of choice was ‘good afternoon!’ People are very proper and polite and we enjoyed speaking with them.

This place is just so layed back it appeals to us, and is a place we would like to return to and spend some time when we need to unwind. We’d better bring some books! This is a good place to dive evidently and we saw many dive shops and boats anchored offshore.

Cockburn Town is home to the important buildings and institutions – the assembly buildings, post office and library. Most of the building along the appropriately named Front Street have plaques on them describing their historical significance. Nice Carribean colonial architecture:

Sunnyside building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Sunnyside building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Library, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Library, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Church, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Church, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

We strolled through some alleys and photographed a few buildings. I am having a hard time describing the place. Feels like a lost corner of the Carribean in some ways. Anyway, here are some more pics:

Laundry drying, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Laundry drying, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Deserted building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Deserted building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

'Iron' building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
‘Iron’ building, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Street Signs, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Street Signs, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Porch, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Shaded porches on two stories, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Home in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Home in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Home in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Home in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

We returned to the ship and had a little time at sunset on the beach nearby. A great sunset that night:

Sunset, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Sunset and the Seabourn Legend, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Next day was a day at sea enroute to St. Barth’s. We relaxed and enjoyed the great weather on deck, the flying fish and the dotty white clouds all around. The sun set this day right into a razor-sharp horizon line:

Sunset at sea enroute to St. Barths
Sunset at sea enroute to St. Barths

Our sommelier came to our suite and inventoried and stored our wines for us – such service! This guy is German, has 5 first (and middle) names and two surnames, is of royal blood, and I think only half-jokingly says he is 543rd in line to the British throne. He is really great and we wish we had had him on the first half of the cruise.

As I write this we are anchored at Gustavia, St. Barth’s and are readying to go ashore and bleed Euro. We hope to find a nice beach to linger on, do some shopping and have a fabulous French lunch possibly (!) accompanied with French champagne.

Cheers!

-Steve

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