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Pyroclastic Flow

Taking off from Antigua for Montserrat


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Celebrity Cruise 2010 & Antigua and Montserrat & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

The islands are kind of running together - if I didn't write up each day's trip as we did it, I'd not be able to remember which place we saw the nesting egrets, and which place we saw the lighthouse.

Webcam on TV

Webcam on TV

Today I finally did the wake-up call as Bob has been telling me to do - instead of pushing the button marked "Wake Up Call" on the phone, I did *93 and then the time I wanted to be waked up. We also ordered room service for breakfast. So this morning, the wake-up call came as ordered and the breakfast came a few minutes later. This was because today's tour is a helicopter tour of Montserrat, and I don't want to be late. We actually had plenty of time - I even had time to take a shower.

The ship backed in to the dock. Next to us - bow in- was Ocean Village, and on the next pier over was NCL Gem.
230644844743948-Celebrity_Me..nd_Barbuda.jpgOcean Village and on the dock before the tour

Ocean Village and on the dock before the tour

I dressed as much as possible to look thin, because there is a 230 lb weight limit for this tour and I think I may be a little over it. We were to meet on the dock at 9:30, so we started out at 8:45. We didn't see the tour person with the sign on the first pass through, and Bob went all the way to the dock entrance. I decided not to do that, and I started back and found the person. Apparently there were to be 5 of us, but it was only 0900, and there was another couple already there. Bob was waiting at the entrance to the pier,
Taxi tour booth at the dock

Taxi tour booth at the dock


so I had to go and jump up and down and wave to get his attention to come back. The other lady on the tour came and then we just had to wait for someone from "staff" who proved to be the excursion lady.

We walked around to the taxi, and the excursion lady got into the front seat which annoyed me, because I didn't think she needed to be there and that was the seat I wanted.

We arrived at the airport by 0935 where we were given an instruction card to read, and then shown an instruction video and issued life belts.
Logo

Logo

laminated card of directions

laminated card of directions

Instruction card

Instruction card


There were several dogs at the heliport. One was named Radar and he had beagle coloring but was more the size of a small Rottie,
Radar

Radar


and there was a female named Miller Lite because she was originally found at a nearby bar
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Bananas at the heliport


402837974742508-Helicopter_c..nd_Barbuda.jpgHelicopter coming in for a landing

Helicopter coming in for a landing


Heliport on Antigua

Heliport on Antigua

They lined us up more or less by size and put me second in line behind a larger man. He sat with his back to the pilot and Bob sat next to him. I sat facing him and two of the other two ladies next to me and the wife of the other man next to the pilot. They seat belted us in, and gave us ear phones with a device to push if we wanted to talk.

Bob getting settled

Bob getting settled


We took off about 10:00.

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View from the helicopter


Ship at the dock below

Ship at the dock below


Cruise ships from a helicopter

Cruise ships from a helicopter


We flew over the harbor with the ships in it and in 10 minutes we were over the ocean heading to Montserrat
Sandy Island Lighthouse?

Sandy Island Lighthouse?


885272544785729-Island_in_th..nd_Barbuda.jpgApproaching Montserrat - all looks calm

Approaching Montserrat - all looks calm

Inhabited part of Montserrat

Inhabited part of Montserrat

4742695-Beachshoreline_Montserrat.jpgblack sand beaches

black sand beaches

4742994-House_among_the_trees_Montserrat.jpgHouse among the trees and Cliff edge

House among the trees and Cliff edge


4742466-Remains_of_a_sugar_mill_Montserrat.jpgAbandoned Sugar mills

Abandoned Sugar mills


Looking down on a destroyed village

Looking down on a destroyed village

Black sand beach from the helicopter

Black sand beach from the helicopter

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Bob looking out the window


We were over the old airport by 1020.
Defunct Bramble Airport

Defunct Bramble Airport


Exclusion zone

Exclusion zone


The pilot was saying that he was going to take us over to the old capitol but then he said - Hey there's a pyroclastic flow that is fresh. I took a short video of it
Pyroclastic flow coming down the mountain

Pyroclastic flow coming down the mountain


coming down the  mountain

coming down the mountain

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It was coming down and turning the sea water to steam
Steam at the edge of the sea from the sea side

Steam at the edge of the sea from the sea side


Pyroclastic flow boiling the ocean

Pyroclastic flow boiling the ocean

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Ocean water turning to steam

Ocean water turning to steam

270028774742684-Steam_at_the..Montserrat.jpgClouds of ash, smoke; steam from pyroclastic flow

Clouds of ash, smoke; steam from pyroclastic flow


Smoke rising from burning buildings

Smoke rising from burning buildings


The buildings that had been there were burning and marked by smoke plumes. So we couldn't get over to the old capitol because of ash in the air. We couldn't see the top of the volcano because it was in a cloud, and we didn't see any red lava or anything - it was all grey.
Lava River

Lava River



But the flow of ash was very dramatic and we got some good pictures. The pilot tried a couple of ways to get over to the old capitol but was blocked each time by dust clouds (which if they got into the engine would cause the helo to crash).
4742435-Ash_clouds_Montserrat.jpgMountain with clouds of ash

Mountain with clouds of ash

By 1050 we were on our way back to Antigua
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and we were back on the ground by 1100
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I bought the DVD that they had of the history of the eruptions.
4742489-DVD_holder_Montserrat.jpgDVD holder and DVD

DVD holder and DVD


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By 1120 we were walking back down the dock to the ship. They had divers working on the props
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and they were painting the ship in places too. We went to our cabin and rested up and I downloaded the photos.
Card players

Card players


About 1400, we walked back to the stern and went out on our deck and took some photos of the town of St. John from that vantage point
Huge catamaran at the dock

Huge catamaran at the dock

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and then went to lunch. I got some pizza and an Italian wrap thing which proved to have capers in it. I don't like capers, so I picked them out.
Bob's lunch

Bob's lunch


We went to trivia which was a Visual Trivia and this time was vocabulary where they gave you a word and three definitions and we were to decide the correct one. The first two words (Twee and Tomalley) were pretty easy. We also got the correct definitions for those two and Kecking and Cretinze. Cretinze means to make into a dwarf, which I'm not sure how to actually DO that

But we missed Jehu (reckless driver) and Fadge, and I thought that Curpin meant one thing but the person doing the writing put down something else. Then I insisted that Ranivorous meant someone who ate frogs, and I was right. So we ended up with 6 right out of 10. Three of the groups had 6 right. So they gave us a tie-breaker and unfortunately it was a true false question. I decided, based on the fact that it was a long detailed question that it had to be true, and two of the groups had true as the answer. Since he didn't have another tie-breaker, he gave us both the prize which was luggage tags.

For dinner, Bob and I both had shrimp cocktail (he had two) and cauliflower soup, and then I had Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi


which this time had carrot flan. I don't care for the vegetable flans, but I did like the crunchy carrot curls on the top. Bob, of course, had salmon. He had apple pie for dessert, and I had the Decadent marbled cheesecake

Decadent marbled cheesecake

Posted by greatgrandmaR 07:44 Archived in Montserrat Tagged volcano antigua montserrat eruption cruise_ship_visit Comments (0)

Bagging a Lighthouse

Taxi to the French side


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Celebrity Cruise 2010 & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

19 January 2010

Today is Sint Maartin, and we don't have any tour. I set the wake-up call for 7:30 anyway. The ship is always at the dock well before we are scheduled to be, so when we turned on the ship channel, we saw that there was a ship ahead of us on the dock and another one docking on the other side. The Captain came on and said that the one ahead of us was the sister ship to Mercury - the former Celebrity Galaxy. It is still registered in Malta, but the name is now Mein Schiff, and it appears to be German. The boat on the other side of the dock was Disney Magic and next to us and last to arrive was NCL Gem.
Disney Magic on one side and the former Celebrity Galaxy

Disney Magic on one side and the former Celebrity Galaxy


I had one goal today and that was to get back to the lighthouse that I saw on the first visit. We started out to walk down the pier and it was a long walk. I didn't know that I could have paid $1 for a ride in a golf cart. Bob got halfway down the pier and realized that he had not brought 'his' camera, but didn't go back.

When I got to the end of the pier I went to look at taxi tour rates as Bob was absolutely against renting a car. Had I done a rental on the internet it would have been at least $45 for the day. It looked like a tour out to Marigot would be $18 each if there were two people and quite a bit less if there were three or four. I asked the man who was selling the tours about seeing the lighthouse, and he denied that there was any such thing. He said there were no lighthouses on the island.

If I had looked on the Lighthouse Directory page, I would have seen that there were two lighthouses - one on a fort on the Dutch side and the one I had seen on the French side. But I hadn't done that. So we went out to the taxi rank and I asked about going to Marigot and Grand Case because the lighthouse I had seen was between them.

They put us in a cab with two other people who were going to Marigot. As before the traffic in Phillipsburg was terrible. The cab driver had the sniffles which made me want to tell him to blow his nose, but I didn't.

There were red flags everywhere
100_3950.JPGRed election flags

Red election flags


and also some orange ones - apparently there is going to be an election here also and these are the political banners.
Border between Sint Maartin and Saint Martin

Border between Sint Maartin and Saint Martin


Eventually we got to Marigot on the French side,
Flag in Marigot

Flag in Marigot


and the other couple got out. As soon as we rounded the corner on the way to Grand Case, there was the lighthouse, which the cab driver confirmed was indeed a lighthouse.
Back of Marigot Light as you come around the corner

Back of Marigot Light as you come around the corner


Triumphantly, I got out and took a few pictures
4730832-Marigot_Light_Marigot.jpgMarigot Light

Marigot Light


This is an active lighthouse of an unknown date - focal plane 20 m (66 ft); flash every 4 s, white, green or red depending on direction. It is a 33 ft round conical tower painted white. Located across the road from the base of the breakwater mole of the harbor of Marigot, the principal town of the French portion of the island of Saint-Martin, on the northwestern coast of the island. Site open, tower closed.
4730835-Marigot_Light_Marigot.jpgLighthouse

Lighthouse


The lighthouse is across from the marina.
Marina sign

Marina sign

The Fort above the Coconut Juice House poster

The Fort above the Coconut Juice House poster


and then we drove back to the ship.

On the way back we saw some statues in one of the roundabouts and one of them had three statues - one of them was labeled the Bus Driver.
Statues in the Roundabout  TaTa,The Bus Driver, Alec the Butcher and Lalie, provider of those in need.

Statues in the Roundabout TaTa,The Bus Driver, Alec the Butcher and Lalie, provider of those in need.


This was Jean Frederique Brooks “Tata the Bus driver,” who was best remembered for transporting students to from school. The second was Alexander Lionald Richardson “Alec the Butcher” , father of 42 who was best known for farming and selling fresh meat. According to his daughter her father introduced the Dr. Claude Wathey to politics as he was a member of the National Party. The third is Florian Eulalie Duzanson “Lalie.” She was known for providing fresh bread, tarts and shelter to those in need. While baking was her source of income Lalie also cared for students and people who came from Aruba to St. Maarten, she also provided shelter to many during disastrous moments such as hurricanes.

There is another one of the statues outside of the docks
Freedom fighter

Freedom fighter


The driver charged us $50.00. I figured that was $18 each for the drive back to the ship and about $6 each for the ride out. It wouldn't have been much more expensive to rent a car
Taxi driver's card

Taxi driver's card

I wanted to ride back to the ship and flagged down one of the golf carts, but when I went to look for money to pay, I didn't have any. The other man on the cart paid the $1 for me. .

After a rest, we went up to eat lunch about 1300. Bob said he was going to the usual place, but I really didn't know what that was because he always hails me after he's already got a seat. So he went to the usual place, and I tried to go there too. I got an
Egg salad sandwich

Egg salad sandwich


because he usually gets a sandwich. I also made a salad of spinach, hard boiled egg, olives and cherry tomatoes.
Salad from the Salad Bar

Salad from the Salad Bar

Tiny fruit tart

Tiny fruit tart


I asked the sandwich guy what the various meats were and he had to go ask for the name of the pastrami. I didn't find Bob. Then I went and got ice cream for dessert. I got back to the room and Bob was already there.

I also went out on deck and took pictures of the town from the ship.
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Photos from the aft deck


Town from the deck

Town from the deck

Bow of the NCL Gem

Bow of the NCL Gem


On the way to trivia, we passed a cabin where they were installing metal ceiling pieces (sawing them up with a great deal of noise).
Room repair

Room repair


This trivia was billed as Geographic Trivia, and we won in spite of my taking Chuck's answer that the official language of Romania was Hungarian. They gave us luggage tags as the prize.

For dinner, Bob had the shrimp cocktail, cold fruit soup and salmon. I had the
Carpaccio of Melon and Pineapple,

Carpaccio of Melon and Pineapple,


and the rest from the classic menu -
Caprese Salad (tomato and mozzarella)

Caprese Salad (tomato and mozzarella)


100_4003.JPGSirloin Steak and Tangy Lemon Curd

Sirloin Steak and Tangy Lemon Curd

Bob's Warm lava Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Bob's Warm lava Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

20 January 2010 - Day at Sea

Today we are to have a Brunch Buffet in the dining room from 1000 to 1300. I have bananas and apples and a naval orange that I've collected from the buffet. So I had a banana in the room for breakfast, and then we went up to Trivia. Which we won. We got golf hats.

Then I went down and bought some T-shirts at the sale around the pool, and after we dropped them off, we went to the brunch buffet. They had the ice sculptures
100_4011.JPGIce Sculpture at the Breakfast Buffet

Ice Sculpture at the Breakfast Buffet


and omelet stations and all the frills. The dining room was very crowded and people who came later had to go down the stairs to the 5th deck and take their plates back upstairs. We were there early enough to go a table on the ground floor. Bob had cereal, and sausage and shrimp salad. I had an egg Florentine, a piece of fried chicken, some spaghetti, a chocolate frosted donut. and pineapple juice. On the way out of the buffet, we caught part of a presentation on digital photography.
Photography section

Photography section


At 1630 we had another trivia which we also won with 14 correct out of 15. The one we missed was a question about what 10 lb. animal Ben Franklin killed with Leyden jars. Bob and I thought maybe a turkey, but I thought 10 lbs was small for a turkey, so I put what the other people thought which was a cat. And it was a turkey.

Afterwards I went for a swim
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Pool steps

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Sky Bar from and the Side of the pool

Floating on my back and looking at the sky

Floating on my back and looking at the sky

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Pool deck


because soon it will probably be too cold. Bob went to the show.

21 January 2010 - Another Day at Sea

Tonight was formal night and for dinner Bob had
Batonet of Pears and Apple

Batonet of Pears and Apple


and I had
Escargot

Escargot


from the Classics menu as an appetizer. Then he had the
Green Pea and Mint soup

Green Pea and Mint soup


while I had the
Caesar salad

Caesar salad


off the Classics menu. They gave us a
Sorbet palate cleanser

Sorbet palate cleanser


and then we both had the entre
Lobster Melange

Lobster Melange

.
Waiter with Baked Alaska

Waiter with Baked Alaska


After the main course the waiters did their parade with the Baked Alaska and we had dessert.
Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska


After dessert there was a
Little tray of pastries

Little tray of pastries


One of the brothers - our dinner companions

One of the brothers - our dinner companions

The other brother with the waiter

The other brother with the waiter

22 January 2010 - The last day at sea.

We went up to Trivia, and then down to the breakfast buffet where I found blintzes!!
Blintz

Blintz


I love them. I really wish I knew what the layout of this buffet was so I could find the things I like. Then we had another trivia, and after that we had lunch. I had
Chicken livers on a bagel with a poached egg

Chicken livers on a bagel with a poached egg


and Bob had
Lump crab and Smoked Salmon with Ginger Mango Citrus Salsa

Lump crab and Smoked Salmon with Ginger Mango Citrus Salsa


Then I had a
Mexican Chicken Panini.

Mexican Chicken Panini.


One of the lounges

One of the lounges


Bob made me pack in the afternoon. We had our bags ready to go before dinner.

For dinner Bob had
Roasted Pecan Chicken

Roasted Pecan Chicken

Dessert

Dessert


I had the
Fresh fruit appetizer

Fresh fruit appetizer


and what they called "Beef Goulash" listed as a soup, and the "evolved" Beef Wellington. I had Creme Brulee from the Classics menu for dessert.

Our waiter's card

Our waiter's card


I felt that the waiters were the best we have ever had. On Grandeur of the Seas, one of the men wanted a glass of milk each night and he always had to remind the waiter every night. On Celebrity Mercury, I wanted a glass of cranberry juice and after the first time, I never had to ask again. When we complimented (and tipped) the waiters, they said that Celebrity paid their waiters better than the other cruise lines.

Saturday 23 January 2010 - DisEmbarkation

We were given a time to disembark of 8:15 and that is when we were off the ship. Even though the cab driver went through the tunnel first and even though Bob (from the back seat) directed us all around the rental car terminal before we found the entrance we were picking up our rental car by about 0900. Drove home and got there before noon. Bob got the cars started and the water turned on, and then we turned in the rental car, and picked some stuff up from the commissary and unpacked - all on Saturday. Love cruising out of Baltimore

There was however a large problem in that when I turned on our wi-fi, my computer refused to acknowledge that there was one. The other computer could use it fine. It took me 6 days of work on the Internet with the Dell computer people to get back to almost normal. Until then, I couldn't send e-mails, although I could get them.

It was lucky that we got back on the 23rd and not the first of February like the next group did.

1 February 2010

We got about 14 inches of snow -
Snowstorm

Snowstorm

11 February 2010

100_4090.JPGIcicles

Icicles


Backyard

Backyard

One of my kids commented on my write-ups of the trip that all we seemed to do was play trivia and eat. I counted about 6 pens, 2 golf hats, a luggage tag and a T-shirt that we had won, so I guess we did play a little bit

My next trip was with E's son. First we went to Yellowstone.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 07:47 Archived in Saint Martin Tagged snow pool lighthouse saint_martin trivia sint_maartin Comments (0)

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