Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Yesterday, we got back from a wonderful trip to Bermuda from Columbia, South Carolina.
Day One: Thursday, July 4, 2002
We left home about 6:00 and proceeded to the bank, then to Columbia Metropolitan Airport for our flight to Atlanta. We checked in, and we departed at 7:30 on Delta Flight number 1002 to Atlanta. The aircraft was a 737-300. I sat in 15-F, right beside the right engine! The flight was very comfortable, and very quick. When we arrived, I saw the SPIRIT OF DELTA 757 parked at Concourse C! We arrived earlier than expected (10 minutes). We were prepared for a 3-hour layover in Atlanta. We ate breakfast at Domino’s in Concourse A (yuck!!!!!!!!) Then, I went shopping with my mother. We went to Concourse T’s Starbucks Coffee, and I bought a Mocha. I did not know this would be the last affordable meal we would have for the next 5 days! We waited at our gate for the next flight. We would fly on DL354 nonstop to Bermuda! The flight was a 767-300. I was in 34-G, just behind the right wing. The flight was comfortable, and lasted nearly 2:30. We arrived with a big BANG on landing. Boy, that was a rough landing! We checked in at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda. It was a BEAUTIFUL hotel. We rested, and later ate at Hog Penny’s restaurant. The food was fair, but VERY expensive. It was over $150 for all four of us to eat. We met a British man, and he ate with us. By the way, Hog Penny’s was the original inspiration for the TV show, Cheers! It looked almost exactly like it! We got caught in a 5-minute shower just as we left the restaurant.
Day Two: Friday, July 5, 2002
We woke up at our desired time (I think it was about 8:30 for me). We planned our day, and proceeded to Monty’s for breakfast. It was very good, but PRICY! They had DELICIOUS pancakes, but their sausage was horrible. We then went back to the hotel room, and the left for the remainder of the day. We took a ferry over to Dockyard. We visited a fort for about 30 seconds, and then went to the glass blowing studio. It was very interesting. We tried some rum cake that was in the same building. It was very good! We then caught a bus to take us to our main attraction of the day. The bus driver was VERY RUDE and he intentionally dropped us off at the wrong stop!!! We were very angry. He then fussed at my mother about how the diving company should have given directions!!! At least one half of the bus drivers there are very impolite. We went helmet diving, which is where you put on a big helmet (like the really old scuba gear that was fully metal, only this one had glass in the front so you could see). If you ever visit Bermuda, it is a MUST. It is directly beside Wattford Bridge. It is called (Hartley’s, I think) The fish are trained so that they swim through hoops, and you can touch and hold most of them! We went back to the hotel, and then we rested and went out to the M.R. Onion. Do not go there!!! The food tasted like Chef Boy’ArDee (not that that is bad, but you paid $20 for an entrée)! We went to sleep.
Day Three: Saturday, July 6, 2002
We ate breakfast in the hotel room with food from a local grocery store. MUCH less expensive than eating out, but the quality was very good! For an example price at a grocery store, a slice of cake was $1.20, a 2 Litre Coca~cola or Pepsi $3.50, a 12 oz. Can (not case) for $1.60. Cereal @$3-5. Ham $10-12, etc. But still less than $15 for an appetizer and $30 for an entrée! We went to a beautiful Anglican Cathedral downtown in Hamilton. There was a beautiful pipe organ, and beautiful sculptures of saints and desciples. We lit a prayer candle there, and bought some postcards of the church. We then proceeded to Fort Hamilton. There were huge cannons. Here is an interesting story: The cannons at all the forts in Bermuda have never been used in a hostile way. In fact, most have been used only once or not at all because they used them for target practice once, and blew out all the windows within ½ a mile from the blast!!! The forts ended up owing a fortune to the homeowners! There were underground tunnels, and there were gardens. There were great views of the harbour. We went snorkeling for the rest of the afternoon. It was a Jessie Jame’s Cruise. I would not recommend it unless it is a calm day! When we went, the water was quite rough. You had to swim against the current to stay in one place, but the beach and coral were beautiful! Sadly, we did not go to the shipwreck (what I wanted to do the most) because of the big waves and heavy ‘undertow’. We spent the rest of the evening at the hotel. We ate sandwiches at the hotel for dinner. We visited the pool.
Day Three: Sunday, July 7, 2002
We went to Monty’s again for breakfast. We planned to go to church there, but bailed out at the last minute. We decided to rent mopeds for the duration of our trip. We did not get to actually use them until later that afternoon, so my brother an I sat in the hotel as my parents had to get certified to drive them. They got lost! At almost 1:00, we got our helmets, and departed for St. George’s, a town at one end of the island (Hamilton is in the center). We saw some beautiful scenery. When we passed the airport, I took a few pictures of the planes, and I saw the inaugural flight of USAirways direct to Washington, DC take off! We got lost several times on “round-a-bouts” or known in the U.S. as traffic circles. When the government designed the roads, they got happy with round-a-bouts, as you cannot go a mile without running into one or two of them. There are also NO STREET SIGNS, so it is very easy for a tourist to get lost! We went to the Crystal caves. They were beautiful. We went into Fantasy Cave, but my parents said they liked the Crystal Cave more. On the way out of the parking lot, we ran into a hedge! LOL!!!! We went and had a picnic on one of the beaches. It started to rain, so we decided to drive back to the hotel. Three of four hours later, we arrived. (It only should have taken 20-30 minutes, but we got LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!). We ate at Hog Penny’s again that night. Somehow, it was not as good as we remembered, but it was the only restaurant that you got decent service. Actually, the service was excellent. In Bermuda, gratuity is included automatically into your bill, so there is no incentive for the servers to take care of their customers. We gave the waitress an extra tip for her friendliness and service to us!
Day Four: Monday, July 8, 2002
This was our last full day in Bermuda. We took the mopeds towards the opposite end of the island to Dockyard. Along the way, we visited several beaches, including Church Bay, and a small park. We snorkeled there. We fed a few crackers to the fish, and then they swarmed around me as I swam through the water. We then visited Horseshoe Bay, supposedly one of the op 10 beaches in the world, but it was so crowded that we did not stay. We went to Henry VIII restaurant. It was delicious. We waited out a storm in there, and developed a rather large bill! We visited a huge lighthouse and took some pictures. We went to Dockyard to try to para-sail, but all trips were fully booked. We went window-shopping, and made some engraved pennies, and my mom bought a tile from Bermuda. (It was a decoration) We drove back to Hamilton, and ate sandwiches for dinner.
Day Five: Tuesday, July 9, 2002
Our departure day. We packed up until almost 8:00. Then my mother and I went touring the natural arches, the only part of the island we had not yet visited. My dad and younger brother stayed behind. There were huge boulders coming out of the ocean, which had been eroded by wind, rain, and other events over time to cause arches to be carved into them. They were beautiful! My mother and I got into the wrong lane on a round-a-bout, and had to turn around. We fell completely off the bike, and it fell over!!!!! Fortunately, we were not hurt. We went to the grocery store and bought some breakfast, and HURRIED back to the hotel to catch the airport shuttle-bus. We were at the Airport from 11 until 2. We were on Delta flight 261 nonstop to Atlanta. This time, I was in seat 42 A on the left side of the plane. The flight was rather turbulent for almost ½ the way. We arrived 15 minutes early into Atlanta. We had another three-hour layover, so we went to TGI FRIDAY’S for a late lunch at 4:00. We went shopping. Here is just pure luck: Our arriving flight was scheduled to arrive in concourse A, but we got to park at B, and our departing flight departed from Concourse B!!!!!!!!! No moving around!!!!! We waited to get onboard our 737 flight DL1910 to Columbia, South Carolina. I sat in 26-F. The flight was turbulent all the way there. After a quick 30 minutes, we arrived into CAE. We got our baggage, and got to the car. We almost drove on the left, as we were used to in Bermuda!
Today: Wednesday, July 10, 2002
It is almost sad that our vacation ended so soon. It seems time flies when you are doing something fun! When I was there, I almost wanted to be home, but now, I want to be in Bermuda…oh well, there is always the future! Bermuda is a great Vacation spot! I would recommend it to anyone who wishes for a well-deserved vacation. However, everything there is quite pricy, so be sure to have a lot of cash with you, and have your credit card bills paid. We got our vacation package by deltavacations, and we had a great trip!