Visit around St.Georges - the Saturday market and the Forts

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Boys playing football early Sat morning

And so another day, another day trip... although I was hoping this would be better than the dull Carriacou. I woke up early, didn't feel like going to the beach so instead had b'fast of bread and cheese that I bought that at the nearby Spiceland Mall, and headed out. The first sight was a Saturday, lots of greenery and school kids playing football on their weekend off.

Agenda for the day was to visit the town St. Georges in the morning, and then do.... something... in the afternoon/evening. I was hoping I don't get bored due to lack of agenda. But the good thing about being on a coastal town is that when you have nothing else to do, relax by the beach!

I reached the main "bus terminus" by 930a and boy, it was noisy. Lots of policemen around directing traffic, and a cruise ship had come so lots of tourists too.

Inside the spice market... Grenada's finest
  I asked a policeman for directions to the Market Square and he obliged. It was hot, but I knew I'd like this town because it's got this very friendly unorderly (?) commotion.... just very nice.

Saturday is a grand day for Grenadians, especially those that live in St.Georges because the Market Square is the busiest that day... the fresh veg, fruit, fresh everything and it's bustling with activity. At face value, it's really just another market but one has to pay attention to what's going on and the detail paid to spices. What caught my eye was the spice garland where they take of Grenada's finest spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa) and make it into a garland one can hang in a kitchen for fragrance. I bought a few of these as souvenirs.  I really couldn't believe I was spending close to an hour here but it was interesting.

A lady making a spice garland used as a freshner
I love how people just talk....they start chatting with you like they *know* you.

From here, I walked back to the main street, visited the Fish market and passed by the meat market, and then walked past the Esplanade Mall where I took a quick walk. It's really fancy, air conditioned and all, such a tourist trap. But what surprised me wasn't that they sell Grenadian stuff but actual imports (with "duty free" on them, no wonder so many people buy them perhaps?). I was feeling  a bit thirsty so I thought, why not try some of Grenada's finest juices? I settled for a banana and peanut milkshake (yep!) which was.... interesting. I'd never had that flavour before (couldn't even imagine it). It was excellent. Filling but excellent. With milkshake in tow, I made my way up the hill to Fort George.

More spices, jams, sauces....

This was built in the 17th Century by the French, and was bombed by the American troops in the 80s. It today houses the police. I didn't think much of the actual fort (it's quite small and dull), but I think everyone comes here for a reason - to get a beautiful view of the Carenage. I probably spent about 30 minutes here just admiring it, and trying to get people to take a pic of me with the Carenage in the background. I ended up chatting to a lot of people, most who had come on the 3000 strong cruise ship from NYC. St. George's is a beautiful city, I could stare at the Carenage forever. There's one shot in particular where you can see it raining on part of the island, just beautiful!

From here, I walked down the hill to the Grenada National Museum.

A bit boring, but I went to get away from the heat, and to see incase I'm missing anything. But suffice to say it was a waste of money, if not a waste of time. This is housed in a former prison. It had a whole bunch of drawings and pictures from the 60s and 70s but that's it. I then walked down to the Carenage and took lots of pics. It's a really scenic place.

And next stop was Fort Fredrick - again, long long way by bus (not to mention that he forgot he had to drop me off at Ft Fredk., and we went all the way till the last stop of the bus route. He turned back and then dropped me. I quite liked how the fort was maintained ,but again, everyone goes here just for the view.

Lunch was back in town, at the famous Deyna's Good Eating resnt which is really colourful, very "made for tourists" but food was fairly cheap and very tasty.

Inside the spice market
I had the Carib Beer, nothing too fancy. I'm better off with fruit juices I reckon. From here, I walked back to the market square, bought some guava and nutmeg jam for myself and it was already about 330pm! (So much for spending just 3 hours here). I decided to head back, and stopped off at the Grand Anse Shopping Centre before heading back to the hotel. No great shakes in the Centre, usual set of shops, most of them being closed on a late Saturday afternoon.

Got back and went to the beach.... it was raining off and on. I went to Spiceland Mall for an evening walk and a juice, walked around the grocery store and came back to the hotel. I wasn't really feeling hungry so settled in on just dessert - some lovely hot choc fudge with vanilla ice cream. Really really nice. It was a fairly long day, but a nice one. One thing I'm strangely enjoying about this trip is that it's really relaxing. I seem to have done nothing when I see the pictures but somehow ended up packing a busy day!

The plan for the next day was... another island trip!

 

 

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Boys playing football early Sat mo…
Boys playing football early Sat m…
Inside the spice market... Grenada…
Inside the spice market... Grenad…
A lady making a spice garland used…
A lady making a spice garland use…
More spices, jams, sauces....
More spices, jams, sauces....
Inside the spice market
Inside the spice market
Inside the fish market.... didnt …
Inside the fish market.... didn't…
a typical Grenadian juice stand
a typical Grenadian juice stand
The Esplanade Mall - home to all t…
The Esplanade Mall - home to all …
Inside Fort George
Inside Fort George
Lovely view of the Carenage from F…
Lovely view of the Carenage from …
Canons @ Fort George
Canons @ Fort George
This was a 3000 person cruise ship…
This was a 3000 person cruise shi…
My favourite shot... love how part…
My favourite shot... love how par…
Typical road in St. Georges
Typical road in St. Georges
Grenada National Museum
Grenada National Museum
The police and fire stations
The police and fire stations
The Carenage
The Carenage
Fort Fredrick
Fort Fredrick
Panoramic view of the West coast f…
Panoramic view of the West coast …
This is how high Fort Fredrick is.…
This is how high Fort Fredrick is…
The spice market
The spice market
The main bus terminus
The main "bus terminus"
A band playing inside Spiceland Ma…
A band playing inside Spiceland M…
Dessert for the night - hot choc f…
Dessert for the night - hot choc …