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Trip Report Bermuda 2013

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We had the fortunate opportunity to spend nine days in Bermuda in early November. Arriving AC from Toronto, it was a speedy, pleasant entry through customs. We discovered a new addition to our arrival, purchase of duty free items once you clear customs.

We arrived on a Saturday. Spent the afternoon having lunch at the Pickled Onion (always a favorite, especially the wahoo) and then a drink at the Beaches (with local Nova Scotia Managers) and a drink at our new favorite locals bar The Docksider. Groceries bought, we headed back to our residence.

Day 2 - Breakfast at home and then we called a taxi to head into town. If you have been to Bermuda before, you would appreciate the wait for cabs or the no-shows. They now have a central dispatch and within ten minutes of calling, a cab beeped outside our house. This was true for the rest of the week - such a pleasant new experience!!!! We decided to go to the Dockyard via the ferry. It was a beautiful sunny day, but by the time we returned, it was raining. We had apps at the Docksider and enjoyed happy hour with the working men and women of Bermuda. The staff here are so accommodating and wonderful. Can't say enough.

Day 3 - the rest of our party arrives! we went into Hamilton that morning anticipating the opening of the Farmers Market on the waterfront. As with most Bermudian activities, it wasn't to be. Most events may or may not happen. It was the launch of the World Rugby Championships, so there were quite a few people around even in the off season. Pleasant to be on Front St without the huge amount of tourists. We met up with our other party, barbequed and had a great night celebrating.

Day 4 - Sunday - what to do? One of our party had never been to the Island before. We decided to head to the Dockyard for the go-cart races. It was a great day, with lots of sun and great conversations with local people. The new mini golf course is a great spot to spend some time with kids and adults.

Day 5 - Remembrance Day - we didn't make it to the ceremony in town but toasted our men and women who served and continue to serve our country. The day was spent swimming in the ocean and laying on the beach - yes, I think the locals thought we were batty. The Coral Beach Club, although dated, always makes me feel special! Lunch was delightful (lobster and avocado salad) and the rum punch (aka swizzle) delish!

Day 6 - the remainder of the days spent on the Island are a bit fuzzy, but we had great meals at the Specialty Inn (sushi, hamburgers and all of their specials to die for), Swizzle Inn (great pizza and we manage 7 pitchers of swizzles), Porto Fino great Italian food and the most amazing service, Flanagans - Irish traditional!

The Bermuda Aquarium - this is a must!!!! For $10 adult ticket, we spent a great afternoon exploring various marine and land life.

St George's -the dunking of the wench is worthwhile and a few chuckles along the way.

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