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Jan 20th, 2004, 12:05 PM
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I just noticed that all my apostrophes appear as question marks, why is that?
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Jan 20th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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Hi Holly I had heard about her cooking , she has been written about in a few diff. gourmet magazines . I feel badly about not staying there , it looks very nice and Henry was so prompt and pleasant to converse with ! Faith p.s. do not have a clue about the question mark thing , sorry .... Faith
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Jan 20th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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The next morning we woke up to the most beautiful view, and again we were silent. We ate breakfast in the main house (an old plantation home) on the veranda. Again, Sharon asked what we would like and we decided on calallou and cheese omelettes, which were delicious. There was also coffee and freshly squeezed OJ, toast with guava jelly, and fresh fruit. We had made arrangements with Carolyn to have a friend of hers (Garfield) take us to Reach Falls today and stop wherever we wanted on the way back. At 9am Garfield (he?s a river rafter) and Wayne (the driver) pick us up and we headed out. When we reach the falls we are the only ones there and enjoy them all to ourselves. They are beautiful (you have probably seen them in Cocktail) and the water is crystal clear. We play for a while and then ask them to take us to Long Bay?known for it?s surfing beach. We have so much fun playing in the waves and being thrown around. My bikini is knocked off a few times and this makes us laugh. We are getting hungry now and decide to try the famous jerk pork and chicken at Boston Beach (supposedly the best on the island). We buy lunch for everyone and were glad to have Garfield and Wayne with us because we found the place a little intimidating. We took our food and red stripes to the beach and ate in silence?just staring out at the pretty cove. After a while we asked them to take us to Blue Lagoon where it began to rain a bit. We took cover in the emerald water and were amazed at the rapidly changing temperature of hot and cold (from the fresh water meeting the ocean water). After we tired of this we decided to call it a day. We were planning on visiting Winifred Beach, as we heard it was very pretty, but were all worn out. Back in our room Sharon sends us a pot of lemon grass tea (that she grows on he property), and cheese and crackers and we nibble on these and take turns showering. We decided on fish for dinner and enjoy another excellent candlelit meal in our villa?
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Jan 20th, 2004, 01:03 PM
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The next morning Sharon made us the fluffiest and tastiest pancakes I have ever tasted (who knew that pancakes could taste that good). After breakfast Henry arranged for us to go rafting on the Rio Grande (also included in our price) and a driver picked us up and drove us about ? hour or so to being our leisurely ride. It had rained quite hard the night (and the night before that as well) so the water was pretty high. I wondered if that was why there were no other rafts on the river?of course we didn?t mind! The rafting trip took about 2-2.5 hours and we really enjoyed it. We sipped red stripes and just lost ourselves in the beauty (again!). My husband even tried his hands at rafting!
We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool, drinking more red stripes (Garfield had stopped in Port Antonio yesterday for us to take out money and go to the grocery store), reading, and taking dips when we got to hot. We ate dinner in the main house that night and tried a different type of fish with coconut rice, lemon-grass soup, squash, and rum cake for dessert (I realized that the food here was so good that we hardly spoke while eating our meals either, lol)
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Jan 20th, 2004, 01:22 PM
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This is our last day in Port Antonio and we decide to spend it at the beach. After breakfast (salt fish and calallou) Sharon took us on a tour of her gardens: mint, peppermint, lemon grass, lickerish, avocado, breadfruit, coffee, grapefruit, ott apples, bananas, guava, mangos, pimento, sugar cane, akee, red ringer, oranges, coconut, and tons of flowers. At the end of the tour the gardener knocked a couple of coconuts off the tree for us and split them open with a machete for us to enjoy.
We decided on Frenchman?s Cove beach and jumped in a taxi going by. There was a girl in the front and back and he was travelling to Port Antonio already so it was only $50 J to get that far. Driving in Jamaica is scary at the best of times, but especially when there are too many people and no seat belts (after a few minutes a boy jumped in the back with us too). After everyone was out we asked him to take us the rest of the way, which cost more money because we are the only ones in the car (taxi?s charge per person). We had to pay $200 J each to enter Frenchman?s Cove, but this meant security and no people hassling us (though I hadn?t really experienced any of this since Negril). After seeing quite a few beaches by this point I am happy, again, that we saved the best for last. It is a very pretty cove with a fresh water stream flowing in from one side. The water is a little rough (just the way we like it) and the sand is powdery white. We swim in the ocean, then walk through the river and let it carry us back to the ocean. They serve lunch here and drinks (though quite expensive), so we split an order of rice and jerk chicken and drink our own red stripes. After a few hours we head back to our villa to enjoy our lemon grass tea before dinner (another kind of fish?we can?t get enough of the fresh seafood).
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Jan 20th, 2004, 01:59 PM
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We are so sad to be leaving today, Port Antonio has captured our hearts and we are not ready yet. We request Jonnie Cakes for breakfast because it?s the only thing on our list we haven?t tried and enjoy our meal and the view. We finish packing and wait for Errol at the pool. He arrives right on time at 11am and we say good- bye to Henry and Sharon, who watch us leave and wave goodbye. Since our flight does not leave until 9:30pm we have the whole day to stop and sightsee. We ask Errol to stop in Port Maria for patties and we take them to Pagee Beach (the least prettiest beach we?ve seen) to enjoy. We also take out some money here. We are curious to see Goldeneye in Orbacabessa and Errol drives by it and stops outside James Bond beach. Someone offers to take us on a glass bottom boat ride where we could see Goldeney, but we decline. We also decide not to spend time at Jame?s Bond beach because Errol has mentioned one that him and Carolyn enjoy in Ocho Rios called Reggae Beach. We find Reggae Beach to be nice (though the sand has a lot of shells, and there are quite a few rocks in the water). There are only a couple of other people here which is nice, and we find a quiet spot at the end of the beach that is free of rocks. After a while we move on and stop at Wazzi Art to look at the beautiful pottery. Errol then drives us through Fern Gully and we stop to have my picture taken with one of the male woodcarvings, lol. I feel like I did in Negril , as a bunch of people surround us wanting us to buy something; Wow, a little overwhelming! We hop back in the van and continue on our way. Errol says that there is a waterfall that he likes more than Dunn?s and he pulls over on the side of the road for us to see it (hidden from the traffic). At this point I am not surprised, as there seems to be waterfalls everywhere! By now we are running out of time and ask Errol to take us to the airport. We arrive close to 7pm and say good-bye to the beautiful country we had been fortunate to discover. Writing this report, I feel sad again to have left. I also feel lucky that we did not stay in an AI or visit from a cruise ship, and that we ventured out and saw so much.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 01:50 AM
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After all your trepidations, it's a wonderful, if vicarious thrill to see you immersed yourself in island far more than most -- and on a first-time visit at that. Since we heard you shivering in the background when we called Carolyn,know that Dorothy at Old Taverne Estate will ship you monthly via credit card a pound or more of the dark roast aged in barrel beans that will bring back Jamaica with every sip. Great travelers, great memories.See the Canadian-Jamaican Jamaica biomonthly online and print version www.jamaicamagazine.com./might be www.jamaicanmagazine.com They could use some good writers.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Holly, I thoroughly enjoyed your trip report. It invoked vivid memories of my previous trips to JA all of which involved excursions to various parts of the country with my Jamaican friends taking in the beauty, culture, and vibe of Jamaica. Not to mention the food! Just goes to show you what can happen when you step out on faith and decide to live a little. Glad you experienced what clearly was a trip of a lifetime in JA.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 06:57 AM
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Holly,
The trip report was GREAT!
You and I were thinking of the same trip at the same time, and I remember you having a little trepidation about going.

I'm so glad you did and gave so much excellent info to help me choose where to go and who to work with.

It was very nice of you to take the time to put all of your impressions down for us all to read.

(btw, I have found that if I cut and paste stuff into fodors, it puts those ? marks in there.)
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Jan 21st, 2004, 12:50 PM
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Wow! Holly, wat a trip report. Shucks I just drooled on my keyboard while reading about all the good fresh food.

Isn't Frenchman's Cove cool! I have picts of myself and hubby in the trees that hang over the stream.

Fodorites, take note...this is how a trip report is written. Thanks Holly! Now be careful, Jamaicaitis is about to set in.

Holly, you must provide me some information re: Rio Vista in Port Antonio! Pleeeease!

Yes, I know, Portland does capture the heart. So, planning you next trip yet?
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Jan 21st, 2004, 04:16 PM
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Excellent trip report! You have a great attitude! Thanks!
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Jan 21st, 2004, 05:52 PM
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Andrea, check out rio vista villas at www.riovistajamaica.com They have everything listed there, including the honeymoon package we got (he ajusted it for 4 days for us). Let me know if you have any specific questions!

Holly
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 08:34 AM
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Holly, thanks. I did check out their site. Very nice. Just the kind of place my husband loves! Unfortunately, that will have to be next year since I will be travelling solo with my little angel who will be less than 2 yrs. So, I have to pick a locale w/little excitement and mostly beach.
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