The Parliament House with its bubble-gum colored exterior and super-clean square is one of the few remaining sights in Nassau worth a visit. Of course, this is a "working" building and access is limited. On a recent cruise stop we wanted to retrace our steps from 10 years ago, when we loved walking around this Caribbean city with its joyful atmosphere. Alas! that is no more. The first thing to greet you is a huge indoor marketplace with nothing unique to offer. Next, you have the enduring rank of horse-and-buggy ride vendors. From there on, it was a shock to see the impact of the economic down-turn on this previously vibrant town. Yes, you can find high-end stores for tourists and posh hotels along the beaches, but most of downtown Nassau looks derelict: Closed shops, broken windows, dilapidated buildings, bad roads. Some other points of interest are Christ Church Cathedral, the Queen's Staircase, Government House and the Cenotaph, a concrete tribute to Bahamian veterans of WWI and WWII. If a visit to the town of Nassau is offered as a ship's excursion, skip it. It's not worth the money. Walk around on your own. Any Bahamian is proud to answer what questions you may have. Many are well-informed about their country and its history.
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