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Low, low season trip report

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Low, low season trip report

Day 0 - Saturday 24 August 2013

Inspired by Bear's photo journal of a couple of years ago, decide to do a short daily diary accompanied by short clips of YouTube video.

Day 0 is travel day, so little to report - but it was smooth all the way. Virgin from London to Barbados was on time, SVG to Bequia was 30 minutes early(!) and Gideon's sons were waiting at the airport with our rented jeep. Easy.

We did reflect, however, on how Barbados airport has improved immeasurably in the 10 years we've been coming to Bequia. Spacious, air-conditioned, decent shops and food options, and a business lounge for those that want to pay. Such a contrast to the hot and crowded conditions we first encountered.

Saturday evening was spent winding down in the pool and, despite heavy rain overnight (good for the water tanks!) Bequia has woken to a glorious morning. 20 second video from 9am here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv-2RfC75i8

Roll on Day 1!

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Looking forward to reading Day1

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Day 1

Sunday, so no shops open in the harbour. And it's been a busy few months at work. So, with the sun shining, a thoroughly lazy day is in order.

The daylight hours are spent lounging on the balcony and pool deck, alternately reading and just gazing out to sea. It's super-calm, but there are still occasional sailing boats out in the Bequia/Mustique channel - including a small group of intrepid youngsters. It's 32 degrees, so it's handy to have the pool to cool down in every now and then.

Lunch is a home-cooked omelette, washed down with a couple of rum punches featuring fresh limes from the garden. Yum!

Traditionally, our first full day ends with dinner at the Gingerbread. So we're sad to learn it's closed until late October. Never mind - the Frangi is open and we head there instead.

It's extremely quiet - we were the only people there, as the video attests. But the food was excellent. It's been a while since we had dinner on an evening that wasn't a jump up or New Year's Eve, and the individually- cooked food was delicious. We had creole shrimp, with a ball of white rice and a delightful mixture of christophene and carrot in a white sauce. With a slice of key lime pie to finish, what more could you ask for on a quiet Sunday evening?

Not much to see in this video - which is just as well, given the poor low-light performance of the iPad! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYJeqecsCsw

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Day 1 - Postscript

Finished the day lying under the stars watching the fireflies dance in the trees. Nothing's visible on the video, but the soundtrack of Bequia at night helps me imagine... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgSJKQWPEb4

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Day 2

Time to explore! Took a trip down to Friendship Bay Beach, which was looking particularly pretty in the sunshine. There was dried seaweed at the high-water mark, but the water itself was lovely and clear. And there was no one there but us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CLC2wypto

Then on to Princess Margaret Beach and lunch at Jack's Bar. Jack's was running its full lunchtime menu, and was rewarded by having about 20 covers. The tuna Niçoise salad was, as ever, superb, with plenty of good salad to complement the spicy fresh tuna.

The beach was, as usual, quite stunning. And there were fewer than 10 of us on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kfF33QDHE

Time to head to town for a little business at the Customs House (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USrXqPX8tEg) then back to the villa for a read and a dip.

After a few hours of relaxation (and a 10 minute rainstorm) we headed down to Mac's Pizzeria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjrsjPVwZnk). No lobster pizza, as it's not the season. But the shrimp version rounded the day off nicely. And so to bed...

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more, please! more! how to I get there from Newark Airport??? (NJ)

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Thank you for your postings really enjoying them It's our first trip to Bequia in December and already getting excited

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This is getting me excited for our February trip, thanks for sharing with all of us!

To the poster inquiring about getting to Bequia from Newark. It's so easy! Take Jet Blue from JFK to Barbados, and then onto Bequia from there via SVG (or LIAT if you are adventurous).

Edited: 12:32 pm, August 27, 2013
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Day 3

Well, it IS the rainy season, and Bequia reminds us by delivering 4" of rain in less than 90 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdZtdCwjNoc

But that's okay! It may be wet, but it's still 25 Celsius and even the rain is warm. So it's the perfect excuse, after the exertions(!) of yesterday, to lounge on the covered balcony with the morning paper (thank you iPad) and a good book.

With a glass of wine in my hand over a light lunch, I realise that a little enforced relaxation is just what the doctor ordered. And it gives us plenty of time to consider where to go for dinner.

By early afternoon the rain has stopped and, although it's not exactly bright, the temperature is up to 28 Celsius. So we go out for a drive.

The road to Spring is busy - but only with cows! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ml1x4FSADc

Brother King's Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary is also very popular with the animals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUqGGvsba8

Elsewhere, goats wander by the side of the road: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEUhMRfqNtA

In fact, the only human activity seems to be on the playing fields in town... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61axigpn3fQ

Back at the villa, and there's a welcome side-effect of the day's storm - as an absolutely gorgeous sunset ends the day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJAcKLm-E

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Day 3 dinner

Tried Tommy's first, but it's closed. Then the Fig Tree, which was open a couple of nights ago but not today. So we drove on to Coco's.

We were the only people in apart from a couple of people at the bar, but they were running with a full menu. Between us we had callaloo soup, pumpkin soup, barracuda, and "de conch t'ing". All excellent, and accompanied with rice, carrot, christophene and green beans. No room for dessert!

Light too low for the iPad again - but a good shot of the punched-metal lampshades... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiHlSQY5knw

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Great keep reports coming please