Antigua January 2017

10 days on the sunny West Indies island of Antigua. Here are some photos and words.Camera used Olympus Pen F, with the 12,25,45 and 75mm lens’s. Colour wheel settings in the main was classic chrome 2. Occasionally I used the pin hole setting as I quite like the effect once in a while.

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Some local kids had kindly written Antigua in the sand – snap – Antigua is also known as Wadadli. Although English is spoken by everyone. You will hear the locals speaking “Dialect” which sounds to my ear a bit like Patios English spoken very fast.Wikipedia have a rather more in depth explanation.
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As the entrance sign suggests I stayed at the Pineapple Beach Club. Situated on Long Bay near to the village of Willikies in the parish of St Philip.
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The drive way leading to the security post.
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Once past the security post, go down the hill to the reception located on the left.
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Up the small steps and your into the main area of the reception. The business area (computers and staff are located on the left hand side).
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This is the “Ocean Front Room”. As you can see its quite basic no frills but clean. The bed is unusually high. Bathroom is located on the left by the door. This section of the development Ocean Front Rooms have a commanding views of Long Bay and the resort complex.
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And here is the view from the balcony of our room. Rather pleasant aspect.
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Down at beach level looking along Long Bay. Palm tree and the softest white sand to put your feet on. Note: all the beaches in Antigua have public access they are not private. Compared to other locations that I have visited Antigua is a very clean island.
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Using the 75mm lens (150mm in old money) You can see where the resort ends and the multi coloured huts begin (Vendors Mall). This is about midway along the bay/beach.
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Just past the resort is the Vendors Mall where you can purchase all manner of your usual tourist paraphernalia. The vendors are quite friendly/not forceful, the multi coloured huts are quite enchanting. Antigua is a very colourful island. Verdant green landscape and colourful housing contrast well with the ever present blue sky.
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This is the bottom end of Long Bay. Setting sun / pastel coloured sky and a dead tree in the foreground
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Looking back the other way towards the Pineapple Beach Resort. Late evening light and red seaweed.The accommodation (in blue) are the Water Front Rooms. Ours was the one behind (mid left) they are on a hill access is via steps.
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Garden View Rooms. Hammocks in the foreground.
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Garden View Rooms
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Sunrise view from our room.
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Full moon view from our room .Using the 75mm lens.
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Night time shot of the resort. Using the 12mm lens.
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A local stray moggie. Mr very friendly cat, lounging around seeking attention.

The next set of images will feature the island of Antigua. Where I can recall I will name the location. Please remember although this island and others like it are a sun-kissed paradise for the tourist. I suspect they are hard places to live and make money. This is reflected in the housing and road infra structure. That’s not to say there are not some villas to drool over, indeed there are many. Google Eric Clapton Antigua to get a glimpse of how the other half live.

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Devils Bridge. This is a lime stone sea arch (on the left) where desperate folk would go an commit suicide, as the sea is always rough here one is sure to get a good bashing about before drowning.
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Betty’s Hope Plantation. I used this image with the pink Land Rover to give a sense of scale.
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Betty’s Hope Plantation. Looking through a window towards the ruin of a building.
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Street scene / road junction.
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Street scene.
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Beer and a great view from the Outhouse. Sticky ribs n chicken to follow.
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The Outhouse.
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English Harbour. For me this is the best view on the whole island. Three bays, sailing boats, lush vegetation and hills in the background.
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Pink church.
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Sailing boat and the blue sea.
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Shirley Heights Guard House. Time for a bit of black and white photography.
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Fruit and veg street vendor.
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Street scene.
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V C Bird statue in the capital of St Johns (first Prime Minister of Antigua).
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Street scene, St Johns.
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Heritage  Quay shopping area. Basically the cruise ships anchor up near by and thousands of passengers get off to mooch about, to lo and behold – lets go shopping –
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Iron and steel monsters dock at St Johns.
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Street scene in St Johns.
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After the city – Time to escape back to the beach – Colourful clothing being sold by a beach vendor.

Antigua…..Well worth a visit when the weather in your part of the world is gloomy, wet and cold. The island will lift your spirits and you will come back with a bit more vigour.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Antigua January 2017

  1. Some lovely shots mate, and such vivid colours too. That island is nothing if not colourful, it would seem!
    I am jealous of the weather as well. You went at the right time.
    Cheers, Pete.

  2. Hi and thanks for your comment. Actually it did rain a few times and the sea did get quite rough we had to dive for a bit of cover under a sun brolly (shame). But seriously one morning there was torrential tropical down pour I was so stressed I had to get another coffee.

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