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Antigua
December 16, 2008
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Our little boat was neatly docked by the time we were through with breakfast


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What a joy - three cruise ships on one day - thinks, that could mean as many as 6,000 lucky punters milling around town looking for thrills


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No thrill here, just more colorful Caribbean crap, although a sense of excitement does seem to emanate from the shoppers


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Since it was just a few days before Christmas, we concluded that this must be part of an Antiguan festive celebration


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Sure enough, the next store along the street was decked out with this subtle display


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The "City View Hotel" is Antigua's finest


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A backwater it may be, but Antigua majors in the skills to run lucrative online gambling operations to the chagrin of foreign governments and law enforcement. Could this be one of the secret training grounds?


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If you study the sign on the gate carefully, you may make out that this is the High School


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The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine, first built in 1681, is one of the lasting tributes to Europe's early exploration of the Caribbean islands


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Newgate street runs west from the cathedral and provides a view across the harbor


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Was this a ship building community or what? Located in the Antiguan capital city of the same name, the Cathedral has seen hard times over the centuries


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This is actually the third incarnation of the church, the first two were razed by earthquakes, the first in 1745 and then again in 1843


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Looking south from the cathedral


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The 'Organisation for National Development" is economically housed in this tiny office on St Mary's Street


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A couple of doors along is this Chinese restaurant wittily named "Chinese Restaurant". We were not tempted


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The Ebenezer Methodist Church, part of the Leeward Islands District Circuit. A pretty boring building if you ask me


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Caribbean attorneys must be asleep at their desks. Here a piece of plywood, with a foot sized hole in it, covers a gaping hole in the sidewalk. What an opportunity!


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Here, a crude wooden drain cover looks somewhat the worse for wear and would likely not sustain the weight of a car. The drain grates at the top of the picture, like most in the area, are fabricated from rebar and many are in a partially collapsed condition


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This complex is part of the "Seventh Day Adventist Church" which seemed both extensive and vigorous in the community


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This church interior also bears traces of a shipbuilding heritage


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This Seventh Day Dental Clinic was n the neighborhood


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On the same street is the less prosperous looking Shiloh Gospel Church


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A few doors further on, stood these two starter homes


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On the main tourist drag, one of the first stores we found was this stylish boutique. For a moment I thought we were back in New Orleans...


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The name says it all!


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Hard to resist, especially as it was around lunchtime


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As in every place we visited in the Caribbean, the traffic was most often at a standstill in the major downtown streets


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More congestion


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This monument is to Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr., Father of the Nation. Beginning as a Union agitator in 1939, Vere Cornwall succeeded in becoming the country's leader and accomplished independence from Great Britain in 1981. Do you think there is a statue like this in our future?


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There was a bunch of these fellas, at about a foot long, in the cathedral graveyard. No fiery breath was seen


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These happy lasses were probably going shopping. Notice the universal use of burglar bars


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Although no one seemed to be buying it, this firebrand nutter with his rebar walking stick, was calling fire and brimstone down on everyone
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