Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 43, The Bahamas

Next stop, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, an independent, English-speaking country consisting of 2,387 rocks, 661 cays and 29 islands.
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau, its capital, has quite an attractive harbor. As we drove into town we couldnt help but admire the colorful blend of old world and colonial architecture of Nassau's historical landmarks......

the Government House built in 1806;
the public Library built in 1799;
the Balcony House which is the oldest wooden residence in Nassau was built way back in 1790;
the Pompey Museum is even older built in 1784
and the oldest standing church in the Bahamas, the St Matthews Anglican Church was built in 1800!!

The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas has made Nassau a popular tourist destination, with a reputation for relaxing days and an exciting nightlife.

Did you know that Nassau is considered a historical stronghold of pirates, where the infamous Blackbeard was a Magistrate of the Privateers Republic?

The guys wanted to know about the local cuisine...The Bahamas are a paradise to seafood lovers. Crawfish, conch, land crabs,and fish such as groupers, Yellow Tails, and Red Snappers are local and tourist favorites.

A typical Bahamian meal consists of crab and rice, delicious steamed fish, served with baked macaroni and cheese and a good helping of potato salad. This is followed by desserts such as coconut or pineapple tart, bread pudding or guava duff, a delicious dessert that is made through a laborious process of folding the fruit into the dough and boiling and is served with a sauce. This meal is topped off with a large glass of ice cold "switcha" (lemon, sugar and water mixture) or beer.

No guys sorry, no time for a long leisurely meal....our next destination awaits....

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