Posts Tagged ‘Antigua’

A Visit to Antigua

April 18, 2017

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Antigua was another stop on the cruise Betsy and I took back in 2001 to celebrate our honeymoon.  Antigua impressed both of us as very beautiful — we especially liked the views of the coast that we had from Shirley Height, a part of the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park that we visited.

Click on the image above to see a slide show of the images that I took during our visit to Antigua.  If you would like to see these and other images, along with the captions for each, click HERE.

Skywatch Friday: Antigua Sunrise

March 11, 2011

Morning sky off the coast of Antigua. September 12, 2001.

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

This has been a very busy week with little time to work on the computer, so I’ve selected a picture from my archives for Skywatch.

The picture above was taken shortly after sunrise as our cruise ship approached the island of Antigua in the Caribbean.  I really like the peach/pink color on the forward edge of the clouds.

Scenic Sunday #137: Antigua Sunset

March 6, 2011

Sunset off the island of Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

This is my post for the Scenic Sunday meme, which shares beautiful scenes from around the world.  To see more Scenic Sunday posts, or to join and show your own pictures, click HERE.

I went to my archives to find this picture of a sunset off the island of Antigua.  Sunrises and sunsets seem to be more spectacular at sea, and I consider this one to be very scenic.

Watery Wednesday: The Antigua Coast

January 20, 2010

The Coast of Antigua from an old British blockhouse. September 12, 2001.

This is my post for Watery Wednesday.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

One advantage of winter days is that there is not a great of yard work to be done.  That allows me to spend more time at my computer, catching up on projects that have been on my to-do list and reliving memories.

The picture above was taken on the coast of Antigua in the Caribbean.  Both Betsy and I really liked this island.  An old blockhouse, where the picture was taken, is in a dry, almost desert-like setting.  And yet we could look out over that incredibly blue ocean.


September 28, 2009
Betsy at St. John's, Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

Betsy at St. John's, Antigua. September 12, 2001.

The third port of call on out honeymoon cruise was St. John’s, Antigua.  Antigua was an island we thoroughly enjoyed visiting.  We especially liked the beautiful coastline of the island.

Antigua was a major sugar-producing colony for Great Britain and, because of it’s strategic location, it became Britain’s most important base in the  Caribbean.  In 1784 Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established a naval base at English Harbor.  We visited Nelson’s Dockyard, the restoration of dockyard Nelson commanded.

We also visited Shirley Heights, which offered panoramic views of English Harbor.  Shirley Heights were fortified by the British for the protection of their base and contains the remains of gun emplacements and military buildings.  One of the unusual sights along the heights was cactus — parts of the island are arid.

To see more of Antigua click HERE.

Watery Wednesday # 33

April 29, 2009
Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua. September 12, 2001.

This is my post for Watery Wednesday, a weekly meme created and hosted by 2sweeetnsaxy of Eyes, Mind, Heart.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

The picture above was taken at Nelson’s Dockyard on the island of Antigua.  Nelson’s Dockyard is a restored Georgian yard named in honor of the British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

The yard was originally called “His Majesty’s Antigua Naval Yard”.  Construction of the naval yard began in 1725 and was the headquarters of the British Leeward Islands fleet during the late eighteenth and early to mid nineteenth centuries.  This site was selected because the narrow mouth of the harbor which can be seen in the distance was easily defensible.  The facility was closed and abandoned by the British Navy in 1889.

Although Nelson served in the British Navy in the Leeward Islands from 1784 until 1787, his name did not become associated with the naval yard until a major restoration project began in the 1950s.

A Caribbean Sunrise

January 4, 2009
Sunrise off Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

Sunrise off Antigua. September 12, 2001.

I was going through some old pictures when I found the picture above.  It was taken on our Caribbean cruise back in 2001.

We flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we boarded the ship.  The ship left San Juan on a Sunday night and we slept fairly late on Monday.  But we got up early enough every other morning to see the sunrise.  Of course, we usually went back to bed after the sun was up, but after all it was a vacation!

This particular picture was taken on Wednesday morning as we approached Antigua.  I like it because the light reflected on the sea seems to be beckoning us to follow it into the sun.  Unfortunately the ship was headed in a slightly different direction.

Watery Wednesday

December 16, 2008


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The picture below was taken on Antigua, in September, 2001.  Betsy and I were on a belated honeymoon cruise in the southern Caribbean.  We visited six different islands on that cruise, but I think Antigua was definitely one of my favorites.
I especially liked the coast near Shirley’s Height, where this picture was taken.  The coast line, except for a few cactus, was mostly barren and dropped sharply down to the ocean, which was an incredible blue.  I’m not sure how high the cliffs are, but while we were there we looked down on a helicopter flying along the coastline!

The  contrast between the red-brown cliffs, the deep blue water, the bright white surf and the lighter blue of the sky is one reason I like this part of Antigua so much.  I hope you like it too!

My Favorite Island: Antigua

August 27, 2008
The coast of Antigua from Shirley's Height.  September 12, 2001.

The coast of Antigua from Shirley

This past Sunday afternoon Betsy and I were watching DVDs of our grandchildren when we decided to watch a DVD of our honeymoon cruise in the eastern Caribbean.  We visited several islands — St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados.  It was a wonderful cruise.

Betsy asked which island was my favorite.  That wasn’t an easy question to answer, but I finally had to say Antigua.  The coast of Antigua was absolutely breath-takingly beautiful.  The ocean was a gorgeous blue in contrast to the rocky cliffs.

In addition to rocky shores Antigua also has beaches and history.  In 1784 British Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson established a base on Antigua for use against the French.  We were able to visit that base, Nelson’s Dockyard.

Our day in Antigua began with a beautiful sunrise and ended with a gorgeous sunset.  To see more of our visit to Antigua click HERE.