|Early Thursday morning, we approached the harbor at Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands. Since we knew that
you have to tender in here to reach town, we were in no real hurry to join the mad rush of people trying to get
ashore on the first few boats. While Justice got in a few more winks, D and I headed for the
Windjammer Café for our usual morning ritual of totally enjoying a quiet, stress free breakfast
as we worked on our plan for enjoying the rest of the day.
Justice finally joined us and we went topside to watch our final approach into the harbor. The cruise ship
Horizon that was tied up next to us in Falmouth was also coming in with us and soon we were at anchor with three
more ships -- Holland America’s Ryndam, Carnival’s Conquest, and Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of The Seas.
With five cruise ships in port, we knew it was going to be crowed in town so we made our way down to Deck one
and soon we were aboard our tender for the short ride to the docks in Georgetown, This was Justice’s first
tender ride and he thought this was the coolest way ever to get ashore.
Georgetown is a beautiful place – one of our favorite ports to visit. I think this is because it is noticeably clean,
safe, and everyone speaks English. After walking around a bit in the terminal area, we headed out into the town
itself and just started wandering around. Of course we soon found ourselves in a jewelry store – who would have
thought -- and D was thoroughly enjoying the air conditioned cool air while she shopped for
new pieces to add to her Charmed Memory bracelet.
After a thorough search, she settled on two green colored charms to add to her bracelet. The colors were
beautiful – representative of the lushness of the tropics that we were enjoying. Heading back out into the hot
sun, we continued our walking tour of Georgetown.
Justice said he liked this place a whole lot better than Jamaica. He was noticeably more at ease as we walked
and laughed and joked a lot as we toured the old town. He really loved this old pickup truck that was parked on a
side street that was all painted up as a Tortuga Rum Company delivery truck,
complete with a load of wooden rum casks in the back.
As we approached the waterfront area again – looking for a place to eat lunch -- we ran across a beautiful
rooster strutting around an alley way who was sort of watching over his family. Chirping loudly were about seven
or eight tiny chicks looking for something to eat while being watched over and lead by their mama -- an absolute
beautiful hen in her own right. Sitting on a wall ledge close by was a huge lizard watching all this.
What struck me the most by all this was how life goes on, beautifully some times, in the strangest ways and
places. Here we were in the middle of a bustling town crawling with people, boats, cars, honking horns, and
strutting around like they owned the place was a proud papa rooster and his entire family.
We found a great restaurant on the street facing the harbor and after walking up to the second floor where you
could eat outside on a covered deck, we settled in for a long, leisurely lunch. After ordering up some adult
beverages for me and D, a huge coke for Justice, we settled in on ordering cheeseburgers for me
and Justice and a Conch Fritter platter for D.