Tuesday, November 13, 2018

An Oceania Mai Tai at Happy Hour

Aboard Insignia: North Atlantic Sunset

Going, going, gone...

Aboard Insignia: Sailing from Bermuda to Charleston SC

On Board Insignia: Docked in Hamilton, Bermuda

What a great spot to dock this is! A larger ship would never fit.

We enjoyed our leisurely stroll along Front Street this morning. We sail toward Charleston, South Carolina this afternoon, with another sea day before landing Thursday, the day after tomorrow.

We spotted a concrete roof this morning, a first for us.

Pretty Caribbean colors abound, and Hamilton looks sparkling clean, especially compared to some ports.

They clearly put their litter containers to good use.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hamilton, Bermuda

We were going to dock at St. George but it was apparently too windy. Here we are at Hamilton instead, guided in by large tugs and docked overnight with a view of pink houses.

On our first venture ashore, we spy possibly the world’s most attractive litter containers.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

New York City: Intrepid Museum

The weather was much better today and it’s only a two-block walk from Pier 90, where Insignia is docked, to this very impressive museum, based on and around the famous aircraft carrier.

We saved a few bucks buying our tickets online, and were through the front door and on the submarine Growler just after 10AM, beating the crowds.

Growler was a diesel-powered sub that carried nuclear armaments. It was only in active service for six years or so, and made for a very interesting walk-through.

Next we spent some time wandering around thenhuhe aircraft carrier itself - lots to see.

Finally we walked back to the large structure housing the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, a gigantic craft that lacked an engine and was tested as a glider.

Finally a peak at a Concorde. We elected not to pay extra to tour through it, as we’d walked through one somewhere several years ago.

There’s a lot to see in this complex and our two-hour visit gave us a brief overview. Well worth the stiff entry fees.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Walking to Bunker Hill

On a previous visit we’d walked part of the Freedom Trail, but hadn’t made it to Bunker Hill. 

Today we remedied that by walking across the Charlestown Bridge, catching a glimpse of the Boston Garden from a distance.

What a scenic little neighborhood to wander through...

We spot a monument to the “War of 1861,” erected in the 1870s.

This is one of two large plaques honoring the fallen American soldiers from the Battle of Bunker Hill.

A little more walking and we’re within sight of the peak. It is actually the peak of Breed’s Hill, where most of the fighting took place, and we learn the Battle of Bunker Hill is actually a misnomer.

The obelisk stands 221 feet tall, and Daniel Webster spoke to a crowd estimated to be 100,000 at the opening ceremony.

This is a statue of Colonel William Prescott, who famously MAY have ordered his troops: "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”

Later we visit the excellent little museum before returning to Insignia.