28 Jan 2017

Fort George, St. George's, Grenada

Towering 175 ft above the St. George's harbour, Fort George is not only the oldest but undoubtedly the most significant fort on the island, having always stood at a focal point as major changes occured in political and military landscape of Grenada.

Dating back to the 1600's, while Grenada was still a French colony, Fort George was originally known as Fort Royal. Designed by Francois Blondel in 1666 and built the year after, Fort Royal served as a battery with commanding views over the Carenage, then the central port of entry and La Ville du Fort Royal (now St. George's), the hub of economical, political and social activities on the island.

Fort Rupert Grenada

Between 1701 and 1713 Fort Royal was upgraded as part of the plan of making Grenada a trading post for the Asiento, an agreement forged between Spain and Great Britain in 1713 that governed the supply of African slaves to the spanish colonies in the Americas. Credited for the new design is Jean de Giou de Caylus. The fort has been praised as the "finest original example of a Vauban-style, masonary bastion tracer in the Western Hemisphere."

After the British seized control of the island in 1762 Fort Royal was renamed Fort George, in honour of King George III, and La Ville du Fort Royal, St. George's.
The most significant and well-known role of Fort George is unqestionably during the Grenadian Revolution and US Invasion. In 1979 the fort became the headquaters of the People's Revolutionary Army and was renamed Fort Rupert, in memory of Rupert Bishop, the father of the then Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. Forever etched in the minds and memories of the Grenadian people is the execution of at least 24 persons in the central courtyard of Fort Rupert including Prime Minister Bishop and four of his cabinet members by the more Marxist wing of his party on October 19th, 1983, Bloody Wednesday.

Although Fort George now serves as the headquarters of the Royal Grenada Police Force some areas are opened to the public daily between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. The entrance fee is EC $5.

View of the Carenage from Fort George Grenada

Stroll around the main courtyard and enjoy amazing views of the Carenage all the way down to Grand Anse Beach and Point Salines, the new Cruise Ship Terminal and St. George's City.

The only historical elements which have been well preserved over the years are the massive 1800's cast-iron cannons, which are still in perfect working condition and are sometimes fired off on special occasions. 

View of the main part of St.George's City from  Fort George Grenada

1800's cast-iron cannons at Fort George
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15 Feb 2016

The income of a cocoa farmer, per chocolate bar

The matter about the low income for farmers in the cocoa industry is widely discussed. We will have a look at this topic from a caribbean-european perspective. We will make a calculation with the current market price for cocoa farmers in Grenada and looking at a typical bar of milk-chocolate in europe.

We know that the Grenada Cocoa Association pays 1.50 XCD per pound of wet cocoa beans in 2015. That means the farmers pick the cocoa pods from the tree, open the pod and take out the beans.  These beans are sold to the  cocoa association. There it will be fermented an dried, during this process the cocoa beans loose about 30% of weight. Hence, one pound of wet cocoa is approx. 0.7 pound of dried cocoa.

8 Dec 2015

The traditional outdoor activity: Working the land

You aint't see bush yet! That's what I have heared many times from my local companions on our way to a piece of agricultural land in the parish of St. Patrick's on the north side of Grenada.
The mission was to clean up a typical piece of land with cocoa and nutmeg trees, cinnamon and mango, golden apple and sour sop and many more fruits.

The author's first attemts with the cutlass
At least twice a year the wild bush has to be removed in order for the trees to have enough space and light. The traditional way is to use the cutlass and this is still very widely used because most parts of Grenada are steep or partly covered with rocks. The machete is the way to go then. We had three very experience men with us which showed us all the tricks. 

Let m tell you, the right technique is really not easy. To cut the bush right above the surface and do it in an efficient manner.

31 May 2015

What to do on the Island? How do I find my way around?

These are two basic questions almost every tourist has in his head. Hotels which are able to offer a
great service not only inside the hotel perimeter, but also make their guests happy outside the hotel make a big step towards real customer satisfaction.

You can give your guests into the hand of professional guides and organisations. But that's not the right choice for every guest.

Make the step into the digital age and give a Smartphone Hotel-App into the hands of your guests which will guide them to the places you recommend. The App contains a map which works in every corner of the island without internet connection and show's the guest's position. Also your recommendations are marked in the map. That's how you impress backpackers, solo travellers, honeymooners and the like. iphone, android, hotel

Schneider Geo is offering a Hotel-App which will be customized to every hotel: schneidergeo.com/hotel. It is available for the caribbean and includes the maps from cariboutdoor.com

3 Jan 2015

Valley Of Desolation and Boiling Lake, Dominica

The most impressive hike we have done in the caribbean so far, is clearly the hike to the Boiling Lake in Dominica.

26 Dec 2014

Boeri Lake Trail, Dominica

Boeri Lake Trail, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica
We chose the trail to Boeri Lake for a day with lot's of liquid sunshine (aka. rain) because it is a short trail of only one mile. It turned out to be a fantastic little adventure through the beautiful rainforest of Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
It is a beautiful crater lake and at the same time the highest lake in Dominica. There is more background information on this site.

16 Dec 2014

Hiking with Telfor Bedeau in St. Patrick / Grenada

Telfor Bedeau is the legend among hikers in Grenada. He is looking back on years as a sailor and many years as the pionieer of hiking and discovering hiking routes.
Since he was, just like us, recovering from the Chikungunya virus, we chose an easy hike in St. Patricks. The route offeres many interesting insights into the agricultural areas of Grenada.
The starting point of this route is the bus stop in Mt. Rich, which you can reach with the bus from Sauteurs bus terminal. That's where the route ends.

Dana & Mr. Bedeau chatting.  He has many interesting stories to tell