Exploring Unique Facades Of Bermuda – Part I

Caribbean | | October 14, 2009 at 5:17 am




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Placed 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda stretches up to a 21 square miles island which is scattered with pretty pastel colored houses, eye-soothing beaches and narrow roads. Bermuda is an exquisite location incorporated with 181 tiny islands and islets which are linked together with bridges and walkways. Visioning this autonomous British colony from the sky presents an image of fishhook.

Bifurcated in nine parishes or ‘tribes’ as they were known in the past in 1600’s in the initial surveillance. The early eight tribes bagged their names after five significant shareholders in the Bermuda Company which comprised of Sandys, Warwick, Paget, Southampton, Devonshire, Pembroke, Smith’s and Hamilton. After this, they were divided in separate narrow paths. At present, some tribe roads remain to be ancient relics whilst the others are helping people as shortcuts leading to major roads and footpaths which can be explored while strolling in the islands. The ninth parish is St. George’s which was looked as public land in the ancient times.

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Each distinct parish holds some different characteristics which makes them unique. The St. George houses island’s remnants hailing to the 17th century which are face-lifted, pastel colored buildings form government buildings and shopping spots in Hamilton in Pembroke Parish. Nature lovers can move in Sandy’s as the land is filled with natural treasures and picturesque bays.

St. George’s (East End):

Perched to Bermuda’s acute East, St. George’s shelters the island’s very first capital known as the Town of St. George. It was discovered in 1612 when the Sea venture was shipwrecked off the coast. The town has mutated to little changes over a period of 400 years and reflects a picture of what the town was in past centuries. At present, a revitalization project is on the process which has ensured that the historical architects will not get harmed; also this project will reinstate cobblestone streets, monuments and structures. In addition, this development project will also create a new Heritage Visitor Centre, waterfront promenade and boardwalk.

Bermuda International Airport

This town is a unique perseverance of history and it was entitled as ‘World Heritage Site’ in the year 2000. Bermuda’s most enchanting architect Fort St. Catherine is the most iconic and antique one as it is standing firmly since 1613. To the south of St. George, lie the most costly plush homes in Bermuda as well as Natural Arches. Natural Arches presents a fantastic exhibition of caves and rock which altogether integrates to form archways, also sometimes known as the ninth wonder of the world by Bermudians. Also, the Bermuda International Airport lies in St. George itself.

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Pembroke:

Situated centrally, the capital city of Hamilton lies in Pembroke which replaced the Town of St. George as capital in 1815. The capital city of Hamilton is popular for shopping, international business and culture, also it is reputed to host the island’s governmental system and Parliament.

The front street is lined up with distinct rows of pastel colored buildings, and shelters the major ferry terminal, department stores, banks and restaurants. It is a popular spot where parades and other local activities take place. If you are visiting here during the high season between April and October, you will find that loads of cruise ships are docked in Hamilton Harbor besides the street.

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The Fort Hamilton is another eye-soothing attraction outside the capital to the northeast, which was originally set up to rise above any attack, but today serves as a shelter to garden moat lined with flora. It also houses other scenic attractions like the Spanish Point which is a picturesque park and a residential area that is sure to serve as an eye-candy to tourists. The Admiralty House affords beautiful views of the splendid ocean, hiking trails and park.

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