Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cruise (part 2) Day 4 Labadee Haiti

Day 4 we arrived in Labadee, Haiti which is one of Royal Caribbean's private Islands. The very first time we went to Labadee was in 1989. I can not believe the changes throughout the years. It now is built up, but still a very beautiful place to spend the day. The cruise line cooks a BBQ on the beach and its amazing. This is one day that is so laid back and enjoyable. In years past we would have to tend from the ship to the land now we walk off the ship and walk along a cemented walk way. I much rather walk than to have to wait for a tender.
The mountains are just amazing. I just feel so badly that Haiti is so poor and they are still very much suffering from that horrific earthquake. We did loose a very wonderful local teen that was volunteering over there.

This is basically how the natives travel and work. These two guys were rowing so hard and fast, they were going much faster than the ship was. They sure do put in long hard days.

This is where we set up for the morning. I just love getting to the beach early and then leave at the hottest part of the day and be done with the beach.

Hubby and I just love to walk and explore.

We found this beautiful end of the Island, that not many walk to

The views were incredible. We did run into a wedding couple, with their photographer taking pictures. Not sure if they married on Labadee or just chose there for their pictures.

As you can see the ship in the background. You could see her from many areas of the Island. She sure is pretty.

Here you can see the walkway that I told you about.

We also ran into a gentleman that was from our area and he offered to take our photo. He was out walking around while his wife baked herself at the beach. LOL

The next stop will be
San Juan Puerto Rico.
Hope you enjoyed our day In Labadee.

1 comment:

Shirley said...

Very nice photo's. So glad you enjoyed the day and allit's glory! The ship is beautiful..

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May 2, 1890

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons