Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Travel ::: Barbados Botanical Garden and Harrison's Cave

We took off on our second day to explore Harrison's Cave - but not before stopping at the Andromeda Botanical Garden across the street from the guest house for some coffee and a walk around the property.


Andromeda Gardens was established by Iris Bannochie and her husband at the time Dr Harry Bayley around her home in St Joseph.

The garden is name after the Greek Goddess Andromeda who was chained to the rock, much like the plants on the property who are tethered into the east coast coral stone. 


Although I wish I had written down the names of each flower we saw - these furry pink flowers were unlike any flower I'd seen before!



Good ol' cacti.




I'm sensing a hot pink theme here.


Humming Birds loved these furry vertical flowers. I tried to hard to snap a shot of the bird but they're so speedy!


Palms <3


I have a similar plant in my home and am praying I can keep it alive.


Lily pads and codfish.


This terrace structure reminded me of The Secret Garden.


Walking around the botanical garden was such a great way to start our morning smelling the roses!


And a sleepy kitty to bid you farewell.


After the botanical garden, we took a 40 min drive north to Harrison's Cave - known as Barbados' number one attraction!


To get to the cave entrance we had to take an elevator down to the grounds.


The grounds had cute little shops and food stands as well as a lush plant life.

I think Sean wanted to take a nap in that tree cubby.


The whole property of Harrison's Cave reminded me of Jurassic Park.


These Nike Frees are the best for vacationing when there will be hiking or a lot of walking.

They are super light to pack and can be worn barefoot.

We took a tour of Harrison's Cave on a trolly that reminded me a lot of a Disney ride.


The caves were first open to tourist in 1981. Before entering the cave we watched a video on the history and how it was formed. 

We were then lead to a parking area where we boarded a tram that would drive us through the man-made paths throughout Harrison's Cave. 


The caves are formed by water erosions in the limestone rock. The water is so calcium-rich that they form beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formations.

The cave stores clean rain water in it's caverns, making Barbados the island with one of the best tap water systems. 


In the early 1970's, Ole Sorensen, along with Tony Mason, re-discovered the cave and spent months discovering it's caverns. 



We were lead to the biggest cavern called The Great Hall which was vast in height.


Who said Barbados doesn't have waterfalls?


Most likely the cleanest and freshest pool on the island. 


These little ghost figures are made from limestone.


They called the one above "The Altar" as it looks like a man is proposing to his betrothed.


When speaking to some of our housemates we were told Harrison's Cave may not be worth the trip. However, we were pleasantly surprised with our experience and would recommend anyone traveling to Barbados if they're looking for something to do besides lounge by the coast.

-Stephanie

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