I’m back home now, grateful for my week in the sun with my family and hoping you’ll enjoy seeing a few pictures from the beautiful country we visited.
We stayed at the Hotel Melia Nassau Beach, where the sand was as fine as powdered sugar and the sea was calm and warm (once you got used to it). I was charmed by the silvery sheen the water took on in the late afternoon.
On Christmas day, Santa arrived in a horse-drawn cart. But with all the kids crowding around, I couldn’t get a good shot of him.
In this year of destructive hurricanes, the Bahamas was mainly spared. The country has 700 islands. Inevitably, a few of the small, largely uninhabited islands were hit. The capital of Nassau on the main island of New Providence was missed, though.
In 1492 Columbus’s first landfall in the New World was the Bahamas. The Spanish never colonized it, but they enslaved the local people, the Lucayans, and sent them away to Hispaniola. According to our taxi driver, the Lucayans eventually disappeared from the face of the earth.
The Bahamas is a terrifically popular destination for tourists from North America and Europe. One reason: good weather. In December, the average high temperature is 79.2° and, on average, there are only eight days of rain.
Back home now, I can’t complain. No snow, and the temperature is in the mid 40s. Not bad for winter.
Happy New Year.