A travel journal
to Jamaica by Languedoc
Quote: This journal covers several trips to Jamaica, all on the north shore from Port Antonio to Montego Bay.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000
On another occasion I stopped at a small cafe and tried king fish. I still don't know what we would call it, but it was the most dense fish steak I have ever had, much like a lean beef steak.
Goldeneye was Fleming's home and it was on the beach in a secluded area. He had it built simply with one large living area--living room, dining room and kitchen--with the bedrooms on one end of the house. It is now owned by the music promoter, Chris Blackwell, and can be rented occasionally. The best contact is the Jamaica Tourist Board for instructions on who to contact regarding a rental.
Noel Coward's home, Firefly, is atop one of the highest points along the North Shore, and in fact the point was used as a lookout by pirates 200 years ago. Coward, like Fleming, fell in love with Jamaica and bought a house on the beach at the foot of the mountain. He didn't have enough privacy there so he bought the lookout point and had his house, Firefly, built to his specifications, and kept the beach house as a guest house. When Coward died, he willed Firely to the Jamaica Tourist Board to use as a museum. It is open every day of the year. Like Goldeneye, it was simply built and Coward lived quite simply in it. Some of his paintings are still on the walls, and many of his belongings are still where he left them.
Goldeneye and Firefly
The price for the coffee came about in an interesting manner. The industry was almost demolished by a hurricane in the 1950s, but the Japanese, who were just coming into their own, made a deal with the Jamaican coffee cooperative. In exchange for a gift of cash to get the industry going again, the Japanese would get the first right of refusal on each Jamaican coffee bean crop, and the Jamaicans could set the price. It looked like a win-win situation to the Jamaicans, and they made the deal.
It has indeed been a win-win deal and the Japanese buy almost the entire crop every year, but release enough onto the world market for people to get a sampling of the coffee. Thus, when you visit Jamaica and see the Blue Mountain coffee selling for US$30 a pound, you will know why it is so expensive. It is good, make no mistake about it, but probably not that good. The laws of supply and demand at work.
Flynn was well liked in Port Antonio, even though as he grew older and sank deeper into alcoholism, he became a problem with his interest in children. But the Jamaicans were tolerant and steered him away from potential problems.
He virtually invented tourism for the Port Antonio area by bringing in many, many movie stars and other wealthy play mates. And he is credited with being the first to see the potential for having people pay to float down the rivers on bamboo rafts. Now people insist you haven't been to Jamaica unless you have floated a river on a raft.
(Tip: Try to float the river very late in the day because that is when the young woman come out to bathe in the river. They keep bathing as you float past, only turning their backs to you in modesty. It is a lovely sight.)
Flynn's last wife, Patrice Wymore, and their daughter Arnella, were living on the plantation in Jamaica when Flynn died in Vancouver. Wymore put up a big and long fight to gain possession of the plantation because Flynn had promised it to her. After several years of litigation, she got complete title to it and has lived there continuously, growing coconuts and cattle. She has always owned a gift shop at one of the main resorts, selling Jamaican-made clothing and gift products.
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