Grenada Journals

The Island of Up and Down

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A January 2002 trip to Grenada by friskycelery

Janice Shady Heaven Photo, Grenada, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Grenada is usually called the Spice Island. From my experience, it could also be called the Island of Up and Down on account of the hills and cliffs that comprise this small island nation.

The Island of Up and Down

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Overview

Christ of the Deep Photo, Grenada, Caribbean
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Grenada is known for its spices; 90% of the world's nutmeg is grown here. There are many tours that will take you through nutmeg and cocoa processing. If you don't want to sign up with a formal tour, most taxi drivers will be happy to arrange a tour for you that will go at your own pace. Grenada is also the island that the US invaded in 1983, ostensibly to protect American students studying at St. George's University. A trip to the forts on the island, one of which is still in use as a police barracks, is a fascinating view of living history.Quick Tips: The currency in Grenada is the East Carribbean dollar. US.00 = EC.67. Always ask if the price quoted is in EC dollars or US dollars. You ...Read More

Grand View Inn

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Hotel | "The Grand View Inn"

Grand View Inn Photo, Grenada, Caribbean
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I thought the Grand View Inn was a bargain-priced gem. The reality was rather different. The Grand View Inn does have good points, and out of fairness, I'll list them first. The Room I booked a standard room, which was actually a two room apartment. Each of the rooms were huge. The bedroom contained two beds, and a corner was walled off a bathroom, which was small and dark. The kitchen/living area held a table, couch, and small kitchenette. The living room opened out onto a balcony that had a table and several chairs. Both rooms were high ceilinged and airy. Sadly, both rooms suffered from a serious lack of sufficient light after dark. The Vie...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

Grand View Inn

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
(473) 444-4984

Almost Free Lunch

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Restaurant

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One of the best values for lunch in Grenada is one you won't see in any guide book. But you, you lucky child, have Friskycelery as a guide, and I'll let you in on the secret. Think back to 1983. The deputy Prime Minister of Grenada, a man with decided Communist leanings, has staged coup and taken over the government.The Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, has been placed under house arrest. After about a week, Maurice Bishop and some of his supporters are lined up against a wall and shot. This event, and subsequent events in Grenada, prompts US President Reagan to invade Grenada with the support of several other Caribbean states. The stated purpose of this invasion is to rescue US medical students ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

Pirate Cove

Restaurant

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The Pirate Cove is the restaurant on the grounds of the Grand View Inn. It's a decent place for dinner, but not necessarily one that I would go out of my way for.

Ambiance is quite nice. There is a balcony that overlooks Grand Anse beach, and at night you can see the lights of St. George's, the capitol. The waitresses are uniformly sweet and efficient.

You can get a steak here that is flavorful, if rather thin. Opt for the rice, rather than french fries, as the fries taste rather bland.

A steak, along with a beer or two will run you about US$25 with tax and tip.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2002

Tikal

Attraction

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Tikal has a little bit of everything. If you are past the point of chintzy souvenirs to remember your travels by, Tikal may be the shop for you.

Tikal carries some local artwork, at pretty reasonable prices. There are also reproduction maps suitable for framing.

Indonesian fabric by the yard (expensive) is on sale here, as well as clothing made from this fabric. One of my favorite finds in this store was a shirt made from a flour sack from the local farming collective.

The staff here is very friendly and very helpful. US dollars are accepted here, as are credit cards.

Tikal is located across the street from Art Fabrik and the National Marketing Board store.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Art Fabrik

Attraction

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I sew and when I travel, I am always on the lookout for fabric stores. Turning fabric from my travels into a favored shirt, or a block in a quilt, is one way for me to stitch up my memories. I particularly like Indonesian batiks, and I was very excited about visiting Art Fabrik. Art Fabrik makes batik fabric on their own premises. They have some fabric for sale by the yard, but not much. What yardage they do have is limited, not only in length, but in color. I was not able to find a big enough piece to make a shirt. Their real speciality is ready-to-wear apparel made from their fabrics. Shirts, dresses, and pareos predominate. Be warned - this stuff is expensive. It's gorgeous a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

Janice's Shady Heaven

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Story/Tip

Janice Shady Heaven Photo, Grenada, Caribbean
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It was Christmas Day, and I had no money Well, I had money, just not in any usable form. I had failed to change a traveler’s cheque the day before. I figured that I would change a few US dollars in to East Carribbean dollars with the proprietor of the hotel, but he had not put in an appearance by the time I left for the beach. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do for lunch - maybe a miracle would happen and I wouldn’t get hungry. At any rate, there was sunshine waiting, and I’d figure something out later. Christmas Day on Grand Anse beach was quite pleasant. Mali, the Rasta beach chair guy, gave me a speech about the spiritual meaning of Christmas and a good deal on a lounge chair. The sun ...Read More
View From the Fort Photo, Grenada, Caribbean
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Many of the interesting places in Grenada are, unfortunately, not on a public bus route. That leaves you with a couple of choices when you want to go exploring: you can rent a car, or you can go on a tour. I don’t recommend renting a car in Grenada unless you are a true glutton for punishment. Roads are narrow, poorly marked, and often on a steep grade. Sidewalks are essentially non-existent, so you are sharing the road with pedestrians - and the occasional herd of cattle. If you do rent a car, make sure your personal relationship can handle it; I saw more than one couple erupt in bitter recriminations over their rental car. I’ve never been a big fan of group tours. I can’t quite han...Read More