Nassau – Pt. I
Woke up the morning we docked in Nassau and wandered around the top deck while everyone was still sleeping or already off the boat exploring the city. Grabbed this shot with the Tokina 11-16mm…I wish I didn’t have to sell that lens since I joined the FSView (to purchase a 35-70mm).
After breakfast, we headed down to get in line for our tour of the city. The picture below is, obviously, of our driver. I never caught his name…and never bothered to ask. To make a rather long and uninteresting story short, I wasn’t too impressed with the tour. We were driven to a fort first…and, honestly, if you’ve seen one fort…you’ve pretty much seen them all. I know, I know…there are some forts out there that are pretty marvelous…but the one we went to wasn’t. That’s why there aren’t any pictures of it.
The rest of the tour included just riding through some shady parts of town…until we ended up at the Queen’s Staircase…
Slaves carved the steps and miniature canyon out by hand over the course of a year…during the 1790’s, if I remember correctly. Vendors set up near all the major attractions we went to; right outside the exit of the fort, and, as you can see here, right at the bottom of the staircase (since everyone walked down from the top).
We then set off to see the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. This place was incredible…even though I’m still saddened by the fact the tour guide only gave us 10 minutes to wander around. Only guests could even go into the main lobby while we were confined to the casino area. Apparently, this is one of the most expensive hotels in the world…it was #1 back in 2003. The Royal Towers rooms are priced at $25,000 per night…with a required 4 night minimum! I think I’d be just fine staying at the Best Western we had passed that was just a few miles away.
Fountains at the resort’s main entrance
After leaving the resort it was back to the boat for lunch and a short nap before heading back out to the beach!