24 Hours in Bermuda
By Michael C. Upton
Brightly colored houses. I’d seen them on film and maybe in books as a kid, and I had forgotten about them; when I caught my first up close glimpse of Bermuda the deck of Grandeur of the Seas those island homes flooded back into my mind. I was immediately more excited to come ashore.
The Grandeur was on a five night cruise leaving from Baltimore with a port at King’s Wharf. Our stay would be brief, less than 24 hours, so I wanted to hit some quintessentially Bermudan spots on the island. I was told a good place to meet artists and find hidden gems is on the eastern part of Bermuda (which I learned is not one island, but a series of 181 islands and islets). Along with a contingent of family and friends, I rushed off the pier in time to catch the 2:00 ferry to St. George’s Island.
St. George’s is an historical place, much like the rest of the island I assume. Onboard our ferry, we were lucky to be in the company of a wedding party, who in tow had a guide. He pointed out Ferry Point Park; at 63 acres, the nature reserve marks the start of our approach to St. George’s Island. As we passed the Unfinished Church, our impromptu guide gave us a brief history and I learned that even in paradise people can sometimes disagree. The church, whose construction was never completed, was a short walk away from where this wedding was to be held at St. Peter’s Church.