Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hidden Gem

We were recently introduced to a hidden gem here in the Bahamas.  Everyone knows about the beaches, but something a little different is nice every once in a while.

Some moms from the school said they were going to the Cloisters during Fall Break.  I really didn’t want to go because I’d been having a hard time with Miller.  I just didn’t need another time where he behaved badly in front of the world.  I’m so glad that I just went.  It was just what we all needed.

Plenty of space for the boys to run, beautiful vista for me and fresh air for all of us!

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When you come in you are in this lovely courtyard with amazing statues and clipped hedges.  There are several terraced levels with stairs down to the gazebo, which is right on the water.

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Of course my boys immediately jumped over the hedges down to the next level.  Why use stairs, when you can jump?

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It was about 5 feet down. After they jumped over a Bouganvelia bush with spikes.
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I’ll tell you why you ought to use stairs….the Bahamas is lovely, but you don’t want a broken leg here.  Med-Evac would be necessary.  While a trip to Florida sounds fun, a trip to a Florida  hospital sounds a little tedious. 

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It looks like an ideal place for a wedding, if you took away all the kids and their paraphernalia.

I learned that the Cloisters were built in the 14th century in France.  It was imported, stone by stone, by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s.   Unfortunately, they forgot to number the pieces before they disassembled it, so  it sat in pieces.   Later the Cloisters were bought by Huntington Hartford and installed at the top of a hill on Paradise Island overlooking Nassau Harbor.

That is the end of your history lesson for today.

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