Ruth and I were up for an early morning stretching class while David and Alie remained sleeping in their rooms. We agreed to go our separate ways and meet for lunch but saw each other at a morning waltz class.
By lunch, Ruth had been to Mass, Tai Chi, crafts, the waltz class, a shore excursions overview, “an introduction to acupuncture,” and a “3 chef demo.” Before meeting us for a pre-dinner drink, she added line dancing, tea and a party planning lecture. Dave attended some of these with her, but just listening to her schedule wore us out.
We met for dinner at an oriental bar, “the Silk Den,” where they have individual screened areas as well as normal chairs, tables and bar. It was a formal night, and we were successful in obtaining late seating which made for a much more relaxing evening.
The next morning, we arrived at Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands which are part of the British Commonwealth. The island only has about six thousand people, but they have made a good deal of progress since the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2009.
We rented a taxi for a two-hour tour, enough time to make several stops as we drove around the small island. We saw the 1815 Governors House (we were told the governor has his own golf course), the Anglican style library and churches and the white walled private homes along Front Street.
We enjoyed the lighthouse which guarded the northeast reef, over the years the scene of about a thousand shipwrecks. It is also the site of one of my favorite Caribbean signs: it says that at that point the future Lord Horatio Nelson attempted to free the island from the French and failed. One does not often see a sign commemorating a failure!
We spent a little while at the shops in “downtown” Cockburn before returning to the ship.