Jamaica Dreams

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

I've long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.  And very successful they were, too!  Jamaica was one of the earliest possessions, taken from the Spanish in 1655.  

The island is rich and fertile and beautiful, and it became the world's greatest producer of sugar for a very long time.  (With all the evils of the slave system that produced that sugar, but that's not the subject for the day.)  

For this year's winter sunshine break, the Mayhem Consultant and I wanted to go Pina Coladasomewhere easy: only one flight so we wouldn't experience the many colorful transportation problems that can happen.  (Once we emerged from Tortola to find that our airline carrier had declared bankruptcy and stopped flying.  Exciting times!)

On the advice of an excellent travel agent, we rather warily decided to try Jamaica.  Warily because long ago we spent a week in Jamaica, and no sooner did we start our first beach walk when a local poled up his boat and offered us drugs.  ("No, thank you," we said politely.)

The low point of that trip was when I took an over the counter drug for an upset stomach, and half an hour later passed out on the breakfast table.  The MC thought I'd died and the restaurant owner thought I must have drunk way too much the night before.  

Neither of these things were true.  I discovered that the fifth listed ingredient was laudanum, which is how I learned I was hypersensitive to even the faintest trace of opium.  So much for being a Regency lady quaffing bottles of laudanum!

Our VerandaBut the Jamaica Inn looked gorgeous and the agent assured us that all her clients loved the place, so we decided to give it a try. 

Indeed it was wonderful (that's our veranda on the left)–and very, very British.  What better place for a Regency historical writer to relax?  Because not only is Jamaica beautiful, warm, and sunny, but it's lavish with history.

Built in 1950 and presumably named after the Daphne DuMaurier novel, the Jamaica Inn quickly became an elite destination.  As in, Arthur Miller brought Marilyn Monroe to the Jamiaca Inn for their honeymoon. (!!!)

Even more, it became a hangout for other distinguished Britons.  Our room was right next to the White Winston ChurchillSuite, the best suite in the inn–and Winston Churchill had stayed there.  

WINSTON CHURCHILL!!!  I had some serious fangirl moments.  It was easy to imagine him lounging on the veranda, smoking a cigar and drinking, though I'm having trouble imaging him in shorts and a polo shirt.  And I'm pretty sure he didn't go for rum drinks with fruit on sticks.  <G>

Churchill, Noel Coward, and Ian Fleming all drank at the bar there, quite possibly at the same time. Churchill, an accomplished artist, taught Coward how to paint.  

Captain Morgan rumOn a visit to his pal Ian Fleming's estate Goldeneye (where Fleming wrote his first James Bond novel), Noel Coward fell in love with a ruined limestone building with a magnificent view.  It had once View from Firefly estatebelonged to Henry Morgan, the seventeenth century privateer, pirate, and later lieutenant-governor of Jamaica.  He used the property as a lookout, and you can see why.   

Morgan was to some extent the inspiration for Captain Blood, the Sabatini novel and movie that made Errol Flynn a star.  Forbes magazine rated Morgan as the 9th richest of historical pirates.  These days, a romanticized image of him is used to sell that fine Jamaican product, Captain Morgan Rum.  As I said, history is everywhere!  

Noel Coward statue at FireflyNoel Coward bought his piece of paradise for £150 and built the Firefly Estate as his winter vacation home. It's a surprisingly simple hilltop house with amazing views.  Despite the simplicity, he had A-list guests, from the Queen Mother to QEII herself and Sophia Loren.  In fact, he died at Firefly and is buried on a hill looking over the bay.  A wryly amused bronze statue of him sits on the lawn and contemplates the view he loved.

Luckily, it isn't necessary to be rich and famous to visit Jamaica, or the other islands of the Caribbean.  But I must say that I like visiting a place that has some history.  Do you enjoy that, too?  What unexpected pieces of history have you found while traveling?

Sea SwansMary Jo, showing the lovely towels swans the maids left on the railing of our veranda.  Do you blame us for heading south?  <G>

80 thoughts on “Jamaica Dreams”

  1. Your veranda is making me very jealous! It’s perfect. 🙂
    “I’ve long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.”
    We say that quite often in Australia!
    How strange about the laudanum – I was wondering how people would actually react to it. When my family was based in India we had the opposite problem: none of the over the counter medications had any actual medication in them! And even then you had to buy them one at a time, not in nice little packets. I don’t think the pharmacists realised it was pretty unlikely you’d become addicted to a placebo!
    I can’t say I’m a Churchill fan – he’s one of the main players responsible for handing my family’s part of Ukraine over to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, and my grandparents came within minutes of being executed as a result. 🙁 They were only saved by US soldiers who intervened at the border.

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  2. Your veranda is making me very jealous! It’s perfect. 🙂
    “I’ve long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.”
    We say that quite often in Australia!
    How strange about the laudanum – I was wondering how people would actually react to it. When my family was based in India we had the opposite problem: none of the over the counter medications had any actual medication in them! And even then you had to buy them one at a time, not in nice little packets. I don’t think the pharmacists realised it was pretty unlikely you’d become addicted to a placebo!
    I can’t say I’m a Churchill fan – he’s one of the main players responsible for handing my family’s part of Ukraine over to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, and my grandparents came within minutes of being executed as a result. 🙁 They were only saved by US soldiers who intervened at the border.

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  3. Your veranda is making me very jealous! It’s perfect. 🙂
    “I’ve long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.”
    We say that quite often in Australia!
    How strange about the laudanum – I was wondering how people would actually react to it. When my family was based in India we had the opposite problem: none of the over the counter medications had any actual medication in them! And even then you had to buy them one at a time, not in nice little packets. I don’t think the pharmacists realised it was pretty unlikely you’d become addicted to a placebo!
    I can’t say I’m a Churchill fan – he’s one of the main players responsible for handing my family’s part of Ukraine over to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, and my grandparents came within minutes of being executed as a result. 🙁 They were only saved by US soldiers who intervened at the border.

    Reply
  4. Your veranda is making me very jealous! It’s perfect. 🙂
    “I’ve long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.”
    We say that quite often in Australia!
    How strange about the laudanum – I was wondering how people would actually react to it. When my family was based in India we had the opposite problem: none of the over the counter medications had any actual medication in them! And even then you had to buy them one at a time, not in nice little packets. I don’t think the pharmacists realised it was pretty unlikely you’d become addicted to a placebo!
    I can’t say I’m a Churchill fan – he’s one of the main players responsible for handing my family’s part of Ukraine over to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, and my grandparents came within minutes of being executed as a result. 🙁 They were only saved by US soldiers who intervened at the border.

    Reply
  5. Your veranda is making me very jealous! It’s perfect. 🙂
    “I’ve long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate.”
    We say that quite often in Australia!
    How strange about the laudanum – I was wondering how people would actually react to it. When my family was based in India we had the opposite problem: none of the over the counter medications had any actual medication in them! And even then you had to buy them one at a time, not in nice little packets. I don’t think the pharmacists realised it was pretty unlikely you’d become addicted to a placebo!
    I can’t say I’m a Churchill fan – he’s one of the main players responsible for handing my family’s part of Ukraine over to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, and my grandparents came within minutes of being executed as a result. 🙁 They were only saved by US soldiers who intervened at the border.

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  6. Mary Jo, I’m drooling at this post. I’ve always wanted to go to the West Indies, ever since I was a little girl and my dad used to listen to the cricket on the radio for long hours in the car as we traveled. The only commentators I listened to were the west indians with their delicious accents.
    The Jamaica Inn sounds fabulous, as do all the other snippets you fed us. Maybe we should have a wench retreat there one day.

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  7. Mary Jo, I’m drooling at this post. I’ve always wanted to go to the West Indies, ever since I was a little girl and my dad used to listen to the cricket on the radio for long hours in the car as we traveled. The only commentators I listened to were the west indians with their delicious accents.
    The Jamaica Inn sounds fabulous, as do all the other snippets you fed us. Maybe we should have a wench retreat there one day.

    Reply
  8. Mary Jo, I’m drooling at this post. I’ve always wanted to go to the West Indies, ever since I was a little girl and my dad used to listen to the cricket on the radio for long hours in the car as we traveled. The only commentators I listened to were the west indians with their delicious accents.
    The Jamaica Inn sounds fabulous, as do all the other snippets you fed us. Maybe we should have a wench retreat there one day.

    Reply
  9. Mary Jo, I’m drooling at this post. I’ve always wanted to go to the West Indies, ever since I was a little girl and my dad used to listen to the cricket on the radio for long hours in the car as we traveled. The only commentators I listened to were the west indians with their delicious accents.
    The Jamaica Inn sounds fabulous, as do all the other snippets you fed us. Maybe we should have a wench retreat there one day.

    Reply
  10. Mary Jo, I’m drooling at this post. I’ve always wanted to go to the West Indies, ever since I was a little girl and my dad used to listen to the cricket on the radio for long hours in the car as we traveled. The only commentators I listened to were the west indians with their delicious accents.
    The Jamaica Inn sounds fabulous, as do all the other snippets you fed us. Maybe we should have a wench retreat there one day.

    Reply
  11. Mary Jo, my sister and brother-in-law have visited Tonga and Belize, and now they’re talking about trying other tropical places, Jamaica being a possibility on their list. I’m going to direct them to your post. They should find it as informative and entertaining as I did!
    And your comment about the British empire wanting to obtain warm, sunny property made me laugh out loud. It’s winter here in the Pacific NW, and right now, Jamaica sounds wonderful!

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  12. Mary Jo, my sister and brother-in-law have visited Tonga and Belize, and now they’re talking about trying other tropical places, Jamaica being a possibility on their list. I’m going to direct them to your post. They should find it as informative and entertaining as I did!
    And your comment about the British empire wanting to obtain warm, sunny property made me laugh out loud. It’s winter here in the Pacific NW, and right now, Jamaica sounds wonderful!

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  13. Mary Jo, my sister and brother-in-law have visited Tonga and Belize, and now they’re talking about trying other tropical places, Jamaica being a possibility on their list. I’m going to direct them to your post. They should find it as informative and entertaining as I did!
    And your comment about the British empire wanting to obtain warm, sunny property made me laugh out loud. It’s winter here in the Pacific NW, and right now, Jamaica sounds wonderful!

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  14. Mary Jo, my sister and brother-in-law have visited Tonga and Belize, and now they’re talking about trying other tropical places, Jamaica being a possibility on their list. I’m going to direct them to your post. They should find it as informative and entertaining as I did!
    And your comment about the British empire wanting to obtain warm, sunny property made me laugh out loud. It’s winter here in the Pacific NW, and right now, Jamaica sounds wonderful!

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  15. Mary Jo, my sister and brother-in-law have visited Tonga and Belize, and now they’re talking about trying other tropical places, Jamaica being a possibility on their list. I’m going to direct them to your post. They should find it as informative and entertaining as I did!
    And your comment about the British empire wanting to obtain warm, sunny property made me laugh out loud. It’s winter here in the Pacific NW, and right now, Jamaica sounds wonderful!

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  16. That hotel sounds irresistible, Mary Jo! Like Anne Gracie, it’s the lovely accents of West Indian cricketers (and their cricket) which predisposes me towards it, too.
    The odd thing is that from all I’ve read, at the time Englishmen generally hated being in the “warm, sunny real estate”. I think it’s because they were wearing too many clothes.

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  17. That hotel sounds irresistible, Mary Jo! Like Anne Gracie, it’s the lovely accents of West Indian cricketers (and their cricket) which predisposes me towards it, too.
    The odd thing is that from all I’ve read, at the time Englishmen generally hated being in the “warm, sunny real estate”. I think it’s because they were wearing too many clothes.

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  18. That hotel sounds irresistible, Mary Jo! Like Anne Gracie, it’s the lovely accents of West Indian cricketers (and their cricket) which predisposes me towards it, too.
    The odd thing is that from all I’ve read, at the time Englishmen generally hated being in the “warm, sunny real estate”. I think it’s because they were wearing too many clothes.

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  19. That hotel sounds irresistible, Mary Jo! Like Anne Gracie, it’s the lovely accents of West Indian cricketers (and their cricket) which predisposes me towards it, too.
    The odd thing is that from all I’ve read, at the time Englishmen generally hated being in the “warm, sunny real estate”. I think it’s because they were wearing too many clothes.

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  20. That hotel sounds irresistible, Mary Jo! Like Anne Gracie, it’s the lovely accents of West Indian cricketers (and their cricket) which predisposes me towards it, too.
    The odd thing is that from all I’ve read, at the time Englishmen generally hated being in the “warm, sunny real estate”. I think it’s because they were wearing too many clothes.

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  21. Sonya–
    You’re right, the veranda was perfect. I’m sure we’ll go back. As for the laudanum, I later found that my healthy, athletic brother had pretty much the same reaction to an opiate, so we probably have a hereditary sensitivity.
    But YIKES on your story about your grandparents, and blessings on the US soldiers who save them. Talk about scary “what might have beens.”
    There’s no question that a lot of bad things happened in the aftermath of WWII, and and the consequences are still being sorted out. Sigh. Geo-politics are not pretty. But fortunately, you’re here when you might not have been.

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  22. Sonya–
    You’re right, the veranda was perfect. I’m sure we’ll go back. As for the laudanum, I later found that my healthy, athletic brother had pretty much the same reaction to an opiate, so we probably have a hereditary sensitivity.
    But YIKES on your story about your grandparents, and blessings on the US soldiers who save them. Talk about scary “what might have beens.”
    There’s no question that a lot of bad things happened in the aftermath of WWII, and and the consequences are still being sorted out. Sigh. Geo-politics are not pretty. But fortunately, you’re here when you might not have been.

    Reply
  23. Sonya–
    You’re right, the veranda was perfect. I’m sure we’ll go back. As for the laudanum, I later found that my healthy, athletic brother had pretty much the same reaction to an opiate, so we probably have a hereditary sensitivity.
    But YIKES on your story about your grandparents, and blessings on the US soldiers who save them. Talk about scary “what might have beens.”
    There’s no question that a lot of bad things happened in the aftermath of WWII, and and the consequences are still being sorted out. Sigh. Geo-politics are not pretty. But fortunately, you’re here when you might not have been.

    Reply
  24. Sonya–
    You’re right, the veranda was perfect. I’m sure we’ll go back. As for the laudanum, I later found that my healthy, athletic brother had pretty much the same reaction to an opiate, so we probably have a hereditary sensitivity.
    But YIKES on your story about your grandparents, and blessings on the US soldiers who save them. Talk about scary “what might have beens.”
    There’s no question that a lot of bad things happened in the aftermath of WWII, and and the consequences are still being sorted out. Sigh. Geo-politics are not pretty. But fortunately, you’re here when you might not have been.

    Reply
  25. Sonya–
    You’re right, the veranda was perfect. I’m sure we’ll go back. As for the laudanum, I later found that my healthy, athletic brother had pretty much the same reaction to an opiate, so we probably have a hereditary sensitivity.
    But YIKES on your story about your grandparents, and blessings on the US soldiers who save them. Talk about scary “what might have beens.”
    There’s no question that a lot of bad things happened in the aftermath of WWII, and and the consequences are still being sorted out. Sigh. Geo-politics are not pretty. But fortunately, you’re here when you might not have been.

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  26. Anne, the West Indian British accents are gorgeous. I’m not saying that Jamaica is more beautiful than your Aussie islands, but yes, the Jamaica Inn would be a FABULOUS place for a Wench retreat!

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  27. Anne, the West Indian British accents are gorgeous. I’m not saying that Jamaica is more beautiful than your Aussie islands, but yes, the Jamaica Inn would be a FABULOUS place for a Wench retreat!

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  28. Anne, the West Indian British accents are gorgeous. I’m not saying that Jamaica is more beautiful than your Aussie islands, but yes, the Jamaica Inn would be a FABULOUS place for a Wench retreat!

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  29. Anne, the West Indian British accents are gorgeous. I’m not saying that Jamaica is more beautiful than your Aussie islands, but yes, the Jamaica Inn would be a FABULOUS place for a Wench retreat!

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  30. Anne, the West Indian British accents are gorgeous. I’m not saying that Jamaica is more beautiful than your Aussie islands, but yes, the Jamaica Inn would be a FABULOUS place for a Wench retreat!

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  31. Carol–
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a magic about distant places. For example, I’d love to visit the Whitsunday Islands. *G* But there are surely more layers of history in Jamaica. I hope you get there some day!

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  32. Carol–
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a magic about distant places. For example, I’d love to visit the Whitsunday Islands. *G* But there are surely more layers of history in Jamaica. I hope you get there some day!

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  33. Carol–
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a magic about distant places. For example, I’d love to visit the Whitsunday Islands. *G* But there are surely more layers of history in Jamaica. I hope you get there some day!

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  34. Carol–
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a magic about distant places. For example, I’d love to visit the Whitsunday Islands. *G* But there are surely more layers of history in Jamaica. I hope you get there some day!

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  35. Carol–
    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a magic about distant places. For example, I’d love to visit the Whitsunday Islands. *G* But there are surely more layers of history in Jamaica. I hope you get there some day!

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  36. HJ–
    You’re right, of course–wearing too many of the wrong sorts of clothing really take the fun out of living in the tripics. The hotel, though, is most certainly irresistible. It’s always been owned by an American family, but the vibe is very British/West Indian.

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  37. HJ–
    You’re right, of course–wearing too many of the wrong sorts of clothing really take the fun out of living in the tripics. The hotel, though, is most certainly irresistible. It’s always been owned by an American family, but the vibe is very British/West Indian.

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  38. HJ–
    You’re right, of course–wearing too many of the wrong sorts of clothing really take the fun out of living in the tripics. The hotel, though, is most certainly irresistible. It’s always been owned by an American family, but the vibe is very British/West Indian.

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  39. HJ–
    You’re right, of course–wearing too many of the wrong sorts of clothing really take the fun out of living in the tripics. The hotel, though, is most certainly irresistible. It’s always been owned by an American family, but the vibe is very British/West Indian.

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  40. HJ–
    You’re right, of course–wearing too many of the wrong sorts of clothing really take the fun out of living in the tripics. The hotel, though, is most certainly irresistible. It’s always been owned by an American family, but the vibe is very British/West Indian.

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  41. I’m so glad you had time in the sun!! Jamaica is on my bucket list for when we get the sailboat. Tomorrow I leave the land of warm weather (St. Thomas) and fly to Germany to go skiing. Tweeted.

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  42. I’m so glad you had time in the sun!! Jamaica is on my bucket list for when we get the sailboat. Tomorrow I leave the land of warm weather (St. Thomas) and fly to Germany to go skiing. Tweeted.

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  43. I’m so glad you had time in the sun!! Jamaica is on my bucket list for when we get the sailboat. Tomorrow I leave the land of warm weather (St. Thomas) and fly to Germany to go skiing. Tweeted.

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  44. I’m so glad you had time in the sun!! Jamaica is on my bucket list for when we get the sailboat. Tomorrow I leave the land of warm weather (St. Thomas) and fly to Germany to go skiing. Tweeted.

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  45. I’m so glad you had time in the sun!! Jamaica is on my bucket list for when we get the sailboat. Tomorrow I leave the land of warm weather (St. Thomas) and fly to Germany to go skiing. Tweeted.

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  46. Really enjoyed your post on Jamaica.It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a trip to Bermuda a few years ago in Nov. It might not be as warm this time of year. We enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches.

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  47. Really enjoyed your post on Jamaica.It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a trip to Bermuda a few years ago in Nov. It might not be as warm this time of year. We enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches.

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  48. Really enjoyed your post on Jamaica.It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a trip to Bermuda a few years ago in Nov. It might not be as warm this time of year. We enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches.

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  49. Really enjoyed your post on Jamaica.It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a trip to Bermuda a few years ago in Nov. It might not be as warm this time of year. We enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches.

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  50. Really enjoyed your post on Jamaica.It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a trip to Bermuda a few years ago in Nov. It might not be as warm this time of year. We enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches.

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  51. Carolyn–
    We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon two years ago, in April. As you say, it’s far enough north that it’s not the best deep winter destination, but in spring and fall–April and November, for example–it’s lovely. And like Jamaica, the effect of the Empire are everywhere.

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  52. Carolyn–
    We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon two years ago, in April. As you say, it’s far enough north that it’s not the best deep winter destination, but in spring and fall–April and November, for example–it’s lovely. And like Jamaica, the effect of the Empire are everywhere.

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  53. Carolyn–
    We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon two years ago, in April. As you say, it’s far enough north that it’s not the best deep winter destination, but in spring and fall–April and November, for example–it’s lovely. And like Jamaica, the effect of the Empire are everywhere.

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  54. Carolyn–
    We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon two years ago, in April. As you say, it’s far enough north that it’s not the best deep winter destination, but in spring and fall–April and November, for example–it’s lovely. And like Jamaica, the effect of the Empire are everywhere.

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  55. Carolyn–
    We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon two years ago, in April. As you say, it’s far enough north that it’s not the best deep winter destination, but in spring and fall–April and November, for example–it’s lovely. And like Jamaica, the effect of the Empire are everywhere.

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  56. Your Jamaica Inn is definitely a tad different to the one up on Bodmin Moor Cornwall !! It is wet and miserable here in the UK what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that verandah ! Ah well I have got a lottery ticket and anyone can dream !The Carribean is an expensive plane ride from this side of the Atlantic.

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  57. Your Jamaica Inn is definitely a tad different to the one up on Bodmin Moor Cornwall !! It is wet and miserable here in the UK what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that verandah ! Ah well I have got a lottery ticket and anyone can dream !The Carribean is an expensive plane ride from this side of the Atlantic.

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  58. Your Jamaica Inn is definitely a tad different to the one up on Bodmin Moor Cornwall !! It is wet and miserable here in the UK what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that verandah ! Ah well I have got a lottery ticket and anyone can dream !The Carribean is an expensive plane ride from this side of the Atlantic.

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  59. Your Jamaica Inn is definitely a tad different to the one up on Bodmin Moor Cornwall !! It is wet and miserable here in the UK what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that verandah ! Ah well I have got a lottery ticket and anyone can dream !The Carribean is an expensive plane ride from this side of the Atlantic.

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  60. Your Jamaica Inn is definitely a tad different to the one up on Bodmin Moor Cornwall !! It is wet and miserable here in the UK what I wouldn’t give to be sitting on that verandah ! Ah well I have got a lottery ticket and anyone can dream !The Carribean is an expensive plane ride from this side of the Atlantic.

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  61. Very definitely a different style of Jamaica Inn, Jo!Bodmin Moor is Cornish Gothic, Jamaica is more of a beach movie. *G* It’s possible tha flying direct to Jamaica might be less expensive than you think.
    Then again, you can fly to Spain or the Algarve relatively easily, and it’s a hike for North Americans! It evens out.

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  62. Very definitely a different style of Jamaica Inn, Jo!Bodmin Moor is Cornish Gothic, Jamaica is more of a beach movie. *G* It’s possible tha flying direct to Jamaica might be less expensive than you think.
    Then again, you can fly to Spain or the Algarve relatively easily, and it’s a hike for North Americans! It evens out.

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  63. Very definitely a different style of Jamaica Inn, Jo!Bodmin Moor is Cornish Gothic, Jamaica is more of a beach movie. *G* It’s possible tha flying direct to Jamaica might be less expensive than you think.
    Then again, you can fly to Spain or the Algarve relatively easily, and it’s a hike for North Americans! It evens out.

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  64. Very definitely a different style of Jamaica Inn, Jo!Bodmin Moor is Cornish Gothic, Jamaica is more of a beach movie. *G* It’s possible tha flying direct to Jamaica might be less expensive than you think.
    Then again, you can fly to Spain or the Algarve relatively easily, and it’s a hike for North Americans! It evens out.

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  65. Very definitely a different style of Jamaica Inn, Jo!Bodmin Moor is Cornish Gothic, Jamaica is more of a beach movie. *G* It’s possible tha flying direct to Jamaica might be less expensive than you think.
    Then again, you can fly to Spain or the Algarve relatively easily, and it’s a hike for North Americans! It evens out.

    Reply

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