View at anchor
Heading into town from the dinghy dock
Asking for directions
View up the street
First stop: Green Vi Glass Studio. The islands don't recycle because they don't have the means and it is cost prohibitive to ship it to the United States. This studio collects the bottles from local restaurants or towns people to recycle them into art. Their purpose is to raise awareness and teach the people that it is possible and how to do it.
Kids watching and learning about glass blowing
This glass artist trained in Vermont
The gentleman is soaking and scraping the labels off the bottles. Then he literally throws them into a container where they break into pieces to be used for the glass blowing
Momma hen and her babies walking along the street
Second Stop: A local primary school. We wanted to see if we could meet some children
We watched their music class in progress and then they sang the BVI National Song to us. They seemed happy and proud to do so and it was a beautiful song!
Walking along the road with the Conway Family to the Rum Distillery
Third Stop: This is a working rum distillery that is over 400 years old. The Callwood Family has owned it for the past 200 years. The building kinda looks like it is that old too!
Inside the 1 room distillery, bar, tasting room and store. The gentleman is a one man operation and makes all the rum (apparently) all by himself.
He was kind enough to give us a tour of how they make rum. This is where the sugar cane is pressed and the juice squeezed out.
These are hand blown glass bottles that the rum is poured into for the 'tasteless', not aged rum. In other words, it's like Everclear if you've been to Mexico. The dark rum gets it color and flavor from the oak barrels.
Cheers.....bottoms up in the tasting room. The rum was, well, just okay. Nothing to right home about. They even sold a "ladies" rum. This had a piece of sugar cane in the bottle, had a little amber color to it and had a label that could not be shown on this family friendly blog. We bought a bottle of each, the 10 year old rum and the ladies rum to support the local business.
Bananas growing nearby
View of the beach from the other end where the distillery is located
One of the many restaurants and bars along the beach
Colorful houses poke out on the hillside
We saw this sign in the restroom....you don't see that everyday!
Walking on the beach
Happy Hour, again!
Kate, the mermaid
Having a good time....Erica, Chris, Craig and Wendy
Sunset on the beach