Another trip and more love for Bermuda
Last year, you were kind enough to print two of my letters. The first was entitled “What a wonderful welcome after 42 years” and the second letter was about an overgrown hiking trail in Spittal Pond. We recently returned from a ten-day holiday in Bermuda and I felt the need to write again.
We found the perfect vacation rental in Southampton called White Caps located on Beaming Hill. It had everything we could need, plus a beautiful ocean view. It was within walking distance to our favourite pub and restaurant, Henry VIII, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and the bus stop.
A special thank you to our own hosts, Jennifer and Steven. We enjoyed sharing our old photos of us when we lived in Bermuda in the early 1970s. Your place is perfect and we look forward to staying with you again next year.
We rented a two-seater scooter for a week but also used the bus to go to St George’s and the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was such a joy to ride the bus in Bermuda, with such a lovely mixture of locals and tourists. I was so impressed to see the young people give up their seats at the front for seniors and the disabled.
How the locals warmly greeted the bus driver and said “Good morning” to all the people on the bus.
When my husband and I were getting off the bus in Hamilton, the driver said “God bless you” to every person leaving. I was so impressed with their driving skills; they made it look so easy driving a large bus on the small roads. Thank you for getting us to our stop safely.
We want to thank the manager of Henry VIII, Saliya Alahakoon, for his kindness and making us feel like family. You won’t find a better Sunday brunch on the island, and for a great price.
We had lunch there several times and made friends with a server named Saban. I asked him if the bartender could make a Planter’s Punch for me and, before I knew it, it was on the table. It was such a special treat, as you never see them on the menu any more.
When we were leaving the restaurant after our lunch, Mr Alahakoon and Saban met us at the door to say goodbye — we were flying out the next day. They gave us a hug and a kiss, and wished us a safe trip home. They were busy that day, but still made time to make us feel like family.
We want to thank the manager of the best new pub and restaurant on Front Street called The Astwood Arms. You must try the Ploughman’s lunch; it was the best I have ever had in my life!
We enjoyed our chat with you. What a small world to know you used to hang out at the staff club at the Bermudiana Hotel. Our paths must have crossed many times.
EILEEN and PETER WILLIAMS
Mountain View, Arkansas