Bermuda Part I: St. George

We had a wonderful long holiday weekend in Bermuda. Neither of us had been there before and were really bowled over by how beautiful it is–and only 2.5 hours from DC by air. Right smack in the middle of the Atlantic this fish-hook shaped country is an amazingly picturesque place to spend four days. The re-insurance capital of the world, the island has plenty of money flying around with financial services outpacing a somewhat stagnant tourist industry. No doubt not everyone benefits from the prosperity. How can the middle or working classes afford housing in a country where the average home price is about $1.3 million? Although the island is starting to feel the pains of (over)development the style of the housing fits so pleasantly into the landscape it doesn’t feel overdeveloped.

Unfortunately Bermuda has a spotty record on welcoming gay and lesbian travellers. Rosie O’Donnell’s R-Family cruises dropped Bermuda as a stop when island churches threatened to protest the gay and lesbian cruise. Similarly a Bermudian was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison for attaching a gay resident with a machete to the face. However if you are not a gay traveler, but just a traveler who happens to be gay (i.e., you aren’t looking for gay clubs, beaches, etc.), then you shouldn’t miss out on this jewel of a destination.

The pictures here are of St. George on the eastern most tip of the island. It is a pretty little town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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