Paget Parish, Bermuda

Paget Parish, Bermuda Sunset, Todd Hanlon, Brian Asby

The peak travel season in Bermuda ends in late October. The airfare is drastically reduced with most of the annoying tourists gone. What more could you want from an island getaway? In the beginning of November we decided to fly to the Atlantic hotspot just a few hundred miles off the coast of the Carolinas. The vacation was a five night getaway so we had plenty of time to relax, while getting enough site seeing done. We arrived in the afternoon to our beachfront hotel room. It was dramatically close to the reef, and as soon as we arrived we hit the beach. To our disappointment it was really chilly. The wind was blowing, there was overcast and the water felt iced cold. I went in anyway had a refreshing swim. We imagined that it would be this way the whole time. The weather around this time is hit or miss. One day it is chilly, the next it is hot. We got lucky though because the rest of the trip was beautiful. It was definitely subtropical. This was no Caribbean island.

We brought a Fodor’s guide to help us find destinations. It was very inaccurate about the price of dining. It quoted the Island’s only true French restaurant Beau Rivage as not the most expensive destination. It was extremely expensive and we left with a $300 check for two. That is not to criticize the restaurant as it was really excellent. The chef Jean Claude-Garcia came out of the kitchen to greet us, while autographing a copy of his recently published cookbook. I now have a Bermudian flare in my kitchen. It was a very pleasant experience eating in Paget Parish, with panoramic views of the Hamilton Harbor. Dining in Bermuda is very expensive in general. I could not find a bottle of wine in any restaurant for less than $50. Two beers, some shepherds pie and an order of bangers and mash came to about $100 in the pub.

I must say the people on the island were very friendly. There is a two week time limit in Bermuda, and they require a Visa to stay longer. Millionaires who want to live there must apply and are selected from a pool. It is a very selective island. You really don’t walk around the island too much. Most people take scooters or taxis. We walked to a restaurant once and were forced to take this small side road. There are very few sidewalks to begin with. A woman pulled her car over to ask us if everything was ok. People don’t stop to talk in the street in NYC.

On most of our trips, we are all about nonstop sightseeing. This trip was about sitting at the beach in our sweatshirts while reading books. We did make it to the Crystal Cave on the other end of the island. It was magnificent. There is a stairwell that leads beneath sea level, where thousands of glistening stalactites and stalagmites surround paying tourists. You can see the photos below.

Bermuda is full of newlyweds. I had the feeling it would be like a honeymoon destination. So I bought my boyfriend Brian a diamond nose piercing from my tattoo artists at NY Adorned. I popped open a bottle of Champagne on our balcony one sunset and gave him a sparkly surprise. How cool am I? With love, from Bermuda.

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4 Replies to "Paget Parish, Bermuda"

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    theresa (mom)
    February 28, 2012 (8:32 am)
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    Just FANTASTIC…..you should have been a photograher xo

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      ToddHanlon
      February 28, 2012 (6:21 pm)
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      Even better a photojournalist.

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        theresa (mom)
        March 27, 2012 (5:21 pm)
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        I will buy that….you have loads of photography talent xo

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    SUE FERGUSON (AUNT SUE)
    March 11, 2012 (8:23 am)
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    TODD THIS WAS SO AMAZING…WHAT A TALENT YOU ARE…FOR SURE THATS YOUR CALLING! LOVE YA!


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