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Harbour Island

Harbour Island

Last May I found myself in Harbour Island for work, what a dream come true!  On this colorful Caribbean island all the houses look like postcard covers.  Just look at the harbor below!

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The sand blushes pink, can it get any cuter?

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I have been studying Caribbean architecture since setting foot in the Turks and Caicos eleven years ago so this was a bit of a mecca trip for me.  Picket fences framing coastal cottages in every direction.

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Golf buggies are the preferred transport method of residents and guests alike, much more practical to zip along the narrow streets and admire the views.

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Even Harbour Islands haunted house looks like something out of a fairy tale.  Reminds me of one of my favorite flicks Paradiso Perduto, or Ca d’Zan, the decaying but gorgeous Venetian  manor house featured in the 1998 Great Expectations.

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This image below is one of my favorites, I feel it captures the light and bright nature of this quiet little island.

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13th Annual Valentine’s Day Cup

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We missed attending this years 13th annual Valentine’s Day Cup in Middle Caicos but luckily Brilliant didn’t!  Anita and Chanelle captured all the fun and festivity with flying colors, please see their blog posts Part I and Part  II for a picture perfect recap.  To see more of North and Middle Caicos and the Cup festivities, check out last years post here.  To view the race results click here.

Thursday Night Island Fish Fry

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Thursday nights from 5:30-9:30pm enjoy a little local food, fun, and entertainment!  The Bight Park located on Lower Bight Road will be hosting this weekly event sponsored by LIME, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, and the Cultural Department.  Please check out a fabulous review and photos from the opening night here and see enews for the participating restaurants and more details.

 It’s a family affair so bring everyone to enjoy this exciting new tradition at this fantastic public park!

Conch Festival 2010

November 27th marked the 7th annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival in Blue Hills.  At 12 noon the tasting tent opened with 23 restaurants competing to push chef Clive and crew off the championship pedestal after their 4 consecutive wins.  I very much look forward to this event every year; a mere $20 will buy the most delicious feast of the fall season. The Conch is prepared in every which way one could imagine; from Americanised versions such as the burger and chili, to international varieties such as crepes and stirfrys, to the traditional stews and ceviche salads.  To read more about conch click here and to see the the high nutritional and protein values of conch, click here.
At 3pm the Bambarra Song Contest took the main stage.  Here is the always entertaining Lovey Forbes performing his lively song.

As the afternoon progressed so did the crowds!  Onlookers cheered on the participants in the kids games, the tug-o-war, and the conch knocking and conch blowing competitions.
David Bowen, Director of Culture, congratulating the champion conch blower.
The junkanoo costumes hang in a nearby building, waiting for their owner’s to get dressed and start the parade.