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Allure of the Seas – Day 2, part 2, starting our walking tour

January 10th, 2012

We finally gathered our group and headed to “the city” with my parents, Gabe’s parents, Melissa, and Jason. We had to walk through several buildings and many vendors and “tour guides” trying desperately to get our money.

This was our first visit to the Bahamas.

We didn’t care too much about what we did in the port, but we wanted to at least walk around to say that we had been there! Melissa and Jason found a walking tour online, and we mostly followed the designated route. We got off track early and skipped a few things towards the end when we’d all had enough of Nassau.

The port has so many pushy people wanting to know if you want to get your hair braided or take a tour or hitch a ride to Atlantis and Paradise Island. We practiced our ignoring skills and “no thank yous.”

The first thing on our tour was to find a statue. I think that they were doing some construction work in the area, plus they had all these grandstands set up for a recent or upcoming parade. We found the statue and knew we were on the right path.

A little ways further, we saw a traffic cop guy that stands in the middle of the road, usually in a box on a platform. He wasn’t in his box, but we saw him in the box on the way back.

At about this point, Mick decided to go off and do his own thing. I think he might have just headed back to the ship. Given how impressed we were with Nassau in general, that wasn’t a bad choice!

We followed the walking tour which was light on facts but pointed out landmarks on the way. The library looked neat, and allegedly, it used to be a prison.

We were able to navigate the strollers along the sidewalks most of the time. A few areas were tricky. We saw more stands along the road.

We saw old buildings and didn’t really know what they were…but we all thought we should take photos of them. So, we all did.

One of the highlights of the walking tour (and of Nassau) is the Queen’s Staircase, built in the late 1700s. We had been warned that there would be people at the bottom of the stairs trying to charge you for climbing them. We were approached by several such people, but we continued without their help.

We weren’t sure how we were going to get the kids up the staircase, but there wasn’t really another way to get to the rest of our tour. We were grateful for two lightweight strollers, especially our newer one that folds up very conveniently.

The kids climbed every step by themselves, holding onto adult hands, of course. We were proud of them! I think Cullen was proud of himself, too.

We made it! We posed in front of the sign at the top.

My sweet girl was proud of herself as well.

Our group is a bit photo happy. We should have gotten one of Jason and Gabe holding the strollers they carried up the staircase.

Next up…the rest of our walking tour.

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