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Grass tennis court

This was the grass(!) tennis court at Galley Bay. Nicely maintained, but I didn't see a single person playing on it all during the week that we were there...


Note: this photo was published as an illustraiton in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "Photos of St. John's, Antigua, and Barbuda." It was also published in a Jan 21, 2011 blog titled "5 Home Upgrades to Avoid." And it was published in an undated (mid-Feb 2011) blog titled "Grass Is Expensive."




After three months of rain, snow, and freezing temperatures, we finally decided that we had had enough of winter in NYC; and when some friends told us they had enjoyed the peace and quiet of a low-key beach resort in Antigua called Galley Bay, we decided to try it out.


It definitely was low-key: except for a brief period around Christmas, children are not allowed. So the beach was filled with an assortment of ThirtySomething couples, as well as retirement-age folks from Canada, England, and various other places. There are three restaurants at Galley Bay, and they were mostly full for every meal; but the beaches weren't crowded at all, and I never did see anyone using the grass(!) tennis court.


The weather wasn't spectacular: lots of clouds, and brief periods of light rain almost every day. But there were also periods of partly-sunny and all-sunny skies, and the temperatures were mild and pleasant. All the usual TV channels were available, so we could keep up with the news back home; and a flaky Wifi network made it more-or-less possible to stay connected to the Internet.


But mostly it was very quiet. And very peaceful. And very relaxing. And we'll be returning a mere one week before the official arrival of spring in New York City ... which means that the worst of winter is over. All I can say is: good riddance, winter...

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Taken on March 11, 2010