Antigua boasts of its 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, so I could understand the pained look on the taxi driverâ€™s face when a cruise ship tourist asked him to take her to the beach for three hours.
I was at Redcliffe Quay in St Johnâ€™s, the capital of Antigua, close to the cruise ship terminal at Heritage Quay. There are many wonderful restaurants and cafes around Redcliffe, which is named after the church of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol, England. I ate lunch at the CafÃ© Napoleon and the food was really tasty. Â
Itâ€™s five minuteâ€™s walk from the West Bus station to Redcliffe Quay. Along the way, donâ€™t miss the garish memorial to VC Bird at the end of Valley Road where it joins Market Street.
St Johnâ€™s Cathedral looks like itâ€™s in the middle of a large restoration project, so the best places to visit in the capital are the National Museum and the colourful buildings along Long Street.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734