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Back from the Royal Navy Yard and Horseshoe Bay, in Part 2 of our Cruising Bermuda series, Lisa Kaslyn, gives us a tour of Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital and St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With about 3,500 people, Bermuda’s capital is anything but overpopulated. Still, this charming city packs some hustle and bustle. About a 20 minute ferry ride from the Royal Navy Yard, Front Street is brimming with upscale shopping and nearby attractions.
I was lucky enough to bump into a Hamilton resident who enticed me to visit Lili Bermuda, the island’s exclusive designer perfume maker. There, I sniffed a 150-year old perfume that was discovered in a shipwreck off Bermuda. It reeked! But all is not lost; some of the world’s foremost fragrance industry experts have analyzed the perfume and have created a replica of the scent, making 19th century perfume available to the public for the first time. The “fresh” batch is exquisite!
According to Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, Director of The Bermuda Perfumery, and Dr. Philippe Rouja, Bermuda’s Custodian of Historic Wrecks, the intact “Piesse & Lubin” perfume was discovered – almost miraculously – among hidden cargo inside the shipwrecked Civil War Blockade Runner called Mary Celestia, which sank in the waters off Bermuda in 1864 on her way to America’s South.
Visit Lili Bermuda’s retail store on Front Street and check out the perfumery in St. George where they concoct unique scents for men and women.
The Tourist Center is right by the Ferry Terminal. Stop by and pick up maps and other brochures about Bermuda then head up to Queen Street where there is a lovely park: Queen Elizabeth Park. If you need a break from the heat, like we did, sneak into the Bermuda National Library – you can use their Wi-Fi, too! Next door to the library is the Bermuda Historical Society, which was closed when we visited, but we were told it was worth a look-see.
We visited St. George on the day we were leaving port. Founded in 1612, the town boasts World Heritage site status as the oldest surviving and outstanding example of English urban settlement in the New World. While you’re there, a visit to St. Peter’s Church, the oldest continuously used Protestant Church in the Western Hemisphere, is a must see. Services are still held there every Sunday, since c. 1620.
For a cooling sweet treat, we stepped into Temptations, where they offer delicious homemade ice cream and snacks. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by All About Eve. If you like hats and unusual fashions, this is worth a visit.
The only complaint we had about our cruise to Bermuda was that it was too short.