Friday, March 12, 2010

STROLLING IN JAMAICA

JAMAICA - FEBRUARY 2009


"CATAMARAN"


"FROM SEA - The coast near Ocho Rios"


"SAILING"


"OCHO RIOS"


"DUNN'S RIVER FALLS - «Las Chorreras», as the Spaniards named it, are one of Jamaica's treasures"


"DUNN'S RIVER FALLS is one of the few waterfalls in the world going directly into the sea"


"DUNN'S FALLS - Continuously regenerating itself with deposits of travertine rock, from calcium carbonate set down by the river, as it flows"



"UP THE HILL - Human chain..."



"JAMAICAN SUNSET"

53 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! There wasn’t much time left in Reggae Land, as our hotel was moving to another destination at the end of the day… ;) But the time we spend in Jamaica was enough to see one of its most visited treasures: Dunn’s River Falls. We didn’t walk them up, but it was fun seeing the human chain moving up hill! Hope you enjoy the pictures and have a great weekend, as spring will be coming soon in the Northern Hemisphere…

SusuPetal said...

That waterfall is stunning! Slippery also, I presume.

Quite a heavy wind, looking at the waves.

RNSANE said...

Spectacular sunset photos!

Never made it to Dunns River falls. Both my Jamaica cruise stops were in Montego Bay. My first, many, many years ago, kept following me, try to sell me "gold" - I said, no, I was on my way in search of curried goat for lunch. He followed me all the way into town, persisting in his sales pitch. The restaurant owner finally chased him off, explaining he was trying to sell me marijuana.

hpy said...

La chute d'eau est belle et le coucher de soleil aussi. (And both Kurts would agree.)

Lara Neusiedler said...

simply amazing! what a travel! what an experience!

eye in the sky said...

Travertine rocks... hmmm new term for me to learn. Great sunsets captured too.

Mariposa said...

in awe of the sunset!! have a great weekend!

Gattina said...

The Dunn's river falls are really impressing. Love the sunset picture too !

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the island. The shots of falls and sunset are amazing.

Stone Chariot, Hampi

V Rakesh said...

Wonderful shots Gil! Every one of them! fabulous outdoors indeed!

And the Jamaican sunset, magical!

Babli said...

What a lovely and gorgeous photos of Jamaica. I feel like visiting the place.
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Pietro said...

Hi Gil! Great post on Jamaica, all very nice pictures! The Dunn's Fall with the human chain are amazing photos! I like the sunset too!
Happy weekend! :-)

yyam said...

Oh my! I would love to play at that waterfall! Everyone seems to be having too much fun! As always, thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

Have a fabulous weekend! :)

diane said...

Sorry, Sorry, Mr Trotter that I have not had time to comment lately. I am working again for 8 weeks and had the house work and social engagements to keep up with so blogging has to take a back seat for a while. We are on our way to the coast for a few days so the social events are pushing again. However, I have made time especially for you.
The falls look amazing, going straight into the sea and the people look like they are having fun. The sunsets are glorious too. How lucky you are to experience it all.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That human chain was great!! Why do they do that? I swear Gil, your water photos are so fabulous. I feel like I could just put my hand on the screen and it would come away wet from being in the ocean. :)

Thérèse said...

Sumptuous Dunn's falls! And it is nice to see people holding hands to walk across. A friendship chain!

rochambeau said...

Ooooohhhhh
Dunn's Falls and that pontoon boat in the first photo......can life get more relaxed? I can feel Bob Marley's beat, through your photos.
Happy weekend to you Gil, and Mrs. T!

xox
Constance

Ron said...

Great post and great pictures. The falls looks really nice.

Cloudia said...

You bring back memories of Port Antonio, Dragons Cove, green tea with breakfast...thank you


Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


Comfort Spiral

A Lady's Life said...

Gosh I would love to sit in this waterfall. Duns falls is great!

I also love the catamarans They are very hard to flip over.Beautiful Jamaica!

jen laceda said...

As usual, lovely, lovely, lovely photos!!

Indrani said...

Lovely shots and the collages are wonderful. They give a good view of the country.

Deslilas said...

Paradisiaque.

Lakshmi said...

lovely pics, Gil..have been travelling.just landed in US a day ago :)

shooting star said...

lovely shots all, but i love the sunset shots the most!!!

Regina said...

Such a wonderful and amazing place. Thank you again Trotter for sharing.

Happy weekend.

juka14 said...

Great waterfall, wouldn't mind having a closer look at that.
Beautiful sunset also, looks like you had a good time.

Galaxy6139 said...

wow, such great nature's art ^-^ I saw people enjoy the trip very much. That's really a beautiful place.

Tinsie said...

I saw some great photos of Mexico on my Google Reader and wanted to comment on them, but I can't find them. Jamaica will have to do ;-)

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Travelfriend Gil,

Sorry for not visiting your blog for a small while...when I'm travelling I can't,(no internet)

... You just hit the (Travel)jackpot here!! Wonderfull, just a place were I would LOVE to go. Just for the music but the sun and culture are great too, Thanks fro showing Neh, I won't forget your blog:)

JoAnn Holland

June (An Asian Traveler) said...

Stunning falls and the people seems to be enjoying. What a fun place to play! :)

Vaggelis said...

you have visit the paradise. thanks for shared

NicoleB said...

I love the lush green and the sunset shots.
Totally gorgeous.
All those people at the waterfalls look weird, the way they walk along there, never seen anything like it :)
Must have been fun :)
What a place to visit :)

Venksh said...

Gil,
Thank u for the comment in my blog, so kind of u...
Wow Jamaica seems to more beautiful through ur eyes...
Sunset n photography goes hand in hand n u have proved it again with such superb sunset picx....

Kven,

MedaM said...

The falls are really impressive. People really enjoyed that beauty but I also enjoyed these wonderful photos that you posted. Sunset photos are also fantastic. Impressive post as always!

alicesg said...

Sorry for the late visit, been so busy and have to stop blogging for a while. Love the photos and it is so much fun going for a vaccation. I am going away next week for a short trip to Malaysia. I love the sunset photos, very beautiful.

Olivier said...

tu as de la chance de retourner à NYC (pour l'instant je sais pas encore si je peux y aller cette année ;o( ).
Magnifique promenade en Jamaique et superbe final avec ces lumieres.

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful sunsets and looks like some wonderful fun in the water.

Shionge said...

So cool to see everyone holding hands and crossing the waterfall :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My daughter has visited Jamaica and also had a wonderful time at Dunn Falls! Love the orange sunset photos!

Ted Roth said...

Oretty good sunset. They rarely get so red up north except when filtered through city smog. Love the human chain shot. I take it, no snow.

leo said...

Dunn's Fall - water went straight into the sea? Woo, awesome fact and even better to get to see it. Hv a great week Gil.

Cergie said...

Un catamaran pour visiter plus aisément "from sea" comme tu dis et avoir une vision d'ensemble. Aux chutes Voltaire (Guyane) il y avait nettement moins de monde (nous étions seuls) !
Cette chute tombant directement dans la mer est impressionnante. Et puis ces files de "pélerins" (on se croirait à Lourdes) ayant peur de glisser !

Tu étais étonné / ce que j'ai dit sur la jeunesse et tu m'as demandé si c'était une maladie que le temps guérit. Mon fils est jeune comme était mon père qui a eu concours et situation sans perdre de temps, et lorsqu'on est jeune cela peut être un handicap ; mon fils sur deux évolutions de poste s'est vu opposer cet argument, notamment lorsqu'il voulait aller à Montréal c'est le plus agé des deux "finalistes" qui a été choisi

"Ah, tu ne remarques pas les commentaires dans tes posts les plus anciens... ;)) ".
Je n'ai pas compris ce que tu as voulu dire. Je prête attention à TOUS les commentaires mais n'ai pas le temps de répondre en général préferrant aller voir ce que mes visiteurs ont publié...

Bonne fin de journée et bon week-end, Gil.

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Jamaica didn’t leave such an image that would make us think that we would have to return; but, as the main rule is «never say never», the possibility stays open! ;) As for the local history, it’s amazing how a blog with such a short number of visitors manages to get all your comments; it’s definitely a private enterprise between Blogtrotter and you!! ;)
Have a great weekend!

Susu,
It’s so slippery that you see all that human chain to try to get up the hill... It’s an amazing experience, but I think you’ll need some sunshine to try it!!
As for the wind, it was rather strong, and we definitely felt it while aboard the catamaran on our way from the hotel restaurant where we had lunch towards the Dunn’s River falls!

Carmen,
You probably took the right decision: making the trip from Montego Bay to the falls (having lunch near Ocho Rios) and back it’s a bit hard, though the road is nice... but with a lousy weather, the other alternatives didn’t seem quite attractive also! Amazing that story of trying to sell you «gold» when you were only looking for «curried duck»... ;))

Hélène,
I’m not so sure about the agreement of the Waldheim Kurt; he seems to have had a lousy story as a young officer during WWII... ;).
Mais le coucher du soleil est vraiment magnifique!!

Lara,
This experience wasn’t exactly a thrill; but let’s say that the visit to reggae land wasn’t a flop... ;)

Eye,
Travertine? You find that on the Cotton Castle post as well as on the Mammoth Hot Springs post. Enjoy!! ;)

Mariposa,
I understand that those sunsets look great; but I’ve never seen something similar to a fabulous sunset in the Fiji Islands… Magnificent South Pacific!!

Gattina,
Great that you liked! The falls aren’t spectacular, but the fact that they run straight into the Atlantic Ocean and the amazing walk that is organized to climb them up hill makes it an unforgettable experience!!

Rajesh,
It seems that the falls and the sunset made the full round of the visitors; everybody likes that...

Rakesh,
The outdoors are amazing and the Jamaican sunset is interesting; but all that is far from the quality of the famous Jamaican rum... ;)). Actually, there is a long time association of rum with the Royal Navy, which began in 1655 when the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica...

Babli,
I’m glad you’re travelling with... and even happier that you like it... ;))
I was having some troubles for a few days to enter your blog; was always diverted to a page that my McAfee anti-virus said it was a dangerous one... Today I managed to enter and comment on your amazing pictures; it seems things are ok now!!

Pietro,
That human chain seems to be the more appropriate way to climb the slippery falls; it’s probably an excellent exercise (we walked the much more comfortable wooden stairway), but much better as a photo opportunity for non-participants... ;))

Yvonne,
Yeah, you would love to be a little young girl slapping the water over there; nice dreams... ;) Everybody was having great fun, in particular the ones that were neither wet nor tired of climbing the slippery rocks after lunch... ;)

Diane,
I see that summer down under is a very busy season and that you have been strolling around Australia the whole month, in particular with many social engagements... ;)). We were in Surfer’s Paradise in 1998, before heading to the Fiji Islands, and that was great fun!!
Lots of work were needed to experience all that; not so much luck, I would dare to say... ;))

Lynn,
It seems it’s the more appropriate and the wiser way to climb the slippery rocks of the Dunn’s River falls!!
Next post shows a much nicer sea and sky: I mean blues rather than grey!!

Trotter said...

Thérèse,
Probably more a «need chain» than a friendship one; probably most of those are tourists than don’t know and have never met the fellows who are holding their hands... ;))

Constance,
The catamaran was moving up and down with a windy sea just next to the coast... not only with reggae playing in the loudspeakers... ;)) It was great fun that trip, even if the sea was a bit rough...

Ron,
When are you going to take Jensen on a funny cruise to the Caribbean? It seems that Disney has some ships travelling around there... ;)
Cloudia,
Great to bring back good memories for you!! About the tea, I’ve already what I learned with your comment on my last post. Amazing things we learn when blogging... ;)
Aloha!!

Jen,
You’re too kind, kind, kind... ;))

Indrani,
The pictures on this blog are not intended to be an aim on themselves; they are supposed to show places (which may be more or less wonderful) rather than being wonderful as pictures... So, most of the credit most go to the pictured rather than to the picture... ;))

Daniel,
Je me demande comment le dire en langues différentes: paradisiacal en franglais; paradisiaco en portuñol, etc. ;))

Lakshmi,
Lucky girl; just landed in the US and I’m stuck here… ;)). Hope you have a nice stay there and enjoy the visit. Have fun and show us the result... in pictures! See you soon!

Star,
I knew you would lean towards those romantic sunsets... ;) It makes sense, being a lover of the Lodi Gardens... ;)

Regina,
I think that wonderful might be a bit excessive to what I’ve seen of Jamaica; amazing might be acceptable, but wonderful is probably out of reach; at least for what I saw. And I’m more often than not quite generous with all the places I visit... ;))

Juka,
You may always click in the pictures; they enlarge... But these falls are neither Victoria, nor Iguaçu nor even Niagara... ;)). Good time always when travelling... Like Stevenson, it’s all for the sake of travelling; the truly great affair is to move... ;)

Galaxy,
Nature’s art at its best!! But there are some other places where nature has been much more fruitful in creating art... ;))

Tinsie,
That was a mistake: posting as uploaded without actually working them as a post... ;)). But you’ll have the chance to also comment on those soon. Meanwhile, you have the Caymans to enjoy... ;))

JoAnn,
You’re always travelling... ;)). Come on; don’t need to be so generous on the place shown here: from my point of view, I’m far from hitting a jackpot there; actually I’ve never hit a jackpot... ;)) OK, the music is great, the rum excellent and the sun, when it shines, warm and nice. But I’m not sure I would schedule a return trip...
Great to read that you do not forget this blog; there aren’t so many faithful... ;))

June,
I wonder: if they didn’t enjoy, why should they spend all their time and energy to climb the falls up the hill... ;))

Vaggelis,
Come on; paradise? That’s not exactly my concept of paradise... And I was lucky enough not to be attacked, like Carmen was, by the famous «gold» sellers of Jamaica... ;))

Nicole,
That green wasn’t as greenish as I would expect, but the missing sun was a major cause of disappointment on that island... ;))
Well, if one starts thinking it over, it makes sense to climb it hand in hand to try to reduce the chances of falling down the slippery falls... ;))

Kven,
My pleasure to comment on your blog!!
It probably lokks more beautiful than it actually is; but they don’t care: they have Usain Bolt... ;)). The sunsets were the best we could get from the sun on that day... ;))

MedaM,
I’m glad you liked also all the other pictures people were not so fond of...
Sunsets are usually a guaranteed success as posts, so no wonder the good reactions they got... ;)

Alice SG,
Sorry that you’re so busy you have to stop blogging; why not simply reduce the frequency... ;). But I understand that the excitement of going on vacation makes things more difficult for a reasonable blogger... ;)

Trotter said...

Replies, Part Three and final (for the time beeing...)

Olivier,
Attends, je ne suis pas allé à New York depuis 2007 et toi tu me dis que c’est moi qui a de la chance, car tu ne sais pas encore si tu y iras cet année ; et en 2008 ? et en 2009 ? ;)). Bon, on essayera d’y aller, c’est tout…. ;))

Barb,
That’s exactly what they had: fun in the water. And we had lots of fun watching… ;)

Betty,
That’s surely the easiest way to try to climb the hill on those slippery falls’ rocks... ;)

Pat,
So, definitely we were not the only ones to be at the falls... ;))

Ted,
So that’s probably the reason why the most red I ever saw was in Fiji... South Pacific... ;)

Leo,
For falls isn’t that common; I mean falling straight into the sea!!

Lucie,
En Guyane tu n’est pas allée dans les Chutes le jour de visite des grands bateaux de croisière, s’il y en a qui s’arrêtent là… ;)
La jeunesse a des avantages, mais aussi quelquefois ça cause des difficultés…
Finalement, tu as passé le test… ;) Et je note que tu prêtes attention à TOUS les commentaires. Touché !!

P.N. Subramanian said...

Dunns fall must be amazing. It was interesting to learn that the water flows directly into the sea.

Marja said...

Walking up waterfalls That's tricky but than again they might not have bad weather there that can wash you away. Stunning photo's
Beautiful sunset Very romantic

Trotter said...

P.N.,
Not many falls go straight into the sea...

Marja,
Tricky indeed; that's why they go hand in hand... ;))

Paz said...

i'm lovin' all your wonderful photo collages.

paz

Trotter said...

Paz,
But the pictures lose some quality on those collages... ;)

Steve C said...

I've walked up the Dunn's River Falls. The guides hold everyone cameras while you walk up the falls. They remember what camera belongs to who and take many photos for you, all while keeping your camera dry.

Trotter said...

Steve,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here!
It's amazing the way the guides do their job over there; but I must confess I enjoyed much more climbing the side steps.. ;)