Wednesday, 27 February 2013

'THINGS FALL APART' ... #Heritage or not?

If you are moving around #Chaguaramas on the way to Macqueripe Cove, it would be impossible to miss the crumbling remains  of the old St.Chad's Anglican Church in Tucker Valley.

Since we have already posted on sites in the vicinity, it would be remiss of TRAIL SPOTS  not pay a TRAIL SPOTS photo tribute to this religious relic.  It is as much a part of the colorful history of Chaguaramas and environs, having been built and re-built built by the British during the 1800s.  It also stood as witness to the American presence as an army base in Chaguaramas later on.

St. Chad's Anglican Church, Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas
The movement of the population from along this route due to the changing of overseas occupation, governance and employment opportunities, led to the dwindling attendance and eventual abandonment of St. Chad's.  In the churchyard there is still evidence of the grave sites of the faithful.  Some folklore still tell of the lingering presence of long gone residents.
Now, surrounded  by the encroaching and native bamboo, its cracked walls, the remains of a rotted roof and fragile jalousie windows, stand as a reminders of a former time, under a different rule.

More information on the history of St.Chad's may be found directly at

TRAIL SPOTS salutes #St.Chad's Anglican Church as we move.

St. Chad's A.C. in the shadows

 Heritage structures are not always what we think them to be.  There are many such, though less renowned, reminders of the past.
The houses in the photos that follow are among numerous such earlier designed structures throughout Trinidad and Tobago, notably in the suburban or rural districts.  My visits around the island reveal that there are even older structures that have withstood the test of time, without concrete or steel!

 Old wooden house with rusted, galvanize roof in south Trinidad

Some have fallen into various stages of ruin.  Others have been maintained with their original features, especially  intricate wooden lattice designs, which was a popular decorative feature in earlier days.  Many have been refurbished and remain as residences or have been transformed into attractive business places.  The latter are frequently seen  in the larger towns and cities of the islands.

Elegant 'make-over' in the city

These and others like them, deserve recognition and preservation as heritage structures in our country.  If you live in or close to a possible heritage structure, think about what you, the relevant authorities and of course the owners, can do to contribute to its preservation.  While I admire the famous 'Magnificent Seven'  around the Queen's Park Savannah, they are not the only ones worthy of upkeep.
The 'ordinary' older structures add a touch of mystery and a sense of elegance to any environment and may be a source of interesting historical information for all.
It is a fact that many developed countries have and uphold laws that ensure the preservation of heritage buildings, in the face of inevitable development.  The towers of steel, glass and imaginative design might one day become relics themselves ...!

As we surely know, it's always a good idea to 'know where you come from ...'  even as the environment evolves.  Should it matter if it is in the country(side) or the city?  What  do you think qualifies a structure to be labeled as a 'heritage structure'?

TRAIL SPOTS salutes these and other heritage structures in our midst.



Thursday, 21 February 2013

CRUISING THE COAST ... Chaguaramas and the Marina

 I suppose it is that anywhere there are a large bodies of water as natural features, deeper reflections will be called forth.  It might or might not be the same for you, but being close to large bodies of water has that effect on me.  You might have already noticed ...!

View from the mainland to down the islands
 There are many persons, apart from fishermen, who choose to spend most of their time or life on the world's waterways.  It is, for them, a natural means of getting around; a lifestyle.  Time away from sea is time away from home.  Facing the open ocean on a sailing vessel is for them, the best seat on the planet!  This I gathered from Captain Mott's blog at sea, as chocolate bars are shipped from Grenada to various parts of the world.  What a voyage!

I may be among those who happily cruise the island's coasts for now, but maybe one day ...

Come with me for the ride along the route to Chaguaramas and the  Marina.
Sea, land and sky ... amazing scape

The main route to the Chaguaramas and the marina itself invites that kind of response, in addition to the picturesque presence of various types of boats and people enjoying other kinds of leisurely activities.  The view alone is worth the trip.  The paved walkway and seawall make the waterfront even more attractive as a free and easily accessible spa environment.

Sea wall; so close ...
Waiting for jet-ski riders

Jet-ski 101?

Chillin' at the water's edge ...

Nothing compares to an uplifting experience like having the experience itself ... the actual being there with the breeze in your face and the grass or sand beneath your feet!  But
when that's not possible, quick views can fill the gap ... vicarious R and R!

Sea wall, front seat ... best view from the shore

Reflecting on reflections ... the Marina


A slip for you ...?


Friday, 15 February 2013

BACK TO TURKS ... out and about

When you've spent several years in any place it is not unusual to have countless memories. 
During my time in the TCI many memories were created. Thankfully I was able to capture a handful of them digitally.
I believe that delving into the collection, clearing and sharing, will open up space for more from everywhere.

The Turks and Caicos as you know, comprises over 40 islands and cays including  Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South, East, Middle, North and West Caicos, Providenciales and numerous other exclusive resorts and private cays, such as Pine Cay and Parrot Cay and Ambergris Cay, among others.  Small populations, and by extension, less environmental stress, contribute to the sustenance of the undisturbed, rustic beauty of the islands.  This is a feat in the face of obvious and inevitable development.  

With the push for greater exposure as a tourist destination, as well as the further development of local industries and amenities, the islands have managed keep their distinctive characters.  Natural variety, good quality and I will add, simplicity, are key components to an attractive, healthful lifestyle. 
 From my observations, this is all available in the TCI, but it would be a mistake to ignore or take its natural elements for granted.  The tourism logo 'Beautiful by Nature' can certainly be appreciated as one moves around the islands.

I would be almost impossible for me to share all the scenes that have been captured, but I can certainly give some more quick views that were taken while I was out and about. While travel among the islands is usually by scheduled flights or ferry, private yatchs and jets are also welcomed.  

A map of this British  Overseas Territory has already been provided in a previous post, but another will be re-posted for closer reference and general orientation.

These photos are randomly ordered.  Captions will be provided wherever possible.
A quick TCI facts link can be located at
You may also check the Travel Links section in the side-bar for more information. 

Let's get moving!

Moving along Main St.

Scuba-diving boats

Osprey Hotel

St. Mary's Anglican  Pro-Cathedral, GT.
Anglican Rectory
Methodist Church, GT.

Victoria Public Library, GT.

Heritage Building

View of the Atlantic Ocean



Grand Turk Campus

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


I'm  spending more time in the passenger seat/co-pilot seat for the time being.
From there you see things you would not normally see in the driver's seat (understandably 
One of the things that comes clearly into view for me is the signage around the city of Port-of-Spain and its environs.

(Remember to click images for expanded views.)

St. Joseph
St. Joseph, first capital of Trinidad; east of the 'new' city of Port-of-Spain

St. James, the town that never sleeps; west of Port-of Spain
We need signs.  They provide information, direction, sometimes amusement, oftentimes attraction and distraction, motivation and persuasion.

From what I could see some signs were professionally designed and strategically placed with consumers in mind; some appeared to be hurriedly hand-painted.  Others were old, faded and covered with vines or over-shadowed by the bright new kids on the block.  Overhead electrical and telecommunication lines (also necessary and somewhat chaotic) crossed everywhere.  

Heading east ...
Carenage; Western Main Rd., north-west Trinidad
Carenage; heading east on the Main Rd.

Carenage, Main Road ... busy spot?
Entering Diego Martin, heading north
Diego Martin Main Road

Diego Martin; bus/pedestrian shelter

The making of signs, professional or otherwise, is artistic work.  The art of signage moves along the continuum of wants and needs; creative work nonetheless. 
Observing, identifying and interpreting signs also requires some skill and attention.
Information or messages may be helpful, direct, regulatory, ambiguous, or down-right misleading.  Observe the signs, as well as people who might jut step out in front your vehicle!  

Port-of- Spain hub
Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, landmark ... 
Brian Lara Promenade ... go,go,go,!

Independence Square, Port-of-Spain; busy spot

These signs are all about food!

  A good back-up plan would be to ask a question: Where is ... ?; How do I ... ?; Do you know ...?  And try to make some quick sight assessment of the person/s who may provide credible information.  Beware of those .."just around the corner"  or "just up the street" directions.
Works for me.  How about you?

San Juan, Eastern Main Road

The signs in and around the city are an education in themselves.  They say something about services and products, places,  etc. and also serve to  sharpen our powers of observation.  What I find most intriguing is the banquet of information and choices available to us.  One way or the other they affect our actions.

KFC or pizza? ... everywhere!

Rainbow in the east; Churchill Roosevelt Highway

Mt. D'or, Mt.Hope; highway intersection

From the passenger seats, take a closer look at some of the signs in and around the city; lining the main roads and highways  or wherever you you are.
If you happen to be in the driver's seat, pay much closer attention to what's happening on the road in front of you!






Guys just wanna have fun ... right?   Last week-end, one of our trail-spotters, AG and some friends, went on a fun rally trail sponsor...