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Bermuda through the eyes of a traveler
Despite the large number of islands, the population of the archipelago is only about 60 thousand people, and the total length of roads in Bermuda is 30 km. The capital, largest city, commercial center and picturesque "heart" of Bermuda, Hamilton is also the seat of most of the country's government and commercial institutions. Named after Henry Hamilton, the governor of Bermuda from 1788 to 1794, the city began its development just at the time of his reign, in 1790, when it was necessary to find a place for a new transshipment port for ships plying between the coast of New World and Europe. By 1815, the city had grown into a large trading hub, and so rapidly that it was decided to transfer all government offices here from the old capital St. George.
The city center is located along the embracing harbor of Front Street, surrounded by old Victorian buildings framed by limestone fences, apricot orchards and a blue sky. Many buildings have overhanging verandas, made in a wide variety of architectural traditions, but with indispensable elegant wrought iron railings. Most of the interesting places in the city can be walked around in just 4 hours, but walking here is not the best way to travel, since the roads and streets of the old quarters are rather narrow and rarely feature sidewalks.
The ocean is very beautiful. The water is clear with a blue tint. If during your stay on the island there is complete calm, then you can even watch the fish swimming in the water from the balcony of your room: they are clearly visible, especially the parrots, since they are very bright. In Bermuda car rental is prohibited. You can rent a scooter, a driver's license is not required for this, but you must be over 16 years old. A helmet, a lock, a full tank of fuel and a luggage basket are included in the rental price. Using a helmet is a must.
From the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse there is a stunning panoramic view of the Bermuda coast. On the western tip of the archipelago, Dokjard, is the cruise ship stop and the largest fortress in Bermuda. And the poorest citizens live on the other side, but you can't tell by their homes.
Houses and fences in Bermuda are built mostly of sandstone. The walls are bright, colorful, and the roofs are white and stepped. Such roofs are made in order to collect water and filter it: the dirt lingers on the steps. Drains are installed in such a way that concrete basements along vertical pipes are filled with rainwater. In such tanks, the water is kept cold, as in wells. Each owner is personally responsible for collecting water, and if it is still not enough until the next rainy season, the government must pay money for water.
Bermuda is a group of coral islands in the northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean. They were discovered at the beginning of the 16th century by the Spanish navigator, Juan Bermudez, and they were called Devil Islands because of difficult navigational conditions. On the 25-cent coin Bermuda depicts a phaeton. This bird was almost destroyed by collectors of eggs, but after organizing the protection, the number of phaetons was restored, and now they again nest on islands.
The main attractions of Hamilton include the neo-gothic Bermuda Cathedral Holy Trinity Trinity (Holy Trinity, 1884-1886, completed in 1905), the Cabinet building (1833), the House of Assembly and the Senate between Parliament Street and Court Street, and also the pentagonal Fort Hamilton (1870-1876) is an impressive structure located on top of the hills, with a magnificent panorama of Hamilton Harbor and beautiful gardens.
The shafts of the fort are equipped with 10-inch serf guns capable of firing 400-pound projectiles of any ship entering the harbor. This destructive weapon, fortunately, was never used for its intended purpose. Also of interest are the Cenotaph, a monument to the Bermudians who died in world wars (1920, an exact replica of the Whitehall Memorial in London), Waterville (1842) and the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust Fund, on the territory of which the Bermuda-Rose-Sysayeti Garden, Memorial Garden is located Mary-Jean Mitchell and the beautiful belvedere, as well as Fort Scar (XIX century), from the walls of which a magnificent view of the Great Sound Bay opens.
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