I am an avid traveler. Travelling is not just my passion, it is also my hobby; a very expensive one no doubt which is why I take my time between vacations but when I do I enjoy it to the fullest. On average I try to take a vacation once a year. Sometimes it takes about two years. This may not put me in the ranks of avid travelers but over the last 10 years I have practically visited all 7 continents which is something not many people get to do in their life.
This year I went to a place that I have been longing to visit for a very long time. Belize has been on my radar for a few years. I live in Miami, born and raised so it was good to know that Belize was only a few hours flight away. I finally took a week off and went to visit Belize this summer and I am happy to say that the trip turned out to be one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken.
One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Brazil was the weather. It was no different than the tropical weather in Florida. This was a relief because I am a tropical person. Cold weather is not for me; one of the reasons why I live near the Coast. Agreed the humidity can be a downer during the summer but I’ve gotten used to it and it’s not so bad compared to other states. The weather in Belize was pleasant. The sun was out and the winds were blowing, welcoming me upon my arrival. It felt great to finally be here.
St. Johns Cathedral
I’ve always been fascinated by Cathedrals. This one was built in 1812 and is comprised entirely of bricks. There is an interesting story associated with it and I’m always keen to hear these stories. They are better than fiction and the fact that they are real makes them that much more enjoyable and worth remembering. After the British won the Battle of St. George Caye, they decided to erect landmarks to depict British land. One of the main components they used for construction were bricks that came on the ships from England as ballast. They broke ground and established the cathedral. Fascinating story and a fascinating cathedral indeed.
The Church is an old building on the inside however on the outside it has been renovated. There are no pictures or paintings. The walls depict the names and quotes from donators. It was very peaceful. I really enjoyed my visit and of course I took the time to pray.
I’d read about it online. I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. This excursion was the best part of the vacation. Our guide took us (I was in a group of 5) through the woods to a stream. There we were transferred to tubes that were connected to each other and sailed very slowly. There were m any underwater caverns in the river along with water falls and rock formations. There were times when it got pitch dark inside the cave with the only light being the ones on our head lamps. It was a surreal experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.
The Belize Zoo
My nephew was adamant that I take pictures of zoo animals upon my return so I took a quick tour of the zoo after I’ve had a few days in Belize. The trip turned out to be quite fun and interesting. The Belize Zoo is an internationally acclaimed refuge for wild animals. Immediately upon arrival I noticed something interesting. There were no concrete cells or iron bar cages. The animals roamed around naturally in the zoo however a safe distance was kept throughout. I’d say the zoo has pretty much all the animals you’d expect to see at a zoo but I managed to take some great photos.
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