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Reach for the stars Rugby Classic is party central
Shopping, sightseeing, dining, culture
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Here on business? See our top tips, pages 46-47.
overview 18-19 galleries & shows 44-45
health, customs etc 24-25
flex the plastic 27-33
real estate 20 top tips 46-47
n Events World Rugby Classic 6-8 calendar 41-45
n Food & Drink best places to eat 34-40
n Nature our harmless critters 16
n News Bermuda scoops awards 48
n People Minister’s welcome 4
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Hamilton 10-11 St. George’s 12-13 Dockyard 14-15
n Sports & Activities rugby classic 6-8
n Transportation bus info 24 bus schedule 45 ferry info 25 stay safe on a scooter 26
n Weather what to expect 25
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world rugby classic
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For rugby novices, this is what a scrum looks like.
Sporting spectacle is also a social highlight By Simon Jones | Sporting stars of yesteryear descend on Bermuda this month for the World Rugby Classic. This annual event attracts ex-international players as well as rugby fans from across the globe for a week of thrilling entertainment. Even if rugby is not your thing, or you have never watched the sport before, the Classic — which takes place November 6-12 — is well worth attending. It provides visitors with a great opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere and camaraderie of a live sporting occasion. Grab a beer and a snack, take a seat on the bleachers and make some new friends. The participants may have their best years behind them and are now ‘veterans’ but that means very little once they step on to the pitch. 6 bermuda.com guide
The first Classic was held in 1988
The standard of rugby the Classic Lions have at the Classic has immade the finals and they proved steadily each year will be looking to put and this also goes for that right this year. the calibre of the players The competition who make the trip to kicks off at 2:30pm on Bermuda. Sunday, November 6 The English World with the New Zealand Cup winner Josh Lewsey All Blacks taking on the is one of the big draws U.S. Eagles team at the this year. He will join the National Stadium. former British and Irish That game is followed Lions fly-half and Scotat 4pm by the Classic Litish international Gregor ons’ clash with the Azzuri. Creative Commons photo by Sternewald Townsend in a start-studFrom this point the Big names: World Cup winner ded Classic Lions line-up games come thick and Josh Lewsey is among the former internationals who that includes a host of fast as teams from will grace this year’s Classic. former internationals. Australia, Canada, South The Lions are the home favourites and Africa and Argentina do battle. the men in pink always receive a rousing The tournament comes to a climax on reception from the Bermudian crowd. Saturday, November 12 with the It has been a couple of years since Continued on page 10 GOVERNMENT OF BERMUDA Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce Bermuda Post Office
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New Zealand have won nine times
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Rugby looks a little like American football â€” minus the helmets and shoulder pads.
Bermuda Barbarians against Atlanta and the two competition finals. Rugby is the central ingredient to the Classic but there is a lot more to this unique occasion. For rugby fans it is a chance to brush shoulders and share a drink in the beer tent with heroes we normally only see on television. For the players, the Classic provides an opportunity to roll back the years, prove they can still perform on the pitch â€” and entertainingly recount their
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At the Classic you can make new friends, enjoy a few beers â€” a cigar even.
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former glories in a social setting. The competitive edge and pride of a rugby player never disappears and despite the advancing years of the players, the encounters between the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia are not for the faint-hearted. They are physical, intense affairs where no quarter is given by either side. The National Stadium is a terrific venue for the week-long event and there are parties with live music most nights. This year will mark the 24th Rugby Classic and it promises some of the closest and most hard-fought fixtures to date. Reigning champions New Zealand will face a tough task holding on to the title they have won for the last two years. You can buy tickets when you turn up at the front gate for $25 and there are plenty of vendors selling food and drink. Enjoy! n To find out more, visit the Classic website www.rugbyworld.bm
a day in hamilton
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Hamiltonâ€™s main drag, Front Street, looking up towards Burnaby Street.
Our striking capital city The City of Hamilton, which became the capital of Bermuda in 1815, is laid out in a grid pattern so it is easy to find your way around. A good place to start is the Visitor Information Centre next to the Ferry Terminal on Front Street where maps, brochures and schedules of events are available. From here it is a short walk to Queen Street and Parla-Ville Park, Perot Post Office and the National Library, all located in a neighbourhood dating from the 1800s. Youâ€™ll find the Bermuda Historical Society Museum inside the library and every Monday from November to March a free guided walking tour meets on the verandah of the library. On Church Street is City Hall, home to the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts, which show rotating exhibits by local and foreign artists. Further east on Church Street is the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, the Anglican Cathedral, consecrated in 1911. 10 bermuda.com guide
Named after Governor Sir Henry Hamilton
The elaborate stained glass windows are as splendid as any found in Europe and for $3 the climb up the tower is worth the effort. Overlooking the City is Fort Hamilton. The best time to visit and take in the stunning view is Monday at noon, when the Bermuda Islands’ Pipe Band performs. Back in town, our striking civic structures include the Cabinet Building and the House of Assembly. The city is also a great place to loosen the wallet at jewellery, clothing and souvenir shops. You’ll also find a wide choice of eateries, from simple cafes and diners to Italian, Thai, Irish, Chinese, Mexican and Bermudian restaurants. n Beautiful Par-la-Ville Park is a quiet spot in the middle of the city, close to Perot Post Office. Photo by Kageaki Smith
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a day in st. george’s
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Water Street, the bustling centre of town.
Old town charm A trip to Bermuda would not be complete without a visit to our original capital. St. George’s celebrates the 400th anniversary of its founding in 2012 and this remarkable town retains much of its original architecture. Indeed, a resident of two centuries ago could return today and still find his way home. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site — a distinction shared with the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. The Bermuda National Trust Museum on Duke of York Street is home to the St. George’s Visitor Information Centre. It also houses exhibits detailing the role of the town during the American Civil War and has a film that explains the economic development of the island. Across the road is one of Bermuda’s most historic sites, St. Peter’s Church, originally built by the first settlers of 1612 and today the oldest continually used Anglican Church in the New World. On Water Street you will find the Tucker House Museum, replete with 12 bermuda.com guide
St George’s: originally called New London furnishings from the 1700s and an archeological exhibit explaining the town’s ties with Colonial Williamsburg. Further down Water Street and on Penno’s Wharf is a warehouse once used by the Confederates for storing cotton on its way to London. Here the World Heritage Centre explains the full history of St. George’s with exhibits, displays and a film. The St. George’s Historical Society Museum on Duke of Kent Street takes visitors back to the early days of Bermuda with its original architecture, furnishings, kitchen and garden. A short walk away is the photogenic Unfinished Church, which lies on the route to Fort St. Catherine, where the history of Bermuda’s British naval defence is detailed. Take advantage of free, guided walking tours that start at the Town Hall at 10.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays
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Historic gem: St Peter’s Church.
from November to March. They are followed by a greeting from the Mayor of St. George’s and the public punishment of the town gossip. n
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a day in dockyard
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The Bermuda National Museum offers commanding views across Dockyard.
West end delights By BRYAN DARBY | Wherever you go in Bermuda, the breeze of history is likely to brush against you. But at our 200-year-old Royal Naval Dockyard, at the west end of the island, the past is a constant companion. Every limestone building in this spectacular tourist attraction is original, providing a collection of unique naval structures that have been successfully commandeered by restaurants, museums, art galleries, a glass factory, potteries, beachside bars, theme parks and a shopping mall. You won’t need a map — Dockyard is only a few square miles and can be covered in a couple of hours of leisurely discovery. Don’t miss Dolphin Quest or the Bermuda National Museum, which enjoys a dominant perch overlooking the entire docklands. Every building you encounter has something to offer: the Dockyard Art Centre, Frog & Onion British Pub, and the Craft Market, for example, sit cheek-by-jowl on Maritime Row. Whether you arrive by cruise ship, harbour ferry or by road, you cannot avoid the feeling that somehow you’ve taken a step back in time. And so you have. It was from this spot that the feared British Navy kept watch on the trade routes between Canada and the Caribbean, took the war of 1812 14 bermuda.com guide
Dockyard is our primary cruise ship port to the Americans while protecting the Canadians, and generally made a nuisance of themselves. You can almost envisage the convict ships that once lined Dockyard’s inner walls with their grim cargo of criminals from the Old Country. Now, where sails were laid out and ropes were spun, industrious Bermudians offer hand-made glassware and pottery. The imposing Clocktower Shopping Mall appears to represent the epoch of naval architecture. But was it planned that way? One persistent rumour has it that in 1804 we were mistakenly sent plans for the British Embassy in Khartoum — while Khartoum received plans for a very plain warehouse. True or false, the Clocktower is just one of Dockyard’s many enduring attractions. n
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Our harmless critters By ANDREW DOBSON | Like most
other things in Bermuda — groceries, cars, shipwrecked settlers — our wildlife was largely imported, either accidentally or on purpose. There are hundreds of feral cats and feral chickens – but no feral dogs. We have a few rats, of course, but no snakes. Spiders are abundant but generally harmless. The occasional poisonous spider arrives on imported lumber but they rarely bother people. Mosquitoes aren’t a problem and there are few bugs to worry about. To find the mildly venomous nine-inch centipede, you would
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Small lizards are a common sight across the island.
have to turn over a lot of rocks in St. David’s Parish. Try to avoid the Portuguese man-owar, a purple jellyfish that sports long tentacles and causes a painful sting. Sharks are rare in Bermuda waters and there are no records of shark attacks. One of our most intriguing creatures is the common whistling frog. Their ‘gleepgleep’ chorus is particularly vigorous after rainfall on warm evenings and you’ll be amazed that a frog little bigger than your thumbnail can be so audible. Easier to spot on wet evenings are enormous cane toads, introduced to control cockroaches. Birds are plentiful; about 375 species have been recorded in Bermuda and 20 are resident. Many migrate through the island and more than 100 species are present during the winter, including a variety of ducks, herons and egrets. For more, visit www.audubon.bm n
Sample our art hot spots By Sarah lagan | Bermuda is a wonderful melting pot of different cultures and its art scene is similarly diverse and vibrant. Our small island is packed with art galleries, studios and museums stretching from St George’s in the east to Dockyard in the west. Our art hot spots include: n The Bermuda National Gallery Home to three permanent exhibitions — The African Collection, The Bermudian Collection and The European Collection. There is also a rotation of work by local and international artists. Its current ‘Reinterpreting the European Collection’ invited eight local artists to offer their own take on a historical artwork of their choice. City Hall & Arts Centre, Hamilton. 295-9428.
n Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Masterworks prides itself as “the preeminent museum of Bermuda Art” and Bermuda is the subject for many of its works. The gallery hosts the annual Charman Prize and has an Artist in Residence programme that sees international artists offer their interpretations of island life. There’s a gift shop and a café. Botanical Gardens, Paget. Tel. 236-2950. www.bermudamasterworks.com
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City Hall, home to our national gallery and society of arts.
n Bermuda Society of Arts Known affectionately as “the people’s gallery”, BSoA features everything from professional artwork to the work of schoolchildren and prisoners. It is made up of four separate galleries including the main space, The Onions Gallery. The gallery plays host to some 50 shows per year reflecting all walks of life. City Hall & Arts Centre, Hamilton. Tel. 292-3824
n National Museum of Bermuda Well worth a visit for those interested in our history, culture and heritage. Exhibitions and displays range from Bermuda’s Defence Heritage, The Slave Trade and The
Most famous sculptor: Desmond Fountain Royal Navy Collections. Local artist Graham Foster’s epic mural, depicting the history of Bermuda, is not to be missed. Dockyard. Tel. 234-1418. www.bmm.bm
n Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard If you are lucky, you might meet some of Bermuda’s artists who are residents at the Arts Centre in Dockyard including Jonah Jones and Christopher Marson. You will get a good feel for Bermuda’s stunning natural landscapes through the ever-changing collections by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda. Dockyard. Tel. 234-2809. www.artbermuda.bm
Monday-Saturday | 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed on Public Holidays museum is accessible with ramps and an elevator.
n Crisson & Hind Art Gallery Home to a fascinating collection of carved sculptures from Zimbabwe. 71 Front St, Hamilton. Tel. 295-1117. www.crissonandhind.com
Masterworks The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is home to an impressive collection of over 1,200 pieces of Bermuda inspired art. Renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer and Albert Gleizes are part of the Permanent Collection and there is a constantly evolving showcase of local artists. The museum shop sells prints and original local art, and Homer’s Café serves a wide selection of baked goods, lunch items and even afternoon tea. To learn about Bermuda’s culture and history there is no better stop on your vacation itinerary than The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Museum is accessible with ramps and an elevator. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. $5 admission, free for members and children under 12. Closed public holidays.
The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is home to an impressive collection of over 1,200 pieces of Bermuda inspired art; some by such famous names as Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer and Albert Gleizes. The museum shop sells prints and original local art; a perfect keepsake to take home! To learn about Bermuda’s culture and history there is no better stop on your vacation itinerary.
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The Botanical Gardens • 183 South Road Paget, DV 04 • Bermuda Tel: (441) 236-2950 • Fax: (441)-236-4402
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Own a bit of ‘The Rock’ Many visitors, seduced by our sub-tropical climate, historic charm and pink sand beaches, return to Bermuda year after year. Americans in particular often seek to make the relationship a little more permanent, through timeshares or fractional ownership. As a non-Bermudian you are not permitted to buy property outright unless you have more than $5million to spend, so it’s a more affordable way to claim a small piece of ‘The Rock’. And
The St. George’s Club
it enables you to share your love of the island with friends and family for generations to come. Prices vary of course but you might get into the market at the $150,000 to $400,000 range. Check with a local realtor through our website, bermuda.com, for more information. Names that will come up include The Reefs Club, Tucker’s Point Club, Newstead Belmont Hill Golf Resort and Spa — and The St. George’s Club.
Facilities for the more energetic include Are you dreaming three tennis courts, of a Bermuda family one lit for night play, holiday? Well, The St. and a fitness center. George’s Club can The surrounding Golf make that dream an Course is currently Photo by james whittaker affordable reality. closed but is to be The charming St. George’s Club, which Overlooking the redesigned by Nick offers timeshare opportunities. historic Town of St. Faldo. George and the quaint harbor, its clusters Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy priviof one-bedroom and two bedroom cotleges at the challenging Riddell’s Bay Golf tages offer all the comforts of home. Fully course in Southampton. equipped kitchens make home cooking posThe bus stop is within close walking sible – and an onsite grocery means shopdistance and the fast ferry to Dockyard ping is close to hand. Don’t feel like cookand Hamilton is also nearby. You can also ing? Griffin’s Bistro in the main clubhouse explore at your own pace by renting a is known for its excellent international scooter from the onsite cycle livery. cuisine, or dine at Blackbeard’s Hideout the The Club is an RCI Gold Crown Resort beachside restaurant and bar. Three swimwhich allows members exchange options at ming pools, one heated and one with a pool any of RCI’s nearly 4,000 worldwide resort bar are situated in beautifully manicured hotels. New members are also enrolled in and spacious grounds. If you prefer the The Club’s private travel and cruise program. beach, the complimentary shuttle can take To learn more, call 297-1222 or visit you to The Club’s secluded Achilles Bay. www.stgeorgesclub.com n 20 bermuda.com guide
Golf Guide 2010:Layout 1
Winston Churchill and President HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
YDS 339 386 378 115 368 470 178 329 326
PAR 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4
HOLE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
YDS 329 172 533 344 350 436 385 167 412
PAR 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4
BELMONT HILLS GOLF COURSE • 236-6060 Overlooking Bermuda’s Bermuda’sfamous famousturquoise turquoise Belmont Hills Overlooking seasea Belmont Hills GolfGolf ClubClub feafeatures Bermuda’s first ever championshipgolf golfcourse coursecombined combinedwith with aa first tures Bermuda’s first ever championship class teaching facility. Belmont Hills Golf Club recently received the Bermuda Gold, Best of Bermuda Awards for the “best place to play a round of golf.” HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
YDS 438 567 148 458 380 370 517 213 383
PAR 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4
HOLE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
YDS 350 443 383 235 393 412 235 507 410
PAR 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4
PORT ROYAL GOLF COURSE • 234-0974 Owned / Operated by the Bermuda Government
Port Royal is the longest course in Bermuda and offers a great challenge for all who play it. With its spectacular views of the ocean it is a course not to missedby byvisitors. visitors. After be missed After a round of relax golf, at relax Port Royal’s 64º a round of golf, PortatRoyal’s 64º RestauRestaurant and the watch the sunset to off round off a perfect day in paradise. rant and watch sunset to round a perfect day in paradise.
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what’s on golf guide
Eisenhower golfed on our island HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
YDS 469 151 360 355 500 387 190 336 192
PAR 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 35
OCEAN VIEW GOLF COURSE • 295-9092 Owned / Operated by the Bermuda Government
This superbly challenging course has proven to be as competitive as it is picturesque. The elevated, central location offers wide North Shore vistas. With 18 tee positions, you’ll want to add a second nine to your conquest of the first. Website: www.bermudagolf.bm
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
YDS 152 145 142 178 183 110 133 149 126
PAR 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
HOLE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
YDS 135 113 128 126 211 141 174 150 188
PAR 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON GOLF CLUB • 238-8000
Bermuda’s only 18 hole par 3 course was designed by Theodore G. Robinson and was rated four-star by Golf Digest’s best places to play. The average playing time is under three hours, with every iron in the bag being called into play over a hilly, panoramic ocean-view layout.
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practicalities What you need to know Your concierge might know an awful lot, but you can’t take him to the beach. Here’s a handy list of things you ought to know.
n Airlines Air Canada Reservations: Tel: 1-888-247-2262. Flight Info: Tel: 293-1777. American Airlines Tel: 1-800-433-7300. AirTran 1-800-AIR-TRAN (247-8726) or 678-254-7999. British Airways Reservations: Tel: 1-800-247-9297. Airport customer service: Tel: 293-1944. Continental Airlines Reservations: Tel: 1-800-231-0856. Flight Info: Tel: 293-3092. Delta Airlines Reservations: Tel: 1-800-221-1212. Flight Info: Tel: 293-1024. JETBLUE Tel: 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). U.S. Airways Reservations: Tel: 1-800-622-1015. Flight Info: Tel: 293-3073. WestJet Tel: 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538).
n Airport L.F. Wade International Airport (tel: 2932470) is located in St. George’s at the east end of the island. Allow 30 minutes from the city of Hamilton by taxi. Check-in two hours before departure.
n Banks Normally open from 9am to 4pm, Mon-Fri. There are many ATMs across the island.
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n Buses All bus routes serving Hamilton arrive and leave the Bus Terminal on Washington Street. (See page 45 for schedule). Cash fares require exact change. Dollar bills are not accepted. Adult cash fare is $3 up to 3 zones, $4.50 for longer journeys. Tokens are $2.50 for 3 zone trips and $4 for longer trips. Passes are available: one-day pass $12, two days $20, three days $28, four days $35, seven days $45 or one month, $55. For children (aged 5-16) cash fare is $2 and transportation passes range from $6 per day up to $22.50 for seven days. Children under five ride free. Tokens, tickets and passes may be used on buses or ferries and are available at ferry terminals, the central bus terminal, hotels and post offices. (The fares listed here are subject to change). Tel: 292-3851 • firstname.lastname@example.org
n Business Hours Stores normally open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Many grocery stores open 1-5pm on Sunday, most other stores are closed on Sundays.
n Consulate The U.S. Consulate is located on Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire, tel: 295-1342. Open Mon to Fri 8am - 4:30pm. Consular services are provided by appointment only, except for adult passport renewals and additional visa pages, which may be dropped off. For details, visit http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov. For after-hours life or death emergencies for American citizens only, contact the duty officer at (441) 335-3828. Honorary Consuls for other countries are also represented. See the telephone directory for listings.
n Country Codes U.S. & Canada — dial 1 plus area code plus no. U.K. — dial 011 plus 44 plus area code plus no. Caribbean — dial 1 plus area code plus seven digits.
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n Currency & Credit Cards
The Bermuda dollar is equal in value to the U.S. dollar; both are legal tender. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted at most shops, restaurants and hotels.
Cabs are safe and comfortable. Rates are controlled by law at $6.40 for the first mile and $2.25 for each additional mile for 1-4 passengers. Rates increase after midnight, Sundays and public holidays with a 25% surcharge for 1-4 passengers and a 50% surcharge for 5-6 passengers. Taxis may also be hired by the hour or day.
n Emergency Call 911 and specify whether you need police, the fire service or an ambulance.
n Ferries The best way to get around; ferries are usually quicker than buses and the views are better. All ferries depart from the terminal on Front Street, Hamilton. Regular ferries cross Hamilton Harbour and faster catamarans visit Somerset, Dockyard and St. George’s. Scooters are allowed on some routes.
n Hospital King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (tel. 2362345) is a large, first-rate facility owned and operated by the Bermuda Government and located on Point Finger Road in Paget Parish. An associate of the American Hospital Association. Airlifts can be arranged to the U.S. or Canada.
n Mail The General Post Office is located at 56 Church Street Hamilton (tel: 297-7893), with 12 sub-offices islandwide. Airmail leaves and arrives daily. Rates for airmail postcards to North America are 70¢; Europe 80¢; Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand 90¢.
n Nightlife You’ll find live music venues and nightclubs mainly in Hamilton where there’s a good choice of laid back pubs and upscale bars. Some hotels also offer live music and dancing. Most restaurants are closed well before midnight — but ask a local and they’ll point you to a take-out joint if you need a fried food fix in the early hours. Looking for strip clubs or casinos? Not here. This is a place where going bare-chested in town can get you into trouble with the law. And we’re talking about men, in broad daylight. Decorum’s a watchword.
n TV & Radio Three main local channels screen a nightly news bulletin — VSB (channel 11), ZBM (9) and ZFB (7). A government station, CITV, is on channel 2 and there’s a small handful of local radio stations. The quality of local programming varies considerably.
n Time Differences New York — one hour behind Bermuda Los Angeles — four hours behind London — four hours ahead Toronto — one hour behind Daylight Savings Time comes into effect from the second Sunday in March through to the first Sunday in November.
n Tipping In most cases, a service charge or gratuity has been added to the bill. Where the gratuity has not been added, 15% is about right.
n Water Tap water is safe to drink, unless you are instructed otherwise. Bermuda has no rivers, streams or reservoirs; all our water comes from rain. Bermuda roofs are painted with a limestone wash that purifies the water as it trickles down into underground tanks. Electric pumps send the water up to the tap.
n Weather Bermuda’s sub-tropical climate is generally mild and humid. The average annual temperature is 76ºF. Monthly averages: January 65ºF, water 66ºF; April 67ºF, water 68ºF; July 80ºF, water 81ºF; October 75ºF, water 76ºF. In an average year we see rain on 171 days and sunshine on 200 days.
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practicalities How to stay safe on a rental bike By SIMON JONES | One of the best ways to see Bermuda is on two wheels. Follow our tips to stay safe: • Hire from a reputable firm and check the bike is in good condition; • Helmets are mandatory — but useless unless they fit and are secured properly; • We drive on the left — just like the Brits; • Drive defensively and wear bright clothes to aid your visibility to others; • Wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes — topple off your bike in flip-flops and you could easily lose a digit; • The speed limit is 35kph; stick to it and don’t feel obliged to keep up with other road users; • Leave plenty of space between your-
self and other vehicles and don’t get too close to the curb; • Never turn around to look behind you while riding; • Never stop on a bend or a hill’s brow; • Drive slower when it’s wet; • When riding in a group, put the slowest rider at the front; • Traffic at roundabouts goes clockwise, so as you approach one, slow down and give way to vehicles coming from the right; • NEVER drink and ride; • On weekdays, avoid rush hour city traffic (7.30-9.30am and 4-6pm). Wheels Cycles Moped & Scooter Rentals is at 117 Front Street, Hamilton,
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Wheels Cycles Ltd.
13 Dundonald St., Hamilton, Bermuda Tel: 441-292-2245 www.wheelscycles.com Email: email@example.com Discover the beauty of Bermuda at your own speed with our easy to ride, Peugeot double seater scooter. Single seaters also available. * Open 7 Days a week * No deposit required * All major credit cards welcomed * No license required * Third party insurance included * Complete instructions & safety tips 26 bermuda.com guide
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World-famous Front Street, home to many of our most upscale stores.
Classy stores, no sales tax You’ve already proved you have good taste by choosing to visit Bermuda so it’s fitting that our stores exude quality. There are bargains to be had — you’ll find hefty price differentials with the U.S. on jewellery, watches, perfume, silverware, porcelain and crystal. And you’ll enjoy additional relief at the cash register — there’s no sales tax. Many stores are in the City of Hamilton, but the Clocktower Mall at Dockyard, on the western tip of the island, boasts quality gift stores and boutique shops. And the historic town of St. George’s — at the east end of Bermuda — also has a lively shopping scene. Goods made here or produced exclusively for local stores include pottery, jewellery, paintings and prints, pottery, rum, honey, condiments, cedar ware, Bermuda shorts, scarves, fragrances and pillows. Browse the following listings for details. n
Bermuda Post Office Every year the Bermuda Philatelic Bureau compiles a collection of commemoratives and arranges them into an attractive presentation package. This collection continues the Bermuda Post Office’s efforts to portray all facets of Bermuda’s heritage, culture and history. The Bermuda Philatelic Bureau also services orders for current issues of Bermuda’s commemorative and definitive stamps and, for the convenience of collectors, provides a standing order account service with a minimum deposit of thirty dollars. In addition, they maintain a mailing list to provide details of new stamp releases to customers. 56 Church Street, Hamilton. Tel: 297-7807
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We used to export onions to the US free tour of their operations and to sample their exclusive and rare perfumes. The Bermuda Perfumery, Stewart Hall, 5 Queen Street, St. George’s GE 05 Tel: 293-0627. Fax: 293-8810 1-800-527-8213 (toll free in US/Canada) firstname.lastname@example.org www.lilibermuda.com. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm (winter hours)
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Take a tour of the Bermuda Perfumery and stock up on unique gifts.
The Bermuda Perfumery The Bermuda Perfumery is located at historical Stewart Hall in the heart of St. George’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1928, The Bermuda Perfumery has been creating and manufacturing fine ladies and gentlemen’s fragrances under the brand Lili Bermuda. All the perfumes are made on the premises at Stewart Hall. The Perfumery welcomes visitors for a free tour of its operations and to sample its unique fragrances. During the summer of 2011, Lili Bermuda launched ‘Alegria’, a fragrance for women. Alegria was created to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Bermuda. Alegria is a white chypre fragrance with a heart of frangipani, Bermuda Cedar, tuberose and magnolia. Alegria is modern, international and elegant. The Perfumery’s perfume collection also includes exclusive creations inspired by our beautiful Island. Modern women will love Coral, Pink, and Lily, and men will not want to leave Bermuda without a bottle of our famous fragrances 32° North and 64° West. The ‘Water Collection’, casual and unisex, will please the affluent and international traveller. The Perfumery is passionate about the art of perfume making and continues to innovate by using both traditional and modern techniques to produce exceptional perfumes. You are welcome to visit for a
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Step inside our historic cottage shop and be inspired! Luxury products from all over the world have been an Irish Linen Shop trademark for over 60 years. Our exquisite table linen collection from Le Jacquard Francais, Bodrum, Settings by Mona, and Karen Lee Ballard along with our amazing selection of table accessories from Deborah Rhodes and Dransfield and Ross will create an unforgettable table setting. Hand embroidered linen from Madeira and double damask from Ireland are still time-honoured traditions at The Irish Linen Shop. Beautiful home fragrances from Antica Farmacista, Dayna Decker, Lafco and the oldest candle maker in France, Cire Trudon will delight your senses. Don’t stop until you experience our bath and body products from Baudelaire and Rain of South Africa. You deserve it! Wait: The world of Michael Aram and Mariposa are the perfect solution when searching for a gift that will delight the recipient for years. Our home décor selections from Zentique, Oomph, and Roost will transform your home and your outlook. You’ll love the children’s boutique at The Irish Linen Shop. It’s the place to find beautiful hand smocked dresses from Chantal and the classic styles of Papo d’Anjo from Portugal. Later, dream away on the finest Egyptian cotton bedding from Yves Delorme, Sferra, Matouk, Peter Reed and Dans Nos Maisons. It’s all here, waiting for you at The Irish Linen Shop, where fine living begins. 31 Front Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-4089; Fax: 295-6552; e-mail: email@example.com
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Home Décor Fine GiFts LiFe’s Luxuries obviously you have great taste! 31 Front Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-6:00 P.M.
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English Sports Shop The English Sports Shop was founded in 1918 and is Bermuda’s leading retailer of exclusive Bermuda designed Resort Wear for men and women. At The English Sports Shop you will find a wide variety of choices for men and women from classic colourful Bermuda shorts, knee socks, polo shirts, and blazers to suits and ties, and an array of knitwear in cotton, wool and cashmere. Don’t miss the store’s own “Island Casuals” collection including fun madras shorts, skirts and shirts. They also hire out formalwear for weddings and other functions or can make you a tailor made suit. 49 Front Street, Hamilton, tel: 295-2672 Water Street, St. George’s, tel: 297-0142 Mangrove Bay, Somerset, tel: 234-0770 Fairmont Southampton Princess, tel: 292-1107 Fairmont Hamilton Princess, tel: 295-9691
Bermuda Blue & Bermuda Breeze Imagine standing on the shoreline of Bermuda’s pristine, pink sandy beaches. Breathe. Take in the sea air, the aroma of natural fruits & flowers all around us... Bermuda Blue and Bermuda Breeze fragrances embrace much that is uniquely Bermuda. Bermuda Blue delicately captures the natural citrus, jasmine and lotus in the air with a nuance of crisp sea spray. It
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Bermuda Blue and Bermuda Breeze might help you re-live your visit to our island.
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dries down to a woody and vanilla base, managing to create a warm scent. Bermuda Breeze hints more of natural fruits, such as wild berries & mandarin, with a touch of jasmine — creating a lovely fruity floral. Packaging reflects the brilliant blues and greens of the local water, the immense blue sky, amid a pink sandy beach — capturing the essence of this beautiful island paradise. Take home a piece of Bermuda. Take home Bermuda Blue and Bermuda Breeze. Available through select stores across the Island and on-line including: Gibbons Company, Reid St., Hamilton www.gibbons.bm Peniston Brown, St. George’s Perfume Shop, Dockyard Carole Holding, Front St., Hamilton Princess & Fairmont Southampton Brown & Co., Front St., Hamilton A.S. Cooper, Front St., Hamilton, branch and hotel stores www.ascooper.bm Distributed by P.D.L. Limited Tel: (441) 292-1710. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Island Shop The Island Shop features exclusive and original hand-painted ceramics by Barbara Finsness that capture the colourful architectural and natural features of Bermuda. There are fine linens that feature her original embroidered designs and a huge array of different gift items. The Island Shop is a ‘must visit’ during your stay for gift selections found nowhere else in the world! They will gift-wrap or mail your purchases if desired. Check out their online store at www.islandexports.com. Winner of ‘The Best in Bermuda’ in retail giftware by The Bermudian magazine in 2004 and 2005. Looking for rugby shirts then take a look in the Island Shop located on the mezzanine floor at the Fairmont Southampton. Queen Street, Hamilton, tel: 292-5292. Somers Wharf, St. George’s, tel: 297-1514 Fairmont Hotel, Southampton, tel: 238-5999
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Hand-crafted treasures make great gifts Each year Walker Christopher Ltd. handcrafts a sterling silver Christmas ornament designed in our own workshop. For 2011 we have chosen to honor one of Bermuda’s most interesting underwater creatures — the Octopus (pictured). Although these invertebrates are very prevalent on our ocean floors, octopi are not easily spotted due to their excellent camouflage skills. The octopus is a stealthy predator catching, stinging and crushing its prey with its 8 legs, but few people know these creatures also have 3 hearts! The collection was begun in 1985. Previous ornaments and full sets may always be purchased at the 9 Front Street, Hamilton
showroom. The motifs are as follows: Longtail (1985); Bermuda Onion (1986); Bermuda Dinghy (1987); Angelfish (1988); Moongate (1989); Easter Lily (1990); Lizard (1991); Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse (1992); Bermudiana flower (1993); Frog (1994); Kite (1995); Heron (1996); Hibiscus (1997); Map of Bermuda Island (1998); Hog Shilling (1999); Tall Ship (2000); St. Peter’s Church (2001); Seahorse (2002); Gombey Dancer (2003); Green turtle (2004); Baygrape (2005); Bobby in the birdcage (2006); Land Crab (2007); Bermuda Cottage (2008); 400th anniversary (2009); and moped (2010). Each ornament bears the store logo, the year, “Bermuda” and the sterling silver hallmark. These tree ornaments can be converted to a brooch or pendant. The 2011 ornament is priced at $100; previous years are $120. Contact us at 441-295-1466 or email@example.com
Our 2012 Christmas Ornament “The Bermuda Octopus” A Bermuda Christmas Tradition since 1985
The Perfect Bermuda Christmas Gift
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Impeccable personal service has been a hallmark of Crisson Jewellers for many years.
Crisson Jewellers Crisson jewellers embodies Bermuda’s finest and most cherished traditions. A family business since 1922, the Crisson name is synonymous with quality and value. The fabulous array of jewellery and watches reflect the style, sophistication and taste of our discerning customers. When you explore our exciting collections, we are sure you will agree that a visit to Crisson is the crowning moment of your Bermuda shopping experience. Along with the wonderfully eclectic collection of hand-selected pieces from all parts of the world, Crisson are Bermuda’s exclusive source for famous designers including David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, John Hardy, Kabana, Nanis, Pandora, Marah Largo Larimar, and Rebecca . As for diamonds of distinction, Crisson has Bermuda’s largest collection of spectacular cuts from Cento, Memoire, A. Jaffe and Endless Diamonds. When it comes to timepieces, Crisson is definitely the place! Crisson are the official-
ly authorised Rolex retailers in Bermuda. You will also find Tag Heuer, Ebel, Raymond Weil, Movado, Tudor, Philip Stein, Christian Dior, Frederique Constant and Fendi. There are also collections from Seiko, Swiss Army, Citizen, Casio, Luminox, Fruitz, Rotary, Toy Watch, Guess and Michael Kors. Crisson has two main stores on Front Street in Hamilton, with another on Queen Street. There’s a store in St. George’s and one in the Clocktower Mall at Dockyard. If you are staying in one of Bermuda’s major Hotels, you’ll find a Crisson store there as well. Each of these boutique-style stores features pieces selected from our main collections in Hamilton. The shopping experience is relaxed and intimate, and the quality, value and prices are the same whichever store you choose to visit. Crisson Jewellers, 16 Queen Street, 55 & 71 Front Street, Hamilton Water Street, St. George’s, Clocktower Mall, Dockyard, and all major hotels. Tel: 295-2351 www.crisson.com bermuda.com guide 33
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Elegant and classy, Barracuda Grill is a reliable choice for lunch or dinner.
Time to eat Our island is small but it offers an abundance of dining options. Casual dress is acceptable at most restaurants, though some upscale eateries require a jacket and tie. And it’s best to make reservations. The dollar signs (see our key, below) offer a rough guide to prices. Also visit www.bermuda. com for updated information. Barracuda Grill
tête’s. If a little early for your reservation, join the other guests at the cozy, hip and Barracuda Grill is one of Bermuda’s most tres chic bar with its glowing amber cocelebrated restaurants, and is THE place loured resin topped side bar, and enjoy marto go for outstanding seafood and chops tinis made to share, or one of more than 16 prepared in a contemporary style, proudly wines served by the glass. The winning seven Best of Bermuda Restaurant Barracuda Grill, with its warm, Awards! Breathtakingly stylish, price ranges lavish and inviting interior hints Barracuda features warm maper person at a time of luxurious passenger hogany woods, plush banquettes $ Under $20 ships, popping champagne corks, and an undeniably sumptuous and refined dining, all contem$$ $20-$40 but ever so comfortable dining porized to be thoroughly of the $$$ $40-$50 room, suitable for power busimoment. Irresistible seafood and $$$$ Over $50 ness meals or romantic tête-à-
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chops prepared with expertise and passion take centre stage on immaculate whitelit linen covered tables. 5 Burnaby Hill (above the Hog Penny), Hamilton, tel: 292-1609. Fax 292-8354 www.barracuda-grill.com Lunch $$ Dinner $$$
Chatham House Bermuda’s leading specialty tobacco shop, established in 1895. Offering a marvellous selection of fine tobaccos and gifts for visitors, satisfaction is guaranteed. Our extensive range includes English Briar pipes, and a selection of Havanas such as Punch, Partagas, Romeo y Julieta, Upmann, Montecristo, Cohiba and Bolivar — all at good savings over U.S. prices. Corner of Front and Burnaby Streets, Hamilton. Tel: 292-8422
East Meets West Bar & Restaurant Bermuda’s favorite Indian and Continen-
tal cuisine, our food has been widely and enthusiastically commended for its flavour, quality and value for money. We offer a wide choice in beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian curries as well as rice dishes, samosas and naan breads. Southampton location offers indoor or outdoor dining with a large outdoor full bar area. Reservations Recommended. East Meets West (Southampton) 11 Industrial Park Road (next to the Mini Golf) Tel. 238-8580 Lunch: Mon- Sat 11:30am – 2:30pm Dinner: Mon- Sun 6:00pm – 10:30pm Take out service: Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm Lunch $ Dinner $
East Meets West Take Out Bistro Located on Queen Street, the bistro offers culinary influences ranging from Asia to California. In the Bermudiana Arcade, 2nd Floor
dinner (per person) at Fourways Inn Resturant This coupon cannot be used with any other offer(s). Expires March 2012. 1 Middle Road, Paget | 236-6517
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and sugar to clear acne 27 Queen Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-8580 Open: Mon- Sat 7:30am – 10:00pm Lunch $ Dinner $
Fourways Fourways Inn Restaurant is the Grande Dame of Bermuda’s restaurants, famous for its celebrity guest list, renowned menus, signature dishes and Bermuda’s most lavish Sunday brunch. Live piano music in the evening and the most extensive wine cellar on island for discerning connoisseurs, regularly re-stocked from Sotheby’s. Everything about Fourways is geared towards making your dining experience second to none. We are the most elegant gourmet restaurant focused on the total satisfaction of our guests. As a Four Diamond establishment with many local accolades, we are proud to be winners of awards such as ‘The Best Chef’, ‘The Most Attentive Staff’ and ‘The Most Overindulgent Brunch’. Fourways Inn
food & drink Restaurant in Paget offers you sophisticated seclusion and Old World charm. Mr. Andreas Detzer (Manager), Mr. Tommy Poh (Executive Chef), Mr. Alex Rech (Maître d’), and the rest of the team hope to see you soon! Middle Road, Paget. Tel. 236-6517 email@example.com Dinner $$$$
Hog Penny Restaurant and Pub The Hog Penny is Hamilton’s oldest licensed establishment, having been in business since 1957 and interestingly is the original inspiration for the Cheers pub in Boston. Authentic is not a word used lightly at Hog Penny, and our 50-plus year history gives us a delightful patina of age that you just can’t replicate. Our record has been hard earned! Gourmet Magazine, in a December 1987 article exclaimed “it was love at first sight for us, as well as the throngs who Continued on page 40
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flock here”, and as Gourmet wrote, this great institution is hard to beat for a truly authentic experience. Featuring great cuts of beef, genuine Indian curries, to-die-for hearty pub style comfort food that has won countless ‘Best of Bermuda’ awards, and having been featured on The Food Network’s ‘$40 A Day’, the Hog Penny has and continues to be a favourite spot in Bermuda for generations of locals and visitors alike! 5 Burnaby Hill (Just up from Front Street) Hamilton. Tel. 292-2534 Fax 292-8354 www.hogpennypub.com Lunch $$, Dinner $$
Victoria Grill The Victoria Grill is an upscale-casual restaurant, quick service café, and cocktail bar, located at the centre of Hamilton, at 29 Victoria Street. Bespoke sophistication and urban chic exude from every each of the three distinct segments that make up the whole VICTORIA GRILL experience: Java Jive is a quick service gourmet café featuring take away specialty coffees, fresh baked goods, unique breakfast items,
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The spacious Victoria Grill is a happening spot in the heart of the city.
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and lunches to go, served by 2011 Best of Bermuda awarded customer service. Enjoy your cappuccino and Breakfast Sausage Cheddar & Egg Muffin, North Rock Chicken Wrap or Tuna Melt Panini while seated on our elevated street level patio, shaded by large awnings, and watch the hustle and bustle of Victoria Street, Hamilton’s growing financial and legal district. Rumba°r features a 25-seat onyx stone bar and cocktail tables setting a delightful scene indoors. A covered outdoor lounge and below street courtyard beckons, with low tables and upholstered chairs and banquettes. Retractable roofing can be quickly deployed to cover the courtyard. Rumba°r is a perfect destination for small and large gatherings of friends, associates or business colleagues from 2 to 200. Our full menu includes delicious Kobe beef burgers, fresh crisp salads, steaks and fish entrees, and of course a wide selection of appetizers. Reserve the total privacy of the V.I.P. Room which, with a flick of a switch, is converted from see through glass to opaque seclusion for that privately staffed business lunch or dinner for up to 12. Victoria Grill. The perfect place for that important business lunch or power dinner, gatherings of friends, or simply to enjoy an intimate dining experience for two. With a mix of private tables or upholstered booths in the inside dining room, and cushioned wicker armchairs and tables overlooking the below street courtyard on our outdoor verandah, Victoria Grill is in the very heart of Hamilton surrounded by sleek offices of International and Local Companies. The feeling is of a classic city bistro, with numerous wines available by the glass Victoria Grill can seat 50 guests inside and 50 outside. With lots of street parking, Victoria Grill is open for Lunch on Monday to Friday, and dinner seven nights a week. 29 Victoria Street, Hamilton. Tel. 296-5050 www.irg.bm Java Jive $, Rumbar $$, Victoria Grill $$-$$$
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Handmade local jewellery, vintage clothing and manicures are some of the attractions of the Moonlight Bazaar, November 3 at Moon Nightlub.
Lively November is packed with things to do
n SheROX Bermuda Women’s Triathlon
n Moonlight Bazaar
November 5-6 Women tri-athletes compete in an 800m swim, 12km bicycle ride and 5km run along the South Shore. Fairmont Southampton. www.sheroxtri.com
November 3 Fashion and beauty bazaar, with vintage clothing, handmade jewellery, massages, $20 pedicures and manicures. Moon Nightclub & Lounge, 95 Front Street, 5:30-9pm. Tel. 531-1532 or e-mail moon. firstname.lastname@example.org
n Art workshops November 4-5: Mixing Green and Painting Leaves — watercolour workshop with botanical artist Margaret Best November 12-13: An Introduction to Colour Pencil — workshop with Margaret Best. Bermuda Society of Arts, 10am-4pm. $195 members, $225 non-members. To register contact 292-3824 or go to www. bsoa.bm or www.bestbotanical.com
n Chewstick Neo-Griot Lounge November 6, 13, 20, 27 Open-mic sessions with Bermuda’s best musical and spoken word talent at the corner of Court and Elliott Streets. $10. Tel. 292-2439. www.chewstick.org Compiled by Amanda Dale. Listings are subject to change. For the latest, contact the numbers provided/websites or visit www.bermuda.com. To submit a listing, e-mail Amanda Dale: email@example.com or call her on 278-1854
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n World Rugby Classic November 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 Former rugby professionals from around the world compete amid a party atmosphere at the National Sports Centre, Frog Lane. Ten international matches plus post-game entertainment with bands, DJs, food and drink. Daily game passes $25, available from the Island Shop, Old Cellar Lane, off Front Street, Hamilton or on the gate. See pages 6-8. www.worldrugby.com
n Concert November 11-12 James Richardson’s Beautiful Things. Musician James Richardson launches his new CD, amid solo piano performances of his well-loved classics. Opening act The Young Virtuosos features three young Bermudians — Shamar Morris (violin), Noah Furbert (cello) and Adrien Lewis (flute). City Hall Theatre, Hamilton, 7:30pm. Tickets $50, $75 patrons. www.bdatix.bm
n Folk music November 12 Paul Gibbons Night — music under the stars at the Bermuda Folk Club. Spanish Point Boat Club, 7:30pm, $10 or $8 members. Tel. 295-1030 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
n History and race November 15 Frantz Fanon — His Life, His Struggle, His Work. This hour-long documentary exam-
ines the work of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist from Martinique, who was a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. 7-8pm, BHCS Room, Bermuda National Library. Tel. 292-1681.
n Christmas shopping November 19 Local vendors and artisans will sell their goods at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Jewellery, cedar objects, ceramics, arts and crafts, chocolates, homemade cards and more. 10am-4pm, free.
n Premier’s concert November 19 The 27th Annual Premier’s Concert — A celebration of talented young Bermudians in the performing and visual arts. Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts, CedarBridge Academy, 7-9pm. Invitation only. Tel. 292-1681.
n Arts and crafts November 26 Super Saturday — free arts and crafts activities for the family at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. 10am-2pm, free.
n Golf Mondays Vistors’ Golf Tournament — Visiting golfers are invited to play at Port Royal Golf Course, 9am-12pm. $110 for 18 holes, including cart, $25 for club rentals. Book in advance at 234-0974.
n Olde Towne Market Sundays Vibrant and diverse European-style market, featuring fresh produce, fish, local foods, arts and crafts and a Pedlar’s Market. King’s Square, Market Wharf and Water Street, St. George’s, 2-6pm. Free.
n Wine and dine, Fairmont Hamilton Princess Photo by Kageaki Smith
The Olde Towne Market in St George’s is well worth a visit on Sundays.
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Martini Mondays — mixologists will create a specialty martini at Heritage Court. Oysters & Chablis — Fresh oysters and Cha-
years after settlement in 1609 blis at Heritage Court, Thursdays, from 5pm. Sunday Brunch — enjoy traditional favourites at Harley’s Restaurant and Harbour Terrace, Sundays, 12pm-3:30pm. Afternoon Tea — served daily at Heritage Court, 2:30-5pm. Tel. 295-3000. www.fairmont.com/hamilton
n Book Babies Thursdays and Saturdays For ages six months to three years. Bermuda National Youth Library, Church Street, 9:30-10am. Tel: 295-3104, e-mail email@example.com
n Animal storytelling Fridays Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. Ages 2-4 at 11:15am, 5-7 at 4:15pm. Free. Tel. 293-2727, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
n Fun with Kids Wednesdays and Saturdays Painting, glitter, art, songs and games with children under-four, accompanied by parent or guardian. Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, 10-11am. $7 members, $10 non-members. Tel. 236-2950.
n Storytime Saturdays Free stories and crafts for ages three and older. Bermuda National Youth Library, Church Street, 10:30am. Tel. 295-3104, e-mail email@example.com
tours n Bermuda National Gallery Fine Arts Tour Thursdays Tour the national art collection with a guide. 10:30-11:30am. Free. Tel. 295-9428.
n St George’s Mondays to Wednesdays and Thursdays Guides Gillian Outerbridge and Connie Dey share key moments in history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet at the Town Hall, King’s Square, 10:30am. Free.
n St Peter’s Church tours Mondays to Saturdays Built from Bermuda Cedar in 1612, St Peter’s Church is the oldest Anglican church in continuous use outside Britain. 10am-4pm, free. Sunday Worship 11:15am. St Peter’s Church, York Street, St George’s.
n Beyond Bermuda tours Historian Tim Rogers hosts history and nature tours. Tel. 234-4082. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
n Byways Bermuda Tours Tours with driver, guide and refreshments. Tel. 504-8687. www.bywaysbermuda.com
n Famous Homes and Hideaways sightseeing cruise
n Bermuda Clayworks
Various days/times Cruise into an exclusive neighbourhood known as Millionaires’ Row plus learn about our flora and fauna. $50. From Hamilton Harbour and Dockyard. Contact Geri Roberts, Consort Cruises. Tel. 234-2193. E-mail email@example.com
Daily A pottery production company and gallery in Dockyard. 9am-5pm. Tel. 234-5116.
n Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
n Dockyard Glassworks Daily Daily glassblowing and fresh rum cake. Dockyard, 9am-10pm. Free. Tel. 292-9447.
n Bermuda Perfumery Mon-Sat Founded in 1928. Take a tour. Queen Street, St. George’s, 9am-5pm. Tel. 2930627. www.lilibermuda.com
Saturdays and Sundays One-hour tour showcasing the world’s island environments. 1:10pm. Flatts Village, Hamilton Parish. Adults $10, children and seniors $5, under-fives go free. Tel. 293-2727, www.bamz.org
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n Walking Club of Bermuda Sundays November 6: Shelly Bay to St George’s. November 13: Modern Mart, South Road, Paget. November 20: Hog Bay Park, Somerset. November 27: City Hall, Hamilton. All walks free, meet at 7am. Tel. 737-0437 or see www.walk.free.bm
n Botanical Gardens Tour Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays Meet at Berry Hill entrance near Visitors’ Centre, Paget, at 10:30am. Free. Tel. 236-5291.
n Sessions House Tour Mon-Thurs Tour the country’s Parliament and Supreme Court, 10:30am and 2:30pm. Free. Corner of Parliament and Church Streets, Hamilton. Tel. 292-7408.
n Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences Tour Wednesdays Tour of labs, grounds and research vessels, 10am. Free. Biological Lane, Ferry Reach, St. George’s. Tel. 297-1880. E-mail info@ bios.edu. www.bios.edu
n Carter House Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 17th century house detailing history of St. David’s Island. Southside Road, St David’s. $2, call before visit. Tel. 293-5960.
n National Museum of Bermuda Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $10, seniors $8, children 5-15 years $5. Royal Naval Dockyard. Tel. 234-1418, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.bmm.bm
n Bermuda Historical Society Museum 400 years of Bermuda history at the Library building on Queen Street. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm. Free.
n Verdmont Museum Wed-Fri Antiques including cedar furniture and
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portraits. Adults $5, children $2, open 10am-4pm. Verdmont Lane, Smith’s. Tel. 236-7369. www.bnt.bm www.bnt.bm
n Camden House Tuesday and Friday The official residence of the Premier. Located in the Botanical Gardens, Paget, 12-2pm. Free. Tel. 236-5902.
n Bermuda National Trust Museum at Globe Hotel Mon-Sat Bermuda’s role in the American Civil War. Adults $5, children $2. Open 10am-4pm. St. George’s. Tel. 297-1423. www.bnt.bm
n Tucker House Museum Tues-Sat 18th century merchant’s house. Adults $5, children $2. Open 10am-2pm. St. George’s. Tel. 297-0545. www.bnt.bm
n St. George’s Historical Society Museum, Printery & Garden. Mon-Thurs and Saturday Historic home giving a glimpse into Bermuda’s past. Open 10am-4pm, $5.
arts n Bermuda National Gallery On Screen: Global Intimacy. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka and organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. New Acquisition Highlights, 2007-11. Work by Carl Broemel, Bessie Gray, Kathy Harriott, Donald Kirkpatrick, Bill Ming, Chesley Trott and Henry Liam Ward. Re-Interpreting the European Collection. Work by local and international artists including James Cooper, Louisa Flannery, Charlie Godet Thomas, Titus Kaphar, Sunell Lombard, Lynn Morrell, Alan C Smith and Sharon Wilson. William Collieson: A Retrospective. Free. Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm. City Hall, Church Street, Hamilton. Tel. 295-9428. www.bng.bm
lie in shallow waters n Bermuda Society of Arts From November 4 — Stained Glass Botanicals by Charles Henry; The Colour of Water by Chris Marson; Walking Art by Lynn Wahl Design; watercolours by Charles Knights; photography by Chris Burville; The Surreal Reflection Photography of Andreas Detzer. From November 25 — Orchids by Kelly Hunt; Members’ Winter Show; Good Morning Bermuda by Scott Gemmell; Pulp Fiction by Ampah Tivakam-Hubbard. Free. Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm. City Hall, Church Street, Hamilton. Tel. 292-3824. www.bsoa.bm
n Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Bermuda Inspires — more than 80 pieces of artwork, entered in this year’s Charman Prize. Back to the Drawing Board — a selection of works from the Permanent Collection. November 12-16 — Art in Bloom. The Bermuda Garden Club compliments the art on display with creative floral arrangements. Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, $5 admission. Botanical Gardens, Paget. Tel.
236-2950. E-mail: email@example.com www.bermudamasterworks.com
n Wither The Fates: Bermuda’s Beginnings 17th century Bermuda artifacts at the World Heritage Centre, Water Street, St. George’s. Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, $5 adults, $2 children. Tel. 297-5791. www.stgeorgesfoundation.org
n Bermuda Arts Centre Exhibits by local artists. Free. Monday to Sunday, 11am-4pm. Dockyard. Tel. 2342809. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. www. artbermuda.bm
n Common Ground Café Works by local artists. Monday to Friday, 7:30am-5pm, Saturday 8am-3pm. Chancery Lane, Hamilton. Contact Susan Pearson. Tel. 505-4290. E-mail SPArt@logic.bm
n Crisson & Hind Art Gallery Hand-carved sculptures from Zimbabwe. Free. 71 Front St, Hamilton. Tel. 295-1117. www.crissonandhind.com
Route Fare Leaving Hamilton’s Central Number Zone Bus Terminal (time past the hour)
Airport Aquarium Belmont Hotel Botanical Gardens Caves (Crystal and Leamington) Dockyard Elbow Beach Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Grotto Bay Hotel Horseshoe Bay Beach Hospital Mangrove Bay (Somerset) National Museum of Bermuda Bermuda Perfumery John Smith’s Bay Beach Fairmont Southampton Resort Town of St. George
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Done for the day? Take the weight off your feet, take a dip... take it easy.
Our time-saving top tips It’s your first business trip to Bermuda. You’ve done the legal research, but as you gaze at the ocean from the comfort of your hotel room, you wonder where to start. Your local contact is knowledgeable about your business, but you hesitate to ask where you can find the best cup of coffee or those knee socks your dear uncle asked you to pick up. Here’s the inside dope, a mix of the factual and the utterly opinionated — in the city of Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated. n The wired island: Your hotel will get you online wirelessly, fast. If you’re in Hamilton, device-less but desperate, Internet cafés abound. Your BlackBerry, cellphone and 4G iPhone will all work here; peruse the ‘Locals’ section of Bermuda.com for service providers (all much the same). n My BlackBerry broke! Consider spending the day at the beach or, borrow a pal’s phone and see if Cellular One (700-7600) or Digicel (5005000) can help. 46 bermuda.com guide
Bermuda is a tax neutral jurisdiction. n Pizza pizza: Need to sit down for a bite, but pressed for time and don’t want a nine-course meal? La Trattoria (Washington Lane) serves memorable pizza. n Play by the rules: The Bermuda Monetary Authority (Victoria Street), might sound like it should be full of heavies, but it’s quite approachable and won’t (automatically) give ‘no’ for an answer. (Tel: 295-5278)
G) will help. Take your passport and a recent utility bill. n Taking stock? If you need a stock price, the Bermuda Stock Exchange (Washington Mall) has a handy Bloomberg screen. n Lost? The Tourism Ministry (Church Street) has free maps and brochures, as does your hotel. Also try the Visitor Information Centre by the ferry terminal on Front Street.
n Bar none: In Bermuda, the CEOs of the big re/insurance companies hang out at Little Venice or other wine bars on Bermudiana Road. Deals also get struck at Fresco’s on Chancery Lane and Port O’ Call on Front Street. Ease your way into the conversation.
n Need knee socks? Get with the programme. Find shorts and long socks at the English Sports Shop or A.S. Cooper (both on Front Street).
n Taxi! If you can’t find a cab for love nor money, walk down to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess (Pitts Bay Road), where they’ll be lined up.
n Staying on: For a weekend with your spouse that you’ll never forget, Cambridge Beaches (Somerset). n
n Java time! Common Ground (Chancery Lane) is a great spot to pause, read the paper, grab a snack.
n Teed off? Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else on earth. Port Royal is where the pros play. You can, too. Book early (tel: 234-0974). n Need a new gizmo for the laptop? You’ll find knowledgeable, friendly service and a good range of products at The Complete Office (Reid Street), Computer City (Victoria Street) and the iStore (Reid Street). n Art for art’s sake? Take a break from the boardroom and amble over to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in the Botanical Gardens — simply the best. n Bank on Bermuda: Want to open a bank account? Any of the four local banks (HSBC Bank of Bermuda, Butterfield, Bermuda Commercial or Capital
Photo by Tony McWilliam
Our cabs are safe and comfortable.
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in the news
Bermuda scoops awards The votes are in and Bermuda has once again been crowned ‘Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic’ by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. NBC Today Show host Jenna Wolfe presented the award to our Minister of Business Development and Tourism Patrice Minors at the annual Readers’ Choice Awards Ceremony in New York City. “It is a privilege to be ranked so favourably by the magazine’s globetrotting audience and also a testament to the commitment of service that our island offers visitors every season,” Ms Minors told 250 distinguished guests.
Photo courtesy Bermuda Government
Bermuda’s tourism minister Patrice Minors, third from left, is seen here at the New York ceremony with, from left: Condé Nast VP Carolyn Kremins, NBC Today Show Weekend Edition Host Jenna Wolfe and Klara Glowczewska, Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveler.
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Readers also singled out one of our top resorts — The Reefs — which was voted the No. 1 resort in the Atlantic for the third consecutive year. It is the fifteenth consecutive year that The Reefs has been recognized among the world’s top resorts by the magazine. “This is an incredible honour for the dedicated staff members and management team who deliver an exceptional vacation experience to the guests of The Reefs” the resort’s president David Dodwell told us. Congratulating Bermuda, Ms Wolfe spoke warmly about the destination’s win and her love for the Island. Ms Wolfe’s fellow presenters included Christine Baranski and Chris Noth of the hit TV series ‘The Good Wife’ as well as actress Angela Bassett, NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and comedian Stephen Colbert. n
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