Holetown aka Jamestown

Bajans take their holidays (and Sundays) seriously,while we are used to shopping, almost every day of the year. In Barbados, nothing was open on Boxing Day, so we decided to go for a walk.  Holetown is located on the West side of the island , south of where we live, so we thought that we would walk for an hour, see how far we got, then decide if we wanted to walk further,or turn around. 

Holetown, formerly known as Jamestown, after King James I of England, was the site of the first English landing (1625) in Barbados. Until 1629 it was the only town in Barbados. The name ‘Holetown’ is after a stream named  “The Hole’,which was used to land and wash the ships.

There was so much to see on the way,

Lots of beautiful gates ,

and I love this,

This would be easy to make, just a big cement bowl and build a pedestal out of the multitude of bricks that I have at Kilbourne Grove, hmmm….

After walking for an hour, we figured we were halfway to Holetown, so decided to go on,  on the outskirts we found St. James Parish, Barbados first place of worship, built in 1629. Another lovely gate, (think I need one of those),

a very lovely building,

then hit Lime Grove

This is Holetowns newest ‘mall’. It is still being built, although a few stores have opened,

I think this one is the Louis Vuitton store, I am sure that Ian plans on taking me there, lol, I’m ready,

Now, that is a festive tree! Although, for me, strange to see it with the palms behind.

Bajans like bright tones and their houses and other buildings show that,



you need the stong colours, otherwise they just fade out in the intense sun.

Good to see the Royal Bank likes pink!

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26 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Marguerite said,

    I think I’m in love with that bowl and pedastal too! I love how the buildings are so bright in hot countries but I hadn’t thought of the reason that they would otherwise look washed out in the sun. Glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself. Marguerite

  2. 3

    This looks like such a beautiful place. I love the architecture, so magnificent. And the color… only in a place such as this with lots of sun and culture, (and maybe New Orleans). Can’t forget color and deep culture in the USA.

  3. 5

    Kelly O said,

    Beautiful photos! I think the gates could definitely be implemented at KG!!!

  4. 7

    Barbara H. said,

    Thanks for the lovely tour! Glad to see the gardening/landscaping Think Tank is hard at work. Enjoy.

  5. 9

    Just what I needed this morning…a splash of sunlight and a different culture. Thanks.

  6. 11

    Sandra Jonas said,

    What would it take to find some of those gates & ship them back?? Just sayin’.

  7. 13

    Jean said,

    Thanks for the virtual tour, Deborah. I love the pink bank. -Jean

  8. 15

    Jennifer said,

    I like the big concrete bowl, although it could become a big breeding pond for mosquitoes ( It tells you something about my garden that mosquitoes are the first thing that pops into my head. We have them in spades!) I love all the iron gates and the bright house colors. You’d never see a pink RBC here in Canada!

  9. 17

    gardeningasylum said,

    That is a lovely tour – the Christmas tree is striking in that location. Sounds like you’re finding lots of inspiration for Kilbourne Grove – maybe a gate or two could come back with you…

  10. 19

    Thank you for the tour, how I LOVE that bowl!!!! How refreshing that stores are CLOSED on boxing day.

  11. 21

    teza said,

    Deborah:
    What a delightful tour! I too think that you need to find yourself a gate [for KG!] as they carry and add so much character. The concrete bowl looks like a great project. I am sure it would find a home on the balcony where you could add a pump for year round enjoyment! There is a new product on the market that submerges into the water and releases something [supposed to be environmentally friendly that kills the mosquito larvae! Look into it!] I’m really looking forward to the new direction I’ve chosen for the weblog. It will hopefully cater to the plant hunter/collector in both of us! Cheers

    • 22

      Thanks for letting me know about the mosquito killer, I was worried that it would be a no go! You are leading me down the path of financial ruin with your new blog, Ian hates you, lol!

  12. 23

    Liisa said,

    Deborah,
    What a wonderful tour, Deborah. I love all of the gates and the pink bank, too. Would you believe that our Snowdrop catalogs arrived this week? I still have our e-mails, so as long as your address has not changed, I will get it out in the mail to you on Monday. Best wishes for the New Year!! 🙂

  13. 25

    Wendy said,

    really pretty! I love these tours. I also love that large bowl pond.


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