Grenada: St George’s in the 90s

St. George's, Grenada


Today’s travel photo is from St George´s, Grenada.

Grenada was virtually an unknown country to me before I went to uni in the USA in the 80s. Then, two things made me aware of the tiny Caribbean country. One: many of my American fellow pre-med students planned to do their post-graduate studies at the medical school in Grenada, (while I decided not to go to any medical school at all – and changed fields to economics instead).

And two: Ronald Reagan was worried about Grenada’s pro-communist government and Cuban connections, and decided to invade the little island nation in what was secretly known as Operation Urgent Fury. Queen Elizabeth was none too pleased. Neither was the UN. The General Assembly deeply deplored the armed intervention in Grenada, calling it a flagrant violation of international law.

I sailed to Grenada in the early 90s and remember a green, verdant island full of spice. I also remember being slightly concerned about two guys we hired to take us around the island who giggled like little girls whenever they heard the Norwegian word for nutmeg. Muskat isn’t that funny a word, but then they were both high as kites.

Grenada rarely makes the headlines here in Europe. In fact, I only remember hearing about it twice in the last ten or fifteen years: when Hurricane Ivan hit the island in 2004, and when Grenada co-hosted the World Cricket Cup in 2007.

St. George's, Grenada

Harbour, St. George's, Grenada

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44 Responses to “Grenada: St George’s in the 90s”

  1. ItalianNotes 1 May 2012 1710 #

    I only know Grenada in Spain, but this looks very charming too.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0932 #

      A beautiful island, more reminiscent of Britain than Spain, really.

  2. Leigh 2 May 2012 0338 #

    I’ve heard about the medical school and Grenada always seems to get good marks as being a very beautiful island.
    Isn’t it also called the Spice Island?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0933 #

      Yes, it is. Grenada produces 1/5 of the world’s supply of nutmeg, and heaps of other spices as well.

  3. Sonia 2 May 2012 1807 #

    Wow it is Caribbean and they have a British phone booth? Are they common there?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0937 #

      It’s been years since I visited, but I remember all kinds of memorabilia from colonial days in St George’s: the red phone boxes, British police uniforms, driving on the left,…

  4. Easy Hiker 3 May 2012 0809 #

    That’s quite a home for that English phone booth. And I didn’t know you wanted to be a doctor!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0940 #

      Runs in the family that, so it was a given. Caused a bit of an uproar when I changed my mind…

  5. Muza-chan 3 May 2012 0819 #

    Great photos, lovely colors 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0940 #

      Thanks, Muza 🙂

  6. Vi 3 May 2012 0820 #

    I never thought Grenada is such green.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0942 #

      It’s very lush.

  7. jade 3 May 2012 0843 #

    Gorgeous shots, Sophie. I really love the phone booth one.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 May 2012 0943 #

      Ta 🙂

  8. Samaira Jonathon 3 May 2012 1350 #

    Hey Sophie,

    These shots are amazing. I have to admit that I had not heard much about Grenada until I came across your post today. St. George’s looks beautiful, and I’m sure there would be much more to see and explore in the city. The colonial-era type Phone booth is pretty interesting.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1658 #

      Lots more to explore in St. George’s and around the island 🙂

  9. InsideJourneys 3 May 2012 1533 #

    Oh, you’ve brought back some disturbing memories here of the invasion and the aftermath. I lost a few friends then. Coincidentally, just last night I got an email from another friend
    with some political updates.
    Anyway, the Spice Island is a beautiful place and your photos definitely do it justice. Thanks for sharing, Sophie.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1640 #

      Oh, that’s awful! I haven’t kept up with Grenada’s political situation, I’m afraid.

  10. Lisa 3 May 2012 1821 #

    I remember the invasion very well but know very little else about Granada. It looks like a beautiful spot. I assume it must get a fair bit of rain to be so green.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1642 #

      There’s quite a long rainy season, we were told: June – December.

  11. Grenada hardly makes the news here in the US too! I’m kind of surprised after seeing how beautiful it is.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1654 #

      That is odd, considering its close proximity.

  12. Victor Tribunsky 3 May 2012 1952 #

    A little of England 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1652 #

      Indeed 🙂

  13. Bob R 4 May 2012 0044 #

    Ugh. Memories of Reagan foreign policy. 😉

    Where did you study in the US?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1643 #

      I was in Oklahoma.

  14. Sabrina 4 May 2012 0101 #

    How pretty! I’ve never been to Grenada, but would totally go if I had the chance.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1652 #

      Think I’d have another look, too, if the opportunity arose – and see it through more grown-up eyes…

  15. Dick Jordan 4 May 2012 0331 #

    I guess Grenada must have been one pole of Reagan’s “Axis of Evil.”

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1647 #

      Well, he was afraid they were unduly influenced (if indirectly) by the ‘Evil Empire’, I think…

  16. Grenada..the Spice Island. We were there on a cruise stop a few years ago and it was such an interesting and pretty island. I still have spices in my cupboard (not sure if it’s still good). We actually know a couple of people who went to Grenada for medical school. So, I’ve always associated it to spices and doctors =)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1648 #

      Spices last forever – at least according to my spice shelf.

  17. Allison 4 May 2012 0546 #

    My husband and I also visited Grenada on a cruise. It was my favorite of the five islands we visited. Hiking to Seven Sisters Falls was one of the highlights of our trip and Grand Anse is a beautiful beach. We brought home a bag of whole nutmeg and the smell makes me happy whenever I grate a bit of it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1648 #

      Nutmeg = yum!

  18. D.J. - The World of Deej 4 May 2012 1319 #

    I have been all over the Caribbean, but never to Grenada. Perhaps I should change that:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1649 #

      It’s absolutely worth visiting 🙂

  19. Laurel 4 May 2012 1846 #

    Interesting to learn more about the history of Grenada, as I was reading this I realized that I knew very little.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1649 #

      You’re not alone 🙂

  20. Grenada hasn’t really been on my radar, but it certainly looks lovely. I like how you shared so much great info about the island in just those few short paragraphs!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1651 #

      Thanks. I aim to inform and inspire 🙂

  21. Nancie 5 May 2012 0021 #

    I’ve never been there either. It does look like a pretty spot.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1655 #

      Very pretty, indeed.

  22. Jenna 5 May 2012 1707 #

    Looks really pretty. I had heard of Grenada but honestly didn’t know where it was until now.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 6 May 2012 1656 #

      Not that far from the US 🙂

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