I took a picture of this old door of the hotel while I was waiting for my husband to purchase our tickets for this tour. The tickets were only 12.00 which gave us at least 2 solid hours of entertainment while you would pay 44.00 if you booked this through NCL. Their tour was longer and did include a few "photo opportunity" sites.
Our first stop was the Amber Museum located in the 1829 Hotel which was originally owned by a French sea captain and in 1900 was turned into a hotel.
Although considered a gem, amber is a wholly-organic material derived from the resin (not sap) of extinct species of trees. Sometimes the dripping resin trapped insects, bark, leaves and other things which are called "inclusions".
One way to tell if the amber you own is authentic is to put it in your refrigerator for several hours. If it is still warm, then it is genuine.
This is a William Comfort Tiffany stained glass window called "In Search of the Promised Land" located just inside the Hotel 1829.
A dinasaur footprint dated back 90 million years
This is an unusual green resin that has taken it's color from coming into contact with plant life. It is a rare find and only recently discovered in the islands.
This carved clock shows many of the colors of Amber. It was just gorgeous.
The next few pictures will include the interiors of the homes we visited.