Monday, December 7, 2009

Pretty in Pink



One of the first things that I discovered in Eleuthera was that pink shows up on more than just its sandy shores. In fact, I found that the sand wasn't a true pink at all but really specks of pink washed with white, pictured above, under my pink toe nails. Although I dutifully scooped a bottle of the sand for my pink sand collection, I was disappointed that it wasn't a deeper shade of pink. But after a few days, I realized that pink dominates the island's color spectrum and accurately reflects Eleuthera's calm, cheery vibe.



First I was greeted by North Eleuthera's rosy-hued airport.



Then I was drawn in by pops of berry-colored blooms lined by a lavender fence.



Then I spotted a pastel pink church.



And I was tempted to lounge in cotton-candy-colored lawn furniture.




Most significantly, the signature conch shells that dot the beaches and supply the basis for the famed conch salad, add a serene pink glow everywhere you turn. Most of all, the pink symbolizes the gentle, friendly spirit of the Bahamian people, like these smiling school girls.

15 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

I had to smile when I read that you were digesting 'In the Time of the Butterflies' because that's been in my 'to read' list for some time now. Mainly because I've not read much literature from the Dominican Republic.

I loved these photos even though I am not a fan of pink hues. But on sand, oh, yes, give me pink(ish) sand anytime. Marvellous. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Amanda said...

That's the airport!?

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, scorpios never like subtle colors. My husband doesn't like pink either. I have a bowl of my new pink sand with some shells to go with it!

Amanda, yep, that's the airport! It kind of sets the tone for the whole little island.

Ekua said...

I have a friend who would love this place. Her wedding this summer was on the beach with the same shade of pink as the airport. I will definitely have to refer her to this post!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Everything looks so beautifully pink.

In response to your question, a Borg Cube is the cube-shaped spaceship that the Borg race travel in.

carol said...

Oh wow, your pictures make me want to be there instead of here in the SNOW which is not pink and warm but white and cold.

Fly Girl said...

Ekua, I love pink and Eleuthera is definitely a pretty place to have a wedding if you're a pink lover.

Jean-Luc, thanks for clearing that up!

Carol, I'm in the cold, whit.e snow as well now. I wish I were still in Eleuthera! Thanks for dropping by.

Footsteps said...

Sounds like a very laid back and welcoming sort of place. Nice.

Catherine said...

ooooh I love all that pink - what a wonderful place!!

Lara Dunston said...

That is one very cute airport! And I love those chairs too!

Interesting that you're on a press trip... have you been following the various debates in the blogosphere on travel bloggers versus pro writers (a crazy comparison cause I do both myself for instance) and and press trips versus independent research?

There have been lots of discussions on various travel/writer blogs (I'm just about to post on the topic myself) but something that keeps coming up is how often press trip participants come away with the same kind of stories from these things... I can't imagine anyone coming away with a story on the pink hues of your destination... I think you should turn it into a feature! Lovely angle!

Lola said...

Totally loving all the pink!

Wendy said...

Lovely visions on this bitter cold winter day.

Fly Girl said...

Heather, it was very warm and welcoming.

Catherine, the colors weren't quite as bold as Mexico but it was close.

Lara, yes I've read some of tthe debate. Nothing new about press trips, what''s new are bloggers who aren't journalists who don't understand the protocol of press junkets. I always have a culture based angle so my stories are always different from everybody elses but I never thought of a feature on pink objects in Eleuthera!

Lola, I'm glad, its a very soothing color.

Wendy, yes, these images do warm you up.

Execumama said...

I drooled over your pictures! Seriously! Right down to the picture of the girls in their school uniforms, reminding me of my primary school days in Jamaica. The lawn furniture, and that multicolored couch looked divine!

Thanks much! Your blog is my vicarious traveling source, and I appreciate it!!

Tiffany said...

Oh wow pink pink pink and more pink, a lot of houses in Barbados were painted pink too while I was there.