by Vanessa

THIS + THAT // Conch Shell Crush Pt.1

October 1, 2014 in ISLAND "I DO" by Vanessa

Conch shells lining the aisle at a Harbour Island wedding designed by Little Island Design
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A conch shell bouquet held by bridesmaids at a wedding photographed by KT Merry Photography

Little Island Design is a member of the the Island “I Do” Guide. Industry professionals and past and future island brides and grooms are welcome to submit their own Island “I Do” wedding for feature on The 700 Experience.

by Vanessa

Royal Bahamas Policeman Bobblehead

September 30, 2014 in COASTAL COVET, NEW PROVIDENCE by Vanessa

When it comes to deciding whether to keep the best kept secrets of the Bahamas, well, secret, I always seem to fight an internal battle of sorts. Even as a local, a person who has forever called the 700 islands “home,” I often find myself stumbling across untold experiences. Or in this particular case an under publicized souvenir, underpublicized given a quick search on the world-wide-web leads me to think that I am the first to write about it. Perhaps others are far better at keeping a secret than I? Then again, as it’s sold for a mere 15 dollars and a souvenir far more authentic than the commercial 3 for 10 dollar “Bahamas” t-shirts, I highly doubt it.

Standing at nearly 8 inches tall, and dressed in traditional garb influenced by our British heritage, the figurine, like the sworn in Royal Bahamian Policeman dones a white pith helmet and tunic – both in similar design to the navy ones once worn by the Metropolitan police in London. For many the figurine will call to mind images of policeman directing traffic on the tourist-trodden Bay Street. But for me, personally it welcomes memories of our own wedding at the Queen’s Staircase, where at the top of the stairs in the Fort Fincastle Gift Shop, I found and immediately purchased the bobble-head souvenir.

by Vanessa

Friday Feeling

September 26, 2014 in ISLAND INSPIRATIONS by Vanessa

Payday.
A feeling typically reserved for Friday, but surprisingly one felt just yesterday while on an unlikely beach. Upon pulling to the side of a busy street and making our ways towards the water, we discovered a bed of seaweed cushioning more than thirty delicate sea urchins. With each find I was drawn back to the summers of my childhood, those spent on footprint free sandbanks in the Exumas where in a race against my brother and sister I would attempt to overfill a once empty container with mother nature’s discards: tellins, sand dollars, sea eggs and biscuits, and the occasional abandoned queen conch. To find the sandbanks I speak of, and for seamless navigation of the more than 360 inlets and cays that make up the Exumas, refer to this map.