Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kingston, Jamaica

The first full day in Jamaica was spent going to Kingston.  My sister and I decided this was definitely one of the best parts of our trip. I meant to wear some cute flip-flops but I got so many mosquito bites the night before when I tried to figure out the wifi in the lobby, that I decided to go with tennis shoes at the last minute.
Top: Halogen; Earrings: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs (buy here)
Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne (buy here)
Shorts: Trina Turk for Banana Republic
Bracelets: Target & DIY
Bag: c/o Michael Stars
Tennis Shoes: Puma
I really liked these shorts that both Wendy and Khatu showed off during the Trina Turk for Banana Republic launch.  When I went to the stores on opening day, everything was sold out so I ordered the clutch online and didn't think much about it again.  Then the week before our trip, my sister and I were out shopping and I found these in my size at the Northpark store AND they were on sale for 39.99! I picked them up and refused to put them down because I knew they must have been a return.  While driving home yesterday I stopped at the Banana Republic store in the West Village and they had the zazzy zebra skirt that Kelly wore and I really wanted.  I just didn't want to pay $79.50 for it. Luckily, it was also on sale for $39.99 PLUS 25% off all sale merchandise.  I definitely didn't mind paying $29.99 for the skirt.  So check your stores because any items that were returned are now on sale!
Top to Bottom, Left to right: Spanish Town Emancipation Square; St. Jago de la
Vega Cathedral; Bob Marley Statue in Kingston; homes by the road; Jack fruit;
Juici Patties; a child running to his home; Kingston harbor; craft market; Bob Marley
mural; Statue at Bob Marley Museum; View of Kingston Bay from Beverly Hills;
Devon House.
During our drive to Kingston, we made a couple of stops to get some local food.  First we stopped to buy patties (similar to empanadas, but filled with beef, chicken, pork, etc.) and picked up some Jack Fruit, which was delicious! Our first stop was in Spanish Town, home of the only Georgian square in Jamaica, Emancipation Square and the beautiful St. Jago De La Vega Cathedral.  In Kingston, we drove along the southern coast and climbed to the peak of Beverly Hills before heading to the Bob Marley Museum. That was such a highlight and I definitely recommend a visit.  Getting to know the tragic legacy of such a talent was heartbreaking, but it made the drive back listening to his music go much faster. On a separate note, I don't think I would ever be able to drive in Jamaica.  It was absolutely terrifying and our guide made sure we knew that our driver's name was Gilly and not "Jesus Christ" or "Holy Moly"! We ended the tour with a visit to Devon House and bought some souvenirs and ate some ice cream before heading back to Montego Bay.

Have any of you ever been? What was your favorite place?

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