FORTALEZA OZAMA, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Built between 1502 and 1508, the Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest fort in the Americas. It was constructed by order of Nicholas de Ovando, the founder of Santo Domingo, in order to defend the fl edgling town against attacks from invaders coming up the river. It served as military garrison, then a prison until the 1970s. Y www. godominicanrepublic. com SUNBURY PLANTATION HOUSE, ST PHILIP, BARBADOS Being more than 300 years old, the Sunbury Plantation House affords visitors a vivid impression of life on a sugar estate in the 18th and 19th centuries. As well as having extensively landscaped grounds, it is lavishly decorated with Victorian antiques, making it the prime antiques museum on the island. Y www. barbadosgreathouse. com FORT AMSTERDAM, WILLEMSTAD, CURUÇAO The most important of Curaçao's eight forts, Fort Amsterdam is included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Built in 1635, it was strategically positioned on the Punda at the harbour entrance. Embedded in its southwest wall is a cannonball fi red by British troops during a brief skirmish with the Dutch in the early 1800s. Y www. curacao. com THE BOISSIERE HOUSE, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD Perhaps no building is more emblematic of Trinidad's chaotic history than the Boissiere House, known to many as ' The Gingerbread House'. Built in 1904, the house is up for sale and is in grave danger of being demolished by a property developer. Catch this national treasure while you can. Y www. caribbeanfreeradio. com/ boissiere BLACKBEARD'S CASTLE ( SKYTSBORG TOWER), CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST THOMAS This fi ve- story watchtower is said to have been inhabited by Blackbeard and his 14 wives in the 18th century. It is alleged that the infamous pirate used the tower as a vantage point from which to observe and target likely vessels to plunder. Y www. blackbeardscastle. com HELVELLYN HOUSE, SAUTEURS GRENADA Perched on a hilltop at the northern tip of the island, this old family home offers picturesque gardens and spectacular 360 degree views, as well as serving up local Caribbean cuisine. There is also a pottery workshop, where you can watch the pots being made – or even get your own hands dirty. Y www. grenadaexplorer. com/ tip/ helvellyn A sample of interesting outings to be had across LIAT's destinations… 6 HISTORICAL HOUSES TO NOSE AROUND 1 SCHEDULE WATCH KEEP AN EYE ON OUR SCHEDULES TO ALL DESTINATIONS. VISIT WWW. LIAT. COM REGULARLY. January - March 2009 lime 83 Fortaleza Ozama 2 3 5 6 4 Boissiere House Blackbeard's Castle Sunbury Plantation House BLACKBEARDCASTLE. COMNICHOLAS LAUGHLIN
84 lime January - March 2009 SAVE ON YOUR TRAVEL! FOR A FULL OVERVIEW OF OUR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS, KEEP VISITING WWW. LIAT. COM LIMELIAT FLY HEALTHY... Y BE RESTED Get a good night's sleep before you travel, eat a light meal and do some gentle exercise( s) before leaving. Y DRESS COMFORTABLY Wear cool, loose- fi tting clothing and shoes that are not too restrictive. Y UNDER PRESSURE? If your ears feel blocked during take- off and landing, ease pressure by sucking a sweet, yawning or swallowing. Y KEEP MOVING! Keep your circulation going by standing up and walking in the aisle where possible – and repeat some of our recommended exercises at regular intervals. Y EAT RIGHT Eat a light, well- balanced meal before you travel, avoiding excessive salt, sugar and dairy products. Try to steer clear of fi zzy drinks and gaseous food. Eating and drinking in excess ( except water!) or consuming the wrong type of food can lead to indigestion and uncomfortable bloating. Y STAY FOCUSED If you are prone to motion sickness during take-off, landing or in the event of turbulence, focus on a fi xed object. Follow our top tips to help you reach your destination feeling fresh EXERCISE! Keep your circulation going with these easy in- seat exercises: Y SHOULDER ROTATION Raise your shoulders up and rotate back to front. Repeat several times in each direction. Y FINGER/ TOE STRETCH Clench fingers inward towards palms, then stretch outwards. Repeat several times and do the same with your toes. Y ANKLE ROTATION Lift one foot off the floor, keeping your leg stationary. Move it in small circular motions in each direction. Repeat with other foot. Y FOOT FLEX With heels on the floor, lift your toes upward as far as possible, hold for several seconds, then relax and repeat several times. Y HEEL LIFT Lift one heel as high as possible while keeping toes on the floor, then relax heel to the floor. Repeat while alternating right and left heels. Y NECK ROLL Bring chin to chest, then slowly rotate head clockwise several times. Repeat in other direction. Hydrate The low cabin humidity in planes can cause dry eyes, nose and throat, especially on longer journeys. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice and keep alcohol, tea and coffee to a minimum as these can lead to dehydration. If possible, remove contact lenses and apply skin moisturiser and lip balm. Keep it handy Pack essentials in your carry-on bag for quick, easy access. Don't forget medication, your glasses or contact lens case, and a toothbrush! For clarity on what can be carried on board, turn to page 86.